Monday, June 27, 2005

New Digs

This is it. I'm outta here.

I am leaving the seminary today, and heading back to Michigan. I'll be away from the blog for a few days (which isn't so different from any other week I suppose) and when I get back, it might look a little different around here. Isn't closure great?

Thursday, June 23, 2005


Last week, on one of our all-too-common trips to Michigan, I turned on Talk of The Nation and heard this interview with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. He just put out a book called Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture. It was an interesting piece, with callers sharing stories of mix tapes that provided the soundtracks for moments and relationships. Now, I didn't hear any particularly ground-breaking ideas expressed, but it did bring back some fond memories.

Then, the next day in the midst of packing, I pulled a box out from the back of a closet - and found a crate full of old tapes from high school! Some of them are purchased tapes - including my copy of Tori Amos Little Earthquakes, Luke's copy of Eric Clapton Timepieces, and the soundtrack to Newsies. That stuff was good, but the real treasures were all the old mix tapes. We found two of the three classic rock mix tapes that Luke made me for my fifteenth birthday. It was long before we were dating, but we hadd known each other long enough that he knew I couldn't really tell the difference between Zeppelin, Hendrix or the Stones - a situation that has been remedied thanks to those tapes. There was another mix tape from my friend Emma, where the titles of all the songs fit into a poem about the history of our friendship. I still have the poem in a drawer at my mom's house, but I thought the tape was long gone.

Listening to these long-lost tapes reminds me how much has changed - and how much really hasn't. Son of A Preacher Man still ends up on half the mixes I make. I haven't listend to Tori in ages - I still know all the words to Silent All These Years, but the angsty sadness of Winter just doesn't resonate any more. And I'm glad for it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Its Official - So Y'all Come

God willing and the People consenting
The Right Reverend Wendell N. Gibbs, Jr.
will ordain

Judith Lynn Homer Bogdon
to the Sacred Order of Deacons
in Christ's One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church,

And will ordain

Lisa Anne Gray
Shannon Lynn MacVean-Brown
Joyce Mary Matthews
Susan Adelaide Hernandez Shaefer

to the Sacred Order of Priests
in Christ's One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church

Saturday, July 2nd, 2005
Ten o'clock in the morning
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul
Detroit, Michigan

Your prayers and presence are requested.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Only Six????

You can tell its summer. We're all out playing tag. Okay, fine, meme tag does not count as a summer activity. But nonetheless, I have been tagged again, this time by my friend frog. I just want to state for the record that this is an IMPOSSIBLE task. If you ask me tomorrow, it'll be different. So, in no particular order...

List your six favorite songs and tag six others to do the same
1. Tie: Hammer and A Nail or Wood Song or All That We Let In or Power of Two - all by the Indigo Girls
2. Be Thou My Vision, Episcopal Hymnal #488 (but there is this really good choir arrangement...)
3. How Can I Keep From Singing
4. Ordinary Day, Great Big Sea
5. Down to the River, Alison Krauss
6. As Cool As I Am, Dar Williams

And I tag: Frank, James, Jane, Beth, Mark and Whitley.

I'm It!

First things first. Raisin has a blog! You'll find her name over the left side there. Also, The Archer has been up for a while and I haven't got a link for him yet. Two more Seaburians converted to blogging. Trevor seems to have left his mark. Woot!

I got tagged from Ryan for this book game. Now, I have a confession to make: I don't actually read all that much. Chalk it up to too much school, or all that sitting still, or that lack of other people involved in the activity, or how darn slow I am at it, but I just don't sit and read a whole lot when I'm in school unless its for school. Of course, Ryan and I have had this conversation, and I like to tease him about how much he does read (how on earth does he do his schoolwork and do all the fun reading??). Anyway, I can't resist being tagged, so here goes:

How Many Books Do You Own?
According to my Bookster list, I own 296 books. But, that only includes the two shelves in my office - so probably almost double that for all of our books.

What is the Last Book You Bought?
Um. I think it was when I bought books for the spring term, so that doesn't help. My next book purchase will probably be God's Politics by Jim Wallis, a pre-order of Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, or else a graduation gift for Luke.

What was the last book you read?
I just started reading Prayer is a Place by Phyllis Tickle. My mother-in-law picked up an autographed copy for me from the Religious Booksellers Convention, and gave it to me for graduation.

Name five books that mean a lot to you.
(yeah, I'm taking The Archer's take and saying that the Bible is a given. And for me, so is the Hymnal)
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Moosewood Cooks At Home by The Moosewood Collective and Molly Katzen
Telling Secrets by Fredrich Buechner
The Bible and The New York Times by Fleming Rutledge
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

And now it's my turn to tag: So I tag Micah, Todd, Frog, Lizzie and Mark. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Three Is A Magic Number

Three really is a good number. It gets its own songs, it gets great phrases like "third times the charm". For us theological types, three is pretty important for the mystery of the Trinity ... not to mention three children in the fiery furnace, three synoptic Gospels and, of course, three years of seminary. And, on a more personal note: its been exactly three years since I walked down the aisle to marry Luke. I would happily do again. Its also the first anniversary we've been in the same state... I guess they're weren't kidding about "third times the charm". I love you honey!

Friday, June 03, 2005

Graduation Day

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don't ask why
It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it's worth it was worth all the while

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.
-Green Day