Blogging Through The Pain

Overheard in my class this afternoon...



Me all excited to see my buttons mouse over: "Wow! How cool is that!?"

Mean Elementary teacher mocking my bliss:"Wow! How cool is that!?"




Umm...hi, it's called a sense of wonder, get one, they're nice!!!



These people are vicious.



A Prophet is Never Known in Her Hometown

I am truly truly a staff development whore (This is documented in the Studio 575 blog. If you click this link, you will double our readership!). This week finds me at the UCO (I call it Uck-oh) in a plodding tech workshop. My sarcasm is lost lost lost here and so I will speak to you, dearest reader.

-I created a mouse over message on a link to the UCO page that said "It's cheap and close and they crank out teachers". No one laughed
-When I had to place a pic on a webpage, I nabbed one of Princess Diana with the caption "Ms. Educat relaxes in her favorite tiara". No one laughed.

You know, this seems to be a theme for this week. Last week, I was among my tribe:Witty, literate folk who giggled at my every word. This week is elementary teachers. Last week, haiku dripped from our syllable counting fingers. This week, our all haiku blog is Brady, Karina and I (still a party, but no late night chat in room 216). I see Jill and De-Lovely this Friday for a belated birthday bash and I just hope to have some humor to offer.

There is more, but I should probably find clip art of a wooden apple or some crap.

Another Great Reason for Power Point in Worship!!

Read about this! I just heard about this on PBS, and had to dig for an article to tell the whole story.



It seems that the Utah concealed weapon laws place requirements on all churches who wish that congregants not pack heat in worship. Churches who do not want guns in their buildings must either post a ban (on the Power Point, right before the choruses) or register with the state. Geez.



You know, I have to set down enough baggage to get myself into a church. I really really really don't want to think that someone worshipping with me might be packing. I guess I am wondering which is sadder, that we live in a society that would think about such things or my own aforementioned baggage.



Comment, extra points if it's in haiku. 

Maybe It's Just Me...

Today is momentus for two reasons:



1. As of today, my Bachelor's degree is paid in full! Ten years of student loans are gone gone gone!!! Applaud my riches! Marvel at my discretionary income!



2. The birth of a new blog. I have not fully articulated the bizzare subculture that has emerged at this institute. Our severe severe fatigue has led to an overuse (some would say abuse...I think not) of the art form of haiku. These are now being codified and are live online now! Go. Just humor me.

More Thoughts That Promise to Keep Me Up

The Profane just asked the Sacred for her phone number and slipped her a roofie.



Concept of Trinitarian God as a Swiss Army Knife, hence the "Swiss-Knife-God", now playing in Banning Hall with opening act Gnostic Frenzy.

Live From the OCU Computer Lab!!

Question dropped randomly at 1:30 am. Kept me up thinking and taking notes. Thoughts please.

 

Nations cannot be held to the same moral standards as individuals because nations exist under Locke's State of Nature.

 

Discuss. No, really, comment.

Greetings From Purgatory!

This entertained me for some reason. I think it took me back to the Civ readings at OBU. Good to know I made it to Purgatory! Dr. Jones would be proud.

 

The Dante's Inferno Test has sent you to Purgatory!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very High
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)High
Level 2 (Lustful)Low
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Moderate
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very Low
Level 7 (Violent)Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Low
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Very Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Test

 

With that news, know that I will be gone again next week. I will be at OCU mentoring a group of teachers through the Okla Bar Association's teacher workshop.  It will be a mixed bag o' folks and hopefully a good time.

Fifty Percent Off At Last, Fifty Percent Off At Last!!

Or...

"Perhaps You'd Like To See Our Nelson Mandela Sunglass Case"




Tonight I saw a hilarious mix of the sacred with the profane.



You know those Sam Moon/Harry Hines purses with movie stars and rhinestones emblazoned?



Martin Luther King Jr. purse, accented with rhinestones and "I Have A Dream" also in rhinestones.



Man.

Last Week and Breaking News

Ok, first the breaking news for this week.



I am fresh off the phone with Jill, who holds the key to future wealth with this idea: T Shirts emblazoned specifically for family functions. Some ideas...



-"Because it's God's will and none of your damn business!"

(This for use by singles over 30 or in the case of my family, 19)



-"Yes, same father, and yes, we planned them"

(Parents of more than 2.5 children)




And a few for everyone, whatever the status of your reproductive journey...



-"Perhaps that is something you should think to yourself and not actually say out loud"




And lastly, this one goes out to all my brethren and sistern in the bonds of passive aggresive families...



-"Please, just ask!"



Ok, and now for last week. Wonderful wonderful amazing time. I don't so much consider winning a measure of sucess...but we did a bit of that! Our delegation took 7 proposals for debate and of those 7, 5 went to Second Committee, 3 advanced to Third Committee and 1 was ranked among the top 6 of the 500-some at the conference.



The best parts of the week came in conversation. The conference does a nice job of allowing time to reflect on the events of every day and really emphasizes the practice of sharing ideas without condemning people...it works! I heard conversation after conversation of kids just sharing ideas, even opposing one another, but always working to understand. I am fully aware of how cheesy this sounds, but I swear to you it happened.



Best and most thought provoking talk at the end of the week came when the longest leg of the trip home was almost done. We were pulling back into Dallas for our bus family to break into thirds. The Oklahoma delegation would venture back into our Y van, the DFW kids would go home, and the bus would take the Houston kids back. With about 20 min left in the trip, one delegate said how little this trip made him want to leave for youth camp on Monday. It would be hard for him, he said, to listen to so much emotion without logic behind when he had spent the week thinking and combining his faith with his thoughts on National issues. No solution was reached, but the kids agreed together that every youth group needs someone to bring a rational perspective.



Man, don't know how well I got it across, but I needed that.

Oklahoma Rumble

I am home!



Take note that 32 must be a milestone year as the 24 hour bus ride to North Carolina was about 10 times harder on my aging bones than last year.



I am dead dead deader than dead I said but will blog you a river. The week was huge. So much food for thought that my mind is growing obese.



And then I need a pedicure.

Re: REALISE THE REALITY (please treat urgent)

And just so you think I am not just wandering around my dark apartment wearing black and listening to Morrissey...



I heard about the book "The Spam Letters" on Talk of The Nation today and had to race right home and check this website! You should too! Check the Nigerian Scammer section first! Go!!

...And Walked Off To Look For America

My head has been dancing a high speed salsa this week.



The world just seems dark, and it isn't just the rain. I have long been worried about the national and international scene and if you know me in "real life" you probably know that. I haven't blogged much on my feelings because they are the same things you are reading elsewhere. What is really happening in Iraq? How much longer will it last? How many of my students will go? I did see F911 last weekend and although it was food for thought I want to go on record that it is infotainment. No one should look to Michael Moore as a primary giver of news. It's like getting all your news from The Daily Show (enjoyable, but unreliable).



I have watched a good friend suffer at the wrongdoings of a loved one (I know this makes no sense, but it's not my story and not for me to blog). All of this comes together to just make me think.



I commented some stuff to this effect on Tim's blog,but the best lesson I am learning here is that the calling of the Christian is less to make a moral stand as to somehow show Light in this nasty stuff. How on earth does this happen without looking like Pollyanna? If I figure that one out, I will write a book. The first task is to find the Light.



Sooooo...I am leaving. I leave tomorrow with our State officers for the YMCA Youth and Government Conference on National Affairs in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's a gorgeous place and by and large I love Y people. I need this trip. I need to be around honest well meaning optimistic folks (not that you aren't) and figure this out. If I come back with anything, you're on the list to know.