A word after a word after a word is power. -Margaret Atwood, poet and novelist (b. 1939)

When I give people food, they call me a saint. When I ask why there is no food, they call me a communist. Dom Helder Câmara, archbishop of Recife, Brazil

If I am hungry, that is a physical problem; if my neighbor is hungry, that is a spiritual problem. Nicolai Berdyaev

"I made a peculiar prayer. It's a prayer that sometimes I say, one that is perhaps self-serving, but because I believe that God is not limited by time and space as we are, I believe perhaps he can influence the past even though it has already happened. So sometimes when I'm alone, especially at night, in the dark, and I begin to dwell on the suffering that people have probably experienced before their deaths, I ask God to retroactively relieve their pain, to be with them in body and mind, to numb their senses, to cool whatever flame licked at their eyes in their final moments." James Lee Burke

"Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt." Paul Tillich

"Here is my advice to Christians who want to influence people like me: be open to reaching out to people who disagree with you, instead of forcing us to adopt your beliefs in order to win your approval." - Hemant Mehta, atheist author of `I Sold My Soul on eBay'

"When I was a delegate at the 1975 Assembly of the World Council of Churches I found over and over again that it was when we said what we really meant, expressing ourselves and our viewpoints most clearly, that real fellowship and trust came about — not when we hid the light of truth under a bushel of tolerance. - Anglican theologian N.T. Wright.

"When faith simplifies things that need to remain complex instead of giving us strength to live with complexity, when it gives answers where none exist, instead of helping us appreciate the sacredness of living with questions, when it offers certainty when there needs to be doubt, and when it tells us that we have arrived when we should still be searching - then there is a problem with that faith." - Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, author of the new book "You Don't Have to be Be Wrong for Me to Be Right."

"One of the most sublime experiences we can ever have is to wake up feeling healthy after we have been sick." - Rabbi Harold Kushner

"You cannot avoid paradise. You can only avoid seeing it." - Charlotte Joko Beck, Zen teacher and author.

"If you ever expect to get a reservation in heaven, you will have to have a letter of recommendation from the poor.” - James Forbes, former pastor of Riverside Church in New York City.

"This is the most beautiful place on earth. There are many such places. Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary. A houseboat in Kashmir, a view down Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, a gray gothic farmhouse two stories high at the end of a red dog road in the Allegheny Mountains, a cabin on the shore of a blue lake in spruce and fir country, a greasy alley near the Hoboken waterfront, or even, possibly, for those of a less demanding sensibility, the world to be seen from a comfortable apartment high in the tender, velvety smog of Manhattan, Chicago, Paris, Tokyo, Rio or Rome — there's no limit to the human capacity for the homing sentiment." - From the beginning of Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

"Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out." -- Anton Chekov

"I’ve always been a bit more comfortable with my subconscious and not so comfortable when I think about things too much. It’s like when I doodle. That’s when I know it means something to me on some weird level, as opposed to sitting down with the idea of drawing a skeleton. Say I’m on the phone, just sitting around, doodling. I’ll look at what I’ve done and think, Oh, that’s a strange character. Then I’ll notice myself doing it over and over. Those are the ones that have the most power for me, because they’re coming from within." -- Tim Burton, from What I've Learned (Esquire, Jan. 2008).

A book is a gift. No matter how poorly written it is, or if we don’t like it—we think it’s simplistic or if we find it to be odious—someone did spend time working on this. Someone did take a part of their lives to make this happen. Even in the most kind of nonsense, banal books there is a note of grace in it…As a kid, I was just reading. And I never lost that sense that sometimes there are terrible books which for me produce really pleasing results in my mind and in my heart. And sometimes there are incredibly brilliant books that don’t do any of that. And I think I had to have a much more generous sense of what reading means and what it can do. Junot Díaz

"Humanity's always been uncomfortable with zero and the void. The ancient Greeks declared them unnatural and unreal. Theologians argued that God's first act was to banish the void by the act of creating the universe ex nihilo, and Middle-Ages thinkers tried to ban zero and the other Arabic 'ciphers.' But the emptiness is all around us — most of the universe is void. Even as we huddle around our hearths and invent stories to convince ourselves that the cosmos is warm and full and inviting, nothingness stares back at us with empty eye sockets." --Charles Seife, author of Zero: The Biography Of A Dangerous Idea

