jennywren: (Jenny)
( Tuesday, January 1st, 2008 11:38 pm)
While watching HGTV: I heard "buttless pantry" -- I guess they really said "butler's pantry."

Happy New Year!!!

We spent New Year's Eve with our friends Kim and Gale and two of their friends. We partook in their tradition of pork and sour kraut to "clean you out" for the new year. At midnight we watched the ball drop in Times Square, waved glows sticks, and snuck in a smooch. We got home safely and entertained the cats with glow sticks before we fell asleep.

Today we are appreciating the last day of vacation by hanging out. We watched the Rose Parade and a movie. Molly made a really lovely dinner, too. Tomorrow we go back to life -- I am working at the library and Molly is taking a J-Term class on Ernst Troeltsch. She started it 2 years ago, but things didn't work out so well, since that is when I had my major surgeries. I think things will go much better this time.

And poor Sparky has the snot-filled snuffles again :( Poor kitty!

Best wishes for a blessed and peaceful new year!

And some accumulated quotes this way )
jennywren: (cat with pencils)
( Monday, December 31st, 2007 06:37 pm)
“You are all geniuses, and you are all beautiful. You don't need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are. Get out there and get peace, think peace, live peace, and breathe peace, and you'll get it as soon as you like.” John Lennon

"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace." John Lennon

“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.” John Lennon

"Were man to appreciate the greatness of his station and the loftiness of his destiny he would manifest naught save goodly character, pure deeds, and a seemly and praiseworthy conduct. If the learned and wise men of goodwill were to impart guidance unto the people, the whole earth would be regarded as one country. Verily this is the undoubted truth." - Baha'u'llah (from the Baha'i Writings)

"Instead of shaking our heads at the difficulty of addressing climate change, and saying "Woe is us, this is impossible, how can we do this?", we ought to feel a sense of joy that we have work that is worth doing that is so important to the future of all humankind. We ought to feel a sense of exhilaration that we are the people alive at a moment in history when we can make all the difference." Al Gore, 12th December 2007, Bali Climate Change Conference

“Waiting is essential to the spiritual life. But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting. It is a waiting with a promise in our hearts that makes already present what we are waiting for. We wait during Advent for the birth of Jesus. We wait after Easter for the coming of the Spirit, and after the ascension of Jesus we wait for His coming again in glory. We are always waiting, but it is a waiting in the conviction that we have already seen God's footsteps. Waiting for God is an active, alert - yes, joyful - waiting. As we wait we remember Him for whom we are waiting, and as we remember! Him we create a community ready to welcome Him when He comes.” – Henri J. M. Nouwen

"Human nature is like a stable inhabited by the ox of passion and the ass of prejudice; animals which take up a lot of room and which I suppose most of us are feeding on the quiet. And it is there between them, pushing them out, that Christ must be born and in their! very manger he must be laid – and they will be the first to fall on their knees before him. Sometimes Christians seem far nearer to those animals than to Christ in his simple poverty, self-abandoned to God." -- Evelyn Underhill

“It is in the old Christmas carols, hymns, and traditions--those which date from the Middle Ages--that we find not only what makes Christmas poetic and soothing and stately, but first and foremost what makes Christmas exciting. The exciting quality of Christmas rests on an ancient and admitted paradox. It rests upon the paradox that the power and center of the whole universe may be found in some seemingly small matter, that the stars in their courses may move like a moving wheel around the neglected outhouse of an inn.” — G. K. Chesterton

I learn that ten percent of all the world's species are parasitic insects. It is hard to believe. What if you were an inventor, and you made ten percent of your inventions in such a way that they could only work by harnessing, disfiguring or totally destroying the other ninety percent? -Annie Dillard, author (b. 1945)

The dust of exploded beliefs may make a fine sunset. -Geoffrey Madan, writer (1895-1947)

"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." --Cyril Connolly

The man who can make others laugh secures more votes for a measure than the man who forces them to think. -Malcolm De Chazal, writer and painter (1902-1981)

