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The Tragic Loss of Mike Yaconelli
Author, owner and founder of Youth Specialties, and The Door, Mike Yaconelli, was killed in a car accident last night in Northern California.
“Mike was the incarnation of his book titles, Dangerous Wonder and Messy Spirituality. He lived a life of wonder and amazement at God’s grace. He never claimed to be perfect; he just lived as he was—a man after God’s own heart.” - Tic Long
I read Messy Spirituality last fall and was really moved by it. As a youth worker, myself, Yaconelli was challenging and inspiring to me. This is truely a great loss.
via TheyBlinked

All Saints Day Celebration
Everyone is invited to Froyd's for an All Saints Day party on Saturday, November 1, 2003 (I'm assuming around 9:3-10, in good old Bemidji). Should be a wonderful time - as the last one was. Most likely some beverages will be provided, but as always you are welcome to byob:) See you there!

Part One: The Rabbi, the Woman, and the City
Thaddaeus heard her first. He was in the back of the group, and he was feeling vulnerable. He had already stepped on the heel of James' sandal twice because he was trying to stay close behind him. James was getting pissy about it, so Thaddaeus was looking down, watching where he put his feet when he heard the faintest sound over the noises of the city. It sounded like a woman's voice from far away. It sounded like she shouted, "Jesus."

Thaddaeus stopped and turned around. He scanned the street, but all he saw were people moving fast and in every direction. "Nah," he said as he turned and trotted to catch up with the group.

Then he heard it again, this time louder.

"Jesus! Hey Jesus! Jeeee-suuuus!"

it is totally worth it to go read the whole thing at rlp

...God's math is not known nor can it be found. It can only be received in the instant when it is needed. It exists only in the present moment...
Happy 19th Birthday Anton
My little brother is 19 today...what to get hmm?
I love the rituals of Catholicism. ... I mean, the mass is a magic ritual for God’s sake, it’s a transubstantiation, and the stations of the cross – I mean a crown of thorns? Getting whipped? It’s punk rock. - Jim Carroll
Andrew Carega brings up some interesting points in this introduction to a book he'd like to write...
A fan of Bravo's hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is suing the network, claming that repeated viewing of the show turned him into a homosexual, sources say. The plaintiff, 32-year-old Manhattan resident John Elron, is seeking $2 million for pain and suffering, punitive damages, and "lost reproductive opportunity."
From Confusion Road (it's only satire, folks)
via The Eye Opener
via bloggedy blog
When I Grow Up

dfl forum
tonight was the first formal (house 4a) dfl endorsement candidate forum. frank was there along with John Persell and Ken McKennel (sp?). frank was the most knowledgeable on all the issues and easily talked everyone under the table. his passion for taking back the minnesota house showed and his early campaign work was highlighted (including his website!)

Ken had only in the last 2 weeks decided to run (he mentioned stats that he had seen on Frank's site!) and seemed aligned with Frank on the issues. If Frank wins the endorsement, Ken would make an excellent campaign manager.

after the forum, i was talking to the city council at-large member, barb meuers (i support her white mocha addiction at uptown) and she gave me the best compliments on frank's site - that's so cool:)
Decaf Bad

this image is cool on so many levels...
"It has been said that God didn't want us. If so then why the hell did he create us?"
- Vincent Cardenas, age 19
via johnny baker
Happy Birthday Troy!

California Tan August 2003

Minnesota White December 2002

October 28 is my friend Troy's 21st birthday. Troy is one of the most goal driven people I know. He actually got out of this little town and even out of this state - he's following his dream and getting closer to succeeding everyday.

This summer he took time out of his busy schedule to play tour guide for me when I visted in August. I had the best time and we both needed a vacation so it was a good thing.

So all of you out there who know him be sure to email, call him, or leave a message for him in the comments and wish him a happy 21st.
nobody thinnks the "which blogging tool are you?" quiz is very interesting, cause none of you have taken it. whatever, i thought it was cool.
for andi:

i was searching my technorati stats - and i stumbled upon your blog! yeah - my blog has spawned another. i won't link to it till you feel it is ready, but here is a little help in the comments department: i use the free resource blogspeak. you might want to try it so i can leave comments on your site!
It snowed today!
The first snow is always exciting. Everything is so pretty, but it is a really wet, heavy snow that will make a nice layer of ice on the roads in the morning. Everyone has to learn how to drive again (slower and pump the breaks). The temperature is just cold enough outside to make the precipitation snow and not freezing rain. I'm thinking this snow won't last very long, but I can remember many Halloweens trick-or-treating in boots and winter coats.
Grey Matter

You are a very intense person. Most people find you hard to understand but those who know you well love you to bits.

