Wednesday, March 31, 2010
We did an interesting thing in Christian Education today. I didn't realize that Episcopalians use a rosary, but apparently some of them do. The person in my small group that was leading the group today taught us how to make knotted Anglican rosaries today. Of course, the ones that we made look nothing like the beautiful one in the picture above. It was hard tying those little knots and getting them into the right position! My hand was even starting to get raw from pulling the knots tight. The only part I have left to do is the cross, so it shouldn't take too long. She also gave us a little pamphlet of prayers to go with the rosary, and we prayed one of them together as a group. It seemed like a very nice discipline, but as I am not really a disciplined person, I could say that I was going to start doing this, but it would never happen. I'm totally gonna finish the cross though and put it on my altar. My altar is getting a little cluttered now...gonna have to start paring down...
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Christina and I picked up Ian and Chris from the airport this morning, and we proceeded to explore Los Angeles in what I like to call a "touristy" fashion.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Drove home for Spring Break today with Christina. We stopped at Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park to show Christina the waterfall. Essential stopping point if you're driving on the 1. We were especially lucky, because we saw some whales while we were there! I think the last time I saw a whale was in the 10th grade. Also had to stop to see the elephant seals. We also stopped for lunch, to see the top of the fog layer from the cliff, and at the mouth of a river.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
We celebrated St. Patrick's Day at Holy Grounds yesterday. I had another incident where the Internet wouldn't work down there, so that means 2 posts today to makeup for it.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I'm so exhausted from yesterday. All that hiking. All that drinking. Trying to study Theology and Hebrew, but it is not going well. I had to take a 3 hour nap earlier. I think it made me more tired. I managed to get through the Hebrew, but I don't know how much of it's still gonna be there when I wake up tomorrow.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Can't blog long 'cuz it's really late. But, a few of us went to see Mary Elizabeth Beckman at One Door Yoga. She did 72 hours of discernment with me last year and she is an AMAZING musician! If you like singer/songwriters, then she is the musician for you! (think Shawn Colvin/Shawn Mullins) Please visit her website and see how great she is! http://www.myspace.com/maryelizabethbeckman
Thursday, March 11, 2010
It's been a pretty busy couple of days. We had a meeting yesterday to talk about the future of the chaplaincy program, which was about an hour, then the prayer-a-thon was about 4 hours. I read for Theology the rest of the night.
Today after class, I went to Safeway with Faith and we cleaned them out of chicken leg quarters. (77¢ a pound baby!) Ryan just taught me how to make the cent symbol. Very talented, that boy. Anyway, I bought 6 packs of it, about 30 pounds. The freezer is full and I shouldn't have to by meat for a while. This is how you survive in seminary XD.
In other news, I found this picture while doing research for possible internships today.
Yes, wrong, but incredibly funny, no? I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it's appropriateness. How do we feel about this type of humor?
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Even when I'm dead tired, I still insist on going to bed late. I don't know why I insist on going to bed late, I must be nocturnal. For anyone that would find it interesting, I was hearing Margaret Cho say that last sentence in my head as I wrote it. I can't really think of the joke that goes along with it, but it's probably too dirty for me to post here anyway.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
We had another session of D&D today. While it was fun, we experienced what my n00b self wants to call a Total Party Wipeout. Basically, we all died. The video gamer in me was getting a little frustrated, because I was taken out first and I had to watch while everyone kept going after the big boss type creature and the little minions kept taking pot-shots. I know this probably doesn't translate exactly, but in video games, you need to take the little guys out first, or else they'll kill you while you're trying to kill the big guy.
I can't believe I didn't actually explain the main way that I think about the Trinity yesterday. This is coming up now because we had Beer & Theology today, and I got to share my weird science fiction mathematical view. So, here it goes...
