- Washer/Dryer (more specifically, the guy who comes to get my laundry and brings it back to me clean)
- DVR - favorite of all time - changed my life
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Skinny Corporate Wannabe: "That could make you, like, SO powerful!"
Stasha: Clearly she's talking about spinach. What else could it be?
Setting: Park near Chloe's house, Dad and Chloe walking together in the grass.
Chloe: Hey, Papa
Papa: Yes, sweetie?
Chloe: Did you know that elephants are sometimes called pachyderms?
Friday, April 18, 2008
This is certainly a strange way to start out a Friday Five but it made me think about what I might like to do if I knew it would only last for 24 hours. There are no reality boundaries to these imaginings. So here are the five things for you to consider...
1. If you could dramatically change your physical appearance for 24 hours, what would you do?
I think I'd become a man, just to see what it's like and to see how I'd be treated differently.
2. If you could live in another place for 24 hours where would you go?
"Someplace warm, where the beer flows like wine, and beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano....ASPEN" (bonus points if you can guess the movie)
Seriously, probably anywhere that it's culturally appropriate to take naps.
3. You get to do somebody else's job for a day...
I'd like to try being a personal shopper, I think.
4. Spend the day with another person from anywhere in time and space...
I'd like to go back a few generations and spend time with my Mennonite family in Prussia and see what their lives were like, particularly the women.
5. A magical power is yours. Which one would you pick?
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Paul Giamatti plays John Adams with a doughy churlishness befitting the second president. He is obnoxious and not well-liked, a fact of which he is aware, but does not mind, until he is met with the great diplomat Ben Franklin, played with quirky sparkle by the inimitable Tom Wilkinson. Wilkinson lights up the screen with his frankly humble, but wryly shrewd Franklin and makes me wish that we could expect a follow-up series with him in the title role. The wise and witty Abigail Adams is played with characteristic brilliance by the great Laura Linney. For me, a great performance from the perennial Oscar-nominee is a foregone conclusion, and Linney does not disappoint. The other founders look as though they've just stepped off the currency printing plates of our various bills, David Morse with his prosthetic nose and wooden teeth and Stephen Dillane as a finely featured Jefferson. Morse serpentines gingerly over the line between reserved and stoic and 2-dimensional and boring - my jury is still out on his performance. Dillane's Jefferson is a stark contrast to Sam Neill's offering in Sally Hemmings.
It's a great thing to take speeches and correspondence from nearly 2-and-a-half centuries ago and make them come alive enough to appeal to a post-modern audience. The beauty of this series is its relevance to today. Adams was considered guilty of a blind hope for wanting independence from tyranny. Sound familiar?
11:10 - We always start a bit late. We use a countdown program that counts down 5 minutes and is supposed to start at 11, but whatever. It all works out.
11:11 - The band leads "You Are Worthy of My Praise." Bruce is explaining what we're doing. We're in a series on Creation - our place in the world. Last week we looked at Genesis 1 and this week it's Genesis 2. As part of that we're offering people some options for expressing their own creativity. We have tables all over with clay, pipe cleaners, legos, and painting. There are some folks live-blogging as well, which is what I'm about here. I'll share my thoughts as I have them.
11:17 - We're doing announcements and apparently we're doing a membership class called "Exploring your Inner Bobblehead." This is what happens when I miss a staff meeting.
11:26 - Confession. I proofread it, so hopefully I didn't miss anything.
11:27 - I didn't. Whew.
11:28 - forgiveness and passing the peace. We don't usually do it and I really wish we did. Usually we do the confession and move on. Sometimes it feels like, "You suck. Now think about how much you suck. Now here's the scripture." I'm into the whole absolution thing.
Scripture: Genesis 1:16 - 2 & Gen 2:15 - 25
11:33 - Beginning sermon. Here's how I'll do this: our sermons are interactive, so I'll type up Bruce's main points and some of the comments and answers given and then I'll italicize my own thoughts.
Since the scripture is the "rib story" so we'll see how this goes.
Bruce is talking about the moderator race and asking what it means to have a church for the future and what do we need to change today. Just because we paint and use legos in church doesn't mean we are immune from getting stuck in tradition.
Understanding that God is in the midst of people that I don't like should transform the way we interact with people. He said more stuff, but that one is important for me. I tend to see people I don't like or those with whom I disagree and not necessarily see God in them. I think they're evil.
So, we're at the Rib story. How do we respond to it?
1. It's poetic. Mystery of God...yada yada
2. See - this is equality or see, they're different
Why are there two stories?
- one is general, one is detail
- large sections added later
- different traditions
- strand theory - strands of writings - JEDP, basically
What can we get out of the 2nd creation story?
- God doesn't want people to be alone, building of community, community has purpose
- domination, if man came first, man rules over everything, including woman
- God saved the best for last
- mutually complementary relationship
- what does it say to our relationships as we move out of our family's homes
Read alone and interpreted on its own without looking at the whole of scripture is dangerous. We have to look at the breadth of scripture and the character of God to interpret all passages.
Basically, Bruce took the road of broadening the view and asking what we can do to expand our view to honor the presence of God in all creation. I'm glad he did that rather than focus on the gender issue, because it's easy to get focused on that small stuff and I appreciate him taking it out and making it bigger. At the same time he's pushing us out of our comfort zone and encouraging us to see outside our own walls.
12:02 - Sermon and discussion over. The band leads "Hear Our Praises" - one of my favorite Hillsongs and really fits with the theme. At this point we also give our offerings and have some time for reflection.
