January 29, 2008

Tuesday's minute donation

Please click on the site below to help donate free mammograms to women who cannot afford them. These are integral in detecting breast cancer before it does damage to a woman. My own mother recently recovered from an early diagnosis.

Here is the site: breast cancer site.com

Thank you!

January 27, 2008

Rare writing sample unearthed!

One of the rare joys of returning to your childhood home is getting to sort through fourteen bins of childhood trinkets, report cards, artwork and homework. Why do our parents save these things? I am convinced it is not for them but because they know what a heavy dose of nostalgia does to a person, even if the end result is throwing it all away.

Not to brag, but my strength from early childhood was written communication. Humor played a close second so the majority of my memorabilia turned out to be folders full of writing assignments, some accompanied by original illustrations, packed with puns I still find funny today.

In the interest of paring down my collection to- gasp!- one box of goodies only a child could love, I decided to electronically store some of these treasures. Here is one such sample, an assignment to report on a rock concert of the fictitious group "Traveling Noise." If you're lucky, someday I might show you my seashell and charm necklace collections.

From 11-year-old me to you, enjoy.


"Traveling Noise" will be in concert on Saturday night the ninth of October. The band will be holding the concert in the Fargodome, although you will probably be able to hear them in Detroit Lakes, too (40 miles away). The group will be performing their smash hit, "Scream If You Know My Name," along with "Turn That Music Up" and "To Yell is to Sell," from their new album, "Wow, We're Loud."

When asked if Traveling Noise was any good a woman replied, "What? I can't hear you, speak louder," which we interpreted as a yes. Our news team also interviewed a man from Baltimore, Oregon who said they were the best group he'd heard in a long time, even though after the last show he couldn't hear a thing.

The group will go from Fargo, ND directly to Paris, then fly to Munich, Moscow and Perth, Australia before returning home to Seattle, Washington. The whole world is expected to be deaf one week from now.

January 10, 2008

Pardon the pause

In case I have any readers left at all...

I will soon be moving to Minnesota and until I do I will be somewhat unavailable. Certainly you have noticed my absence from the blogging world for the past months, and it has not been for no good reason. Finding myself incapable of mustering both energy and the joy necessary in one's life to want to share it with others, I have grown silent.

Yet, there is much to be said about keeping one's mouth shut. I have always wanted to be one who had more incoming than outgoing and, though I somewhat wish it was in monetary form, I am quite satisfied, more so even, with it being in spiritual currency.

I'm not trying to be enigmatic, or learned, or anything but what I am, what I know beyond all fleeting habits, activities and loyalties that I am; a foolish sinner. Take heart, gentle reader, in knowing that I have been saved and am undergoing a sanctification process by my Lord as we converse. You can trust my proclamation as much as you can trust Him, because it comes from Him. I pray you are also being tried by and refined in the fire. It is a terrifying and precious place to find oneself.

Until we speak again, please believe I will try to pray for each and every one of you. I will try to love you despite myself, and I hope you love me in spite of me. Or at least try. And also search your scriptures daily. Don't just read over what you have read before, but search out that which you would be shown. God is sovereign, His word tells us so and His will shall be done. Amen.

Here is to safe traveling, domestically and abroad, and to making the mountaintop visit only every so often, so that we do not become transfixed on the experience of it, but transfixed on who we have met there.

Love to all of you,

When he took the three disciples to the mountainside to pray,
his countenance was modified, his clothing was aflame.
Two men appeared: Moses and Elijah came; they were at his side.
The prophecy, the legislation spoke of whenever he would die.

Then there came a word of what he should accomplish on the day.
Then Peter spoke, to make of them a tabernacle place.
A cloud appeared in glory as an accolade. They fell on the ground.
A voice arrived, the voice of God, the face of God, covered in a cloud.

What he said to them, the voice of God: the most beloved son.
Consider what he says to you, consider what's to come.
The prophecy was put to death, was put to death, and so will the Son.
And keep your word, disguise the vision till the time has come.

Lost in the cloud, a voice: Have no fear! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign: Son of man! Turn your ear!
Lost in the cloud, a voice: Lamb of God! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign: Son of man! Son of God!
Sufjan Stevens, The Transfiguration


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