Friday, May 27, 2005

i'll be as free as...

in october my lease is up, the two big commitments that i have made for the summer will be done... i'll be as free as ever i was.

reading the stories of those "third culture kids" helped crystallise some things i have been thinking about intensely for a few weeks. now i will tell the story of the little girl i was once, and probably still am.

recently a friend reminded me of what i would tell her when we were little: "i'll get married when i'm 40. until then i want to travel around the world and write and stuff. i'm gonna be murphy brown!"

i studied journalism at NYU and found myself much more interested in how mass communication works than in actually being a part of it. so maybe no murphy brown for me. in 2000, before i even got my journalism-media-studies degree, i landed a well-paying (for a fresh grad) internet startup job in manhattan. i tried living a normal yuppie life in new york. that went swimmingly for about a year, but then the job got all corporate and mean, and all of us awesome employees who had been there from the beginning couldn't take it anymore.

so i quit that job shortly after my stock options quarter-vested in May 2000. i was about to move to another internet startup when i attended the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America's national conference in early July. i had gone to this conference every year of my life; this time i was there for a couple of days. while i was there i kept running into the a certain family.

i knew this family (name redacted) from a short-term missions trip i had taken to moldova in 1996. they were a westernfamily who had moved to belarus in 1994 to plant and lead a messianic congregation in the capital city of minsk. during that conference in july of 2000, over a couple of sleepless nights, i heard pretty loud and clear that G-d wanted me to pick up and move to the former soviet union. my parents and others whom i respected thought it was the right move. that summer i corresponded with themand we made plans for me to spend 2001 in belarus.

thus began the journey i had always known i'd take. i realised that when i was a little girl, i was wiser to my own character than i was when i was trying to be a yuppie in new york. upon my return to the States, though, i gradually began to develop a life in my hometown of philadelphia, made (and re-made) amazing friends, fell in love with the congregation in which i'd grown up...

over the next few years i returned to belarus a few times, always for shorter and shorter stints: 6 months, 3 months, 6 weeks, one month... belarus was no longer a new and exotic place to explore; in many ways it had become just another job to me. and meahwhile, my life in philly was picking up. in October 2004 i signed on full-time to the job i'd freelanced in for about two years. i moved into a lovely apartment in narberth. (willie penn sold narberth as 'libertyville' to my ancestor edward reese price for three pounds in 1682.) "as long as i'm single," i thought to myself, "i'm staying in this apartment."

now i'm in a band or two, heavily involved in my wonderful congregation, helping plan activities for that same conference that changed my life back in 2000, making money off of some stocks i bought, my family is close by, i have amazing friends, i live on my broadband connection and i'm working my way through my netflix queue. i have another two-week stint in belarus coming up in the summer.

so. lately i can't shake the feeling that i'm turning into a yuppie again.

i admit i'm a restless person. wanderlust is just part of who i am. i also totally agree with the my rabbi's teaching that G-d doesn't really use "lone rangers"; if you want to be an effective servant of the L-rd, you need to be rooted in a congregation with leaders to whom you are accountable, relationships into which you are willing to invest on a long-term basis, &c.

at the same time, i'm feeling increasingly uncomfortable with my american lifestyle, and increasingly eager to explore something or somewhere totally new. my last stopgap solution was a trip to new zealand for a couple of weeks, but that only whetted my appetite for exploration.

at this point i'm willing to give up even the narberth apartment. and considering how much i love that place, this is a Big Deal. a few options that come quickly to mind: 1. get a car and dig in, living like a normal american, maybe take a train trip around the US and canada for a couple of months next summer
2. go live on an israeli kibbutz for a year
3. empty out my savings account and accrue credit card debt for the first time in my life in order to spend 6 months on a round-the-world trip

man, #3 sure sounds good. i've quite a bit of the northern hemisphere, so really it'd be a round-the-southern-hemisphere trip.

the ideal option: finding a job based in philly, which includes the necessity to explore different parts of the world for about three months out of each year. i have a deeply ingrained distrust of any governments or the UN, so that's right out. they probably wouldn't take me anyway. but i do want to help people, or at least be used in some way to tell their stories. anyone have any brilliant ideas?