"An original writer is not one who imitates no one, but whom no one can imitate." --Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand

“There are very few ideas worth talking about. Those ideas are good for all times, but unless a poet has a new way of dealing with those ideas, they become commonplace. And new insights, new connections, are inseparable from their language, which is why a paraphrase of a poem always sounds banal.” - Lisel Mueller

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? Mahatma Gandhi

Society is composed of two great classes: those who have more dinners than
appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners. Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort, writer (1741-1794)

"Believe that the Universe holds a whole lot for you, and it will. Believe it holds very little, and disappointment will be your constant companion." - Barbara Berg

In the common words we use every day, souls of past races, the thoughts and feelings of individual men stand around us, not dead, but frozen into their attitudes like the couriers in the garden of the Sleeping Beauty. Owen Barfield, author (1898-1997)
"Writing fiction has developed in me an abiding respect for the unknown in a human lifetime and a sense of where to look for the threads, how to follow, how to connect, find in the thick of the tangle what clear line persists." --Eudora Welty

"A first sentence must deliver everything, always at once. The writing must satisfy, must be like spoonfuls of the most delicious soup. Every scoop has the full taste of the whole and the bowl is full and you want your way to the bottom." --Robert Olmstead

Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. -James Russell Lowell, poet, editor, and diplomat (1819-1891)

"I have never written a book that was not born out of a question I needed to answer for myself." --May Sarton

"Convince yourself that a rejection of your work is not a rejection of you. If they reject something, I bounce something right back. If I'd used similar methods in college, I'd have had a lot more dates." --Ron Goulart

"For several days after my first book was published, I carried it about in my pocket and took surreptitious peeps at it to make sure the ink had not faded." --Sir James M. Barrie

"You've got to love libraries. You've got to love books. You've got to love poetry. You've got to love everything about literature. Then, you can pick the one thing you love most and write about it." --Ray Bradbury

"Horror fiction is not merely creating unease or suspense, nor is it simply letting emotions both light and dark bleed all over the page. It should convey the genuine sense of tragedy that hangs over all our lives; it should scare the reader, yes, of course, no arguments, but there has to be a sense and threat of genuine loss connected to that fear. True horror should leave you wrung out, physically and emotionally. The best of it can even change you, if you'll let it. It's the only form of storytelling that allows you to reach in and affect the reader on a private, primal level -- the only one that ultimately counts." --Gary Braunbeck

"Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand." --George Orwell

"It is important to tell a good story, but it's critical to have memorable characters." --Janet Evanovich

Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade in public. Never clothe them in vulgar and shoddy attire. -George W. Crane

A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition. -Jose Bergamin, author (1895-1983)

A good listener helps us overhear ourselves. - Yahia Lababidi, author (b. 1973)

If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, author (1803-1873)

I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way. -Edgar Guest, poet (1881-1959)

Evil is like a shadow - it has no real substance of its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it. -Shakti Gawain, teacher and author (b. 1948)

One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper patterns at the right moment. -Hart Crane, poet (1899-1932)

Crown: A headgear that makes the head superfluous. -Gabriel Laub, author (1928-1998)

The living language is like a cow-path: it is the creation of the cows themselves, who, having created it, follow it or depart from it according to their whims or their needs. From daily use, the path undergoes change. A cow is under no obligation to stay. -E.B. White, writer (1899-1985)

It is not life and wealth and power that enslave men, but the cleaving to life and wealth and power. -Buddha (c. 563-483 BCE)

If your morals make you dreary, depend on it, they are wrong. -Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist, essayist, and poet (1850-1894)

Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

I need someone to protect me from all the measures they take in order to protect me. -Banksy, street artist (b. 1974)

What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears. -Alice Walker, author (b. 1944)

Often the accurate answer to a usage question begins, "It depends." And what it depends on most often is where you are, who you are, who your listeners or readers are, and what your purpose in speaking or writing is. -Kenneth G. Wilson, usage writer (b. 1923)

"Some words are standard, but with a twist; some are liberated from patriarchal prejudice and restored to archaic meanings; some are new and sharp as an ungrateful crone, and a feast for (Mary) Daly familiars.
A sample:
'Abominable snowmen of androcratic academia: freezers and packagers
of learning; chilling throng of frigid fellows, specialists in
verbigeration and refrigeration of knowledge.'"
Audrey DeLaMartre; Bible Speaks to Fill Readers With 'Holy Chutzpah', The Star Tribune (Minneapolis); Nov 1, 1987.

