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Posts in January 2010

A New Resolve

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2010-01-24 08:36:08

Going home was weird. The American Christmas whirlwind is only just beginning to settle, but it’s bizarre to have built two completely separate identities that I can so quickly jump in and out of.

Here’s the problem. I regularly do stupid things that I know are stupid realizing that there will be little support from friends after I do the stupid thing because they initially told me it was stupid. But I do them anyway, because there’s this little itchy part of me that says “hey, maybe it’s not as stupid as it looks???” but of course, we all know it is.

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Northanger Abbey

by: Justin Mills | on: 2010-01-05 14:20:33

I just finished the twelfth of thirty-one chapters. A few of my thoughts so far:

As el Seco pointed out on the Higher Drama Book Club website, one gets the feeling that a young Jane Austen based the leading female character (Miss Morland) at least loosely on herself at that age. It is a comfort that Miss Morland is an avid reader; it is a trait I can identify with.

I would venture to say that Austen has such a knowledge of people and such a talent for writing people that her characters are exceedingly genuine; Mr. Thorpe, Miss Thorpe and Mrs. Allen in particular stand out as archetypes of personalities that exist even today (particularly the detestable Mr. Thorpe).

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Sunday, Sunday

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2010-01-04 19:04:04

Yesterday, Sunday, three interesting things happened in church that I want to share:

  1. Someone stood up and began to testify about Batman. That's right, he said "I believe in Batman." Why would he say such a thing? I do not know, yet he did, and I am a bit chagrinned to admit that I could not restrain my chuckles.
  2. There is a new member named Bobby Lee Justice. That's right. Bobby Lee Justice. He sports a beard in the Greek style... like Brigham Young, you know, full beard but no mustache. With a name like Bobby Lee Justice he was sort of like a Minnonite superhero. He was immediately my favorite person in the room.
  3. We had a lesson on goals. Someone raised his hand and described how he had set a goal to become a black belt in karate but had to adjust it when he broke his leg. Someone else raised a hand and asked why he decided to become a black belt in the first place. Without missing a beat, he looked right at the man and with a straight face said, "The Karate Kid." I immediately did a fist pump in the air as every guy in the room exclaimed "yeah" in unison.
I love church... Not just for the aforementioned happenings, but they do make things more interesting and fun.

I'm So 2010

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2010-01-01 12:29:34

Happy New Year. It is amazing to me how quickly the years go by. Every year seems to flow by even faster than the last.

In the spirit of the new year, I propose we post some resolutions for 2010. I will start.

In 2010, I resolve to:

  1. Read all six major works of Jane Austen, starting with Northanger Abbey today. That's right kids, if you are reading along with me. Pick up your copies of the book and start reading today!
  2. Begin and maintain a running regimen. This will likely be the toughest one for me, but I must get in shape, so despite how much I hate running, I will do it. I have not worked out the specifics yet, but I will soon.
  3. Take an extended trip to a foreign country. Giullieta did it, and I will not be outdone by Giullieta.