I got a letter in the mail today. It's not really significant, on one level. On the other, it is very significant. What I got in the mail was the confirmation of the appointment I have with Section A of the Committee on Ministry of the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC), for what's called an "In-Care" interview. The meeting isn't until next year (2007), and there are steps to take beforehand.
Two "events" (I use the term lightly) occured in that world of ones and zeros this week that are worth a mention. I bet that most of you won't care a whole lot one way or the other about either of these, but they are both really interesting object lessons in how the digital world and the real live flesh and blood world interact in very interesting ways.
I have some brilliant friends who will likely never blog (or at least aren't now.) So I thought it might be a good idea for me to provide them with a bit of an audience for their great stuff. So I'm going to blog for them. That is, they will email me their text, and I will post it for them, under their names. Expect the first of these guest bloggers soon, who will give us really good insight into the new issues around Palestine and Israel.
If you are one of my friends (old or new) who would like to guest blog, drop me an email.
I caught a glimpse of her yesterday, having gone into the the city (um, that's San Francisco) on BART (um, that's Bay Area Rapid Transit) My urban public persona is very different than my New England semi-rural persona. My urban persona is more distant (behind the iPod), wary, observant, with a little tough swagger, a bit aggressive on the edges. My New England persona is open, expectant and soft, completely non-aggressive. I had noticed that my early few forays into the city were a bit, well, painful, whereas this time, it felt kinda normal.
I heard a great talk this morning by Herbert Locke, who is a professor at University of Washington. He gave a great talk at the Earl Lectures titled "America and the Theocratic Vision: Why America is Not a Christian Nation (and, Pray God, Never Will Be)". It was a fantastic talk, which looked at the original failure to create a Christian nation by the Puritans.
For those of you who have lived in Berkeley, you know the Berkeley Bowl. I knew about it, but it was always so crowded, and impossible to find parking, that I avoided it. But then, one Monday morning at 10:00 (perfect time to go) I went shopping. And I was a happy camper. I finally found a way to get good, wholesome food without breaking the (at this point tiny little) bank, like I would by going to Whole Foods (commonly nicknamed whole paycheck, or whole checkbook).
Remember Zork? I can't even begin to think about how many hours my twenty-something self spent exploring the text-only adventure world of Zork. I loved Zork. Two friends independently sent me this hilarious post from defective yeti, which is a blog I have come across, but don't read regularly. It's hilarious. Even if you don't remember Zork, you'll still get a kick out of it. And, sadly, it's all too true.
In the five gazillion blog entries I will not catch up on, was this entry from Treehugger – a great environmental blog. It turns out, that Sweden's goal is to eliminate the use of fossil fuels by the year 2020. Yay Sweden! If they can do it, we can do it. It takes conscious effort, a bit of money for research, and political will. None of which seems to be present in this country. I hope that perhaps Sweden's example will help.
I'm back from Baja, Mexico. It was a really great trip. The only complaint was that it was a lot colder than we expected – too cold and windy to swim, snorkle or kayak, and we had some really cold nights for sleeping. Otherwise, it was chock full of neat adventures, wonderful conversation, intersesting people, incredible desert landscape, and beautiful ocean views.