Monday, May 22, 2006

Okay peeps, I was asking some of my friends what some good readings were for this summer in my spare time and here is the list that I received. I thought I'd share it with you all and if you have more to add, just post it :) yay!!
o Redeeming Love- Francine Rivers
o The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini
o The Perks of being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
o A Prayer for Owen Meany- John Irving
o Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver
o Narnia Series
o The Ishbane Conspiracy- Randy Alcorn
o The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint- Brady Udall
o East of Eden- John Steinbeck
o Traveling Mercies- Anne Lamott
o I know why the Cage Bird Sings- Toni Morrison
o Velvet Elvis- Rob Bell
o Blue Like Jazz- Donald Miller
Laura P....

Saturday, May 20, 2006






Uneeded ceremonies.



cleaning up.

dressing up.

moving out.

wind whispering.

Cars passing.






Feeling Lost.


Hi's and Goodbye's.

Time passing.


-Matt D.

P.S. Check out Our Place, a blog for the once a month meals involving students, faculty, staff, and The Greater Grand Rapids Community.
First Our Place meal: September 8th-Eastown(at Koninia or Teresa's), 6:00 pm. Conversation: Exploring the meaning of Place(including history of Eastown, happenings, people, community houses, etc.)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

This will be a time line/journal of how my paper goes from now (4:00PM), until I am either done or the library closes at 10:00PM.

4PM (Pg - 13. word count - 4243) I don't want to do it. I am in a tough place in the paper and I don't know what to write.

4:30PM (Pg - 14. word count - 4542) wow, I got a page done in a half an hour. Not bad for being really slow earlier today. I need at least 5 more. I just hope that what I wrote will actually be good. Sometime I can go on tangents and what I write won't be relevent, but I think I'll use what I have. I am getting tired....

5:40PM (Pg - 15.5. word count - 4744) well I got distracted for a little while. I was exploring facebook and looking at old friends from highschool. I also called Mindy at the switchboard. This is her last day after 4 years being there. I think I am going to go eat soon. Maybe right now infact. later, I'll be back.

5:50PM Jonnies is closed.....what am I going to eat.......must keep working.....

6:30 (Pg - 15.75. word count - 4835) I've been doing some small editing and changing so I haven't gotten very far. I don't really know what to say next. I don't really think I am thinking clearly either... I am only half way to 10PM, I've gotten only 2.75 pages. This is not good. I need to come upon a breakthrough!

7PM (Pg - 16.25. word count - 5082) wow, I hit the 5000 word mark. This is definately the biggest paper in my life. I am still hangin in there. We'll see how the next hour goes.... I want you all to know that I am only doing this because a) my own personal enjoyment and b) so I can stay sane by taking breaks every once in a while and you all get to be the vitim of this.

7:40 (Pg - 17.25. word count - 5455) whoa... I am hungry. I think that once I finish part three of my paper (there are three parts and I don't have all of part two finished), I am going to go home! I may be able to work on it at home so that I can get more finished tonight so I don't have to spend forever tomorrow on it. I have until 2PM tomorrow because we have graduation rehersal after that.

9PM (Pg - 19.5. word count - 5973) ok. that was a long time. I did go look for a phone book to try to find the number of the people heather is babysitting at to get her to take me home, but no luck. I think I may have to have Brad come and get me. I did a good job on getting alot written. I am getting to the attitude of knowing there are problems and things I should write more about, but I just want to be done. I am starting not to care about it. I must though! I told myself this was going to be an amazing paper, and it will be! I CAN DO IT!!
I can't I give up for the day.... Maybe I'll update you all tomorrow. Goodnight.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

If you have not informed Matt or myself yet if you or your family is attending Family Dinner on Friday pease do soon now, as you are on the internet right now looking at the blog, please open yourt email and let us know if you are coming, even if your family isn't coming we still want to know if we can count on you!!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Almost done...

