Monthly Archives: May 2005

On the turn signal 9

[This is my favorite thing that I wrote in college.] I would like to share with you an invention I am fairly sure you are not acquainted with. It is a little gadget in my car that I have found to be extremely useful. It’s located on a handle on the left-hand side of my […]

Every heart has so much history / It’s my favorite place to start / Sit down a while and share your narrative with me / I’m not afraid of who you are 5

Evangelism. That’s a pretty scary word, and something Mike and I have been talking about more lately. As both of us have been encountering the gospel in new ways recently, we’ve mentioned a few times that we don’t know what grown-up evangelism looks like. My experiences with “evangelism” have been pretty negative overall – the […]

And when the stars come out it dawns on me there is holy ground underneath my feet 2

Every once in a while on a summer night The sunset glows and I see the light And when the stars come out it dawns on me There is holy ground underneath my feet I really really liked Carolyn Arends for a while when I was in high school, and I still enjoy some of […]

Forgive us our trespasses 5

On Sunday as we said the Lord’s Prayer at church, I struggled a bit when we said, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” On the way to church I was telling Mike about an area in which I am struggling to forgive and in which I am afraid bitterness […]

Link of the day 6

I tried to get Mike to post this, but he’s too busy enjoying his summer vacation. So, here it is – the website currently entertaining our house: Play twenty questions with Darth Vader. (Yes, it is a Burger King site. I like it when the Burger King himself appears. hee hee.)

Anakin, you’re breaking my heart! 3

Yesterday I reached an important milestone: I realized that I am of the age where my mother doesn’t buy my lunch anymore (even though she is the one who suggested we meet for lunch). This is one of those milestones you never want to reach, but there you go. Mike was horrified in a, “Did […]

I am just a poor boy, though my story’s seldom told 8

Last night I was driving home from work, and “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel came on my iPod. I have mentioned my Simon and Garfunkel love before, and this song is one of my favorites of theirs. I got into Simon and Garfunkel when my friend Kim made me a tape of the record […]

Pivot. Pi-vot. PI-VOT. 10

Sometimes I wonder if, when I mention a problem or an issue I am dealing with on here, if it’s blatantly obvious to everyone who knows me exactly what I am talking about. That fear has kept me from publicly processing one of the bigger things I have been dealing with over the past few […]

The boy who lived 9

Spoilers for all five Harry Potter books are contained within. Since it’s less than two months until Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be in my hands, I thought I should go ahead and start my re-read, just so everything is fresh in my mind. I’m almost done with Philosopher’s Stone, and it made […]

Anything but dull 11

Mike took a Conservation Biology class this semester, and he now brings up conservation-related facts at the drop of a hat. Species going extinct, pollution, recycling . . . yesterday I told him he was excessively dull and I put a ban on conservation facts. He said I couldn’t do that, but I’m pretty sure […]

Glamorous Powers and a prideful heart 1

So, this week I’ve been reading Glamorous Powers, the second in Susan Howatch’s series on the Anglican clergy. It’s good so far (although I took time off from it to read the third book in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series yesterday . . . stop looking at me like that!), and it kind […]

Movie magic 3

I read Susan’s post about sounds she loves a couple of days ago, and then when I was discussing the upcoming Star Wars movie with Brian, I realized . . . one of the sounds I love is the sound of a movie theater full of people on opening night for a movie like Star […]

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. 9

Mike’s boss (an interior designer) came over for dinner on Sunday night. I was appropriately intimidated (especially after seeing his house a week earlier), but I tried to keep in mind that I can’t have my home all Better-Homes-and-Gardened up perfectly at the age of 25. And of course, he was kind and complimentary, because […]

On organizing a domestic library 9

I personally find that for domestic [library] purposes, the Trivial Pursuit system works better than Dewey. -Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree It surprises people when I tell them that I don’t categorize my books alphabetically or by Dewey Decimal or something. I used to arrange them alphabetically, but I quit doing that because books that […]

The perils of Western Civ 7

Disclaimer: Mike gave me permission to write this. Actually, he said, “Are you going to blog about this?” When I said that I didn’t want to post it because I figured he wouldn’t like it, he said I should. Sure, Mike is making good grades. But have you ever thought about the process by which […]

14 good things about this week 4

I have not really enjoyed this week very much. However, no one wants to read about that. Here, instead, is a list of good things from this week: -Drinking coffee out of my new mug. -Trying Vietnamese food for the first time. (Tasty.) -Seeing pictures of my aunt and uncle’s trip to Ireland (this one […]

A time of innocence, a time of confidences 10

“Time it was and what a time it was A time of innocence A time of confidences Long ago it must be I have a photograph Preserve your memories They’re all that’s left you” -Simon and Garfunkel, “Bookends” On the last day of Governor’s School, someone played this song and said, “This is how I […]

Life is something not to miss / The taste of ice cream, your first kiss / And when love takes your hand 2

“As I write I am aware that my memory has made much out of very little.” – Marilynne Robinson, Gilead I read that, and I thought, “Don’t we all do that?” To me, it seems that so much of what I value in life is small. You can browse the archives here and see that […]

Why wait for the weekend to have fun? 9

What a weekend. Friday night, (a very good place to start) Mike’s boss took us and another couple from church to The Melting Pot, which was incredibly fun. I was the designated driver for our car, so I watched as Mike imbibed a Cosmo and a drink we think is called Vanilla Cake Batter. It’s […]