The automobile has not merely taken over the street, it has dissolved the living tissue of the city. Its appetite for space is absolutely insatiable; moving and parked, it devours urban land, leaving the buildings as mere islands of habitable space in a sea of dangerous and ugly traffic. -James Marston Fitch, historic preservationist (1909-2000)

Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right. -Carl Schurz, revolutionary, statesman and reformer (1829-1906)

Imagine a world in which generations of human beings come to believe that certain films were made by God or that specific software was coded by him. Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars or Windows 98. Could anything -- anything -- be more ridiculous? And yet, this would be no more ridiculous than the world we are living in. -Sam Harris, author (1967- )

A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity. -Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and writer (1884-1962)

Knowledge is soon changed, then lost in the mist, an echo half-heard. Gene Wolfe

love builds up the broken wall
and straigtens the crooked path.
love keeps the stars in the firmament
and imposes rhythm on the ocean tides
each of us is created of it
and i suspect
each of us was created for it
-- Maya Angelou

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. Rabindranath Tagore

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. Goethe

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful. Alice Walker

The Utah deserts and plateaus and canyons are not a country of big returns, but a country of spiritual healing, incomparable for contemplation, meditation, solitude, quiet, awe, peace of mind and body. We were born of wilderness, and we respond to it more than we sometimes realize. We depend upon it increasingly for relief from the termite life we have created. Factories, power plants, resorts, we can make anywhere. Wilderness, once we have given it up, is beyond our reconstruction. Wallace Stegner, Wilderness at the Edge, 1990

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got. Janis Joplin

The wilderness and the idea of wilderness is one of the permanent homes of the human spirit. Joseph Wood Krutch
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Here are some more quotes. (The good news is that my left shift key is working again, but the space bar is playing up now. Sigh. I don't know if it is too much cat hair in the keyboard or what. I just want the laptop to work correctly.)

"I agree with Gide, that most of what is created is beyond us, is from that source of utter creation, the Creator, or God. We are technicians here on Earth, but also co-creators. I'm still amazed. And I still say, after writing poetry for all this time, and now music, that ultimately humans have a small hand in it. We serve it. We have to put ourselves in the way of it, and get out of the way of ourselves. And we have to hone our craft so that the form in which we hold our poems, our songs in attracts the best." Joy Harjo

I find it difficult to feel responsible for the suffering of others. That's why I find war so hard to bear. It's the same with animals: I feel the less harm I do, the lighter my heart. I love a light heart. And when I know I'm causing suffering, I feel the heaviness of it. It's a physical pain. So it's self-interest that I don't want to cause harm. -Alice Walker, author (b. 1944)

"I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves". ~Anna Quindlen, "Enough Bookshelves," New York Times, 7 August 1991

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. ~Henry Ward Beecher

Books are delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books - even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome. ~William Ewart Gladstone.

A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum -- of both books and money! But especially books, for books represent infinitely more than money. A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold. ~Henry Miller

How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. -- John Burroughs

Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world. Maria Montessori

High is our calling, Friend!--Creative Art / (Whether the instrument of words she use, Or pencil pregnant with ethereal hues,) / Demands the service of a mind and heart. -William Wordsworth, poet (1770-1850)

Our heads are round so that thoughts can change direction. -Francis Picabia, painter and poet (1879-1953)

“Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing.” William Faulkner

"Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. We attain unity only through variety. Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed." Mary Parker Follett

"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:
"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!""
A loose 1835 translation of Faust]" Scottish mountaineer William Hutchinson Murray

Compassion is characterized as promoting the aspect of allaying suffering. Its function resides in not [enduring] others' suffering. It is manifested as non-cruelty. Its proximate cause is to see helplessness in those overwhelmed by suffering. It succeeds when it makes cruelty subside, and it fails when it produces sorrow. -Buddhaghosa, "Visuddhimagga"

Like cars in amusement parks, our direction is often determined through collisions. -Yahia Lababidi, writer (b. 1973)
jennywren: (Default)
( Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 11:29 am)
it is snowing here today 9and my left shift key isn't working0 but we are supposed to get sleet and ice on top of several inches. They canceled the heavy snow warning we had. Fortunately, neither molly nor i had anywhere we had to be today too desperately. molly has an appointment, but we don't have class or work and she isn't trekking up to Cleveland.