Only a week left of school everyone. It is so sad to me. I cannot believe we are almost done, where has the time gone? I wish school could be all summer too. Then we wouldn't have to get summer jobs and no one would be leaving. It seems like it was only two days ago that I was beginning interim and only yesterday that it was the beginning of the semester. the summer will be so different. When I sit and think about it, I don't really like this time of year. We are all worried about exams and such, then we all leave right after we are done. There is no final week to be with freinds and enjoy the last few days. Why does the last days of the semester have to be so stressful?
Oh well, at least we have the blog!

- Aaron
Something interesting I came across this weekend.... How smart is your brain?

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I could read it...could you?


Saturday, May 13, 2006

well, it's me...teresa.

daynah has been on my case about not posting, but honestly i have a fear of blogs. even though i have been thinking of starting my own blog...but not tell anyone the address...i have a fear of letting people know what is in my head, because of jjudgement, particularly judgement from people i respect and love. maybe i have a perfectionist complex and don't want to disappoint anyone. this is why i need you all. i like to hide from people and sometimes myself...but you don't let me do that, so here i am posting on the blog.
thanks for being my friends and loving me...

i like commas and ... (i don't know if that has an actual name, but i like them) just a sidenote in case you didn't pick it up in my earlier writing...

well, i'm posting again and it's not about my walk cause i really don't have the time or energy right now to give a post about it the right amount of attention it deserves. but!

i am writing a note about my earlier post about art.

i don't know if you guys really care to read, but whatever, i'm gonna write it anyways. i want to reiterate the fact that i think anything can be art as long as there was a specific reason behind it's creation/arrangement/exhibition/etc that change it's function in some way. but i still get hung up on that definition because what if the art about an object could be that it fulfills it's original intention? what if that's the art?

what if when you look at an iron, clothes ironer that is, and think of it as a piece of art as all the ways in which it is designed function to perform this task of flattening cloth at the highest efficiency for it's design type? or what if you viewed a cup of water as art because of the way that the water is contained in the glass and how there are all these forces involved with this process such as buoyancy, and pressure, and laws that govern the fluidity of liquid, and the way the glass perfectly mimics and distorts the water at the same time, and how interesting the reaction is when condensation forms, how you imagine if the water is coming through the glass to the surface instead of forming from the surrounding air molecules, or what if it was just because the level of the water related to something as complicated as a "to scale artificial model of the water level gauge of the nuclear power plant, chernobyl, right before it exploded" or how the level of the water is at the exact height it would be at after a average rainfall in the middle of the wet season in the Amazon rainforest or as simple as a glass taken from a shelf in a kitchen that had left over water in it from some kid who was drinking it and now it's placed in a gallery because it exudes childlike behavior and for that reason is nostalgic and full of meaning and turns viewers to mush as they reminisce...


(kaitlyn says i need to calm down...hehe)

Matt's post with the song lyrics about reuse recycle that got me thinking about it again. i remembered back in elementary school, how we listened to math rapper educational tapes in class sometimes. yep. so i researched it and found their website with some really hilarious samples and pictures. soooo, here's an audio sample from their site, it cracks me up.

Subtraction Rap Sample!

also! i found out that they also did a few rock math lessons and even two country ones as well! so you can check those out as well, all at Rock'N Learn!


p.s.- the next post of mine will include pictures and a detailed summary of joe and i's walk.

Friday, May 12, 2006

As I sit here in the ITC I wonder what ever happened to the days when this was a quiet place to go and get work done? It seems to have become a hang out place where people feel free to talk at a normal level, not taking into consideration the others around them who are trying to work hard. I am at times guilty of this as well, however, I do try to keep my voice at a minimum and not bother those around me.

I feel as if the change occured when we no longer had to check in at the front desk. We were giving the freedom to choose our own computer and sit by whom ever we want. They gave us a new responsibilty with this change. Isn't that what Calvin is all about too, responsible freedom. While I am all for that, I think some changes need to be done down here in the ITC as this place has turned into chaos. Anyone else? opinons? Am I alone in this?

Thursday, May 11, 2006

I wanted to point out TERESA CRAMER has not yet posted on the blog. I got an idea. Let's all harrass her until she does. !

