Monday May 29, 2006

This is amazing.  And it is taken directly from the 700 club web page.  Please do yourself a favor and watch the video.  If you want to watch the video, click here and then you are only one click away from Pat Robertson.

Did you know that Pat Robertson, through rigorous training, leg-pressed 2,000 pounds! How did he do it?

Watch a video of Pat leg-pressing 1,000 pounds.

Where does Pat find the time and energy to host a daily, national TV show, head a world-wide ministry, develop visionary scholars, while traveling the globe as a statesman?

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My only questions if Pat is so busy hosting a TV show, leading a world wide ministty, developing scholars, and traveling the globe, how did he have time to develop a shake that is delicious and nutritous???

That is all.  Thank you NPR for telling me about Pat Robertson’s massive quads.
Best wishes.

Friday May 26, 2006

well, let me open with a quote from the founder of the NAACP, W.E.B. DuBois:

(speaking about the church and its role in black-white relations)

“[the church] is mainly a social organisation, pathetically timid and human; it is going to stand on the side of wealth and power; it is going to espouse any cause which is sufficiently popular with eagerness”

this is a quote taken from the book:
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America.

Briefly, the main argument of the book is that despite good intentions, the way that white evangelicals understand and address issues of race and racial reconcilation is counterproductive and in reality preserves racial inequality.  This is due to many factors, historical, cultural, and religious; racial isolation and a tendency to focus on the individual rather than systems and strucutres blinds white evangelicals to the reality of race in America.

I don’t necesarily agree with everything written, but I found it very challenging.  I would like to propose a disucssion for the fall.  Read the book over the summer and I’ll provide the coffee in the fall.  Sound like a deal?  Good.  Buy it, check it out from the library, borrow it from me when you come to visit.

on another note: i my opinion (which is not very sports minded) ben wallace and tayshaun prince were responsible for tonights victory.  tayshaun because he consistently does all the small things to do the job and ben because he drew so many offensive fouls and was knocked down by shaq relentlessly.  done and done.

life at home carries on.  I wish I could say I made more progress on my summer goals, but I haven’t yet.  I have: read some, applied to work at a bike shop, spent time at the westside library, maintains some relationships and tended to my cracked heel.  not a bad start on things.

i hope that life is swell for everyone out there tonight.  the dryer is done and i am off to fold.
peace.

Monday May 22, 2006

summer is upon us.

as of last night, i am back home in GR where I plan on residing for the rest of the summer.  other than that, i have no firm plans and would welcome and suggestions, job offers, or visitors.

list of this to do this summer:

  • read a lot
    • I am amassing quite a list.  Please recommend something to me.
    • I’ll make a list sometime.  let’s read together and then discuss over coffee.  that sounds swell.
  • get a job
    • bike shop (I plan on applying tomorrow (despite having no experience))
    • hospital work (pushing patients or warehouse work)
    • landscaping/construction
    • waiter/busboy
    • bookstore/library
  • learn to repair bikes
    • if i get the job, score!
    • if not, i will persist.
  • garden
    • my mom has a large garden.  always work to be done.
  • minor home repair
    • create comfortable space for reading
  • become physically fit.
    • start running
    • bike riding
    • drink less pop
  • investigate mathematics and philosophy/theology
    • i’m going to email a professor at calvin college.
    • read.  read.  read.
  • learn a language
    • review Greek
    • spanish lessons?
  • write letters – maintain friendships
    • give me your email and i will email you.
    • give me your address and i will write you.
  • learn to cook more dishes
    • vegetables.
    • grilling stuff.
    • anything ‘from-scratch’
  • spend time at the westside library
    • this is self explanitory.
    • it is a beautiful library.
  • travel somewhere
    • somewhere cheap would be best.
    • i don’t like flying.
  • obtain cell phone charger.
    • will search through north park artifacts.
    • if no luck, i will purchase a replacement.
  • heal cracked heel.
    • it is quite painfully.
    • liberally applied lotion.

that is about all.  that is my summer (in list form).  have a glorious monday.

Monday May 15, 2006

greetings xanga world,

i did not graduate recently, nor have I left chicago.  i have to stay an extra few days to finish up my mini-teaching and will reside in the murakami household for the duration of the week.

i seem to have misplaced my cell phone charger, and as the result of a dead battery, communication via cell phone is on a temporary hiatus.  electronic forms of communication (email, xanga, facebook) are to be preferred in the interim.

i don’t have any great ‘this is what life is like after the semester’ insights or entries.  life continues.  and though i am sad a little blue the semester is over, i am not devasted.  i’m sure the devastation will come.

that is about all.  the library is barren and the green space looks beautiful.

i hope and pray that everyone is having a fabulous day.
peace be with y’all.