Sunday April 30, 2006

believe it or not, it is time for a new entry.

my summer plans have not be clarified, and quite frankly this is starting to distress and worry me.  i have the options narrowed down to grand rapids and Appalachia, but am lacking the insight, direction, and discernment to commit to the next step.  once again, any prayers or advice would be accepted and welcomed.

how is this for an insightful quote critiquing our society founded on liberalism:

“No, I won’t condemn anyone for putting ketchup on a hot dog. This is the land of the free. And if someone wants to put ketchup on a hot dog and actually eat the awful thing, that is their right.  It is also their right to put mayo or chocolate syrup or toenail clippings or cat hair on a hot dog. Sure, it would be disgusting and perverted, and they would be shaming themselves and their loved ones. But under our system of government, it is their right to be barbarians.”                                                            –Mike Royko

academic work to complete:
10 page research paper (Lutheran understanding of church and state)
3 page reflection paper
12 page paper for medieval thought (Aquinas, Augustine, and ‘2+2=4’)
15 more days of mini-teaching
3 observations for mini-teaching.

so i will be busy, but not insane.

i have decided to eat pretzels, drink RC cola, and check my mail every afternoon until the end of the semester.  look out.

opera tomorrow.  come and see two operas that have really grown on me.  also, it may be my last concert as a north park cello player.

i am bracing myself for the tidal wave of nostalgia, sentimental emotions, and fear of change that is sure to accompany the close of this semester.

peace.

Monday April 24, 2006

Crisis:  Summer is a mere 3 weeks away and I have no idea what I will be doing.

Plea:  Help me discern where I should spend my summer

Options:

Job:  Site Manager for mission trips in Appalachia
Location:  Appalachia (KY)
Pros:  Sounds fun, I’d work with Mennonites, Appalachia really intrigues me, good service.
Cons:  Very low paying, I’d work with a small staff I have never met, lonely.

Job:  ???
Location:  Chicago (Tim Murakami’s house?)
Pros:  By North Park (and North Parkers), I’d have friends.
Cons:  The question marks on the job line, I didn’t really love last summer, $.

Job:  ??? (I’ve got some options)
Location:  Grand Rapids (My house)
Pros:  I would be nice spending time with the parents, free room and board,
Cons:  I have almost no friends in Grand Rapids, no great job waiting for me.

Job:  Camp Counselor
Location:  Covenant Heights or PLCBC
Pros:  I’ve worked there before, I love camp and counseling, good community of camp staff.
Cons:  Not a lot of money, exhausting work, weird going back.

General Guidlines:
The only reason I am concerned about money is that I am graduating soon and don’t want to be forced to take a bad job because I am strapped for cash. 
My criteria for a summer job is that it be Good and that I not go into massive debt.

That list is by no means exhaustive.
Feel free to make suggestions, job offers, or criticisms.
Comment, email, or conversations are all accepted mediums of communication.
Anything to help me discern, decipher, and decided what I should do this summer.

Sunday April 16, 2006

Christ the Lord is risen today!

very hopeful.  i think that Easter should be a party.  in fact, maybe i’ll have a party next week celebrating the resurrection.  more details forthcoming.

i’m glad i have this resurrection joy to counteract the hopelessness found in MTV’s sweet 16.  stunning.

i have been thinking about a lot of thinks.  if you would like to talk to me about:

  • a summer job
  • a new bike
  • my future
  • covenant history, heritage, or identity.

please let me know; i would love to talk to you.

that may be it.  hope everyone is having a blessed Easter.

Tuesday April 11, 2006

spring is when the dorms vomit the wretched masses out onto the green space.
it is when we stumble around blinded by the light now hitting our face.

we resist the sun, but it overtakes
the library calls, studies we forsake.

we venture from our vile homes, our and dank and dark little rooms
our destination is the green space, fresh and clean amid daffodil blooms.

spring breezes blow change, hope and life renewed
it beckons us all, babes and frisbee dudes.

it is for all a sign of freedom, hope, and liberation
at the very least, an excuse for procrastination