Saturday, June 28, 2008

Google Photo Meme

I just got this meme from renee and thought it sounded fun:

The questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you attend?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your Flickr name.

Photo Credits:

Badger High School
Cobalt Blue
Jason Bateman
Black Coffee
Sugar Free Raspberry Pie
Mosaic Artist
The Turners (my family)

Be jealous!

Erin's coming to visit today!! Yippee!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Donald Miller - part 2

Just got Donald Miller's newsletter and it has a link to a free mp3 - YOU MUST HEAR THIS!

Oh, please, take the time to listen to this: Let Story Guide You

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

This is why I love blogs

Where else in the world can you keep up with people like Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz) as he rides his bike across America raising money and awareness for Blood:Water Mission who dig wells in Africa giving people access to clean water.

He writes here about getting caught in a huge hail storm and finding shelter in the back of a car driven by two men who spoke no English.

It's like reading a book in tiny little installments - really, the best of the internet right at our fingertips.

DONATE HERE and receive the first chapter of Donald Miller's new book A Million Miles in 1000 Years

Thank you Scot!

Jesus Creed - Dobson on Obama

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The stakes are too high

This video was the first political commercial ever used in the history of politics in North America. It is poignant and only ran once. Somehow we have lost our way.

Brilliant article on this here:

Steve Cone: The Big Bang of Attack Ads
The spot starts with a little girl picking daisies in a meadow and counting aloud as she plucks each petal. She mixes up her numbers, which brilliantly reinforces the innocence of a small child. Then a man's voice is heard counting down from ten. It's official sounding -- like something right out of the Pentagon War Room. As the countdown proceeds the camera zooms in on the little girl's face, and then her eye and finally from her eye the image of an atomic blast appears and fills the screen. Next you heard President Johnson quote several lines taken form a W.H. Auden poem about how "we must love each other or surely we will die." And finally a professional voice over announces to vote for President Johnson on November 3rd. "The stakes are too high to do anything else."

Monday, June 16, 2008

It is there for each and every one of us

May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be confident knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.

Saint Theresa's Prayer

thanks Suzi!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Funds for Iowans Trying to Rebuild

My favorite daily story comes from The Story People - located in Iowa (why didn't I know people this cool during my three years in Iowa??) I just got today's blog post saying they are wet, but okay. They are located in Decatur, and have had some weather trouble, but nothing like what the cities to the south are facing. This was the poster they offered post-Katrina and they are reissuing it to help their local friends in Iowa rebuild. It reads:

the water washed away everything
but the chance to begin again

so we came from cities & towns,
from long golden fields
& we stood side by side
until we made a bridge to dry land,

back to a place
we have promised to hold safe
for each other's children,

back to a place
called America

by Brian Andreas

Posters are $20.00 and all proceeds go to help the flood victims - purchase here:

The Story People

Remember the mix tape?

Fabulous new idea for the old 80's declaration of love - the mix tape! Thumb drive with a retro gift case - brilliant!!


I Dare You

via bob

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Erin will you help me make these?!?!?!?!?

These are the COOLEST - only available in France, and I'm sure even if they were here I couldn't afford them - and I want them! Our flat is filled with these rocks in real life - how cool to have them supersized and comfy - Livingstones - brilliant!

JK Rowling's Harvard Commencement Speech

Julie Unplugged blogged JK Rowling's speech to the graduation class of Harvard this year - you can read or watch it here - well worth it:

The Fringe Benefits of Failure and The Importance of Imagination

Monday, June 09, 2008


If you don't have access to President's Choice products, I'm sorry. This is truly the best summer drink ever.

Monday, June 02, 2008

I Love to Tell the Story

What a wonderful experience Sunday was for me. Other than being sick and hyper from the cold medicine I took I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The picture is of my new storyteller statue that I got for Mother's Day. I used it for the background of the power point slides.

Here's the link to the talk, I'd love any feedback if you do listen to it:

I Love to Tell the Story

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This just in from

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