All ideas are already in the brain, just as all statues are in the marble. Carlo Dossi, author and diplomat (1849-1910)

Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason. -Henry Fielding, author (1707-1754)

A closed mind is like a closed book: just a block of wood. -Chinese Proverb

The soul should always stand ajar. That if the heaven inquire, He will not be obliged to wait, Or shy of troubling her. Emily Dickinson, poet (1830-1886)

Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not. Eckhart Tolle

When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others. Peace Pilgrim

Myth, as a history of the soul, is still a history, and each stage of the evolution of consciousness generates its appropriate story. As the spiral of history turns, one archetypal story becomes the recapitulation of the old, the performance of the new, and the overture of what is to come. William Irwin Thompson

"Grief is the price we pay for love" Elizabeth II, Queen of England

We have a bequest of stories, tales from the old storytellers, some of whose names we know, but some not. The storytellers go back and back, to a clearing in the forest where a great fire burns, and the old shamans dance and sing, for our heritage of stories began in fire, magic, the spirit world, and that is where it is held today. Doris Lessing, December 8, 2007

Out on the edge of darkness there lies the peace train. Peace train come take me home again. Cat Stevens

There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invented. Sign-posts on the way to what may be. Sign-posts toward greater knowledge. Robert Henri

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Thich Nhat Hanh

We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us, that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet. W.B. Yeats

No thing is beautiful. But all things await the sensitive and imaginative mind that may be aroused to pleasurable emotion at sight of them. This is beauty. --Robert Henri

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life. John Muir

It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

--Mary Oliver
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( Sunday, December 23rd, 2007 09:51 pm)
I went with Molly to Cleveland today for church. It was raining and in the 50s when we drove up. When we came it was really cold and snowing off and on. (ooh, make some online snowflakes.) It has been really windy, too. We made snow flakes in Sunday School, and some group had donated gifts for all the kids. We are tired, and I am not feeling so well.
Yesterday we finally got our tree decorated :) I'll take a picture. We've been getting packages from our families, and Molly has sent her family gifts. I am waiting for one more thing that I ordered to arrive so I can send a package to my family. Just been tired and working this week. It is good to be done with the semester -- I got my grades, too. :) I got an A+ in Greek! heehee

Anyway, just feeling too ick to post too much. But, of course, I have some quotes to share.

quotey goodness )
jennywren: (At table with computer)
( Monday, December 17th, 2007 06:41 pm)


Well, we survived the semester, the end of the semester, and the winter weather weekend. 

The last week was busy -- a weekend class, a paper finished on Sunday, an exam on Monday, work at the library with many book returns, and a paper due Friday night.  I was well on my way with my final paper on Friday, when, mid-afternoon, my computer stopped working correctly and then stopped working at all.  After panicky calls to local computer repair places (half of which had had their phones disconnected), Molly and I headed down to Columbus to the Apple Store.  The Apple Store is at the Easton Mall, which (for us, at least) is very upscale and yuppie, but it was very pretty with all the Christmas lights and horse drawn carriages.  Once we found a parking spot and waded through all the crowds, we got to the Apple Store and had time to look around and develop envy for fancy, expensive things.  I was playing with the iPod Touch -- so cool!!!!  So wonderful and delightful!  Aggg, and so expensive.  We had fun!  The Mac Genius was able to fix my laptop by reinstalling some stuff, so it is good to go now.  I had to reload my Greek and Hebrew fonts (which I needed for my paper), and I still haven't gotten the mail program set to do POP mail for campus again, but the laptop is working great now -- thank goodness.  (I've always been able to set up my POP email account with no trouble at all, so I don't know what is wrong this time.)  My professor was very understanding, and I finished the paper Saturday. 

