Thursday, February 26, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
One of the great things I love about the PCC sylvania campus is that it is 5 wonderful minutes from multnomah village. I LOVE the village. I sit here in the village starbucks with my tall drip with hazelnut and cream more often these days due to the hour-ish break between classes on thursdays. It is a fantastic place to people watch. The village is a vast accumulation of all the peoples of portland and whether we like it or not, starbucks is the epitome of that.
The two women in front of me love Jesus, but they forget to pick up their fairly large amount of trash before they leave. By the window overlooking the main street, a woman on the phone discusses the meaning of life. A cute group of old guys just walked in with canes and windbreakers in hand and it is joyful because the bright sun that makes this january day so perfect, is beating down warmth upon my back.
Next to me a blond woman in a fashionably adorable red jacket is contemplating the purchase of a travel mug. A mug which i imagine she will fill with a skinny vanilla latte. Two children (toddlers! my favorite!) have now occupied the shrunken table behind me. The woman with them, I assume is their mother, is young.... very young...maybe a nanny?
A hip portland couple walked in...
...you know the ones I mean.
The mom/nanny buys a tall drip refill...toddlers require copious amounts of energy. I know how she feels.
I get up, and walk out. Filled with sunny joy and caffeine, waving to one of the toddlers staring at my with intense wonder and curiosity.
Time for chemistry.
peace and love friends,
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I have change the name of my blog. It is now "Wonder as I wander" giving full credit to Josh White and the people at solid rock. I feel it is appropriate. To wander in search of God, in search of faith. I hope that you can join me.
Now, my story.
Whenever you are driving down a road, do you ever see some car that catches your attention? Has some sort of sticker, or obvious quirk that sets it apart? And after seeing said car, continue to see it throughout the next days or even weeks? This indeed happened to me this morning. Maybe I am just weird. Usually I would blame it on the fact that I consider myself an "observer" of people. It might just be the word I use to make myself feel less like a creeper when I watch people (I promise I am not trying to be creepy), but I think that this happens to people that are not just me. Now this may not have a whole lot of significance, and you may in fact be thinking.... "and the point is?"... I have one, I swear. And here it is. Do you ever wonder about the people that you come across when you are just living your daily life? the woman with the kids at target, the guy in the car next to you? Do you ever think about how often you come in contact with this complete stranger without even realizing it? I have been thinking about this more recently. About how we might notice one person, but not the other. The more I think about it, the more amazed I get at how interesting life is, and how absolutely mysterious God is. I have decided that it is a gift to God to notice these people. Whether it be a gift to us, to them, or perhaps both. Either way, I take notice in the people I notice now, and I pray for them. It is really all we can do without knowing anything about them, who they are or what they are going through in that very moment.
So what should you take away from this?
that is really all we can do. for now.
peace and love friends.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Most of the new year's blogs are recaps of the last year and resolutions for the one upon us. Honestly, I did nothing all that exciting this year that you who are reading this don't already know about and I don't make resolutions... I make goals (they are different, I don't care what you say). All that really matters is that each year, you grow in someone better than you were the year before. You make things count.
Keep that in mind :)
peace and love friends.
Monday, December 8, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistan is continuing to conduct raids on targets linked to the outlawed group that India blames for last month's massacre in Mumbai.
Indian authorities say the sole surviving gunman from the attacks claimed he was trained by Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.
A Pakistani military official said 15 people were arrested in the raid but he would not identify any of the suspects until the preliminary investigation has concluded.
Look a these countries! All grown up and cooperating!!
please continue to pray for those suffering from the Attacks in Mumbai.
peace and love friends!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Christmas is coming incredibly fast, it is just around the corner and if not currently, than soon to be on all our minds. I have been trying throughout the last couple years to make my Christmas more sustainable. More “green” for lack of a better word.
There is a really good website if you would like to know how I am planning on doing this:
But really, it means… I am knitting. A lot! Making scarves for cousins, potholders for grandmas, canvas bags for others, basically anything that I can make myself is one less thing that I have to buy from a store. I am trying to make all of my Christmas cards, to which some of you will see examples when you get one in the mail. These kinds of things are important, and I think are small steps we can do for the big picture in trying to make our world a better place in the future.
Think about it!
peace and love.