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Friday, September 2, 2011

From the Post-Bulletin.....

Here's a link to this week's column in the Post-Bulletin.
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Word of the Week: Music

Word of the Week

This week, Music

Thank you for the great photo participation this week, folks! Enjoy the pictures.
I look forward to seeing lots of photos next week, too.

Pam, Music

Amy, Music

Barb, Music

Mike, Music

Jordan, Music

Beth, Music

Dan, Music

Emily, Music

Next week, Home
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday

For those who may be new to the blog, "Welcome"! I hope you'll enjoy yourself while you're here.

On Thursdays, we all celebrate something called "Thankful Thursday." I share my little weekly photo collage and a gratitude list. And then you share a least one or two things from the week that you are thankful for. It might seem a little silly or cheesy, but I really think it's an important weekly ritual. I've heard it said that an "attitude of gratitude" has many health benefits, emotionally and physically. I believe it.

A few things I am thankful for this week:

-Lots of produce from the church garden
-Laughing ridiculously hard about THESE hilarious Barbie and Ken wedding pics
-Crazy carrots
-Encouraging people
-Ice cubes
-Rice you can cook in the microwave
-Nature hikes

What are you thankful for this week?

(P.S. - Don't forget to send a "Music" photo for tomorrow's Word of the Week!)

(This one is my favorite of the Barbie and Ken series from the link above. Many of the photos super "artsy" in mockery of contemporary engagement and wedding photography. SO HILARIOUS!)

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011



I've been thinking about the topic of leadership a lot lately.

I wish I would have been paying more attention during my last year of seminary when I took that required leadership course. I can't remember what was distracting me at that time. It was either student loans, my huge crush on a fellow seminarian, or my anxiety about transitioning from graduate school life to pastor life (and not having a clue where I was going to end up!).

In all likelihood, it was probably the crush that was distracting me most. :)

Anyway, regardless of what may have been eating away at my brain space during that semester, I've been reviewing the course's required readings in recent days.

I've been trying to identify the qualities of good leaders. Partly because I want to be a better leader. Mostly because I want to empower others to be great leaders.

I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. What makes a good leader? Charisma? Kindness? Decisiveness? Flexibility? If you had to pick 3 characteristics to describe a good leader, which words would you choose?

At the moment, I'd say: Passion, Vision, and Love

What are your thoughts on the topic?

PS: Are you on the fence about church? Not sure how you feel about organized religion? I hear you. No church is perfect. And no person is perfect either. But there is something really sacred about the idea of a community of human beings getting together to praise God and support one another. A few friends posted this video on their facebook pages tonight. It's pretty great. Watch the whole thing. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Pastor Pine Mouth

In recent weeks, I've been very enamoured with pesto.
I love it. It's so tasty on just about everything!

Also, our church garden has had a surplus of basil, so I have had plenty of pesto making supplies. I invested in bag of pine nuts awhile back from Trader Joes.

Little did I know that pine nuts could be tastebud poisioners!

Let me explain.
Saturday I hosted a 20s and 30s event for church at my home.
I whipped up a delicious batch of sloppy joes.
But when I took a bite, I realized they tasted like metallic tar.

I thought, "Oh dear! I followed the simple recipe exactly! I guess I should add brown sugar."

I did. And the sloppy joes were a huge success!
I realized as I ate a bite of veggie pizza that night that it also tasted like metallic tar.
Then I had a banana. It also tasted like asphalt.

"This is very odd," I thought.
Perhaps I caught a strange flu.
But I felt very healthy.

Sunday morning I skipped breakfast (pre-sermon nerves).

I met a friend for lunch at Panera.
I ordered my favorite soup. Black bean.
It tasted like metallic tar asphalt sprinkled with aluminum foil.
Not pleasant. I am not a picky eater at all, so I knew it wasn't that.
I knew there was something wrong!

"This is really getting odd," I said.

Then I got out my phone and googled, "terrible taste in mouth every bite."

Guess what?
It's happened to other people, too!

And the culprit?
It always appears to be:
Bad pine nuts!

Really! And guess who has been eating plenty of pine nuts lately?

Apparently it lasts 1-4 weeks!!!!
But thankfully there are no other obvious symptoms.

It's sometimes called "pine mouth."
So just call me Pastor Pine Mouth for the next few weeks. :)

Here are some links:

FDA Link (yes, they acknowledge it, too)

Facebook Group

ABC news

Wikipedia (read down to risks of eating pine nuts)

From a message board: "I will never eat pine nuts again. It has been 4 days now and nothing but water tastes the same. I guess I will have to ride it out. This is just terrible."

So seriously, please be careful about Pine Nuts. BE CAREFUL. You do not want this to happen to you. It's bad and uncomfortably gross to eat any food (it all tastes like aluminum foil asphalt poison tires).

And specifically, please avoid pine nuts from Trader Joes. I read about them on a number of message boards. I love TJs and totally advocate shopping there. Just don't buy their pine nuts.

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Music Monday: Country Stylin'

Music Monday

For the past week, my beloved car was been getting repaired and I drove a rental vehicle. None of my usual radio stations were programmed in, so I spent the week scanning through the stations and stopping whenever I liked the sound of something.

Surprisingly, I spent a lot of the week listening to country music (a genre I usually never listen to). I think I became a country fan last week! I love how all the songs tell a story. I also enjoy how almost all the love songs are basically perfectly created for a couple's first dance at a wedding reception! Here are some of the best songs I've heard on country stations in the past week:

God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton (It's so so so so so cheesy. I am not sure I like the "theology." But other than that, it's about the cutest song ever. And someday my future husband is going to sing it to me before he proposes.)

Only You Can Love Me This Way by Keith Urban (When did country singers get so handsome? Where have I been? Why am I always blabbering on and on about John Mayer? This is another disgustingly cute song.)

Mama's Song by Carrie Underwood (So sweet. Carrie is precious.)

Love Your Love the Most by Eric Church (This is BY FAR the most "Country" of my choices today. The words make me laugh out loud. But I think it's very sweet. And he mentions french fries and mustard, so you know it's got to be good!)
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

nature nature

nature nature

I went on a great hike with a friend on Friday!
Here are some photos from the adventure.








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