Thursday, May 26, 2005

young global nomads

just read through the State Dept's Young Global Nomads feature, which are a bunch of writings from children of diplomats living abroad. an interesting read. lines like "At the time, I was nine, so I really didn't understand the world, fully." are just adorable.

and then toward the end there are some fascinating entries, like that of a kid writing a letter to their distant friends, or a teenager writing about the bombing of her former church in pakistan.

last time i was in belarus, i was told i was becoming a "third culture kid" myself. in spite of not having actually grown up overseas, i had absorbed enough of the culture to become an amalgam of cultures. it's interesting to read these accounts from real third culture kids.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

freedom shmeedom

from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: BELARUSIAN KGB TO CONDUCT HOUSE SEARCHES WITHOUT WARRANTS. Last week a law came into effect in Belarus allowing the State Security Committee to conduct searches in private apartments and offices of public organizations, including foreign ones, without search warrants from prosecutors, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reported on 24 May. The law obliges KGB officers to notify a relevant prosecutor about a search within 24 hours after it took place. Another novelty in the law is the provision allowing the KGB to plant secret agents in any organization in Belarus. Those exposing such agents to the public will face imprisonment of up to five years.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

people are not very smart.

below is a conversation with my brother. first you have to check out this article: LIGHT-SABRE DUEL PUTS TWO IN HOSPITAL z: "now let's fight with flamethrowers!" a: whee! z: "i have a semi-automatic pistol in my garage! let's see if we can block the bullets with our petrol lightsabers!" a: ooh that would be so fun! z: hehe a: we could douse the ammo in something to make it glow like blaster fire! a: maybe that mercury dust stuff! z: haha a: oh what's it called, phosphorous! a: that stuff! z: my friend's got some depleted uranium a: that would be AWESOME z: but he says he has "big plans" for it z: so he might not want to give it up

Monday, May 23, 2005

that's what i dreaded?


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Originally uploaded by alannka.

this weekend was my congregation's women's retreat. i got there nearly halfway through it, since friday night i wanted to stay behind and hear david dolan speak (which was worth it).

to be honest i was dreading the weekend. last year i was just... shy, i guess, and not in a great frame of mind for the retreat weekend. if not for a wonderful phone conversation i had with a friend after that weekend a year ago, i think i might have broken down entirely.

so this year i was wishing i could just go off in the woods somewhere by myself. i did not want a weekend full of having to be social.

however, there was a hot tub. and my friends happen to be wonderful. so the social aspect of the weekend turned out to be quite a positive one.

the musical aspect was even better. on saturday night we had a musical worship time that turned into a small, accidental session of "prophetic music" (bascially it's a way of expressing G-d's word -- both Biblical and revealed -- through music. see 1 samuel 10 and and 1 chronicles 25. i will elaborate someday.) and in the end i was just lying on the floor, totally exhausted, with nilsa's djembe on top of me so that i could smack it from time to time. many of the ladies there had never really heard me sing or play before, and so i had lots of folks come up to me that night and the next day to say they were impressed by my voice, drumming fervour, &c. my thighs are sore from gripping the drums. i am so out of shape.

playing and singing with nilsa is not to be matched. she is as enthusaistic in both her hands and her voice as i, and more talented in both as well. i hope we get to do that sort of thing together more.

after the drumming and singing workout i met some of the girls in the hot tub, where we acted silly until it closed, then more silliness in our 4-person room. sunday was more drumming and singing. on the way home we took photos with the cow.

Friday, May 20, 2005

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a google image search for "keyblogger" found this image. random.

daily kitten

if i were sending a photo of cute kittens to the daily kitten i think i would choose my container for the wee ones a bit more carefully.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

