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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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