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( 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.
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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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( 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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