the obligatory star wars post

may as well get this over with. i saw the movie last night, got home at 3:30am, woohee that was fun. i watched ep. II with friends, and that was just as horrible as i remembered, but we were still all very excited for ep. III. around 10pm we finished up ep. 2 and headed out, with aviva trying desperately to catch the rest of the season finale of 'alias' on her tiny portable TV (batteries died), and david wildly swinging his plastic lightsabre around in the car. we drove on the speedy night highways to get to the newest huge multiplex. a night in america. it was still a night in pennsylvania: we stopped at a wawa for some food and caffeine before going to the theatre. the movie was showing on FOUR screens and the one we sat in was not the one our tickets specified. we got good seats. this was definitely the best out of the three, but that's not saying much at all. i got over my problems with the acting and dialogue since i was prepared for it; lucas is known for directing his actors in a wooden manner and for incredibly cheesy dialogue. this was worse than the original trilogy in those respects, though. the STORY, however, was incredible. if i let go of how improbable the setup in the first two movies was (the jedi are really rather dumb for not figuring out some things, and WHY in the universe did padme fall in love with anakin)... anyway if i just started fresh with this movie, i thought the story was THE BEST star wars story yet. bar none. i thought the tensions and confusion brought out in anakin (i'm hardly spoiling anything here) had serious (and even thought-provoking) impact. and yes, i cried a teensy tiny bit. the best part of the evening for me, though, may have been the TRAILER FOR THE NARNIA MOVIE!!!! yes indeed, much to my surprise they showed a tltw&tw trailer. it looks amazing. another new-zealand-shot, decades-old story revived, masterpiece from the looks of it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

more on uzbekistan

Uzbek Death Tolls Are Widely Divergent from yahoo news. just for anyone who started caring after reading here yesterday.

not offended, skeptical

this is in response to a friend of mine who asked, "what is it about the emerging church that you find offensive?" in fact i don't find it offensive at all; the word i used was "skeptical." i'm reading a book by dan kimball (simply called The Emerging Church) now and a lot of the ideas are very important and good (though the "great point, dan!" quotes from other pastors on every other page are quite annoying). i'm skeptical because people are always having new ideas, but i want to see "fruit that remains." mclaren and other "leaders" of the emerging church say themselves that a lot of their adherents just don't get it and are putting more weight on the novelty of it than the Biblical truths behind it. novelty is fun but that's not "where it's at." i don't want to be inspired by new ideas and viewpoints and methods; i want to be inspired by G-d's Spirit. as far as i'm concerned, anything that is getting closer to the Bible and to loving like Yeshua (Jesus), rather than further away from it, is good. anything getting further away is not good. i think there are evangelicals and "modern churches" that are getting closer to the Word, and there are those who just aren't. same thing goes for the "post-modern" emerging church. same thing goes for messianic judaism. same thing will go for any "movement" that crops up. the biblical tests are simple: 1. we will know them by their fruit, and 2. anyone who does not ackowledge the Lordship of Yeshua is not speaking by the Holy Spirit. apparently a lot of "fundamentalists" are mad at emerging-church types for not being clear enough about the Messiah as the only way to salvation. probably some truly believe He is, and some don't. but those who do believe He is the only way shouldn't ever be afraid of saying that. saying it lovingly, receptively, humbly... but still saying it. so i'm skeptical of anyone who can't outright say something like that. Kimball and others have, and they are cool with me. in spite of my skepticism, a lot of what i have been reading has really challenged me to think of my peers and my world in a more compassionate, more relational, more humble way. as far as i can see, that's good fruit in my own life. as with everything i encounter in my journey, i take this before the L-rd and in prayer and discuss it with my own mentors and leaders. for now i am actually avoiding reading stuff by / about McLaren. he's the guy who is credited with starting this whole "movement" and is probably its most controversial / visible figure. i always try to avoid the "famous" ones, maybe just because of my own post-post-modern leanings.

skoriny


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Originally uploaded by alannka.

Photo from Charter 97. This is just surreal; by presidential decree, Prospekt Fransiska Skoriny is being renamed Prospekt Nezavisimosti (Independence).

Skorina was the man who first translated the Bible into Belarusian. Lots of people are very upset that the President is arbitrarily changing the name of this and of Masherova.