Which Blogging Tool Are You?

for amy e.
"Tell me a story" still comprise four of the most powerful words in English, words that are intimately related to the complexity of history, the origins of language, the continuity of the species, the taproot of our humanity, our singularity, and art itself."
- Pat Conroy
I got a bible and started going to all these churches and talking to all these priests and shit.
All right. Okay. I was a cabbie, right? In New York City. Hell, I had no idea WHAT I was doin. I got a job driving a cab like the first week I was in town. I had to ask people where to go and everything. It was horrible, but eventually I figured it out.

... Anyway, so I'm drivin around everywhere, right? And I have all this time, and I start thinking about the church and Christ and all that. So I thought maybe I would just give Christianity a try. You know, like really try it and all. Go to church and all that. So I did. I got a bible and started going to all these churches and talking to all these priests and shit. And I could tell there was something there, right? I knew there was something seriously important behind all this, but I couldn't get any good answers from anyone. Or at least I didn’t THINK they were good answers.

So I thought, “Hell, why not go to seminary? The fuck I got to…do with my life anyway? I’m drivin a cab, for chrisake.” So I have this uncle who lives in Texas by this huge seminary, and he says, “C’mon down,” so here I am.

real live preacher
LOADB test,d ADDX d#0,x STOREX ,x
i had my 2nd assembly language test today and it went better than i expected. which worries me - cause it probably means that i did things wrong.

but i feel so free now. i was so focused on this test this week i have no idea if anything is due thurs or fri;) i'm pretty sure there isn't.

now just coast to the weekend (chels' sister and her friend are staying with us and there is a rumor benton is coming home too...) time to clean.

assembly class is cancelled on fri, cause a bunch of students are going to a programming contest (when i told my roommate about this she laughed and told us we were a bunch of geeks - and well, we are). anyway that means i am done at 2:00 PM! i have never been done that early all semester. i am so pumped.
The Blogger's Prayer 1.1
by Andrew Jones (June, 2002)

Our Father
who lives above and beyond the dimension of the internet

Give us this day a life worth blogging,
The access to words and images that express our journey with passion and integrity,
And a secure connection to publish your daily mercies.
Your Kingdom come into new spaces today,
As we make known your mysteries,
Posting by posting,
Blog by blog.

Give this day,
The same ability to those less privileged,
Whose lives speak louder than ours,
Whose sacrifice is greater,
Whose stories will last longer.

Forgive us our sins,
For blog-rolling strangers and pretending they are friends,
For counting unique visitors but not noticing unique people,
For delighting in the thousands of hits but ignoring the ONE who returns,
For luring viewers but sending them away empty handed,
For updating daily but repenting weekly.

As we forgive those who trespass on our sites to appropriate our thoughts without reference,
Our images without approval,
Our ideas without linking back to us.

Lead us not into the temptation to sell out our congregation,
To see people as links and not as lives,
To make our blogs look better than our actual story.

But deliver us from the evil of pimping ourselves instead of pointing to you,
From turning our guests into consumers of someone else's products,
From infatuation over the toys of technology,
From idolatry over techology
From fame before our time has come.

For Yours is the power to guide the destinies behind the web logs,
To bring hurting people into the sanctuaries of our sites,
To give us the stickiness to follow you, no matter who is watching or reading.
Yours is the glory that makes people second look our sites and our lives,
Yours is the heavy ambience,

For ever and ever,


I found this not too long ago and thought it was very appropriate for me:)

Daniel Miller Music
... a rare treat of musical delight. Daniel Miller is an artist in the truest sense of the word, and in his music he makes himself transparent to the issues that are going on in his life, no matter how painful. His "young Dylan-esqu" voice has a warm feeling as if to say "hey, what I'm saying is important, so listen up". ben bubar

daniel: got any extra cds to send up north? or will someone please leak these songs to kazaa or even better someone post them to their blog:)
we're live!
via slacktivist (i'd have to say another one of my blogging crushes:)
a few notes
-soon the page i did for the local minnesota house 4A dfl endorsement candidate (did you get all that?) will be up and running. all we have to do is get it hosted with the local phone/internet company. i'll be really happy when it is finally up. lots of running around to get this done. it has been good experience though. he even has a blog which you can read now, but i'm the only one that has posted to it so far.