Here's my reflection:
Going back to the creation stories in scripture and the way people interpret them - I grew up going to Christian schools and was taught a literal interpretation of Creation, young earth, etc. We had very conservative textbooks from Pensacola, where they grow the crazy. As I grew and developed my own hermeneutic, I stopped caring about whether or not the story was metaphorical or literal. The bottom line is that we weren't there and to focus so completely on that is a distraction from the gospel. I would much rather see it as a reflection of the character of God than a literal description of the beginning of the world.
I believe God is capable of creating the world in 6 literal 24-hour time periods, or of directing an evolutionary process over centuries. Who cares? The bottom line is that while I believe that God directed the creation process but I don't know how God did it, and I'm ok with that.
My favorite interpretation of the Creation story is from Phyllis Trible as she looks at the literary structure of Genesis 1. There is a parallel structure where God separates air from water, air from land and water from land and then fills them with heavenly bodies, fish and birds, plants and animals, and then humans. The idea is that God is all about taking things that are empty and filling them with joyful, abundant life. That tells me about God's character and how God works in the world and I'm happy to have that view of the story rather than a view that restricts the interpretation to actual creation.
12:07 - Community prayers. We've had a lot of people have illness, death and tragedy lately and it's made our prayer times heavy, but really lovely as we carry burdens for each other.
12:12 - We close with the prayer that has been progressively written on a white board today during our service as part of our creative activities. People have come up and written a line as they felt led during the service.
12:13 - we are closing with "You Are So Good to Me." Also a fave.
Thanks for being with me during the live blog. Here are some photos of the service:
Thursday, April 10, 2008
My Indiana Friend Beth, whom I met in Portland tagged me for this meme. As a narcissist, it appealed to me on many levels, so I went with it.
here are the rules:
a. post the rules at the beginning.
b. answer the questions about yourself.
c. tag 5 people you know and let them know in their blog comments that you tagged them so they can participate.
here are the questions:
1. what was i doing 10 years ago?
I was living in Phoenix working for my dad and working at a local church as the Children's Arts Coordinator. A month later I'd accept an opportunity and hastily move to California and end up in San Francisco where I remain.
2. snacks i enjoy
Peanut butter on apples, cucumbers and tomatoes with lots of salt, pita chips
3. five things on my to-do list today
1) Count my points for Fat Camp
2) Print out my tax returns
3) Take Anni to the airport
4) File some paperwork at home
5) Change the sheets on my bed
4. things i would do if i became a billionaire
I'd pay off my parents' and brother's debts, give a chunk to the babies for their college funds, travel, fund an orphan care program in Kenya
5. three bad habits
- leaving clothes everywhere
5. five places i have lived
Phoenix, AZ, St. Davids, PA, San Francisco, CA, Mill Valley, CA, Flagstaff, AZ
6. jobs i have had:
Family business - print shopCirculation Supervisor in a theology library
Office ManagerChildren's Ministry Coordinator
7. things people don’t know about me (well, some people do):
If you read this, consider yourself tagged!
- I had a 1989 V8 Mustang fastback my senior year in high school
- I have been in most of the contiguous 48 states
- I have an irrational love for Bruce Boxleitner
- My only childhood scar is a large dent in my right butt cheek from falling out of a tree at the age of 6 and landing on a tree root that was sticking out of the ground
- I've had Dallas Willard's home phone number in my cell phone since 2001 and can't bring myself to delete it (but I've never used it - he called me for a conference I was coordinating, long story)
- I eat with my fingers a lot more than I should
- My jammies have to match - top and bottom - or I can't sleep
Monday, April 07, 2008
- Dinner and hanging out with Lara. We made a great dinner of seared tuna and salmon, steamed broccoli and salad - delicious.
- I played the Wii for the first time - created a Mii and everything. I played bowling and some Super Mario Universe game. I was never so much with the video games even when they first came out and we had Atari and Colecovision at our house, but this was kind of a good time.
- I payed TEN DOLLARS for two pints of Ben & Jerry's. Damn you corner store - damn you!
- Slept in and enjoyed a delicious breakfast. I love a lazy Saturday AM breakfast. My routine is to eat breakfast while watching The Soup from the night before. Joel McHale is the funniest person alive.
- Went to the Annie Leibovitz exhibit at the Legion of Honor. Photography is my favorite medium because I really love the realism of it and no one captures people in both natural and staged situations like Annie.
- Got a facial. I have the best facial lady in the free world. More than once I woke myself up by snoring during the process. So don't care though - it was fabulous.
- I had dinner and hung out with AZ. We had french bread pizzas and caesar salad and chocolate chip raspberry fruit bars for dessert.
- After dinner we watched The Last King of Scotland. Well-deserved Oscar, Forrest! You played the crazy better that Jack in Cuckoo's Nest.
- Church in the morning, which was great. We had a great crowd there - only 6 fewer people than Easter - and that was with some regulars being out. I'll write more on our current series on Creation later.
- Steering Committee Meeting. I have no power - I just have to sit there, so therefore, I will say nothing.
- I had some time to chill in the afternoon and watched the season finale of New Adventures of Old Christine. That show is absolutely brilliant.
- Sunday evening I attended a performance of Caroline, or Change in Mountain View. Such a fantastic show - more of a folk pop opera than a musical. One scene in particular was toward the end when Caroline recognized the need for change inside herself, both to benefit her and her children, and it is set in such a way that echoes the scene from Gone With the Wind when Scarlet vows to never be hungry again. In this case, however, it was a woman dealing with internal demons rather than external, and pleading with God to change her and submitting to God's leadership, rather than telling God what God should do. It was very moving and all the performances were excellent.
That's all, but that's a lot. As you might imagine I'm dragging a bit today, but it was all worth it. Good times.