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I did not set up this blog to rant about life. I set up this blog to blog about the things that I am passionate about. (Read my first post to see the short list.)

What I am about to say is something that has been mounting for awhile. Please forgive me for ranting.

I have been living in a state of transition since Summer of 2005. My life has been a series of temporary stops since the fateful day of 07/06/05. I had a job for a year, then I went to Minnesota for school, graduated in May and now I'm applying for just about anything that I think I can get. If I sat down and counted the number of interviews I have been on, I would cry. I was doing okay for a long time about my lack of job or my lack of permanence. However, the past two weeks, I haven't been doing so well with this. So, gentle reader, I have two requests.

Thing #1. Join my cheerleading squad. Encourage me whenever possible. When I start to fall, when I start to get frustrated, remind me that there is possibili…

Blog Action Day 2008 - Digital Divide

Today is Blog Action Day. I wish I had known about it before I checked Mary Hess' blog this morning. I would have prepared more!
The theme is poverty.

I'm excited because most of the bloggers that I follow posted something regarding poverty, regardless of the subject of the blog.

Most of you know my passion regarding social media. I love how social media connects us. I have friends on Facebook that live 2 miles away, and I have friends that are thousands of miles away. I also have the luxury of cracking open my laptop just about anywhere, and bam...I can chat/monitor/tweet/connect to social media. Also, I have been working with youth on the brink for 2 years, and I currently reside in North Minneapolis.

Back in the 1990's Colin Powell and Bill Clinton (among others) coined the term digital divide. The term described the divide between the people who had access technology and those who didn't. This changed from computers in the schools to computers in the home.

Blogging Take 3

I pondered for a long time what to call this post. I've been off the blogging radar since the beginning of May. I have gone through so much...yet at the same time, I haven't. I pondered many titles for this post, one of which was "Clinging to Hope," which I then decided was a rejected campaign slogan of Obama.I'm in a GIANT holding pattern....I'm waiting to take off at the Atlanta Airport, and there's fog....OR...I'm in a giant hallway with a million doors and as I start to walk through an open door, the door slams in my face...OR...I have lots of time to ponder metaphors to explain life right now...All of them have some form of truth to them.
There are days when the frustration of where I am in life is oppressive, like yesterday and today.Then the Holy Spirit starts to work in ways that I will never completely understand. People just show up.These are people who love me unconditionally and let's be honest, I don't deserve them at all.I am…

God and Dog Take 2

Click to Play This is the second draft of my video for class

For my classmates

So, after class, we sat around and talked about various shows that are coming through the Twin Cities. Wicked is coming this next season.

There are two shows that have brought me to tears through the tv, Lion King (the Broadway musical) and Wicked.

Here are videos from Wicked. The first video is Defying Gravity, which still brings me to tears.

Jesus Christ Superstar

On Sunday night, I had a convergence of three HUGE interests of mine: Broadway, Pop Phenomenon, and Theology.

I saw Jesus Christ Superstar. I love that show. I saw it 15ish years ago, with Ted Neeley as Jesus. Ted Neeley plays Jesus in the 1973 film. This tour is being referred to as the "Ted Neeley Farewell Tour." When I saw him in high school , he sounded tired. Last night, he sounded AMAZING. Corey Glover played Judas. Corey Glover was the lead singer of Living Colour. He was amazing as well.

Such a good show.

I got so much more out of the show now than I did 15 years ago. For starters, I now have 6 years of formal theological education under my belt. I'm also older (and hopefully) wiser.

I saw the show with my friend Erica. She had never seen the show before. She talked with her mother before coming and picking me up. Her mother was asking about controversy surrounding the show, specifically the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus.

When I saw it b…

Emotional Story

I have been fascinated with the story of Randy Pausch. He's a college professor at Carnegie Mellon University who is dying of pancreatic cancer. His last lecture (which can be watched here) has become famous, being featured on Oprah and the Today show.

His lecture is about saying good bye when you know it's going to happen.
His lecture has become a best selling book as well. Jeffery Zaslow is the co-author of the book. He has an interesting op-ed article about co-writing the book. The article can be found here.

In the words of Christina Yang from Grey's Anatomy, there is a club of people who lost their parents. My father died when I was 5. It was a month before Kindergarden. It was quite sudden.
His story seems like a good way of saying goodbye, along with preserving memories for his young children. I wish I had something like this from my dad.

Unexpected Grace

Grace has been a theme of this week. Grace has been a very visible thing. Grace has come in tangible things! Grace came in my mailbox multiple times!

This morning I turned on my TV to watch the Today Show. Neil Diamond was the concert of the morning. He began with "America," in honor of Matt Lauer's "Where in the World?" series. Then he sang a new song. I was shocked (in a good way) with what I heard. The album drops on Tuesday, and when it's released on iTunes, I will be buying this song.
What caught me was the second stanza. (love in the midst of chaos, calm in heat of war)

The video is available on Amazon, but it's a bad recording.
Here are the lyrics.

