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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Olsan on Fandal
Here's an encomium on one of Hollie's and my favorite former Latin professors (and our dean) by another of my favorite former professors (and the best academic advisor I ever had...too bad I didn't take more of her advice).

If you don't have time to read it, Dr Fandal is alive and well. He just returned to "what is truly close to the heart of all academic professionals: students, research and professional service" after thirteen years as dean.

jon :: link :: comment ::

Thursday, November 23, 2006

I almost forgot that Thanksgiving Day is a Major Feast Day according to the current Episcopal Book of Common Prayer (1979 BCP, p 17), as Fr Riley points out every year - and I did forget about Grace's Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist last night. (Fr Riley's own former admin assistant...I should be ashamed of myself.) But here are a few prayers to help my memory, which needs all the help it can get:

First, "A Litany of Thanksgiving" ("For optional use on Thanksgiving Day, in place of the Prayers of the People at the Eucharist..." BCP 836-7):
Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so
freely bestowed upon us.

For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and
sky and sea.
We thank you, Lord.

For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women,
revealing the image of Christ,
We thank you, Lord.

For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and
our friends,
We thank you, Lord.

For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve,
We thank you, Lord.

For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play,
We thank you, Lord.

For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering
and faithful in adversity,
We thank you, Lord.

For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice,
We thank you, Lord.

For the communion of saints, in all times and places,
We thank you, Lord.

Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and
promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord;
To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the
Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
And here's the "The General Thankisgiving" (Contemporary) from Morning Prayer (BCP 101):
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages.

jon :: link :: comment ::

Sunday, November 19, 2006

travelog retrospective: playlist
after these messages, regular punctuation will be right back...

hollie already mentioned a bit, but here's the full list (in no particular order):

1. garden state soundtrack
2. jackie brown soundtrack
3. oasis, (what's the story) morning glory?
4. leonard cohen, the best of leonard cohen
5. baby bunny classics, travel time baby
6. r.e.m., in time: the best of r.e.m. 1988-2003
7. counting crows, recovering the satellites
8. guster, lost and gone forever
9. dora the explorer
10. veggie tales, bob & larry's sunday morning songs
11. st clair baby's first, piano please!
12. last kiss soundtrack

jon :: link :: comment ::

Monday, November 13, 2006

monroe, louisiana - made it back home last night around 1. man, that's a long drive. i need a vacation.

jon :: link :: comment ::

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

moscow, idaho - we made it. got in last night between 10:30 and 11.

setbacks here & there included levi throwing up a couple times, high winds in wyoming monday (causing us to stay the night in casper instead of in sheridan or billings montana as hoped), and a combination of wind, rain & fog last night on the last, most curvy, uphill/downhill part of the trip (starting around butte montana).

otherwise, great trip. having made this drive more times than i remember, this might have been the best yet (and with three little ones! mad props to their momma).

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Monday, November 6, 2006

norman, oklahoma - on vacation this week. after going back & forth on what we were going to do, finally decided saturday night to take a cross-country road trip and visit family in idaho. left sunday morning after 8am service at st thomas.

had a good driving day yesterday, but ran into heavy rain in oklahoma, averaging 45mph for well over an hour. hoped to make it to wichita or salina kansas, but finally decided to stop earlier than planned due to rain. picked up little caesar's and ate in the hotel room. norman seems nice. go sooners.

hopefully tonight we'll make it to wyoming or, if a miracle happens, montana.

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