Saturday Molly needed to head up to Cleveland for her church job for the Christmas pageant rehearsal and a sleepover before the pageant on Sunday morning.  She needed to make the costumes and buy the materials to make them.  It had started snowing midmorning and had added up quite quickly.  She set out with plenty of time but arrived late.  Al the way up there, she saw cars off the road, and it took her many hours to get there.  I've heard the rehearsal was chaotic, and Molly was up until all hours making costumes and then was serenaded by a symphony a snores at the sleepover.  The actual performance went very well.  Here in Delaware, it snowed all day Saturday, with ice pellets later in the evening.  The snow started in again about 8 a.m. Sunday morning.  It took Molly all afternoon to get back home.  The roads in Cleveland were really bad, there were whiteout conditions at some places along the interstate, and ice!  She stopped for a while to let the whiteouts pass and stopped a second time to replace her windshield wipers that had broken with the ice. 

Today we are both just hanging out at home, though we need groceries and to do laundry.  The county was at a level 1 snow emergency earlier, and it's been cold, so we were happy to stay in.  I did some  Christmas shopping online, and we napped.

I took some pictures on Saturday and Sunday and posted them on flickr.  They are all taken from the bedroom window overlooking the Olentangy River.  The first set was taken early in the morning looking at the high river level.  The next set were taken in the middle of the afternoon and reflect the snowfall and a higher river level.  The last ones were taken Sunday morning and show the river level, the melted snow, and the beginnings of the new snow.

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( Wednesday, December 12th, 2007 10:58 pm)
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( Wednesday, December 12th, 2007 10:47 pm)


My mom sent me a set of pictures of before-and-after the ice storm that hit Iowa this week.  Some of the trees really took a beating :(  On the other hand, the ice is really beautiful, as long as you aren't trying to go anywhere or counting on your electricity.  This picture is from the "before" category.  I saw Iowa City on CNN last night. I recognized it from the first picture, even before they identified it. Oh, sometimes I do miss Iowa City a lot.

Here in Ohio, we had rain the last several days, that has really washed/melted away the snow we had.  The Olentangy is really up.  We are fortunate that the course of the river seems to be shifting to the far side, or we'd be thinking of moving our furniture upstairs :)

Still slogging through finals week.  Finished my NT paper on Sunday and took my Greek final on Monday.  My Genesis paper is due Friday, so I've been working on that.  Molly is finishing up her NT paper, too.  Work has been busy with people returning all the books they've used this semester.  Just a lot of reshelving to do.  I'm looking forward to being done, because I am worn out and looking for a few days off :)

And, just for you, a few quotes (Please bear with me, I'm experimenting with a new blog editor):

'As far as we can discern, the whole purpose of existence is to light a candle of meaning in the darkness of mere being.’  --CG Jung

‘The awakening of any individual is a cosmic event.        --Clark Emery

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.   -- Emily Dickinson

"Wake up and realize this is all made up of Thoughts, just Thoughts.
Your appreciation of beauty is a Thought
Your aversion to an object that is ugly is a Thought
Your craving or aversion is nothing but a passing Thought in the mind.
Realize this is just a Thought and you will be free."
-- His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Discerning signs does not seek spectacular proofs or await the miraculous, but, rather, it means sensitivity to the Word of God indwelling in all Creation and transfiguring common history, while remaining radically realistic about death’s vitality in all that happens.  William Stringfellow

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.    Vincent van Gogh

I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite. - Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, and author (1872-1970)

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. Buddha

I often think of the Jewish belief that the Creator already knows all of human history - and then I think of Her sitting in heaven right now, listening to these bands, exclaiming, "At last I can hear it live!"  Ari Davidow (from the LJ of [livejournal.com profile] ellen_kushner)



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( Monday, December 10th, 2007 10:06 pm)
Well, it is finals week here. We had our weekend class this weekend. It may have been the last weekend class I take in my MTSO career -- Hooray! Yesterday I finished writing my paper for Women in the NT world. This morning I took my Greek final. Now all I have to do is write a 12-15 page paper for my Genesis class. But today I am zonked out == mini stress release. We ran a few errand this afternoon, and then I filled in at work for two hours. I'm trying to wade through a bit of internet backlog. So sleepy -- off to bed soon, I think.