Pretty amazing grace is what You showed me
pretty amazing grace is who You are
I was an empty vessel
You filled me up inside
and with amazing grace restored my pride

Pretty amazing grace is how You saved me
and with amazing grace reclaimed my heart
love in the midst of chaos
calm in the heat of…

Reason #20,000,000 why I will miss school

There is absolutely no question that I don't want to graduate. I'm ready to have a break. I will truly miss the community that is here.

Today was free Ben and Jerry's Day. After a flurry of phone calls, a friend and I were ready to go. I did a quick run through the dorm to see if anyone else wanted to go. I found one more and brought him along.

Once we got to Ben and Jerry's, we realized that the line was FOUR hours long. So, instead, we went and ate dinner a block away. We laughed, we talked about brokenness in the world, and prayer. It was a moment of "Mutual care and consolation." It was a moment where we could pause, have a moment of fun, bear one another's burdens and joys, and eat.

Once out in the "real world," things like this won't happen as much.
I will miss these impromptu moments of adventure for free Ben and Jerry's.

So, after returning to Luther, I came inside with the impromptu friend. He later told people that I …


I've been following the blogs of two conferences this weekend.

One is the Web 2.0 conference being held in San Francisco. The other one is not receiving as much press, ROFLCon.

Here's the description of ROFLCon in their own words:
Mix up a bunch of super famous internet memes, some brainy academics, a big audience, dump them in Cambridge, MA and you've got ROFLCon.

What has been receiving press has been the internet celebrities, like the Bert is Evil guy (it disturbs me because of my extreme love of all things Muppet), Jibjab, and the xkcd guy.

Had I known about this conference, I would have gone to it. If they do another one, I am so there.

Regardless, one of the posts that has intrigued me greatly was from Wired News.
Read the article here. (I'll try to find the full lecture.)
She called for a revolution. She called for new media to not be sexist, racist and something to be proud of.

The church is in a great position to respond to the revolution in so many ways. Chu…

Earth day!

So, today is Earth Day!

I've said this before, I'm working on small changes toward wasting less.

My two big changes for 2008 has been not using disposable grocery bags and coffee cups.
I try to remember to have tote bags and mugs in my car at all times.

There are the times when I don't remember to have mugs in my car or I'm at the mall, I do get a disposable cup. I also use the sleeves.

I found this knitting pattern online. I can throw it in my bag, and use it when I need it. Amy is making one for me. I'm excited!

Coffee cup cozy
Thanks to the Knittingbug for the pattern.

Just out of curiosity, are there little things that you do to be less wasteful?


I find myself in need of caffeine. A lot.

Surprisingly, some blogs I read have made mention of caffeine. For anyone in need of caffeine resources, here you go.

The Caffeine Database
Better ways to use caffeine

Yep, this is where I am now. I don't want to think about how much caffeine is in my system.

It's been awhile since I've worked full time in a congregation. This time of year is where I remember self-care. How do we work in congregations and take care of ourselves?
I usually swing toward too much self care or no self care. I've never found that balance.
How or what are your ideas for self care? What do you do for self care?

Pros and Cons of Graduation

So as much as I am looking forward to graduation, I am not looking forward to graduation.

There are so many unknowns right now, and well, after graduation, the number of said unknowns will increase exponentially. Some days I'm fine and some days I'm a mess.

However, there are many things I'm looking forward to, like being able to do things I want to do. I have a huge list of books I want to read.
I love crafty things, especially beading. I haven't been able to bead in a really long time. Right before I came out here I began to learn how to throw pots. I'm not very good, but it was fun and I miss it. Don't even get me started on photography (again, I'm not very good, but it was fun).

However, I have been introduced to something receiving more press as of late.
What is this you may ask?

Plastic bag recycling.

Apparently, you can use plastic bags as yarn and crotchet things with it, or you can make "fabric" by fusing 6 bags together with an iron. …


Seriously? Today is April 10? Seriously?

Where did the past 10 days go?


(Can you tell I watch Grey's Anatomy a lot?)

Tomorrow, I'm hopefully heading to the Twin Cities Social Networking Breakfast (if the weather decides to cooperate, and I'm a wimp in the cold).

Phew. I need to climb back onto the planet.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff Part 1

I went back to VA for the week after Easter. It's been an adventure. I got a lot of reading done. Thank heavens. My brain needed both the fun and academic reading.

I'm almost done with Lamb:The Gospel according to Biff.
It's one of the first books I've read in awhile where I actually laughed out loud.

I'll write more about the book later, but the book has been making me think about Jesus' humanity. We, as modern readers, have three years of Jesus' ministry documented. Even in those three years, and four gospels, there are holes.

What was his childhood like? Did Jesus know that he was the Son of God? When did he know it?
It's one of those things that almost two years into seminary, and I question Jesus' humanity/divinity more and more.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

My East Coast brain hurts. It's Good Friday, and it's snowing. That's just not right.