Monday, May 16, 2005

uzbekistan

If you aren't aware of this, you might want to be. An insane government shooting at its people (including kids) ostensibly for protection against "Islamic Extremists" (the new catch-all reason to justify anything, it seems). I'm going to blockquote a bunch of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty's summary. "Akramiya" is a group of businessmen that were accused (not proven) to be linked to an Islamic extremist group. This was most likely an accusation trumped up out of fear of the businessmen getting too powerful.
At around midnight on 12 May, a group of approximately 100 relatives and supporters of the accused businessmen attacked a military garrison and a prison in Andijon, seizing weapons and freeing up to 4,000 prisoners, including the Akramiya defendants. [...] a protest meeting soon drew thousands of residents to the city's center. [...] Sharipjon Shakirov, who had served a four-year prison term for membership in Akramiya, told RFE/RL from the regional-administration building in Andijon on 13 May that the protesters' only demand was that the authorities release "people who were imprisoned on slander, including Akram Yuldoshev." Shakirov, 30, was shot and killed later in the day. In the early evening, government forces opened fire on the demonstrators and stormed the occupied building. Correspondents for IWPR and fergana.ru described horrific scenes, as guns mounted on armored personnel carriers fired at the terrified crowds. Evening brought heavy rain, uneasy calm, and uncertainty over the fate of the armed insurgents in the regional-administration building. Reports of sporadic gunfire continued through morning, until fergana.ru finally reported on 14 May that insurgents had left the building accompanied by soldiers. The only official report on casualties, issued before the escalation in early evening, listed nine dead and 34 wounded. But Reuters, the BBC, and fergana.ru all reported that dozens of protesters had been killed. The BBC later said that some Andijon residents put the possible death toll in the hundreds, a claim that was also backed by what Andijon residents were telling RFE/RL correspondents in the besieged city. Fergana.ru's correspondent reported that he personally counted 30 bodies heaped on the ground outside a movie theater. He quoted eyewitnesses as saying that "hundreds of unarmed peaceful residents were struck by automatic-weapons fire. At first, they shot them from machine guns mounted on their vehicles, and then soldiers followed on foot mercilessly finishing off the wounded, including women and children." [...] In 1982, Syrian President Hafiz al-Assad ended a confrontation in the city of Hama between his government and the Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood by turning his army loose on the city. Thousands were killed. The brutal crackdown evoked a muted international response, for its purported target was an Islamic extremist group, and al-Assad, having established a fearsome reputation for himself at home, ruled undisturbed until his death in 2000. [... The] logic behind President Karimov's actions appears similar -- to crack the whip and cow any would-be challengers. The purported peril of religious extremism is a key plank in this strategy, and Karimov has consistently sought to justify his tough policies with the need to defend Uzbekistan from an imminent Islamist threat. But the evidence does not seem to support such a view of the bloodshed in Andijon. For one, the "Islamist" link to the Akramiya defendants is tenuous, relying on Akram Yuldoshev's onetime membership in Hizb ut-Tahrir. More importantly, none of the statements attributed to protesters in credible reports conformed to Islamist models in form or content. In fact, several reports noted that protesters focused on such pressing economic issues as poverty and unemployment, taking pains to distance themselves from any hint of religious extremism. Finally, as Shakirov confirmed to RFE/RL's Uzbek Service before being killed, the insurgents appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to act as a mediator, an unlikely choice for committed Islamists. But at the core of the Hama strategy lies a different variety of extremism -- extreme force to demonstrate the utter futility of resistance. The result is a political arena in which force becomes the ultimate arbiter of disputes. And since this force must eventually be administered in the form of violent actions, it not only leaves losses in its wake, but also brings with it the possibility of equally violent reactions.
Here is RFE/RL's ongoing coverage of the event.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

kitten2


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oh and look at his little tongue! awwwww!

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Originally uploaded by alannka.

here's a photo of the wee kitten...

on the farm


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Originally uploaded by alannka.

yesterday morning i went with some friends to a farm just outside the city, where we met lots of animals and got yummy meat and dairy products. cheese! cheese! and raw milk to make kefir! yay!

this is little noah with a cat we met there. photos of the cute little kitten are forthcoming.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Messianic Judaism via Wikipedia

I finally read through the Wikipedia entry on Messianic Judaism, which I don't even think I will try to edit. It is mercifully free of tirades from either side. The most concise explanations seemed to come toward the bottom, the Mainstream Messianic movement section did a good job. And then later, I liked this line:
Messianic Jews consider their primary identity to be "Jewish" and belief in Jesus to be the logical conclusion of their "Jewishness."
Yes, exactly. ... and Messianic Jewtiles like me? I will get to that at some point.

