Thursday, April 2, 2009

not in the same place at all.

"One of the joys of growing older is that life validates what we already know but have been unable to define. As frequently as we may have backtracked to find our way and felt that we were starting over in the same old place, we were, in truth, not in the same place at all. At each juncture of 'beginning again,' we are a little wiser than before, and that modicum of wisdom, learned from experience, makes all the difference. With each step we grow."

-Luci Swindoll

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The times they are a-changin'.

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin.'

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That its namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin.'

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it's ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slower one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.

Bob Dylan, 1963.

"The true wisdom is to be
always seasonable, and to
change with a good grace in
changing circumstances."

Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, January 30, 2009


Giving in to the Facebook trend, here are 25 things about me...

  1. I have a really bad memory- I often forget when I already told a story, and often wonder how my friends know all these weird details I don’t remember telling them.
  2. I love beverages of any kind- we have friends that call us the Beverage Family.
  3. I am really passionate about the importance of the arts in the Christian community.
  4. My grandparents were missionaries in Viet Nam during the war. They got out on one of the last civilian planes when Saigon fell.
  5. I love anything I can do with my hands- playing the piano, drawing, sewing, cooking…
  6. My dad used to lead missions trips to Europe every summer, and we put on programs while we were there, so I used to do really weird things like puppets, clowning and mime.
  7. I eat dinner food for breakfast.
  8. I have a secret obsession with Martha Stewart. Not so secret anymore…
  9. At some point in my life, I want to

*Have an art studio and sell my collages

*Get my MA (and PhD?) in Biblical Exegesis and write commentaries.

  1. I colour code the clothes in my closet.
  2. When I was in Jr. high, I took crochet lessons at a knitting shop in our neighborhood. I became friends with all the old ladies there and would go hang out and crochet with them every week.
  3. I love movies and think television is an art form. I quote movies all the time.
  4. I was hit by a car (but not seriously injured) while crossing the street last year.
  5. I love famous people. I don’t read US Weekly or anything, but I get a little too excited when I see someone famous. My favorites so far:

Denzel Washington coming out of a theater in New York

Joan Cusack buying Halloween decorations at Jewel

John Stamos (Uncle Jesse in Full House) filming ER.

  1. I love camping and have lived in a tent for a total of 4 years (3 months every summer).
  2. I completely lose track of time when I’m in the library or video store- I once left my mom waiting in the car for an hour while I ‘ran in to pick up a few books.’
  3. I really hate watching all sports except baseball (only at a real game, not on tv) and football (soccer- not American football).
  4. I’m really into fashion right now and love reading books on it and watching Project Runway and What not to Wear. (linking to my love of famous people, I saw Isaac Mizrahi and Clinton Kelly last year). I think clothes are a really fun way to express our God-given creativity and appreciation for beauty.
  5. I have gotten really strange ailments all my life. Just one;

*I have a condition called leukocytoclasticvasculitis (really!). Every winter my hands get swollen with random red spots because of the temperature change.

Cool, huh?

  1. I have been to 30 countries but don’t speak another language (unless you count 2 semesters of French, which I don’t).
  2. I hate disagreeing with people, and I hate making decisions.
  3. I wasn’t planning on going to college until the day my application was due freshman year.
  4. I have a hard time understanding typically ‘American’ things- American literature, politics, sports…I always feel sort of ‘1/2 American’, which I think comes from traveling so much growing up.
  5. I love people, good food, and good conversation.
  6. When I am stressed, I put on the tea kettle. It’s amazing how much a cup of tea lowers my stress level.

Monday, January 5, 2009

{Inspiration Monday}

This week I am inspired by my mom's question: do you love or hate January?
Thanks to my mom, January is one of my favorite months. I love Christmas, but after the holiday excessiveness~ decorations, food, and music galore~ I like the simplicity of January. Here are just a few of my favorite things to do this month....

*start a new calendar/planner. By the end of the year, my calendar has usually degenerated to an unorganized mess, so I love getting a new one and starting fresh...

*Rearrange furniture and redecorate. After taking down Christmas decorations, it's fun to clean shelves, and rearrange furniture and accessories...I like keeping things simple in January.

*Start a new project- a quilt, art journal, or organizing project. Since I'm inside anyway because of the cold, I love getting random projects I've been putting off finally checked off my list!

*Watch a good movie/ tv show and read good books. Here are a few I've been enjoying...

Cranford. Based on the novels by Elizabeth Gaskell. I got it for my birthday and have already watched it twice.

24 starts their new season this week. How could you be bored with January when you can watch Jack Bauer take out terrorists and save children in Africa?
Home Rules, by Nate Berkus. This is totally inspiring for decorating post-3-years- in-a- dorm room. I have been tossing out my stuff from college and having fun being a grown up. :)

*In January, I always make a list of books I want to read during the next year. High on my list this year...

An Illustrated Life, by Danny Gregory. I can't wait till the library gets this in, or I get some money...

The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner. Kate loves it- it must be good.

and Shakespeare wrote for Money- and anything else Nick Hornby might write.

So put away your Christmas decorations, and enjoy the fabulous month of January!
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