Sunday, April 30, 2006

So tonight at the Francis house we painted with our feet. It was fun. Community should involve crafts and creativity. So if you think of something silly to do together, find some people and do it. You will be blessed. Ask Nate about it, because he didn't want to do it, but then he did.
Lance
Hey everyone,
My brother called me this weeked to let me know that Radio is playing in Chicago this summer...thought that might be of interest to many of you.

Matt

Saturday, April 29, 2006

It's late...program notes are tedius to make and there's too much to do and not enough time in a day. Coldplay is keeping me awake though (surprising I know!) anyways, family dinner was good, so thank you brad. Jason I hope you have safe travels and you will be in our prayer and will be greatly missed. It was great to have calvin faculty at dinner tonight. Great insight. Okay, i think Puccini is calling me and I need finish up my Italian translations....
Laura P.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

In my education class, the professor asked for our "Purpose of Education". I don't know if you have ever felt this, but I continually feel that all my subjects and life interests blend together. Whether it is Young Life, where I hang out with high school students at random times of the day, Physical Education, where I contemplate the lactate thresholds of an average middle aged man, or education classes, I continue to be challenged by the way humans love to categorize


EVERYTHING.

It's easier.

It makes more sense when we can bundle it up and make sense of it.

What would happen if in education we blended all the subjects together, making a physical education/poetry/statistics class? Would this next generation be more receptive to this new kind of teaching?

Why is classification and categorization rooted so deep in our beings?

Racism.
Class Systems.
Education.
Fat.
Small.
Ugly.
Pretty.
Nice.
Mean.
Homosexual.




I'm I always nice?



Will I always be fat?
(I know, I know, Matt you are not fat. I am talking about questions outside of myself.)



Do we really define ourselves, or do we allow others to define us? Is it unavoidable to become categorized and believe your categorization?


Well, I am on the fifth floor of the library trying to type an article critique-I have been unsuccessful up until this point.

Oh, I forgot. My philosophy of education is simply this: We paint with many different colors and are not afraid of them mixing together, making totally new and unique backdrops and landscapes to the life that we are developing on the page. Provide building blocks the students and let knowledge transcend all boundaries and categories.

-Matt D
Bible study was nice last night. For all who weren't there, we went outside to garfield park. it felt like we were camping. we learned to rest. One thing I learned:

Trees know how to rest well.



On another note, does anyone want to make family dinner on Friday at the Francis house? We forgot to announce it. If not, I suppose Teresa and I might be able to do it. Let us know soon, or even if you'd like to help, because we are both going to be busy up until 5:30 or 6 on Friday, and we have some guests coming as well. If you haven't cooked yet, this would be a perfect opportunity. Bring your friends. Thanks guys.

Daina

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

today i thought a lot about community. what is a community? i realized that in reality we are all a part of many communities. we have church communities, family communities, major related communities, work communities, neighborhood communities, and friend communities. we are all part of muliple worlds and yet we have all come together to create yet another community. what makes this one so good? transforming? comfortable? vulneralble? ideal?

these were some of my thoughts on what makes a good community:
- taking care of other members
- listening to those in the community
- sharing our inmost fears and desires
- respecting what others are passionate about
- listening to someone even when you don't necessarily feel like it
- knowing how and when it is okay to say that you need time alone or that you are unable to listen right now
- being able to ask for help
- knowing that in a time of need you have brothers and sisters who will come to your rescue
- looking outside of the core of the community to bring gifts and passions to other communities
- inviting others in and not creating our own sectioned off world
- continually growing and finding ways to keep each others hearts from wilting

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."


Thomas Merton
Thoughts in Solitude
as you may know, our own mindie was nominated for student employee of the year. i just found out, via a memo on the third floor library desk called "thanksabunch lunch" (nice), that mindie was snubbed in favor of a library employee. i am a firm supporter of hekman library and the winning employee is great and certainly works harder than me, but still, i was hoping for a landslide victory and a tickertape parade in garfield park.

so mindie, i would just like to say: congratulations for a race well run, a battle well fought.
we, the community, as well as my family and the entire state of massachusetts, know who the real winner is.

if anyone wants to disrupt the thanksabunch lunch, it is on friday on the library patio, from 11:30-1:00.

there. now change this title.
Hey Brad,
can you link to my blog, so people can read it.

Even though I haven't written for a long time, that's beside the point.

Oh, and one more thing.. I'm published guys!
Go here:

http://www.perspectivesjournal.org/

Or if you don't want to read it here, it's also going to be published in print Perspectives and Dialogue.

Thanks for supporting me everyone...

back to my papers.

daina
A friend of mine emailed this to me, it is a little cliche but it is simple enough to enjoy.

