Bike to Work Month Results: My Name in the Cascade Courier

Day’s Verse:
“Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. …So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:23-24, 31

Bike to Work Month Mention

Remember how May was Bike to Work Month? Here’s the page from the Cascade Courier listing the results. You can’t see it unless you click and zoom in, but I’m listed in the right-hand column under “Most Overall Miles by a Female Rider on a team.” Continue Reading >>

Bicycle Alliance Love

Day’s Verse:
Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
1 Corinthians 9:9

Nonprofits seem to operate in their own strange sphere in the world, some alternate reality that for-profit and governmental agencies remain almost entirely unaware of. It has taken me quite a while to figure out how to live in this parallel world; maybe the air is more rarefied, or the water a little bit purer, or the nutrients a bit more nutritious. Whatever the reason, I found myself slowly adapting to my new environment. Now, after 6 months with the Bicycle Alliance, I think I can quantify what I’ve come to appreciate about working there. Continue Reading >>

Still Alive!

Day’s Verse:
Jesus stood up and spoke to her. “Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?”
“No one, Master.”
“Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.”

John 8:10-11 (context)

Just a quick note to say that we are still alive and kicking, but after we got back from our Ashland trip on Wednesday afternoon, I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to do more than think “I should blog,” before rushing off to do something else. The quick synopsis of our vacation was that we fell in love with Ashland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from the first day. That day we saw Hamlet and Henry IV (not VIII as I mistakenly said in an earlier blog). I’d never seen Hamlet as a play before, though I had read the play and seen a number of film adaptations. It was incredibly powerful; from the moment the play started, we sat entranced, and three hours flew by. Ian and I agreed we’d never seen a more masterful production. We spent the remainder of the afternoon exploring Lithia Park (along with all the other visitors to Ashland, apparently) and enjoying an excellent dinner. I had Irish nachos, which is essentially French fries topped with baked potato toppings. Oh man. Yum. We only stayed for the first half of Henry IV Part One, not because it was bad, but because it would take us another 30 minutes to get back to our campsite after the play ended, and we had Things To Do the next day. Continue Reading >>

Road Trip!

Day’s Verse:
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work
Genesis 2:2

Ian and I are on our way to Ashland, Oregon, to enjoy the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We’re spending the night in Salem (which we suddenly remembered was the capital of Oregon when we got here), where there’s apparently a Jehovah’s Witnesses convention. That explains why all the hotels are full up. We found a room at the Comfort Inn for more than we intended to pay, but we’re happy to have a place to stay. Continue Reading >>

Dying Well

Day’s Verse:
That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
Romans 8:28 (context)

If you’re like me, you’ve probably thought occasionally about how you’d like to die. It’s not that morbid; death and life go hand-in-hand, and we’ll all have to die some day. As a cyclist, I’ve thought perhaps a bit more than most people about dying, since I regularly thing I’m going to have a fatal encounter with a two-ton hunk of metal piloted by a distracted incompetent. Anyway, I think that in general we all want to die the same way: Asleep in our own beds. Who wouldn’t want to go to sleep and then simply never wake up? You might want to know ahead, so you could say goodbye to loved ones, but generally it’s about as easy of a way to go as you might hope for. Continue Reading >>

Grandma Sullivan

Day’s Verse:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

Grandma Sullivan just passed away. She seemed fine yesterday; this morning, she didn’t respond when the family home workers tried to wake her up; in the ER, they found she had pneumonia and gave her antibiotics, which caused her blood pressure to drop too much. Continue Reading >>

Black Humor

Day’s Verse:
…but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
Romans 16:19b

I haven’t mentioned the BP oil spill for the last 8 weeks, but that isn’t because I don’t care. Every piece of news I hear about it — and I can hardly help but hear and read about the spill; in addition to hearing about it from news outlets, I receive emails from the Sierra Club and/or Nature Conservancy almost daily asking for help and money — makes me die a little bit inside. The environmental impact is astonishingly bad already and the future looks like it will only get worse for a very long time. Continue Reading >>