-i now have enough time between page loads on my computer to read whole articles in adbusters. i degfragmented and evertything. even when i use opera it lags. (ah, maybe if i turned off winamp - there much better.)

-i fear that there are english majors and real writers out there reading and critiquing my grammar and punctuation. (do you put the period on the inside or outside of the parenthesis)?

-woo-hoo no working at uptown this weekend, just mentoring with amy:)
i also have a blogging crush on theyblinked. now before you get the wrong idea you need to read livingroom to find out what i mean. not to mention danielsjourney - but he actually returns emails:)

its too bad i didn't post this earlier, cause my tracker shows theyblinked's ip address being refered to my site from from his technorati stats.
"I hate all your show and pretense--the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies. I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won't even notice all your choice peace offerings. Away with your hymns of praise! They are only noise to my ears. I will not listen to your music, no matter how lovely it is. Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, a river of righteous living that will never run dry." --Amos 5:21-24

unknown translation, brought to my attention by doc-martens
a chorus of coughs
right now everywhere i go people are sick, including me. at uptown my boss is sick, at online services my boss is sick and the other techies are too. in class my chemistry prof is sick - in fact it seems like i have the same germ as she. in every class there is another poor soul like me who is trying desperately to stiffle hacking until the instructor has finished their sentence. i can't forget my bottle of water for class, so i won't be the really annoying girl with the gross cough.

basically it is a chorus of coughs. at home it is a cough and a blow of the nose from chelsey:)
The goal is to do a search on google and return just one result. This is a GoogleWhack! You can search using just 2 words. Good luck!
via political punk
This Game Is Not About How Many Things You Can Buy With Your Light Green Money Day!
This game was devised thousands of years ago when God created the Earth and he said, "This game is about people meeting people and falling in love with people and making promises to people and creating people who are gonna be people who crave people and search for people or wait for people who meet people and fall in love with people and make promises to people and create people who are gonna yeah yeah this'll be a great game. Now should it be with pieces travelling around the board according to a roll of the dice or should it be more like Checkers? I'll think on it in the bath later."

So don't act like you're cool just because you have a lot of money.

Happy This Game Is Not About How Many Things You Can Buy With Your Light Green Money Day!

i cannot convey the joy
that i feel because i can sleep in as late as i want to tomarrow.
my wonderful friend amy came in to see me at work today.
amy lived next to me freshman year and we bonded over common interest in slightly obscure (at least obscure for northern mn) music. she would come running when i played riki martin - vuelve and joni mitchel - chelsea morning and i loved stopping by her room to check out her latest cd. she was the first person i knew to buy jack johnson and john mayer (before we knew who they were and when they were still $14.99 on amazon). amy is the definition of altruism. she started a mentoring program on campus and is the most genuinely good person i know. amy also has the best laugh you have ever heard - its loud and infectious, it lights up a room, it makes you happy to hear it.

friday night she served up a wonderful dinner of ribs and potatoes to a bunch of us college students (that never get normal meals, cause we either don't have time or are to lazy to make things for ourselves.) we all crowded around the table like a big family at a holiday dinner. it was very comforting (the food and the company). she also has the most grown up looking apartment and furniture of any 20 something i know.

at work today i was (illegally) listening to sarah mclachlin's fumbling towards ecstacy. and as always she and i were talking about music. i commented that i didn't really like this cd when it was given to me a long time ago, but now i love every song on it. she felt the same way!

this has happened to me a couple of times. i don't like a cd at first, but a few years/months later - i am totally into the music style or i can completely relate to the lyrics. maybe sometimes you just have to grow into your music. you have to gain more experience to appreciate it. (or just grow out of pop.)
uptown's bitch
6-8 AM open
11-12:30 PM lunch
5-6 PM close
(go to school in between)

7:30-3 work all day by my lonesome - just a reminder to customers

i want a nap already.
i'm ready to get out of the habit
i've had a strong urge for the past month to drive out of town. to the cities, to duluth, to grand forks/fargo. OUT OF TOWN. i would love a vacation right now. but only if i had no responibilities - ie all of my work was caught up. but in real life when is that ever going to happen?