Monday, May 09, 2005

the revolution is on hold

U.S. News & World Report says of Belarus: The Revolution is on Hold, OK?. It's an interesting read, noting that "democracy" in Belarus is one of President Bush's new pet projects, and saying a combination of "eye candy" (things there look far better than they are) and police crackdowns keep democracy-minded sentiments in check. Some excerpts:
For now, many Belarusians seem to prefer the status quo to the possible alternative, the kind of economic turmoil they have seen befall other former Soviet states. Products here are cheap, the official unemployment rate is low, and the government pays pensions regularly and relatively amply. "Lukashenko has given us a good life," says pensioner Maria Balzevich, 61, who lives in a dilapidated village an hour from the capital. When asked if she misses the Soviet Union, Balzevich looks around her two-room dacha, smiles, and replies, "What do you mean? I still live in the Soviet Union." Last year, Lukashenko pushed a law through the puppet parliament requiring that all government jobs be reviewed and renewed annually. "As soon as a person complains about what`s going on, he loses his contract, and this is done publicly in order to instill fear in others," says a leading pro-western opposition figure, Sergey Kalyakin of the Party of Communists of Belarus. "And this system will be sustainable as long as fear trumps people`s desire to change the situation."
The fact is that under the status quo, the system is too full of corruption and confusion to last. Every year, the Powers that Be have to pull the rubberband tighter and tighter to squeeze things into the current model. It won't be long before the rubberband breaks. I would love to be there when it does.

celebrations and my skateboard

this weekend was full of celebrations. in fact, it was so full that my family had to put one of the celebrations off 'til tuesday. friday night we took my dad out for his 50th bday. we had KFC (one of his favorite foods... odd fellow) and then gave him his presents, which included his first set of lincoln logs from when he was a kid, sent up by his parents. in his last card was tickets for our family, with my brother's girlfriend and my aunt and uncle in new york, for spamalot in august. then we saw hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, which was funnier than i expected. saturday was sarah breena's bat mitzvah. since you probably don't know her, let me just tell you that she is The Best. that girl is just too wonderful for words. so it was good to fete her a bit, though the reception included me falling flat on my face in front of everyone during a complicated version of musical chairs. my knee is now multicolored. my mother mercifully chose to do her mother's day thing later in the week. as it was, i was so exhausted from running around yesterday that i wound up crashing at 9:30pm. i then dreamt that i went to new york in search of my old skateboard, which got lost when i moved out of my apartment on 34th and 2nd on january 1, 2001. i still mourn that skateboard. it was born in the 1970s, before kicktails and before skateboards were made fat and wheels made small. if i had been a surfer girl in dogtown 10 years before i picked it up at a yard sale, i would have done tricks in emptied pools. as it was, it was just just transportation. its loose trucks made fishtailing and taking sharp turns a swift and smooth joy. my last trip with it was winter 2000, to skate under the scaffolding inside grand central station.

Friday, May 06, 2005

new neighbours


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Originally uploaded by alannka.

this is the mailbox next to mine. these are the names of the couple who just moved into the apartment above mine.

can they be real people? or were they sent by the CIA to spy on me?

my brother points out that if they have a child, the child's last name could be "hasty-looney."

anyway, they seem cool. the mailbox, though... that's funny.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

ah, fareed, how i love you

i just discovered Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, which, though it's not on broadcast TV in my area (not like i could watch it on TV anyway), is available to watch online and under a creative commons license. i am already a fan of this man. i read his newsweek columns faithfully and think he's one of the most smart and sane people in the media. quite photogenic too. ahem.

kingdom of heaven

because i do not own a TV and use my dear friend AdBlock to carefully delete banner ads that accost my screen, i did not hear about the movie Kingdom of Heaven until yesterday. i am intrigued. i will have to see it. i want to watch it with a bunch of my friends from the "college and career" group at my congregation and then discuss it a bit. i'm sure on many levels it will be just another epic-with-orlando-bloom, but it's hopefully a way to stir minds about the blindnesses of religiosity and the nearness of G-d in the darkest situations. and also a chance to discuss the crusades, which is a doubly dark chapter for messianic jews, could be therapeutic. for that matter, we can maybe discuss spirituality and light vs. dark as portrayed in episode iii after a bunch of us watch the midnight opening-night showing. or maybe the movies will be too idiotic to bother.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

thoughts on tribes, the emerging church thingy, etc.

