Archive for October, 2004

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nostalgia

October 23, 2004


Someday when I start my own rock band I am gonna use this picture as the cover. I guess I just really didn’t feel much like posting tonight and figured the easy way out would be to post a picture. Today has been so long and just not that great, definitely some good moments. But does anyone know that feeling you get when you just don’t feel like a good person or that you will ever reach your goals? Well that was how I felt today, just very mediocre at best and like a weight on other people’s neck. Well maybe tomorrow will be a better day. Posted by Hello

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the best and worst of college

October 21, 2004

Today was really great and really bad, so I guess pretty normal. As I was lying in my bed this morning during the 5 minutes or so I give myself in order to recover from the trauma of waking up before forcing myself to get out of bed, I noticed that the sun was really high on the opposite wall from my bed. I didn’t think much of it, but again on my way back from the fraker with coffee in hand heading towards my 9:30 in Wyse, I again noticed the beautiful way the sun was cutting through the fog and trees. Finally about halfway through my 9:30 class I looked out my window and it all made sense: the sun was shiny for the first time in around 4 or 5 days!

Moments from the day that made me ponder:
-talking about truth-telling and its connection to sarcasm, what is a lie? is it ever okay?
-talking with Karl S as a part of the Pastoral Review process and contemplating this concept of ministry and how complex it is
-hearing from Alan K in my history senior seminar, an amazing man! Inspiring love of life and deeply rooted Christian faith. Made me think a lot about post-Christendom in relation to my brief experience in England and N. Ireland (and my correspondence with Tim) and the way the US is both moving towards a post-Christendom context and remaining a very Christendom empire. Also talked about his interesting career choice of both historian and missionary.

Frustration of the Day:
So I have all these fascinating experiences and interesting thoughts, but NO time to process them. This is definitely leading to my biggest problem with college, so much input and so many opportunities and demands and activities. But I guess I will have to just save this all up and think about it over Christmas break 🙂

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what I think about the election

October 20, 2004

This is for Tim.

Okay, well this is a complicated thing to figure out, or at least express with any amount of eloquence. In many ways I am very much in opposition to Bush, yet I also not a huge fan of Kerry. However for me the key issues are the war in Iraq, drilling in Alaska, abortion. There are a lot of other issues I care about, but I don’t always know how the candidates stand on those. So judging just by those three, I will be voting for Kerry. But what I find more scary that anything else is the article about Bush that I provided a link too in my last post. Bush is not as stupid as he sometimes appears, he is a lot smarter and determined than I think most liberal critics give him credit for. The following quote really made me think:

“You think he’s an idiot, don’t you?” I said, no, I didn’t. “No, you do, all of you do, up and down the West Coast, the East Coast, a few blocks in southern Manhattan called Wall Street. Let me clue you in. We don’t care. You see, you’re outnumbered 2 to 1 by folks in the big, wide middle of America, busy working people who don’t read The New York Times or Washington Post or The L.A. Times. And you know what they like? They like the way he walks and the way he points, the way he exudes confidence. They have faith in him. And when you attack him for his malaprops, his jumbled syntax, it’s good for us. Because you know what those folks don’t like? They don’t like you!”

Wow! I find that a very fascinating concept, because in someways liberals have played right into Bush’s hands. By reacting to harshly to his slip-ups and mispronunciations, we further widened the gap between Bush supporters and his opposition. In the end I think it is that gap that saddens me the most. No matter who wins this election, the president will be hated by close to half his country, how are we going to get any real work done, or do anything to improve this country in an environment like that?

While I agreed with much the article or at least found it very interesting, I was bothered by its portrayal of faith. For me, faith is so very different than that expressed by the President, I think the quote of Jim Wallis, used to end the article really expresses that difference:

“Faith can cut in so many ways,” he said. “If you’re penitent and not triumphal, it can move us to repentance and accountability and help us reach for something higher than ourselves. That can be a powerful thing, a thing that moves us beyond politics as usual, like Martin Luther King did. But when it’s designed to certify our righteousness — that can be a dangerous thing. Then it pushes self-criticism aside. There’s no reflection.
“Where people often get lost is on this very point,” he said after a moment of thought. “Real faith, you see, leads us to deeper reflection and not — not ever — to the thing we as humans so very much want.”
And what is that?
“Easy certainty.”

In summary, that is what I fear the most about living under another four years of Bush as a President, his absolute certainty in the rightness of his actions and rejection of the useful tools of critique and doubt.

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fascinating look into the Bush presidency

October 19, 2004

check this out

if this link expires, let me know if you still want to read it, I have a copy saved.

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one more reason to love being a Mennonite

October 19, 2004

I just got back from my first stairwell hymnsing. It was incredible and I literally sang my voice away. Although I was hesitant about going at first, because I still had homework to complete, I was so glad I went. Only at a Mennonite college would a small group of people gather together at night to sing hymns in a stairwell. I think our ancestors who used to sing these same melodies in caves in Germany would be pleased to see their traditions being carried out this way. What an amazing tradition I am blessed with!

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oh looky, looky here

October 18, 2004

I am so pleased with myself. I was trying and trying to insert a link to blogshares into my template, but seeing as I know nothing about html or anything like that, I couldn’t figure it out. But I was determined to do it without asking anyone for help, so I kept trying things until I got it work! So look down to the right, isn’t it pretty. Oh and I added a link to make it easier for me to create new posts. Wow, there is just a whole new world to explore with this, so excited!

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dreary days at goshen

October 18, 2004

As most of you goshenites know, goshen is blessed with more than its fair share of dreary days. I over all do not like this fact, however there do exist some exceptions which include the following:
1. autumn dreary days, these are rendered less depressing due to the bright colors on the trees and general crispness in the air (although if too many of them occur together, they can get difficult)
2. winter dreary days when there is snow covering the ground. all the white brightness makes the day much more tolerable and this also coincides with my theory that if it is gonna be cold, we might as well have snow too!
3. dreary days when you own a really bright red raincoat or umbrella or even boots, unfortunately this one doesn’t really apply to me, seeing as I don’t own any of those
4. dreary days when you don’t have classes, because of course then you can spend the entire day sleeping
5. dreary days when you are in love, seeing as I have never been in love this is more of a guess, but I bet dreary days would be better

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lazy sunday afternoons

October 17, 2004

Music: “Yellow” Coldplay
Look at the stars, look how they shine for you

Hmmm, I like that quote. Well today I slept into the lovely hour of 11am! It felt so good. Last night Meryl and Zeb came over to my house and we lit a fire and played Sequence. Then we got really hyper, wrestled and built a fort until Steph arrived and made us baked apples (really yummy!) and played cherche la bouche with us. It had been a really long time since the four of us had done anything together, just us. It was really fun and we all got along so well, a year ago I would have never believed it possible 🙂
Well then this afternoon I spent around 2 hours procrastinating and making a video of my younger brother. I think I might give it to him for his birthday, a tribute video of sorts 🙂 (if I can find a way, I will try to post it here)
But I am actually in a productive mood, so I think I will get back to my loads of reading.

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not drunk at all

October 17, 2004


Happy 21st birthday too me! Wow I have awesome friends. Posted by Hello

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black and white

October 17, 2004


okay, I just liked this one, I mean its in black and white, how cool is that! Posted by Hello