On the 3rd of February, my sister had a fairly major car accident in iowa, but Thank God! she is okay! There had been ice, and it was snowing quite heavily on top of that. She was heading up the interstate from osceola to indianola, when she slid into the median and rolled her car. Fortunately she didn't slide into oncoming traffic or off the steep incline on the right side of the road! i guess her car is totaled, but Christy on had sore muscles, a few tiny cuts, and a bump on her head from hours in a neck brace at the ER, where they checked her over pretty thoroughly. it was a nerve wracking afternoon here, while i waited to hear any updates. The accident could have been so much worse. Christy knows her guardian angel was watching her!

here in ohio, we are back in school. it is the last semester for molly and i!!!! Because of some financial aid mumbo jumbo snaffus 9maybe i'll write about that sometime0, neither of us have the federal loans we use for living expenses while we are in school. We can only get federal aid for class that are degree requirements. Since i technically finished my degree requirements in December, finishing up my year of Greek isn't covered. Grants are covering tuition, but the rest is somewhat up in the air. i am taking the second semester of Greek and an independent study on Jesus and nonviolence in the New Testament. All molly has left for her mDiv is her field ed., so all she has this semester is that class every other week, 10 hours in Cleveland a week, and whatever pittance of hours she can get at the library. i am at least getting a few more hours at the library, but hoping 9as always0 to find something else. my independent study is really interesting.
So far i am really reading a lot about the social and historical setting of Jesus and the nt. The book i read this week was Richard Horsley's Bandits, Prophets, and Messiahs: Popular Movements in the Time of Jesus -- very interesting and helpful in terms of giving me a lot of background on what was going on, its roots, and why it was happening. Now to place Jesus, his teachings, and his actions in that context.

molly only has cpe and a practicum left for her macm degree. She plans to work on that next year. After graduation, i hope to find gainful employment 9ideally library work9 for about a year, while i apply to phd programs in biblical languages. i would like to teach eventually. And if i can find gainful employment before graduation, that would be great to help with the financial situation. i've got a few applications in the works.

Well, that's a bit of an update from here. i've just had lj writer's block, which is really sad. Added to spotting wireless at home, and you just don't get me posting as often. now i am off to see if i can fix the shift key 9i hope this hasn't been too annoying for you. i'm not sure how annoyed i would be reading this.0

here are a few more quotes from the collection. enjoy! )
jennywren: (Default)
( Thursday, February 7th, 2008 10:08 am)

"The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong." Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher (106 BC - 43 BC)

Defiled by passion, the mind is not released. Defiled by ignorance, discernment does not develop. Thus from the fading of passion is there release of awareness. From the fading of ignorance is there release of discernment. Anguttara Nikaya

"Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long." --Leonard Bernstein

If we go down into ourselves we find that we possess exactly what we desire. -Simone Weil

It is not how old you are, but how you are old. -Jules Renard, writer (1864-1910)

“In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘you know, that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they actually change their minds and then you never hear that old view from them again. It happens every day, but I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.” –Carl Sagan 1934-1996

Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people. --Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

"Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little." —Tom Stoppard

The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask. Nancy Newhall

Thank everyone who calls out your faults, your anger, your impatience, your egotism; do this consciously, voluntarily. -Jean Toomer, poet and novelist(1894-1967)

"Translation is always a treason, and as a Ming author observes, can at its best be only the reverse side of a brocade,—all the threads are there, but not the colour or design." Okakura Kakuzo, The Book of Tea, (Japanese intellectual fluent in English, who helped introduce Eastern culture and art to the US in the late nineteenth century)

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. John Cotton Dana

To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is to be educated. Edith Hamilton

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think . . . all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. John Burroughs

However great [one]'s natural talent may be, the art of writing cannot be learned all at once. Rousseau

There is no great writing, only great rewriting. Justice Brandeis

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this -- you haven't. Thomas Edison

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. -St. Augustine (354-430)

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. Louisa May Alcott

"Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles. Whether we believe in God or karma, ethics is the foundation of every religion." His Holiness the Dalai Lama

A preacher named Gaskin once said, "Between ego and entropy, there is no need for a Devil." Spider Robinson in Time Pressure