TWO FRIENDS WERE WALKING THROUGH THE DESERT.
DURING SOME POINT OF THE JOURNEY THEY HAD AN ARGUMENT
AND ONE FRIEND SLAPPED THE OTHER ONE IN THE FACE.
THE ONE WHO GOT SLAPPED WAS HURT,
BUT WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING, WROTE IN THE SAND:
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.

THEY KEPT ON WALKING, UNTIL THEY FOUND AN OASIS,
WHERE THEY DECIDED TO TAKE A BATH.
THE ONE WHO HAD BEEN SLAPPED GOT STUCK IN THE MIRE
AND STARTED DROWNING,
BUT THE FRIEND SAVED HIM.
AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM THE NEAR DROWNING, HE WROTE ON A STONE:
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.

THE FRIEND WHO HAD SLAPPED AND SAVED HIS BEST FRIEND ASKED HIM,
"AFTER I HURT YOU, YOU WROTE IN THE SAND AND NOW, YOU WRITE ON A STONE, WHY?"
THE OTHER FRIEND REPLIED "WHEN SOMEONE HURTS US
WE SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN IN SAND
WHERE WINDS OF FORGIVENESS CAN ERASE IT AWAY.
BUT, WHEN SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING GOOD FOR US,
WE MUST ENGRAVE IT IN STONE WHERE NO WIND CAN EVER ERASE IT."
Happy break everyone!! I hope you all can stay motivated over the next few days (and weeks) and get a lot accomplished. We are almost done! I can't beleive it...this year has flown by. Stay strong everyone!

Mindie

p.s. does anyone else miss the turtle?
Hey all,
Maybe I will get a better response using this blog. I would REALLY appreciate it if those who are interested in helping out at Heartside garden tell me via email , hlv2@calvin.edu. I know it is a busy time, but i just want to know what interest is out there. Just let me know if this friday before family dinner would work, or ANY OTHER nights this week or next week. I would hate to make another day and not have people come. So, if you are interseted, let me know. If you are interested for the summer, let me know that too, I would just like to be aware of the interest, or if there is not a huge interest, I will stop bugging Richa.
Okay thanks, again here are the things he is looking for,

Repairing a small shed,
moving big rocks, only about 8 of them, wouldn't take long
prepairing the soil
replanting a few bushes

you can help as little or as much as you want! Okay back to my 20 page paper!

Thanks guys!
Heather

Monday, April 24, 2006

Hello. Here's my story. I am heading to Spain on May 1 and will hike the camino de santiago for three weeks. This will take me from one end of northern Spain to the other. Many of you know that i want to get involved in HIV/AIDS work and have been looking into getting some experience working/volunteering in Africa. Through some leading and encouragement by my roommates i recently found an opportunity to serve in Durban, South Africa. I have the opportunity to leave directly from Spain. My former roommate Miah grew up in Durban (where i visited him during the 04/05 christmas break). His family has offered me a place to stay while in Durban, as well as access to a vehicle. Miah's dad works as a pastor for a church and has a number of contacts for me to get involved that sound very promising.

The breakdown is this:

I leave for spain in 6 days. My job as a substitute teacher is non-existent in the summer. I have nothing jobwise lined up for rhe summer. If I go to Durban I would like to stay through the middle of august. (with the possibility of staying on longer). In order to be able to do this I would need the financial support of my friends and family. My costs all together would come to about 360 dollars per month. (that's 90 dollars per week). I know that this is a lot and that my friend and family seem to be strapped financially. But one thing i am learning about community and problems is that, "no one can do everything, but everyone can do something."

If any of you could help me I would really be honored. I know a lot of people and if everyone could commit to giving a little each month it would go a long way. 5, 10, 20 bucks, whatever. No amount is too small. I believe that if this is where God is leading me to go that he will supply for my trip. If you could be praying for me this week as well that would be sweet.

I don't want to make a rash decision. I want to apply wisdom do this seemingly supernatural situation. But I feel as if I need to see this opportunity through.

If you have questions, comments, concerns, encouragement, etc. please call or email.

Jason Wadowski
foreverweakforeverable@yahoo.com
616-452-9979

And if you know that you can support me financially over the summer in any way please let me know ASAP. If you know of anyone else who may be able to help please help me to connect with them. Thanks.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

What's better than having a beautiful bar-b-q at the beautiful Garfield Park on a beautiful warm Friday afternoon with the beautiful sun out and your beautiful friends to accompany you... and your drunk.
-inspired by deep thoughts from Jack Handy
Lovingly,
John Coleman
I just ate some pancakes. They were delicious.

Almost as good as the bake beans I ate at the park....

Oh if you ever have a hankering to play chess, come on over to 445 Burton.

Cheers,
Matt D