2 more papers, one more week and i'm at camp. basically i dont get a summer break. im quite nervous. I'm going to be entering a completely new community that i'm supposed to love as much as you guys, and none of you will be there. it's going to be a very transient community. short and intense.
i dont know if i have it in me most days.
im scared.


Three it's a magic number
Yes it is, it's a magic number
Because two times three is six
And three times six is eighteen
And the eighteenth letter in the alphabet is R
We've got three R's we're going to talk about today
We've got to learn to
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
If you're going to the market to buy some juice
You've got to bring your own bags and you learn to reduce your waste
And if your brother or your sister's got some cool clothes
You could try them on before you buy some more of those
Reuse, we've got to learn to reuse
And if the first two R's don't work out
And if you've got to make some trash
Don't throw it out
Recycle, we've got to learn to recycle,
We've got to learn to
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Because three it's a magic number
Yes it is, it's a magic number
3, 3, 3
3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36
33, 30, 27, 24, 21, 18, 15, 12, 9, 6, and
3, it's a magic number

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

One more class at calvin college baby!!!wahoo!!Today I went to my last chapel as a student at Calvin. It was crazy to look at back at the different stages of my college career and see how chapel has played a role in my experience.

Friends have changed, my faith has changed, and my pathway in life is changing. It is bittersweet to see this chapter of my life come to a close, but it is a good ending. I like to look at the sweetness rather than bitterness.

It's funny how you meet so many people throughout the 4 years at Calvin, and each one plays a little role in your life and someitmes you don't even realize it. Somehow each one helps make up who you are.

I just want to thank you all for being my friends and being apart of my life.

okay, i'm clockin out. I have a wedding/rehearsal/choir/song/thingamabobber...
Rock on my friends!
-laura P.
Its been a while since anyone has posted....sad.
I am excited right now as I am getting ready for
my last college class ever! Its kinda wierd, but I like it.

I am also excited for our larger-than-life family dinner
we have coming up! I think it willbe a great time! Let Matt
(or myself) know if you are coming and who from the fam
is coming soon!

have a great day!!


Friday, May 05, 2006

this is my response to what people have been saying about our project being political and not art at all.

if a piece of art is said to have a politcal message or agenda, I don't necessarily view it as 'bad' art, which i'm going to go ahead and describe as 'ineffective' art instead.

like splinters (adam wolpa) said, art is a means for the transmission of an idea, whether it's political or not. I feel that intentionally political art has a place and a purpose, thus it can be effective as art.

JDAWE (some dude commenting on the blog) is still claiming that he/she is unsure if agriculture can be called art, political or not. The act of manipulating the ground, with some intention, is enough to consistitute the project as 'art.' Now that brings up questions about many different actions which also manipulate the ground with intention such as conventional farming, contruction, or even our existence on earth (living mandates some sort of manipulation or interaction with the ground because of the nature of gravity and our body's relationship with the earth through daily living).

Admitably, I often have a very open and accepting view of what I think is art but again, i think it goes back to the fact that i believe art is a means by which an idea can transmitted, and not the transmitting device or the idea alone.

To me, farming can be art, construction can be art, and walking can also be art because these are simply transmitting devices. It gets a little tricky for me when you ask if say a newspaper is art and I think I draw the line when i think of devices that fall into a certain category such as a newspaper because of the specific communication conventions behind it. You could argue that painting fits into certain communication conventions as well, but i feel that there is a distinct difference between a newspaper and a painting because of the intentional visual and experiential emphasis a painting's idea hinges on in terms of the 'quality' and the successfulness of the transmission of that idea. With a newspaper, the words on the page are the only thing that is needed to transmit the idea, not the actual paper. The ideas could have the same exact transmission 'quality' in forms other than a newspaper. The same cannot be said about a painting because of it's visual and experiential empahsis involved in the transmission. Therefore, a newspaper is not a device i would put in the category of art. The moment in which a device is used to transmit an idea, where the 'quality' of the idea's transmission hinges on the experiential emphasis of the device, that is when the combined idea and device become art.

