Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Saturday was Cal day, the day for visitors to come and check out the school. Here are African drummers and dancers performing. Free music performances were going on all day. The admission to the art museum was free. I spent hours there. It was such a great variety of art. There was a big exhibit on how the artists responded to a changing world. Creative exhibits were displayed that captured a little bit of the foreign land each artist visited. The curator did such an awesome job with displaying an eclectic mix of art work. Too often at museums I get bored because they are all certain types of paintings from a specific era. I saw everything from Pollock, to Warhol, to Rembrandt. There were a few metal mechanical sculptures I found fascinating. The campus has so many great places to explore. The art students had a print sale so I was able to snag 5 pieces for $10 and I learned more about different printing processes from the students. I got a pink giraffe that was made using the drypoint technique. I was drooling at their classroom.
It was hot this week. I swam some laps at the pool that's only a few blocks from us. I love this pool because after I'm done with the laps, I can lay out on the grassy hill when I'm done and look out and see the golden gate bridge.
This is our next door neighbors front gate. The roses are gorgeous. This is just a glimpse into all the blooming going on around here. I'm going to do a whole post on pictures from my walk.
And here is my new friend. The neighbor is gone for a few weeks so their dog is keeping me company. We're going on daily walks. A friend is just what I needed!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Sam had a day off two weeks ago and we headed to San Francisco. Sam didn't get a chance to check much out when we were first there apartment hunting. We started out at the Ferry Building, then looked at the sea lions, and then rented bikes. We biked across the Golden Gate Bridge and I must say that we had the most beautiful sunny day. There was hardly a breeze. We biked to Sausalito and had some pizza at Poggio's. We had some wine from San Gimignano (we were there in Italy on our honeymoon) I've never seen wine at a restaurant from that area here, so it was fun.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
This book is so great, it's full of so much good stuff. It is a little heavy on the social justice. Today I think it is necessary to be reminded that we can live a different way in today's American society. I find myself putting my objects, all the stuff I have above God. I also put my family ahead of God. It is so easy in our society to put work, family, and the American dream above God. To serve ourselves more than others. So I think this book is very valuable in seeing a dramatically different radical way of living in giving up all the stuff and serving God. The Bible was written for us, not to us. But I think we tend to really see the Bible as great stories of the way people lived, but we can't imagine living the way Paul lived today here in America. We can emulate that lifestyle today and Shane Claiborne gives a great testimony in doing it. He has been arrested for helping the poor, he struggles, and he has suffered. I am so naïve, I didn't realize that it was possible to suffer in that way defending the gospel here in America. He lives among the poor and homeless. He makes friends with them and helps them out as much as possible. Oh, and of course I love this book because I have to respect a guy who has also lived in a van down by the river! :) The book made me feel uncomfortable, but I believe that is a good thing. I had the feeling, well, that's nice that he can do that, but I don't think I'm called to do that. I tried telling myself it was way too heavy on the social justice. If I'm honest with myself, the only reason I feel that way is because deep down I know he's right. I'm sure if Jesus was around today he'd be seen on the streets making connections,helping, and healing the poor and homeless. Shane doesn't come across as self righteous, in fact he's quite humble, but it's easy to feel like he is, because again, I feel guilty that I don't think I'll ever have the strength and courage to do what he is doing. I highly recommend reading this book. You can read a chapter from the book right here.
Here is a little excerpt:
“One thing I've learned from believers and activists alike is that community can be built around a common self-righteousness or around a common brokenness. Both are magnetic. People are drawn toward folks who have it all together, or who look like they do. People are also drawn toward folks who know they don't have it all together and are not willing to fake it.
Christianity can be built around isolating ourselves from evildoers and sinners, creating a community of religious piety and moral purity. That's the Christianity I grew up with. Christianity can also be built around joining with the broken sinners and evildoers of our world crying out to God, groaning for grace. That's the Christianity I have fallen in love with.”
Monday, April 6, 2009
Jess and I had a most perfect Saturday in the Elmwood district of Berkeley. First, we walked into Treehouse Green gifts. All the organic, and green gifts are so fun. We couldn't resist getting a few more onesies for the little guy. Then we had a late lunch at a little Italian place.