I saw this on one of the blogs I read, and it made me laugh. The author does make a good point, the church knows it's audience.

Jesus Mii

God and Dog

Click to Play This is a video I made for class.  It's a draft, and it's a start. Please let me know what you think and what I should add.  

Unlikely Theologians

Well, I've given this a lot of thought. I am surrounded by unlikely theologians. There are many authors, songwriters, and movie directors that would say that they are NOT theologians...I disagree.

I've been reading Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff by Christopher Moore. I am soon going to read A Song to Sing, a Life to Live by Emily Saliers and Don Saliers. Dr. Don Saliers recently retired. He was a seminary professor at Emory; Emily Saliers makes up one half of the Indigo Girls (my favorite band. ever.).

However, the theologians that have been taking up a lot of mental space are the ones with fur. Yes, Dogs. Dogs have taught me a lot about theology. I know this will sound strange, but read Moltmann and think about a dog. Moltmann makes so much more sense when you think about a dog.

I have had 14 collies in my lifetime. (Well, there are 2 that my mom has now that I kinda consider mine. I haven't lived with them for long periods of time, so are they really mine?…

Blogging with Pen and Paper…..

Or it’s equivalent….. Writing this blog in MS Word feels like writing with pen and paper.The internet is down at my apartment.I feel like something is missing.I cannot check IMDB at a moments notice.I cannot check Facebook, MySpace or e-mail.I cannot watch YouTube, check up on blogs, look for plane tickets, look for answers to all the random questions I have while watching TV, research (read: play Webkinz.I do read actual reports too...) and play Scrabulous.I cannot instant message or Skype!What am I going to do with myself?Well, I’m blogging with MS Word.I started to clean my desk.I’m watching shows on DVD that I haven’t had time to watch since I got them.(Star Trek: Voyager and The Muppet Show, yes, I am a geek.)I never realize how the internet has revolutionized how I live until it’s gone.I depend on it for research, communication and recreation.I wonder what is going to happen over the next 5, 10, and 20 years how it will continue how to revolutionize how we live.How will the inte…

One whole lot of movies...

I just watched all five Best Picture Nominees back to back at the AMC in Roseville.

I'm surprisingly emotionally drained.

I realize that I really can't talk much about the individual movies. The spoiler alert statute of limitations is not up yet.
However, I think I can write about the experience without revealing too many plot points.

So, the order of the films were:
Michael Clayton
There will be blood
No Country For Old Men

Midway through the movie marathon, we started saying that the films were so different. Each one had it's own flavor.
Then again, maybe the movies were more similar....

Michael Clayton deals with corporate corruption. There will be blood...I still can't quite tell you what I was supposed to get out of it. The movie deals with the rising (and falling?) of an oil prospector and his family and associates. Atonement deals with the effects of a lie on family and friends. Juno deals with a teen pregnancy and how the family deals with the situat…

What the cold does to the Duck...

When the Minnesotans tell you that it's cold, it's cold. It's really cold in Minnesota right now. Grr....I'm trying to stay warm, but that's not working out for me so well. I did give up and start using the puffy coat that invites ridicule from the "real" mid-westerners. However, I am a wannabe mid-westerner, so I will wear the puffy coat with extreme pride.

Cold also makes me sleepy. So reading the tons of books that I have to read this semester is a challenge! My classes are quite interesting this semester, so I enjoy the reading, it's just that I'm cold!

Hot Chocolate is my friend. mmm.....Hot Chocolate.....


Yes, neeterduck. Why do I have that user name?

Well, it was my nickname in college. Well, it started before that.
Surprisingly, as I started to type, I realized that it's a really long story, that actually has to deal with what I was going to write about today.

I have a large collection of rubber ducks. In fact, the duck collection is quite insane. The collection started with two special ducks.

One is a duck from Germany. It is a necklace by Janosch. I bought it while I was on a choir tour with my high school choir. My host had the same necklace. Since then I have received the actual toy that the necklace is based on, along with a large print of the duck. I wore the necklace almost every day of college. It's in my driver's license picture. I don't wear it anymore, but it's still important.

The other duck is a rubber duck. It's a duck. Visibly, there is nothing special about the duck. I bought it while I was on choir tour with my church choir. Because …

Welcome! Pull up a chair!

Welcome to my new blog...well, I realized that I signed up for Blogger back in Feb. 2005, and never used it. So welcome to my mostly new/very dusty blog! I'm not sure what I'm going to write about. However, I'm sure some of the following will come up!

Theology, Ducks, Social Networking, Collies, Blind Dogs, The Muppets, Humorous yet potentially heretical books and movies, The Indigo Girls, REM, Eddie From Ohio, Lowen and Navarro, Broadway Musicals, Technology, The Digital Divide, and friends, friends and more friends.

Ah yes, and the Minnesota Weather. I'm still getting used to the cold.