I read this on some website today, and I just thought it was very clever: "Snow Is Just Water Being Very Very Quiet"

And some more from the quotes collection: Click here! )
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jennywren: (cat with pencils)
( Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 02:11 pm)
Well, it has snowed. We got about 4+ inches, I'd say. Hooray, for the first snowfall. How sad we still have to go to school! I think the first snowfall should be celebrated with everyone (all non-essential services) gets to stay home, shovel the walks, and drink hot drinks!
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jennywren: (Jenny)
( Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 10:35 pm)
Monday my Greek class took a field trip to Columbus. Molly came with us :)

We were given an informative tour of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Columbus, Ohio. Their website is very informative.

We got to see the sanctuary of the cathedral and learn about many of the icons. It is so breathtaking and ornate! The ceiling is domed, and a large icon of Jesus is in the center. Ancestors of Jesus, from Adam, are shown around him. In each of four corners are the four saints who represent the four gospels. Looking forward on the wall behind the altar is Mary and the Christ child. All these are mosaics made out of little glass tiles by an artist from Italy.

There is a screen called the icon screen or iconostasion which separates the congregation from the altar area. Pictured on it are angels, the Annunciation scene, Mary, Jesus, and John the Baptist. In the center is the Royal Gate, which leads to the altar. The arch above the gate depicts the Last Supper. The sanctuary also has many stained glass windows of various saints and scenes from the life of Christ. We got to practice our Greek reading the inscriptions on the icons. The Greek there, however, contained abbreviations and was a different dialect from what we are learning. We are learning Koine (or biblical) Greek, but these were written in Byzantine Greek.

The tour guide was very informative. Later, we compared notes about some of the theology and church history she related as compared to what we have learned in seminary, but she was very knowledgeable about the icons and the building history.

After our tour, we went to The Happy Greek for lunch. Our professor, Lee Johnson, had arranged a wonderful sampling of a variety of Greek dishes for us to try. It was delicious! While we were eating, we watched the snow flurries outside.

I really enjoyed this trip! If you are interested in more information about the cathedral, please do check out their website, esp. the page on which they explain the icons.

Today Arlene Webb, another senior at MTSO, and I did our senior chapel, based on the Isaiah 11:1-10 reading for the second Sunday in Advent. Our mediation based around this reading and the hymn, "O come, O Come Emmanuel." I think it went quite well. Afterward, someone even asked if they could use some of material with their congregation on Sunday! If you are interested in seeing a copy of what we did, please let me know. The Seminary Ringers (bell choir) played the prelude and the postlude -- so beautiful!

Unfortunately, since it is the end of the semester, I don't feel well, probably a sinus infection. I went home after chapel today, instead of continuing my shift at work, because I was sweating and hot while shivering and freezing, too. Meh! Stupid sinus headache makes it hard to concentrate.

We are getting a new dishwasher, since our stopped working Friday night. Hopefully we can move the dishes around so they can install it :) It is nice that the dishwasher is part of the apartment, so the complex replaces it, rather than it coming out of our pocket :)

I hope you all are having a great week!
January

Well, I'm sure it's NOT 100% . . . Though I am relieved that I appear to know something about the Bible, since I am a seminary student!

February

What a week!

March

Seventh Generation is helping Women's shelters

April

Here is a promised picture of Rosie.

May

Our Holy Union was Saturday, May 26, 2007, and everything went well.

June

Yesterday at Meijer, a wild sparrow had flown into the main store from the garden center/greenhouse area.

July

"If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and every day you have the opportunity to write a new page." --Mark Houlahan

August

"For years, I have looked ahead, searching for holy places down the road and trying to reach them as soon as possible."

September

"When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it."
Marie de Sevigne

October

I entered a contest at Young Adult Books Central and wrote an essay about my own experience.