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. - Mother Teresa

Shalom is the flower that blooms only on the tree of justice, planted near the waters of abundance, warmed by the light of truth and faithfulness. -- Anthony Prete

Prayer expresses out hope and intention to enter into an awe-filled relationship with the Divine. -- Patricia McBee

Walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one. George Fox

If our testimonies are cut off from our direct experience of God's presence, they lose their power and authority. Gene Hillman

When we have been seasoned by the Light, our lives will witness to the Divine Life that motivates us all. Marty Grundy

To begin to reach out to others with honesty requires the unearthing of our true selves. Priscilla Berggren-Thomas

Truth and consolation are two facets of the same Divine Grace. It takes both to heal us. Esther Greenleaf Murer

Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. -- Franklin P. Jones

The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. -Aldous Huxley, novelist (1894-1963)

As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world. - Virginia Woolf
jennywren: (oak tree)
( Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 11:21 pm)
For money you can have everything it is said. No that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money. -Arne Garborg, writer (1851-1924)

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. -Rumi

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. Benjamin Franklin

Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves. Pema Chodron

"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity." --Christopher Morley

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. -Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)

Society is like a stew. If you don't keep it stirred up you get a lot of scum on the top. -Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you... In spring, summer and fall, people sort of have an open season on each other; only in winter can you hve longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself." Ruth Stout

"Books to the ceiling
Books to the sky
My piles of books are a mile high.
How I love them!
How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them!"
--Arnold Lobel

"It's always the old to lead us to the war
Always the young to fall" -- Phil Ochs

Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny. -Carl Schurz

If you are at the edge of an abyss, the only progressive step is backwards. William Sloane Coffin

"If your idea is good, then you should write it. If you're not a good enough writer to do it justice, then get better. Write other things until you're good enough." --Neil Gaiman

Faith which does not doubt is dead faith. -Miguel de Unamuno, philosopher and writer (1864-1936)

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. -Anne Bradstreet

Knowing what / Thou knowest not / Is in a sense / Omniscience. -Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996)

"In mathematics you don’t understand things. You just get used to them." John von Neumann, mathematician (1903 - 1957)

"I hope that history will present me with maybe two words. One is peace. The other is human rights." - Jimmy Carter
"Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve." J.K. Rowling

"You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you've got something to say." F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Little by little the time flies by - Short if we laugh...long if we sigh." - Laura Ingalls Wilder

"There are three infallible ways of pleasing an author... 1, to tell him you have read one of his books; 2, to tell him you have read all of his books; 3, to ask him to let you read the manuscript of his forthcoming book. No. 1 admits you to his respect; No. 2 admits you to his admiration; No. 3 carries you clear into his heart." Mark Twain

"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." Ray Bradbury

"Where there is great love there are always miracles."- Willa Cather

"Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing." Lucille Clifton

“I need to put up with two or three caterpillars if I want to get to know the butterflies.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery, from his book, The Little Prince

"The Wastebasket is a writer's best friend." - Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature

"Though War speaks
Every language
It never knows
What to say
To frogs."
-- Alice Walker, in War is Never a Good Idea

"From a certain point onward, there is no turning back. That is the point that must be reached." Franz Kafka

"If it takes two hands, it's probably not worth doing." Lynn Baker

"I'm extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end." Margaret Thatcher

"I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference." Abraham Lincoln

"When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." Kahlil Gibran

"Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for." Ray Bradbury

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss

Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth. - Charles Kingsley

It is better to be a pleasant surprise than a bitter disappointment. -- Armey's Axiom #29, Dick Armey

"When I awaken, I spend about ten minutes thinking about all of the good in my life. I then program my day, affirming that everything will go well and that I will enjoy it." Louise Hay

Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."
-- The Tao of Pooh
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
jennywren: (Default)
( 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: (oak tree)
( 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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jennywren: (At table with computer)
( 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! )
jennywren: (At table with computer)
( Sunday, December 2nd, 2007 07:15 pm)

Cozy living room
Originally uploaded by JennyWren129
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! )
jennywren: (Default)
( 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 )
jennywren: (Default)
( Friday, November 23rd, 2007 04:20 pm)
The merciful lj cut )
jennywren: (Default)
( Friday, November 23rd, 2007 12:38 pm)

"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 )
jennywren: (Default)
( Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 08:11 pm)
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


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)

cash advance

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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