I've been reading up on the so-called emerging church movement; I have to say that I am automatically skeptical of all such "movements." Andy Crouch, who headed up a now-defunct magazine called Re:Generation (which I used to read faithfully), writes this article on the emerging thingy. Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC (which spawned the church I went to when I was trying to be a normal Gentile) gets a positive mention as a NON-emerging-church-y church that is still very successful with postmodernites. This line pretty much sums up why I'm skeptical:
Robert Webber, whose book The Younger Evangelicals celebrates the emerging church, is clearly taken aback by what he sees: “They claim to be rejecting the last 30 years of evangelicalism—and they’re repeating the last 30 years of evangelicalism.”
And since I'm in a tribal mood today:
[Unintentional leader of the emerging thingy Brian McLaren] sketches a big circle labeled “self,” a smaller circle next to it labeled “church,” and a tiny circle off to the side labeled “world.” “This has been evangelicalism’s model,” he says. “Fundamentally it’s about getting yourself ‘saved’—in old-style evangelicalism—or improving your life in the new style. Either way, the Christian life is really about you and your needs. Once your needs are met, then we think about how you can serve the church. And then, if there’s anything left over, we ask how the church might serve the world.” He starts drawing again. “But what if it went the other way? This big circle is the world—the world God loved so much that he sent his Son. Inside that circle is another one, the church, God’s people chosen to demonstrate his love to the world. And inside that is a small circle, which is your self. It’s not about the church meeting your needs, it’s about you joining the mission of God’s people to meet the world’s needs.”
The first drawing sums up what I agree is a problematic self-centredness in Western belief culture... no matter what you believe, it's all about what you believe and what works for you. But Biblically the big circle, the main recipient of our energy, is supposed to be our "neighbours": our family / clan / tribe / immediate community. In today's terms I guess that would be the people we interact with on a daily basis. This can be online or at my job or in my congregation... but those are the folks I'm supposed to serve first. The tiny circle of me -- which "must decrease so that He may increase" -- is integrated with and inseparable from the larger circle of my tribe. The church, or "Body of Messiah"? We serve that by serving our local communities, which are in turn members of larger communities and therefore serving those... and it all networks in patterns that are so intricate and perfect only G-d could have thought them up.

The Millennium Matrix...

so i am reading The Millennium Matrix : Reclaiming the Past, Reframing the Future of the Church by M. Rex Miller. It makes me happy, mostly because he is taking a media studies approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities of post-post-modern ministry. He has been reading his McLuhan and Ong. His thesis is simple: Biblical times were an oral culture and Western culture was primarily oral 'til Gutenberg. Print brought the Reformation as well as a detachment from the more "spiritual" aspects of religion. Broadcast brought the "celebration" megachurch that's all about the presentation. And now, in the world of wikis, blogs, messageboard communities, open source development, and virtually all media and information in the world being available through a series of mouseclicks and keystrokes, the community of believers will have to behave differently. His theory is that the digital will synthesise all the best (and probably worst) aspects of the other three. Maybe just because i'm so unfamiliar with oral culture (like most people in my age and place) it's that one that i see reemerging the most; it's always been my intution that the digital culture is actually approaching a more tribal and relationship-based orientation... closer to our oral roots. I think it will involve the resurgence of the Miraculous and the Prophetic and the return of Relationships -- even tribal relationships with tribal authority structures -- to their incredibly important role in oral cultures. The tribes look and behave differently than the tribes of old, and they come together for different reasons, but they exist. Call them intentional communities but they exist in meatspace, not just online. Fun reading. Too bad that he had to use the word "matrix" to describe how he charted all this stuff out, though.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Yad L'Achim

an interesting Israel Net Daily article about an "anti-missionary" organization in Israel called "Yad L'Achim." Whose methods don't sound very kosher.

Happy World Press Freedom Day

Happy World Press Freedom Day. That is all for now.

Monday, May 02, 2005

wrote a song

i wrote a song this morning, so that makes it a good morning as mornings go. my brother left his wallet in his girlfriend's car on friday. his girlfriend's car then accompanied his girlfriend on a weekend trip to DC. in contrast to my brother i am too responsible to have such misadventures, and i wonder if that is a good thing. i would have spent less money this weekend if i had lost my wallet. i have been loving this guy's photos... i think he must be a sailor or something. being called by the L-rd to live in a particular place (and occasionally another particular place) remains very hard on me sometimes. i would like to be a wanderer again someday...

Sunday, May 01, 2005

berwyn



from berwyn, PA, where a few of us just went to see christopher in annie get your gun.

i should take the R5 out more to see what i can see. regional rail is free on the weekends with my transpass...