November

I got this email from him today:

December

I have finally posted the pictures of the new couch.
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jennywren: (At table with computer)
( Sunday, December 2nd, 2007 07:15 pm)

Cozy living room
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I have finally posted the pictures of the new couch. We are enjoying it bunches. It is very comfortable, and all of the cats like it, too. And the living room was all clean and neat, for about 3 seconds. Now it looks like a library crash landed in it.

I've moved laptop central from the bedroom to the couch. Unfortunately the Internet isn't working right all the time. It is off and on and so frustrating. Optional rant about networking )

So anyway, we are down to the final 2 weeks of the semester. I have a paper due for my weekend class this weekend (plus the reading for that class). I have my Greek final next Monday morning. My Genesis paper is due that week as well. We've got lots to do, but we aren't very motivated. Sigh . . .


So here are a few more poems and quotes from my collection.Forge ahead )

And we are getting lots of rain, which is better than icy stuff for travelers.
jennywren: (oak tree)
( Friday, November 30th, 2007 07:30 pm)
On the twelfth day of Christmas, jennywren129 sent to me...
Twelve rainbows drumming
Eleven trees writing
Ten cats a-knitting
Nine books camping
Eight words a-reading
Seven bookstores a-spinning
Six linguistics a-painting
Five cre-e-e-eation myths
Four word games
Three flash girls
Two prairie lights
...and a religion in a fantasy.
Get your own Twelve Days:


When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully—the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer. Keith Richards

Despite the meek, shush-shushing stereotype, librarians are largely a freedom-upholding, risk-taking group. In the name of the First Amendment and anti-censorship, they have championed the causes of provocative writers and spoken out against banned and challenged books. Writer Linton Weeks, Washington Post

I really didn't realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group. ... You think they're just sitting at the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn't mess with them.- Michael Moore

shhh, there's more! )
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( Sunday, November 25th, 2007 08:40 pm)
and we love it! I've taken pictures, but we are having "Internet problems," so I won't be posting pictures yet, but I will when I can. We are enjoying the comfiness :)

Back to school tomorrow -- 3 papers and a final (Greek) left to do.

Your Vocabulary Score: A+

Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!
You must be quite an erudite person.


And of course some quotes: clicky )
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( Friday, November 23rd, 2007 04:20 pm)
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( Friday, November 23rd, 2007 12:38 pm)
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"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Anna Karenina, Chapter 1, first line, by Leo Tolstoy

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. ~E.P. Powell

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often. ~Johnny Carson

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
~George Herbert

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite — only a sense of existence. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.
If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance, like flowers and sweet-scented herbs — is more elastic, starry, and immortal — that is your success.” H. D. Thoreau

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.” –Leo Buscaglia

Saying a prayer before meals quietly or with others acknowledges that my life depends on God's bounty and on a host of people who grew, processed, distributed, prepared, and served the food that gives me nourishment and delight. Saying a prayer by a hospital bed admits that my health rests in God's love as well as the skills of scientists and physicians and nurses and a host of people who maintain these places of care. And, yes, even sending a thank-you note, as mothers perhaps instinctively knew, is far more than social convention, but an awareness that the best gifts and thus much of the joy of life are not things we can give ourselves but come from beyond us as an alluring expression of love, even an invitation to love. Each thank you becomes a way to practice gratitude so that more and more our lives are weaned away from the myth of entitlement and the arrogance and isolation of independence. Each thank you becomes a way to practice gratitude so that more and more our lives are shaped by the truth of our belonging to others, even to Christ. Rev. John Thomas, http://www.day1.net/index.php5?view=transcripts&tid=359

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy



So we spent our Thanksgiving Day with our good friends Kim and Gale in Marion. They are like family to us already, and, since we've spent the last couple Thanksgivings with them, their families are familiar as well. Since they aren't technically our family, Molly and I can sit around and laugh at their family foibles. What fun! This year it was Kim's family: sister and family from Kentucky, brother from Indiana, and father. Such an interesting mix of people and personalities :) We enjoyed their family, since ours are both so far away.

