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We had weather in the 90’s today.  It was quite lovely and made for a nice afternoon at the pool.

There was also the fantastic news about the Mariners winning two games in a row.
I also finished season 2 and started season 3 of LOST this weekend.  “Down the Rabbit-Hole” the characters fall and all I can say is “curiouser and curiouser.”

I am also in the beginning pages of a Hercule Poirot adventure.  Actually, his last adventure, Curtain.

One of these days I am going to get my hands on more Dorothy Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey books.
What’s everyone else reading?

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Being less busy

equals less blog entries… yeah, I don’t really get it either.

So it has finally started to warm up a little. The other day it was 14 degrees Celsius/ 25 degrees Fahrenheit WARMER in Edmonton than here. My sad little car did not like it very much at all. Oh yeah, I should mention that this is without any type of wind chill figured in.

By the end of the week, I was wearing two pairs of socks and my winter boots, and my toes were still cold.

Anyway, like I said it is a bit more reasonable today.

I hung pictures today. Finally. I knew it would be a time consuming task, so I kind of put it off. But now its done and I think I like it.

It has been fun not having school work in the evenings, it leaves a lot more free time to hang out with friends. Just today I went to brunch with a friend. We had a great time chatting and I hope to do it again soon. Beyond that, we met at a new cafe that was really cute and had great food. So yeah, its nice to have friends and its nice to have time to spend with them. Can’t really complain.

That’s about it for now…I think I am going to go read. (One of the other fantastic things about not having required reading, I can finally read the books I have had to set to the side.)


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The Seahawks just completed their win against the bears! That makes me smile.

Its been pretty busy around here. Lots of reading and researching. I am writing a paper tomorrow, so it will be nice to check another one off the list.

Well, I am off to get some dinner and then back to reading.

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Ok, this is just a small notice/apology, but I need to email several of you out there. If you have emailed me in the last month or so….I am sorry to say it might be a little while before I am able to get back to you. Most of my “down time” (that is time not in class or at work) is spent reading. If I am not reading, I am either taking a much needed break (which means I just sit there and zone out), or I am spending time with people here (so that we do not all become lonely, people deprived beings), or I am sleeping.

School work has got me booked out through October, so please be aware that I like you, I want to email you, but to send out quality individual emails to each person that I need to…the thought is overwhelming.

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I watched Cops this evening. I was flipping through the channels and thought I would pause for a moment and see if they were wearing “pierce county” badges. Yep. And even more than that it was the “south hill precinct.”

In other more productive news, I have 13 books to read for this semester. I am pleased to report I just finished one of them, a fantastic 370 page book called “Spirit and Flesh: Life in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church.” The author, Dr. James Ault spends three years in a Baptist church studying its members, eventually making a documentary. He gives a very balanced view of the individuals, their faith, and their actions. I would highly recommend it. In addition to being an interesting topic that is written about very judiciously and with great discernment, it reads like a novel.

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HP progress (no spoilers)

Ok, I am not done reading yet so I am still on high alert for avoiding spoilers. Prior to yesterday, I read about 225 pages. (a combo of reading on my plane ride and while I was still in washington) Yesterday, I was in bed by 7:30. After making a phone call, I started reading. After reading for 3 hours, I am just past page 500 so I think tonight I might finish up the final 250. I am enjoying the story and am still excited to see how it all turns out.

When I am done, I may post what my overall impressions were, but I will try EXTREMELY hard to not give anything away. Maybe in a few weeks once everyone who has wanted to read it has had a chance, I will give a more specific review.

Ok, back to work I go. lunch is about up.

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I grilled again today. This time it was some type of beef marinate from the store. AND corn on the cob!!!! (tasty) I purchased, for less than 5 dollars, some proper grilling utensils which were very helpful and I added a couple match-light coals to the pile so it was much easier to get the coals going.

I am almost finished with my Yancey book. It is so challenging/inspiring/encouraging all in one. Makes me want to sit down with paper and pencil and just start writing everything and anything I think about.

He is so relatable, its quite unbelievable. I just googled him and was reading some articles. Here is a quote that I found that made me laugh. Yancey says, “We were living in Wheaton, Illinois, the white-bread heart of evangelicalism before they discovered Colorado Springs…” Tell me about it… Can you believe he needed to get out of suburbia, so he moved downtown. After several years there, he realized he could not hear himself think, so he headed west to Colorado.

At one point in his book he starts talking about how one observes nature in Illinois. (What’s he supposed to do go outside and walk around in corn fields!?!?!) Then he explains how he decided for 30 minutes a day he would walk on the Illinois Prairie Path, the same path that I could look at from my old room. Reading this book feels like observing my life lived by someone just a 30 years ahead of me!

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Currently Reading

Now that I don’t have to read textbooks (although, I am planning on reading a few books for school this summer) I have been able to pick up a book by one of my favorite writers, Philip Yancey. I am reading “Soul Survivor: How Thirteen Unlikely Mentors Helped My Faith Survive the Church” Basically, he tells the story of his journey of faith and how when his church was not very Christlike, other sources redirected and pushed him in his faith.

Just a sampling of the people he writes about are Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Leo Tolstoy, Feodor Dostoevsky, Henri Nouwen, and G.K. Chesterton, just to name a few.

I really like the way Yancey writes and he seems to touch on tons of people and topics and books that I have come across in my studies both in Undergrad and now Grad school.

I think I bought this book about two or so years ago and after reading almost halfway through, I stopped after reading about Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and opted to read some of there works instead. That was back when I read “Anna Karenina”

This time, I started over and have now passed where I read to previously. I will finish the book and I am quite enjoying it, but I have been re-inspired to get going on my Russian novels. I started “Brothers Karamazov” and “War and Peace” but have finished neither. Perhaps this will be the season I am successful in reading those as well.

If you are looking for some good reading, I recommend Yancey. To date, I have read “What’s so Amazing about Grace” and “The Jesus I Never Knew” Both are fantastic. At this point being about half into the book, I would probably recommend “Soul Survivor” as well.

Off I go to clean so that I can have time to read!


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I was just looking at a list of books that I will be reading over the summer in preparation for comprehensive exams.

Here are just a few…

*God’s Long Summer – Charles Marsh
*The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys (Rise of Evangelicalism) – Mark A. Noll
*Fundamentalism and American Culture (New Edition) – George M. Marsden
*America’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln – Mark A. Noll
*The Civil War as a Theological Crisis (The Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era) – Mark A. Noll
*Jonathan Edwards: A Life – George M. Marsden

(if anyone has copies of these that they want to give me for little-to-no expense…let me know…In a couple of weeks I will probably have to buy them online, so if I can save some money and help you clean out books off your shelf it would be a “win-win”)

And if I were smart, I would get a copy of *Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Noll and re-read that as well. Plus I have read a couple of chapters of *Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War by Harry S. Stout for a class this spring. Its really good…but we were only assigned a couple chapters…so perhaps I will attempt to read the entire thing.

I know this is a ton of reading, but I have 3 months before I will have homework again and I think that all of the topics are very interesting. I LOVE American history!

For those who did not know, I changed my program to an MA in History of Christianity, Concentration in Religion in American Life.

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Here we go…

Go COUGS!!!! Ok, I know I know, I need to do my homework. Hey, Give me a break, I did read some….about 12 pages so far today. And I am leaving in an hour or so to go to a St. Patricks day/Watch Basketball party.

OK, game cast + book reading…I’m on it.

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