Sunday, May 25, 2008

Goodbye #1



This past Friday, I said my first hard-to-say Goodbye. There are many more people - friends, colleagues, groups - and I'm not looking forward to it. I have to keep reminding myself: I'm not dying, I'll be back in a few years, and all of my wonderful friends will still be alive, God willing.

(but what if they're not?)

When I broke up with Eikon, Genevieve was my breath of fresh air, reminding me of my own personal depth that had gone untapped, helping me to realize that I had buried in my St. Cloud loneliness and depression.

What am I going to miss about Genevieve?
  • Her ability to analyze herself and others. She's never afraid to ask what I think of her, and it's really encouraged me to analyze myself and my own practices.
  • Her omni-presence. She was always available to me, if not in person, by phone, especially this past semester of living alone.
  • Her spirituality. Ewww. She makes me pray when we go out to dinner. That's gross, but I'll miss it. No really, G always stays in-touch with her beliefs, but she's never afraid to question them, or question the Church.
  • Her curls. What can I say, I'm a sucker for curls.
Of course there is much more I could say. G has been a warm presence of goodness in my life. I'm going to miss her dearly.



Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New Blog: SOJUYA

Aspiring theologian and student of divinity, Laura has begun her own blog. The intent is to chronicle her research and studies regarding Young Adults and their involvement in Social Justice.

Check it out: SOJUYA.net

NPR: Strangers bring us closer to God

If you're an NPR fan, you might be familiar with their essay series, "This I Believe." A collection of credos by various people, not necessarily rooted in religion or faith, but more focussed in the self, and self-understanding.

Until recently, I thought being a Christian was all about belief. I didn't know any Christians, but I considered them people who believed in the virgin birth, for example, the way I believed in photosynthesis or germs.

But then, in an experience I still can't logically explain, I walked into a church and a stranger handed me a chunk of bread. Suddenly, I knew that it was made out of real flour and water and yeast — yet I also knew that God, named Jesus, was alive and in my mouth. Continue reading here (or listen)


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Boston!

Mandi, Ellen, and I are having a good time in Beautiful Boston. No need to talk, here are a few vids for your consumption.

Ellen and I like to run and scream:

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Ellen, a native Manchester By the Seaonian offers a tour of her picturesque, xenophobic village by the sea on Cape Ann.

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And here's a photo album for you.
Boston May 2008

Friday, May 16, 2008

Irony: reading living poor. Drinking star bucks

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Free to Be You And Me

This past week, I discovered that my dear friend Laura and I were both raised on Marlo Thomas's Free to Be You and Me and Free to be A Family. My parents are pretty reserved people, but if there's any question that they're liberals, this solidifies it. The whole point of this series, which comes in the form of a CD, book, and movie, was to challenge gender and racial stereotypes. I think this silly project is a big part of why I'm so comfortable with myself, and perhaps, the reason my siblings and I are usually so quick to follow our dreams.

There's the football player singing "It's alright to cry"



There's the boy who wanted a doll,



And what really is gender anyway?



I'm really dying to know if anyone else was raised on this wonderful material?

Thursday, May 8, 2008

NPR:Parents Consider Treatment to Delay Son's Pubert

NPR's coverage never ceases to amaze me. Today I heard this wonderful story, and was so moved, I went online and gave 20 bucks. I questioned, I laughed, I almost cried. Lets face it friends. Nobody does it like NPR.

Robert and Danielle instituted an "only-in-the-house" rule when their son Armand was around 5, a modest effort to save him from himself.

By that point, Robert and Danielle were exhausted. They had tried for years to steer Armand away from female clothing, fearing their young son would become the object of neighborhood ridicule. But nothing they said or did seemed to make any difference. There was no dissuading him, and so the only-in-the-house rule seemed like reasonable compromise. Continue reading here or listen.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

St. Cloud Superman

Those of you from the area, might be familiar with the phenomenon of St. Cloud Superman.
St. Cloud Superman is a local icon, a strange human being that find enjoyment dressing up as Superman and hitting the streets of St. Cloud. I could explain it more carefully, but MPR's In the Loop host and performer, cutie Jeff Horwich can do a much better job,



Thursday, May 1, 2008

My Family and Education



My dad just sent me an e-mail hinting at a bit of pride that all of his kids have graduate degrees. Mom and Dad's view of education (go wherever you want, study whatever you want, be what you want to be) has been a big influence on me. I think that is really reflected in our various degrees:
  • Eldest Brother - J.D.
    • Spouse - M.A. Education
  • Theologian Mom- M.A. Theology* (working on Ph.D.)
    • Spouse - M.A., Ph.D. Theology
  • Midwife Sis - M.S.N. in Midwifery (or something)
    • Spouse-to-be - M.B.A. in Industrial Business?*
  • Myself - M.A. Liturgical Music*
  • Mom - M.A. Education (Guidance Counseling)
  • Dad - J.D.
As I said to my dad in response to his pride, now if only one of us could start making decent money. :-) It's clearly not going to be me!
*= Degrees yet to be conferred his spring

Check! Music History


Hooray! I've passed my Music History proficiency. Let me tell you, It wasn't early. After 2 oral follow ups, and two written follow-ups to the original test, I've finally proved to the proctor that I know enough about Liszt's Sonata in B Minor, which apparently is a very important part of a broad overview of the history of music in the western world.

Go figure.

Anyway, now to the exciting stuff!
  • Graduation Banquet - Tonight!
  • Graduation - May 11th
  • Trip to Boston - May 16th
  • Trip to Iowa and Mo - May 29th
  • Ann's Wedding - May 14th
  • July 1st - Staging for the Peace Corps
Between all that, I need to
  • Start packing, or deciding what I need. . .
  • Sell some furniture, put the rest in to storage. Pack up books to store.
  • Handover my beloved dog to Jason
  • Learn French! For real!
It's May 1st, and I can already say that my last two months are FLYING!