even just to drive for longer than 15 minutes would be great. basically, i want to drive out to 15951 big turtle lake drive, watch a movie/sports.

i want my best friend to be here. i want to be more in the know - know the news. i want to be a better student, volunteer, worker. i want to not work at uptown so much. i should probably start by going to be right now so i can wake up and open tomarrow.
computer science lab
the cs lab is an oasis - our little corner of hagg-sauer hall. almost no one even knows it exits except us computer science students. it is outfitted with beautiful, new, fast, computers with linux and xp, and flat screen monitors and dvd burners. a couple of couches (where students are often found sleeping), tables to do homework, a microwave, a fridge and a phone (on which we often order pizza - especially those late nights working on code till the wee hours of the morning.) not to mention, the huge new flat plasma screen tv on the wall.

we all convene in here before and after classes. after school and late at night.

life in the cs lab. i used to think it was a wonderful little community, but lately it is becoming a boys club. at times i feel alienated by the female bashing going lately (masked as joking - but it has been just a little too much too often). i'm not going to let it slide anymore. i'm going to stand up for myself. probably the best way to do this is to do my homework ahead of time - and resist the temptation to ask those boys for help.
the highlight of my day
danielsjourney is back up AND i'm on the blogroll!
oh hey
now i have real comments enabled for each post (no pop-ups) - so comment away!
a little heart-warming for ya
Love is God's mafia. Children are her hit men...The Creator had in mind the biggest scavenger hunt ever, a real happy/sad affair that She calls “The Journey.” Our hearts are the biggest clue...The Creator says, “You might never call my name, or you might call me every name in the book. You may search for me all of your life, or you may never give me a second thought, but you WILL know how I felt on the day I made you.”...“You might deny my existence, but you will never be able to deny the mark of my palm on your soft hearts. Your hearts will rise up and call you blessed.”...“Your hearts will tell you who you are, and whose you are.”
real live preacher
look - i'm on someone's blogroll!

daniel does dallas

Love is the Movement
A day in LA, and millions of faces are looking for movement. 'Cause everything's stuck and everything's frozen and everyone's broken and nobody moves and everybody's scared that the motion will never come. This is the incompletion, stuck in a line.
Love is the movement. Love is a revolution. This is redemption.
We don't have to slow back down.

The stars are alive, they dance to the music of the deepest emotion and all of the world is singing in time, as the heavens are caving in mysterious ways, why God gave His life to put motion inside my soul.
It's bigger than cold religion. It's bigger than life
We're starting now, we don't have to slow back down. This is a revolution. Get up, get up, love is moving you now.

- switchfoot
Feast of St. Francis
Oct. 4 is the birthday, and feast day, of St. Francis of Assisi, who was born in 1182...He loved everyone and everything and sought to live at peace with all of creation...[an] illustration of this teaching of Francis' -- "of his own do we give him" -- comes from C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity:

I will tell you what it is really like. It is like a small child going to its father and saying, 'Daddy, give me sixpence to buy you a birthday present.' Of course, the father does, and he is pleased with the child's present. It is all very nice and proper, but only an idiot would think that the father is sixpence to the good on the transaction.

Reading this reminded me that I wanted to read C.S. Lewis's books and since I got paid on Friday, I let myself go on a little online used books shopping spree (he he I love shopping online). I got a really good deal on the hard cover The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics.
via slacktivist
Feel the molecules
If you turn your face into the wind, you feel the migration of molecures from an area of high pressure, somewhere in front of you, to an area of low pressure, somewhere behind you.
"Every office worker's worst nightmare"
From The Onion:
BOSTON—An Internet worm that disabled networks across the U.S. Monday and Tuesday temporarily thrust the nation into its most severe maelstrom of productivity since 1992.

"In all my years, I've never seen anything like this," said Price Stern Sloan system administrator Andrew Walton, whose effort to restore web service to his company's network was repeatedly hampered by employees busily working at their computers. "The local-access network is functioning, so people can transfer work projects to one another, but there's no e-mail, no eBay, no flaminglips.com. It's pretty much every office worker's worst nightmare."
Thank God, it's only satire.

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