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15 September 2006 @ 05:22 pm
So, this is where I work.....

More about that later--just wanted to see if I could make a picture show up. Need food.
New Every Morning
10 July 2005 @ 05:52 pm
A year ago today (I think) I was on a plane flying back from Lucerne, Switzerland. Here's what I wrote:

"My last few hours in Switzerland are quickly ticking away, and the pictures in my mind of snow-capped peaks and onion-topped church domes already seem surreal. The hum of our zug to Zurich Hauptbahnhof is lulling my eyes shut, but I know that the first sleep will only distance me further from all that has happened here, and I want to grab hold before it whisps away and falls into "perspective".

Perspective can be a dangerous thing--making us believe that what we experienced at the time was only emotion and not to be trusted. That the time spent here was isolated time -- and the lessons learned not meant to be applied to daily life.

But if I could carry images of Lucerne with me forever, continually learning their lessons, I would always see the colorful spread of David's raclette table and Agatha unzipping "Grossmutter's apfeltorte" from her blue duffel bag; Kai and Miles swinging down the hill on the cable playground equipment; Corrine naming "eyes", "nose", and "elbow" in English; Mathias laughing with his eyes closed and Reuben dubbing Jim "Big Father". I would see the 6 of us gathered around the dinner table, passing apfelsaft, emmentaler, and nutella, and hear the strains of "Fur spiesen trank" in my head. This is "gemeineschaft"..."fellowship". And the beauty of the Alps and Swiss villages, as much as I love them, can only pale in comparison."

Well, I was really tired and foggy-headed, but I think this is what I wanted to remember: how good it is when like-minded people are together -- traveling, eating, discussing deep thoughts, doing their laundry in the bathtub, chugging Swiss apple juice, laughing hysterically, etc., etc., etc. No competition, no backstabbing, no drama, just fellowship.

Fellowship is a hard thing for me. It's way too easy to lock the door of my apartment, pick up a good book, and wile the weekend away. And sometimes it's exhausting to be around people. Thinking up things to say, laughing at the right time, looking interested in what they're saying....it wears me out. In Lucerne...well...I had no choice. There was no privacy, no locking yourself away...hours and hours of togetherness. And I remember many times when I was teetering on the edge, inches away from losing it and throttling one of my companions. But I guess, judging from what I wrote in my journal, my last thoughts were good ones, thankful ones. Sehr, sehr gut gemeineschaft.
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New Every Morning
23 June 2005 @ 07:28 pm
From Q's journal:

the Book Meme thing

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.

Here's mine (okay, so it's 2 sentences):

"Parents are seldom wise, and the strain the conscientious place upon themselves to appear so before their children and governess must be terrible. Nor are clergymen more pious than other men, yet they have continually to pose before their flock as such." from Elizabeth and her German Garden
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New Every Morning
05 April 2005 @ 01:16 pm
I'm going to be an aunt again! We're praying for a girl--of the 7 great-grandkids, we have 6 boys.....
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: The Eagles - Peaceful, Easy Feelin'
New Every Morning
11 December 2004 @ 10:18 pm
Surprise! I'm writing in my journal!

Tonight I babysat for Shepherd, my adorable charmer of a nephew. He's getting close to being seven months old. Seven months! It's hard to remember our family before he came along, though. He was born after 26 1/2 hours of labor and what I remember thinking about more than anything is how much was hanging in the balance. How easily his life, his future, his existence, could go one way or another. How we were witnessing the instant in time that would lead to an entire lifetime of experiences, joys, pains, mistakes, successes, choices, beliefs, convictions, and doubts. The first page in the novel of his life.

And who he is has already blown my expectations of him out of the water. He is pure delight. I could watch him roll around on the floor and chew on his toes for hours. What an undeserved blessing he is to our family.

Random quotes that I've been jotting down in my planner....

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of it heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker." --Helen Keller (this is what I keep telling myself as I shelve books and crawl around on the floor in my work clothes trying to reconnect computer wires)

"The relief of no longer trying to win these men's confidence, the shuffling off of miserable hopes, was almost exhilarating. The approval of one's own conscience is a very heady draught; and especially for those who are not accustomed to it." C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength

"May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, superficial relationships, so that you will live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people so that you will work for justice, equality, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you will reach out your hand to comfort them and change their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with the foolishness to think that you can make a difference in the world, so that you will do the things which others tell you cannot be done."
--Author unknown

Okay, enough for now. Until I write again, which may be another year or two from now.... :-)
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