Dinner was delicious, and we got to bring leftovers home :) Turkey and ham, stuffing and mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and vegetable casserole, peacan pie and pumpkin pie, cherry rum cake and coconut cake -- yum!

I called my family when I got home. They are doing okay. My mom will be having cataract surgery next Wednesday and then two weeks after that for the other eye. They had Thanksgiving dinner at the church. It is a really nice tradition of the Osceola Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church. Each year they hold a Thanksgiving dinner with all the usual foods (somewhat potluck style) for whomever would like to share in the meal and fellowship. It makes more sense than making a huge dinner for
just a few people. They also deliver meals to shut-ins. I fondly remember helping my grandpa deliver meals to shut-ins on those Thanksgiving we spent with my grandparents. After he passed on, I helped my grandma deliver the meals. She still does delivery. My brother never wants to just do the church meal. He wants the whole thing at home, but he doesn't help my mom clean or cook or clean again, so he gets overruled on that :)

Wednesday Molly and I went up to her job in Cleveland. She was able to spend the afternoon working on her Sunday School stuff, the bulletin, and the upcoming Christmas pageant. I got a little work done on papers. We went to dinner at a great restaurant called Chedders/Snickers, where I had some excellent macaroni and cheese and Molly had some lovely warm Numi Tea with her dinner, since the weather was turning cooler and rainy (had been up near 70, but there was some snow/ice pellets yesterday)!

Then we went to the ecumenical Thanksgiving service, in which Molly did the call to worship. It was a nice eclectic gathering, held at Franklin Circle Christian Church. The theme was celebrating the gifts of the city. I had forgotten the things I do like about cities, despite my discomfort with the size, crowds, and perception of danger. I do like the neighborhoods, the cultural activities, public transportation, community, etc. I enjoyed learning about that neighborhood of Cleveland -- Ohio City, esp. how it had been Mansion Row and how those mansions had been transformed into the social services for the community (orphanages, hospitals, YMCAs, undgerground railroad stops, etc.). I enjoy learning the history of the places I live. I really learned a lot about Iowa City when I lived there.

The pastor of Franklin Circle shared this poem during the meditation:

Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?


This poem made me think about people I knew who have had their dreams deferred: a woman who waited more than 20 years (raising a family while married to a pastor) to get to seminary and become a pastor, even though she had been called at age 12; a friend who wanted to be a pediatrician and how worn down she looked doing something else, etc. I wonder if I am deferring my dreams and what my dreams really are. What are your dreams? Are you pursuing them or are they on hold? What other dreams have you discovered in the meantime?

I hope all of you are having a good week and weekend. We are looking forward to trying out our new couch tomorrow :) (Fingers crossed that it arrives.) Anyway, here is more of my collection to share: Sharing Quotes and Poetry )
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( Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 08:11 pm)
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Our couch did not arrive today. We had called the store to schedule the delivery, but they didn't know or tells us that the warehouse had already set their delivery schedule for today, so we weren't on it. We now how to get it on Saturday.

I worked today at the library. Tomorrow we'll go to Cleveland for Molly's job. Thursday is Thanksgiving, and we plan to go to Kim and Gale's house. Last week Gale's mom Bonna passed away. We drove up for her funeral at Canal Fulton last Wednesday.



