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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Country Boys

FRONTLINE: country boys | PBS

I suggest that you watch this documentary about two boys growing up in rural Appalachia. It is very insightful and inspiring. This has definitely motivated me want to make a difference in a young person's life by being a mentor.

The program started Monday night and goes through Wednesday night. If you missed an episode it is viewable from the website.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Life is beautiful. I truly couldn't ask for anything more than the good Lord has given to me. My wonderful family, my great friends, and all the opportunities I've had to really shine. Praise God!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Thoughts on mortality

It seems that everyone is dying lately. And of cancer no less. This neighborhood isn't the same as it used to be. The years have revealed a difference in our neighbors, at least physically. Coming back only once every few months the change is much more noticeable.

Two days ago my neighbor Ray died of cancer. My other neighbor Jim is in hospice right now because of a brain tumor. My friend Mike's grandma died last week of cancer. And I know of many others who have cancer and are battling to stay alive.

Many people my age don't think much about dying. If they do it's usually in the context of their older relatives or friends relatives. But how often do we consider our own deaths? That's something, in the past few years, that has gotten more and more of my attention. Life is indeed fleeting. But, as shown by the people I know who are dying or have already died, our lives have an enormous impact on others.

I'm not sure where I want to go with this thought. Perhaps it is just to say that thoughts of our own mortality are necessary for a good life. We can't walk around each and every day ignoring the inevitable. But we also don't need to dwell on it. Aknowledging our eventual death forces us to evaluate the truly important things in life.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Where do I go from here?

Crazy how life moves by so fast. Two months ago I was immersed in schoolwork with my mind set to graduating in December. Now, after a couple weeks of celebration and holidays I face nine months of relative freedom of choice. The future lies open before me with prospects of adventure and many new experiences awaiting me. All at once I feel shackled and unburdened. Everpresent bills must be paid and yet, despite that, I am not worried about what is to come.

For those of you I have not told, which is everyone besides my family and a couple of friends, I will not be attending seminary this semester. Time off from many consecutive years of school seems like the right thing at this point in my life. But no worries; I'll get back into it in the fall, God willing. Until then I'll have some time to work, hang out with you my friends, and go for a little hike. ;-)

To all of you who have made my life journey the adventure that it is I thank you. Without your support and encouragement I would never have gotten to where I am today. Many blessings upon you all.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Moving on...

There is a strangeness to it, this graduation thing. At once I am free of the bonds of general academia yet I am being imprisoned again in the chains of higher learning. Will this money for knowledge exchange never cease? What's more it is completely voluntary!

To tell the truth it hasn't quite hit me yet that I'm graduating in four days. What is of more importance to me right now is the fact that I'll be home in five days. Somehow getting back to the place of my genesis has taken precedence over the conclusion of nearly twenty years of standardized education. Go figure.

What now, you ask? Seminary and all the glorious delving into scripture and other pieces of literature that comes with it. I will truly miss the days of my undergraduate education here. However, I am ready for the next stage of my life and whatever it may bring. Not to mention I have until January 31st until classes start. A whole month all to myself with only occasional work at the cafeteria to occupy me? Oh, joy! This hasn't happened in years! Now, how to make the most of it?

Monday, November 28, 2005

Not your average p(o)et

I feel the inspiration for a song coming on. However, I currently lack the motivation required to do anything about it. Is that bad? Perhaps I'll get to it tomorrow morning. For the time being I am quite content to just sit here at the library front desk and waste time looking at peoples' facebook profiles. And just the other day I was telling a friend I hardly ever spend time on facebook (I guess that makes me a liar or a hypocrite, or both).

The thing with me and song ideas is that I can put off writing them down for a couple of days and they still come out pretty good. Every once in a while, though, there are those rare songs which cry out to be written down immediately. In such instances it is necessary to get off my lazy butt and start writing/composing. Ahh, good times.

That reminds me of something else. Poetry. When I'm at school I hardly ever write any poetry. There is just so much other stuff going on that it seems to drown out my creativity. And that really is very disappointing because there are some pretty good lines floating about in my otherwise unengaged mind. And now for some Matthew Shakespeare: "Hark! What light through yonder window breaks? It is graduation and December 16th is the sun!" 18 days, my friends. 18 days.

And one last thing. Is this really a dog? Wow... that's all I can say. Wow...

Saturday, November 26, 2005

I'm not sure what else I meant to say about Thanksgiving. But I will tell you about last night. Two of my sisters and my brother-in-law (pictured below) as well as my friend Jeff went to see the latest Harry Potter installment for free. Honestly I don't remember when the last time I paid for a movie in Livonia was. Many thanks to Michelle who totally rocks! Unfortunately we couldn't get free slushies but it was worth a try.

When we got back to the house we banged on my parents window from the outside just to make sure they were home and then we went inside to watch another movie. I tell ya, every time I come home from school I end up watching at least ten movies. Anyway, we were watching Jurassic Park III which was on TV and yes, I definitely fell asleep again. It wasn't until around 4am that I woke up from sleeping on the couch in the basement and finally made my way upstairs to my bed.

Today Allen, my dad, and I made a gingerbread house while my sisters and mom were away doing some Christmas shopping. I've got some pictures on facebook for those of you who are my friends on there. There are way too many to put on this site. Then I did some homework before going downstairs to hang out with Allen and watch some more movies.

Pretty soon it'll be time for dinner. I hear my name being called from downstairs so I'll catch ya'll later.

I think this sums up Thanksgiving, courtesy of my brother-in-law.