Thursday, March 4, 2010
We started talking about the Trinity today in theology. Generally, this is one of my favorite topics, because I love how convoluted the logic gets when you're talking about this, but I didn't really have anything to say in the class. I guess it's because we mostly focused on what different historical figure's ideas were of the Trinity, and I pretty much understood their stances, so I didn't have any questions about it. You can't challenge a historical standpoint being taught as a historical standpoint unless you're really well-versed on the subject and you believe for some reason that what is being taught as the viewpoint of the historical person is not what you think that person actually believed. Sorry, did that make sense? I think that last sentence was too long, but I can't figure out how to make it shorter or break it up. Oh well. Beer & Theology is tomorrow, so hopefully things will get saucier. (adjective, not a person that makes sauces. Sorry, culinary joke XD)
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I'm trying to write my blog, but there is a blinding whiteness flashing just out of my field of vision to my right. Its Heather's ankle, demurely concealed with a white "Hello Kitty" sock. (Margaret Cho taught me that Hello Kitty has no mouth and thus, should not be a role model for anyone.) Heather is trying to write some articles and is pretending to ignore everyone else in the room right now, using elitist academic sounding words like "afterwhich" to deflect our comments on her behavior.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I performed my favorite Tuesday Conner poem today for the first time. She wrote it when her friend Carmine was murdered in his home. I always wanted her to perform it because even though it was sad, I always thought it was beautiful. After performing it, I now understand why she often-times was hesitant to perform it. I didn't even know Carmine, and I was completely and utterly emotionally drained afterwards. I couldn't even tell the story that goes with it because I was on the verge of tears as I finished the poem.
The story that goes with it is that Tuesday's sister put the poem on the Internet and Carmine's family, who had been looking for him, was able to locate and claim his remains because of it. Here is Carmine's Wait, my favorite poem, written by Tuesday Conner. If you click on the title, you can watch a YouTube video of her performing it. The sound isn't very good, but it's worth it to see a poem performed by the author. I believe she also performs Robin on that video, which is another heart-breaker. I hope you find this poem as beautiful as I do.
As I wait to wait,
The government plays cowboys and Indians in other countries
When it’s here that needs to be saved.
As I wait to wait,
Did my friend die in vain,
Was the man who killed Carmine on drugs,
Or just insane?
He had too much pressure built up inside,
Maybe he couldn’t provide for his wife,
Maybe his child just died.
I’d really like to know why a crazed man roams the halls,
Wielding a knife,
Making more noise than allowed by the Lord,
Groggy eyed and sleepily,
Carmine comes to the door,
The evil man ran at him,
Knocked him to the floor,
Inside Carmine’s house,
The man stabbed my friend,
Again and again,
For no moral cause.
The people closed their doors,
Someone called 9911,
The man kept stabbing him,
Even when the police did come.
You looked out your peephole,
Wait for the police to come,
They show up,
And the stabbing goes on.
How long did it take?
How long did you peep?
How long did you listen?
Where was grandma’s cast iron skillets?
That’s why planes go down!
You wait to wait for the cavalry to come,
And the cavalry came to late,
And what good are neighbors,
If be at your door friend, or stranger?
It ain’t even safe to wake up no more,
As I wait to wait,
There’s emptiness inside,
We walk around in a void,
Doing menial chores,
Life goes on for the living,
Which my friend has no more.
Never saw him step on a spider,
Or swat down some fly,
All I ever saw was a real nice, handsome guy.
Always had kind words,
Never more than a few,
He always offered two big helping hands,
Probably wore a 14 ½ shoe too.
Carmine, you shoulda been my boo.
I know you’re gone to heaven,
In your crisp white shirt,
Showing off for the man,
I see you!
Standing at the pearly gates,
Gabriel and trumpet in hand,
Little did your neighbor know,
He was taking you home,
To sit by your Father’s side,
On life lessons learned.
They say you had no family,
I hope that would mean they were there to greet you,
To escort you to the king.
Welcome home, I’ll see you when I see you.
We are his theater family,
Not legally bind,
The city will keep him for one year,
And for one year I will bide my time,
And I will wear a crisp white shirt,
On the day his ashes we will come to claim.
He has a family,
Carmine Puccio’s life and death will not go in vain.
In my heart,
You will always remain,
He always wore a crisp white shirt.
And the smile he wore,
As big as the earth.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Our class is like super mature, like seriously, it's scary how grown up we are! Like today, in Prophets class, Ian called Marlene a wet goat, and she could have totally gone off on him, like all immature like, but she like totally composed herself and told him that he smells like a wet ferret. It was like, TOTALLY the right thing to say! And, they kept calling each other wet animals, which was like SO funny, and totally showed how smart they were, 'cuz I could never think of that many different wet animals to call someone, but I TOTALLY had a good one, so I called Marlene from my cell phone, even though I was only 4 seats away, and told her to call Ian a wet marshmallow, 'cuz he like TOTALLY is one, and she did, and it was SO funny!