I think the content behind the PLANT project, such as psychogeography, emotions, situations, and the history of the site and the community surrounding it, coupled with the decision to use an unused urban site as a possible device, changes the project sites into art. There are so many different levels within this project that relate to different categories of art. Parts of the project can even be deemed performance art. Just the fact that the sites are now the studios of the artists is a huge deal in and of itself. Like KEVINB (yep, kevin buist) was saying, the use of these studios gos outside the conventions of the artit's working and displaying space because of the possiblities of interaction with the community on a more open level than before. You could even say that the project is art because the artist's ideas are being transmitted through the site which causes interaction between people in proximity to the site and/or the artist and/or electronically via the blog, hence ideas are being transmitted because of the interaction the artist is having with their site.


what do you guys think? i'm not sure if i can completely use the device analogy, but i'd like to know how i could fix it if you think something is wrong with it. yep. thanks.

-Brad (i forgot to sign this...)
I woke up at 5:30 to go out to breakfast with 3 of my High School friends (no I am not a loser, I am a Young Life leader)

I am in the ITC, working on "Printing Station" Hub(?).

It did not charge me for my prints. (ATTENTION DAINA-THIS IS THE COMPUTER FOR YOU!!!)

Tonight I might go to Tulip time.

Trident gum is tasty.

I lost my watch.

Is it ok to talk loud in the ITC when it is 8:30 in the morning when no one is in here?

I am excited about giving a presentation today on the forehand throw in Ultimate frisbee. Hard life for PE majors.

Do you ever wonder what people are doing in the CIT offices? And how the heck did those guys get so good at computers? Is it something you just pickup? Can you be really sociable and outgoing if you know alot about computers?(I mean, to know alot about computers you would have to sit in front of a computer for hours on end with little human contact...would that job be attractive for someone who loves to work with people?)

Why the crap is a mouse called a mouse? It doesn't look or feel like a mouse (Although that would be ingenius to make a furry, lifelike mouse...)

Did you know that there is a big purple tube that runs the length of the ITC? Who decided to paint it purple and what was the reasoning behind that decision? So it would match the chairs is my guess.

I like wearing vests,
Matt DeHoog

Thursday, May 04, 2006

i find myself in the itc...somewhat strange. i do not frequent the library and especially not the basement very often. i am almost done with this paper that i have been not so diligently working on for the past hour or so.

well, that is all for now. maybe i'll think of something profound later.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

I miss prayer. I need some. Actually, I dont know if I'm allowed to post this, but Lance and I need some prayer. ( :* The future can be freightening and the past can be very heavy. Thanks friends. I'm grateful for a community to be weak in, and still be supported and lifted up.


Monday, May 01, 2006

well. i'm in painting class right now.

but i've been at the ITC for almost an hour and a half and haven't gotten nearly enough done, but it's not my fault. see, the stupid computers here don't allow you to see images online and the images i needed to work with in photoshop were online. first i thought it was just my computer, so i switched, and ended up logging into and switching between 4 computers to finally get my images off the internet, really lame.

here are some of the paintings i'm basing mine off of:


the green one is for my selfportrait redo (which is a whole nother story)





i have to read a ton of pages tonight before my medieval art history class and go by michaels to buy a ton more paint and some xylene stuff. yep yep.

thanks matt, for reminding me to post.

Is it just me or do Professors hate their students at the end of the year? Why is it that they ALL assign big projects and papers for the end? Don't they know that every other professor does the same thing, so it is now nearly impossible to get everything done? Which when we are busy working on our 20 page papers and other big assignments, don't they understand that now the have to go through and throuhgly read every word that we wrote and grade 30 of these papers thus making more work for themselves, becuase lets be honest, they don't enjoy reading all these papers.


back to work


**hope you all are doing well this last 1 1/2 weeks of class, somehow it always gets done....**

oh yeah if you aren't doing anything at 3:45ish today, come to PE 115 and hear a presentation I am giving about a fundraiser I helped plan for Camp Roger!