New Roof, Last Training

Day’s Verse:
People brought anybody with an ailment, whether mental, emotional, or physical. Jesus healed them, one and all.
Matthew 4:24-ish

Today the Cornerstone Roofing guys come and replace our roof. Also today I leave for my last scheduled Bicycle Alliance training, in Port Angeles. Last night I slept terribly, dreaming about the roof going wrong, waking up anxious, and then thinking it was time to get up to finish packing for the training.

I’m excited to get the roof dealt with, but last week we had an interesting development that hopefully won’t spell trouble for the future. Continue Reading...

Give and Take

Day’s Verse:
Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.
1 Peter 4:8-ish

The Whibey Island training went very well. I had four participants, all PE teachers at Langley Middle School. They were engaged, enthusiastic, and eager to get started, all ingredients for a successful training. On top of this, they already do a number of revolutionary PE units — roller derby, in-line skating, boxing, kayaking, among others — so they worried far less about the logistics of running a bicycle unit than most of the teachers we train. Also, it was quite refreshing to have them not the least bit worried about lice in helmets. They’ve had almost 20 years of using shared helmets with no issues, and practically scoffed at my comment that it worried many teachers I’d trained. Continue Reading...

A Couple Random Things

Day’s Verse:
It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones.
1 Peter 3:18-ish

Did you know you can FedEx a horse? According to NPR, it’s true, and that’s how horses from America are getting to the London Olympics. They even have coach-class and business-class, with more spacious stalls in business class, so it seems. I just wouldn’t want to be the flight attendant cleaning up after an airsick horse. Continue Reading...

Dream On

Day’s Verse:
Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.
1 Peter 3:8-9ish

Maybe it’s a cop-out to talk about the weather, but I think people like talking about it in general because it’s a relevant shared experience: We can all relate to weather. It has a tangible effect on our lives. We all have opinions about weather. Oh, and of course when talking about weather we get to express an opinion, so there’s no right or wrong. It’d be absurd to say, “No, you’re wrong, a sunny day is no good.” Continue Reading...

It Is Time

Day’s Verse:
I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift.
Ecclesiastes 3:13-ish

Strapping on my watch always helps me get into a working-world frame of mind. I don’t wear a watch at home; watches are for keeping track of time during a training and making sure we stay on schedule. During trainings, I usually preface our breaks by saying, “Okay, we’ll do a 15-minute break. It’s 10:25 right now, so be back by 10:40.” Then, at 10:40, I make sure we’re really going again. If people are off answering emails on their smartphones, we start anyway, because I’m a firm believer in sticking to the schedule. We start on time, and we almost always finish early. During the training, I keep an eye on my watch while the other trainer is talking, too, and I’ll help her keep on time (solicited help that we agreed upon ahead of time). Continue Reading...

If I Could Name Streets…

Day’s Verse:
Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.
Matthew 5:39-42

This week I am going to Benton City for work. As I was looking at the map of the town, a series of their street names made me smile. Continue Reading...

Life After NaNoWriMo

Day’s Verse:
Even when the way goes through Death Valley,
I’m not afraid when you walk at my side.

Psalm 23:4

I haven’t said a peep about life all month, thanks to NaNoWriMo. Let’s stick with NaNo for a moment: On November 18, I hit my 50,000 word goal and, incidentally, wrapped the story up. That said, I feel that it’s my best novel yet, and the first one I actually care about enough to want to improve. As I wrote, I left a number of inconsistencies and unexplored avenues open that I would like to correct or expand upon. Continue Reading...