"Oh for a book and a shady nook,
either in a door or out;
with the green leaves whispering overhead,
or the street cries all about.
Where I may read all at my ease,
both the new and old;
for a jolly good book whereon to look,
is better to me than gold."

by John Wilson

(from [livejournal.com profile] tree_lady's webpage)

"In masks outrageous and austere,
The years go by in single file;
But none has merited my fear,
And none has quite escaped my smile."
— Elinor Wylie

"The best moments any of us have as human beings are those moments when for a little while it is possible to escape the squirrel-cage of being me into the landscape of being us." - Frederick Buechner

There's only one story in the world -- your story. Ray Bradbury

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right. -Laurens van der Post, explorer and writer (1906-1996)

"If change is to come, it will come from the margins. It was the desert, not the temple, that gave us the prophets." Wendell Berry


“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are [women and] men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.” Frederick Douglass (in 1857)

"Humble knowledge of self is a surer path to God than the ardent pursuit of learning. Not that learning is to be considered evil, or knowledge, which is good in itself and so ordained by God; but a clean conscience and virtuous life ought always to be preferred. Many often err and accomplish little or nothing because they try to become learned rather than to live well." Thomas A'Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

"Writing about the Christian life (formulated here as "spiritual theology") is like trying to paint a picture of a bird in flight. The very nature of a subject in which everything is always in motion - the rhythm of wings, sun-tinted feathers, drift of clouds (and much more) - precludes precision. Which is why definitions and explanations for the most part miss the very thing that we are interested in. Stories and metaphors, poetry adn prayer, and leisurely conversation are more congenial to the subject, a conversation that necessarily also includes the Other." Eugene Peterson

"Let go, and respond to the immediate needs around you. Don't get caught in some false perception of yourself. There will always be another person more gifted than you. And don't perceive your position as important, but be ready to serve at any moment. If you can let go of who you think you are, you will become free - ready to love others. If you learn to see your impermanence, you will be able to live for the moment and not miss opportunities to love by pushing things into the future." Thich Nhat Hanh

“When someone steals a man’s clothes we call him a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry man; the coat hanging unused in your closet belongs to the man who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the man who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.” Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, 365
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( Monday, November 19th, 2007 10:35 pm)
Today I saw my doctor for the follow up on the MRI, which was fine. The blood work showed hormone levels at the high end of normal, so I am going to start taking something to help balance those.

We spent the afternoon rearranging the living room. We sold our futon/couch, and our new "Grown Up" couch should be delivered tomorrow. I'll have to take pictures of the rearranged room. I think it will be great. We did a lot of cleaning, so I am sore and tired. We were going to go to Marion to do laundry, but we stayed here and did one at the complex instead. We have more to do, so we'll figure that out.

When we were at Staples the other week, we saw a cat walk up to the door like it was going to activate the automatic door and walk in. We figured that it wanted to get a mouse!

I am working on two research papers. One is about Hagar (Genesis 16 and 21) and who she is and what her status and roles are. The other is looking at the Niddah (teachings on menstruation and other bleeding based on Leviticus 15) from the Mishnah and how it relates (or not) to the story of the woman who was bleeding for 12 years but healed when she touched Jesus' clothes (Mark 5, etc.). I am trying out a new research tool called Zotero, which helps to organize the research within the browser. I use it to gather my resources and it can automatically create a bibliography out of those resources. I can link my notes to each source. It took a while to get the sources all collected, but I am excited to see how it continues to work as I do my research and pull together my papers.

We have registered for next semester (my last one!!). I plan to take more Greek, Job (the book of the Bible, not a new employment), and an independent study on Jesus and Nonviolent Resistance. I did use Zotero to pull together a tentative bibliography for my proposal for the independent study. It did a great job, except for not citing books with an editor in the way I thought they should be :) I'll be doing lots of research for the independent study, but I am interested in and enthused about the topic. I should be since I chose it :)

Golly, I am tired. I hope you have a good Thanksgiving Week (for those in the U.S.).



I have just a few quotes and a poem to share with you today.

"I was a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky. ...Many lives don't allow that, the good fortune of being able to work at it, and try, and keep trying." Sharon Olds

I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it. - Albert Einstein

Love involves a peculiar, unfathomable combination of understanding and
misunderstanding. -Diane Arbus, photographer (1923-1971)

"A little knowledge separates us from God, much knowledge brings us back. One should never be afraid to go to far, for the truth is beyond." Marcel Proust


PRAYING

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but a doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
–Mary Oliver
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( Sunday, November 18th, 2007 01:18 pm)
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Well, I am reassured that you all can read this :) I have at least one friend who rated Genuis Level. What does your blog rate?





