Have I Told This Joke Before?

Day’s Verse:
Like a city that is broken into and without walls
Is a man who has no control over his spirit.

Proverbs 25:28

Ultimate Catch

If seagulls fly over the sea, what flies over bays?

I admit, it fits better as a spoken joke, but how often do I speak to most of you, honestly? Heck, I’ve never spoken to some of you, and for all I know I don’t even know some of you. But also in all honesty, I realize that the majority of my readership (if such a grand term could apply to my attempts here) comes from Kirkland, WA and Bellevue, WA, followed by the Worcester, MA. That’s OK; maybe some of my friends will keep reading after we graduate, and that’ll be a way we keep in touch. Continue Reading >>

Lend Me Your Sneers!

Day’s Verse:
A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.

Proverbs 18:19

Which of these three do you like better? Or is there another one in this set that trumps all of the ones here?
Bud 3
Bud 2

Addicted to Consumption

Day’s Verse:
?“A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest,”
Then your poverty will come as a robber,
And your want like an armed man.

Proverbs 24:33-34

You and I, we’re addicted to consumption. Not to owning things so much, but to the endorphin rush of desiring things. The structure of desire is such that you find excitement in gazing longingly at the item, imagining your life once you buy it, fantasizing about how wonderful owning it will make you feel, until the actual purchase and enjoyment of the item becomes secondary to the pre-purchase eroticism. Every bookstore is an erotic bookstore, and the books are the erotic objects that drive your satisfaction. This intense longing derives from us experiencing a constant bombardment of images that key us up to ache for new possessions. Continue Reading >>

All Good Things

Day’s Verse:
If you say, “See, we did not know this,”
Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?
And does He not know it who keeps your soul?
And will He not render to man according to his work?

Proverbs 24:12

Shadow GrowthLast night we had the last Women’s Bible Study at my apartment. As a graduating senior, I’m not officially allowed to come back next year, so this ends my Bible Study leadership.

For farewell, I took a vote among the girls. They wanted twice baked potatoes, muddy buddies, and salad. So I spent four hours yesterday cooking with Darren, washing, stabbing and baking potatoes; grating cheese; steaming broccoli; cooking bacon and cubing ham; double boiling chocolate, peanut butter, and margarine; mixing Chex and chocolate; shaking powdered sugar and chocolate-covered Chex in bags; gutting, mixing, and re-stuffing potatoes; washing and ripping lettuce; and most of all, defending the cooling muddy buddies against a particular hungry young husband. We set the table, mentally counted heads, got out glasses, silverware, and all the necessary items. Continue Reading >>

Puzzle Me This

Day’s Verse:
Do not eat the bread of a selfish man,
Or desire his delicacies;
For he thinks within himself, so he is.
He says to you, “Eat and drink!”
But his heart is not with you.

Proverbs 23:6-7

In my doodles during class today, I wrote the following. I challenge you to figure out the logic behind my letters, and tell me what the missing two should be:

ALUNIT, BDU[ ][ ].

My life looks like this: working with the nerdily-named RoboHelp, working in Adobe Framemaker, being tired of Surveying, going for walks, thinking about the future, and feeling guilty for lots of things. Continue Reading >>

Earth Day 2006

Day’s Verse:
Do not weary yourself to gain wealth,
Cease from your consideration of it.
When you set your eyes on it, it is gone.
For wealth certainly makes itself wings
Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.

Proverbs 23:4-5

Today is Earth Day. On the serious side, if you think global warming is a serious issue that we need to confront – and 87% of Americans do – but you don’t know what you personally can do, check out these lists of action items, Top 10 Things to Do, and (shockingly) governmental suggestions. These lists includes large and small things you can change in your life to make a real impact. (This list, or more properly website, may just scare the crap out of you.) Continue Reading >>

Foolishness to the World

Day’s Verse:
Do not associate with a man given to anger;
Or go to a hot-tempered man,
Or you will learn his ways
And find a snare for yourself.

Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before obscure men.

Proverbs 22:24-24, 29

Because I think in lists, this blog will be merely an extension of my mind. Two topics:

1. The Yantra Job. I turned it down, all $46,100 of it, in possibly the most difficult decision of my life so far. I prayed about it diligently, I talked to people with views that ran the gamut (definitely do it! to definitely avoid it!), and I thought about it. I think God has spoken clearly to my heart, that He made me with my skills to pursue Christian environmental stewardship with my whole being. I have no serious environmental leads for jobs at this point, but I trust that He will guide me in that as well. I will spend the summer working full time to find employment with a nonprofit, preferably an environmentally-focused one; if after that all seems hopeless, I will take any decent offer I get. Continue Reading >>