A Franciscan blessing:

“May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.”



Some quotes )
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( Thursday, November 15th, 2007 06:54 pm)
From shadesong and thisdaydreamer:

In 2004, Jackie Brown Otter founded Pretty Bird Woman House, a women's shelter at the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota. The shelter is named after Brown Otter's sister, who was kidnapped, raped and beaten to death in 2001.

According to Amnesty International (AI)report,

High levels of sexual violence on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation take place in a context of high rates of poverty and crime... The unemployment rate on the Reservation is 71 per cent. Crime rates on the Reservation often exceed those of its surrounding areas. According to FBI figures, in 2005 South Dakota had the fourth highest rate of "forcible rapes" of women of any US state.

As a special bonus to the Lakota Sioux Reservation, there are sufficient desensitization to crime and confusion over Tribal/Non-Tribal jurisdiction at Standing Rock to create rape tourism. Says Andrea Smith, an Assistant Professor of Native Studies at the University of Michigan,

[N]on-Native perpetrators often seek out a reservation place because they know they can inflict violence without much happening to them.

Against these odds, Pretty Bird Woman House is staffed by three people-- a nurse, a volunteer, and a part-time employee-- and from January to October of this year, they managed to:

-- answer 397 crisis calls
-- give emergency shelter to 188 women and 132 children
-- help 23 women obtain restraining orders, 10 get divorces, and 16 get medical assistance
-- provide court advocacy support for 28 women
-- conduct community education programs for 360 women.

A few weeks ago, PBWH's phone lines were cut, the office was ransacked, and the building was burnt down.

Everyone was away from the house at the time, but all possessions were lost, and-- because PBWH's grant from the South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence is predicated on its ability to shelter women-- its funding is also lost. Now everybody's trying to pick up the pieces.

Click here for the full story.

How you can help:

1. Donate what you can for a new house.

Pretty Bird Woman House already has two potential replacement houses in mind. Both offer significantly more space than the previous building... full basements, storage room and would house more than double the families and women than their previous building. Both buildings have yards which means possible playgrounds for children.

One house has a major advantage in location - a police station across the street.

Because of difficulties obtaining loans (banks are allergic to both Native Americans and poverty) the best solution lies in purchasing the house outright. The Tribal Council could hold the mortgage but coming up with the mortgage payments every month creates an ongoing problem. Since both houses are on the market, they could be gone anytime. Depressed property values on Standing Rock mean that $60,000 gets the house. An additional $10,000 is required to make them secure, with proper fencing, video cameras, reinforced doors and other measures.

Since 10/25, the drive for donations for PBWH has garnered 17% of the $70,000 goal; the drive ends January 2008-- so consider donating in someone's name as a Christmas present. Donations can be made here.

**Note: I checked, and these folks are down as a 501(c)3 organization which I believe qualifies for a bunch of employer matching programs if those are available.

2. Donate material goods-- clothing, toiletries, non-perishables, etc.

USPS to:
Pretty Bird Woman House
P.O. Box 596
McLaughlin, SD 57642

or FedEx, UPS, DHL ship to:
Pretty Bird Woman House
302 Sale Barn Rd.
McLaughlin SD 57642

3. Spread this meme.

My additions:

Here are some other sites with information and donation opportunities:

http://www.prettybirdwomanhouse.blogspot.com/

http://prettybirdwomanhouse.chipin.com/pretty-bird-woman-house

http://www.culturekitchen.com/mole333/blog/pretty_bird_woman_house_saving_a_sioux_womens_s

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9803207

http://www.dailykos.com/tag/Pretty%20Bird%20Woman%20House


4. Educate yourself about domestic violence and rape. Make a difference in your local community, too.
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