HermeneuticLand 101

Herein lies a place not only to discover, but also to interpret that wonderful gift -- that challenging experience -- that crazy world-- called LIFE.

Location: California, United States

For those whose curiosity brims, I am a RN turned Methodist pastor. I enjoy lots of things, am troubled by several things, and hope for many things. But, if you keep reading, I suppose you will find that out anyway.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Tuesdays are Weird

Sundays are chock full of churchy goodness. (phrase I picked up from a friend) Mondays are days off. Tuesdays are just plain weird. Of all the days of the week, it seems the most consistently unpredictable are Tuesdays. Why? I don't know. But, it does seem to color the rest of the week. I wish I could go into a longer explanation of just how weird Tuesdays are, but confidentiality connected with my position restrains me from the long overdue vent on the subject. I am very curious though.... Is this a universal phenomenon? Or, is it just my Tuesdays? Is there a special day for each person? Well....anyone?

Friday, February 17, 2006

Friday Five

1. Which of the Olympic sports is your favorite to watch?

In the winter games, I enjoy mogul, slalom, half-pipe, and ice skating

2. Do you speak Snowboardese?

While this question totally awesomely kicks my brain into a 720 tailspin, I can't say that I am very fluent in this dialect.

3. Define Nordic Combined. Don't look it up. Take a guess if you must.

I think it is downhill and slalom combo. I just watched it the other day... hope that is the right answer.

4. Curling. Please discuss.

I don't understand it...but think all the sweeping and sliding is pretty neat. Would love to have their help sweeping my kitchen floor!

5. If you could be a Winter Olympics champion just by wishing for it, which sport would you choose for winning your Gold Medal?

Definitely ice skating.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Friday Five

1. How do you say goodbye to someone you'll see again soon?

See y'all later! (good southern girl)

2. What is your favorite foreign word for goodbye?

Sayonara. (Also like Japanese phone greeting, "Moshi, Moshi"... reminds me of mashed potatoes....smile)

3. Have you ever planned a special farewell for someone, or had one planned for you?

Well, I have definitely done my share of funeral planning. Does that count? Also, I have had different folks throw small gatherings for me as I have moved from place to place.

4. What is the hardest goodbye you have had to say?

Goodbye to Daddy Paul, my grandfather. He was very special to me.

5. What is the most romantic goodbye you have ever seen in a movie?

Rhett and Scarlett when they had to part ways leaving Atlanta.

Bonus: Which Von Trapp child would you like to be in "So Long, Farewell"?

I always liked Leisl. Although, I liked her best in "Sixteen, Going on Seventeen". Very fun songs in that movie!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Glory of Old Friends

So, I have been busy this week with a house guest. My friend, Erin, who've I've been spirit-sisters with since college came into town and stayed with me for a few days. It was great to see her, and we had fun talking into the night about our lives, our past, and our futures.

Funny thing about visiting with old friends, it brings out a lot of stuff that might have been totally forgotten otherwise. Being able to laugh about the way things used to be, sharing about how far we've come or how much we made it through, and being real about how things truly are right now are precious commodities that rarely surface in my day-to-day life. As I get older, I find I am valuing my old friends more with time. Like a fine wine, friendship really does get richer with the years.

We have lots going on at the church as well. Much to do, lots of little tasks to complete all around, and for the most part...I'm having fun helping with my share of it. Hope your week is going well too! Blessings to you all.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Blog Things

I think I am getting addicted to Blog Things... must be careful!

Checking Math...This was fun... Try it!

You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct!

Proud to be an American?

You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations - you got 10 out of 10 correct!

Five Factor Personality

Your Five Factor Personality Profile


You have high extroversion.
You are outgoing and engaging, with both strangers and friends.
You truly enjoy being with people and bring energy into any situation.
Enthusiastic and fun, you're the first to say "let's go!"


You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.


You have medium agreeableness.
You're generally a friendly and trusting person.
But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.


You have medium neuroticism.
You're generally cool and collected, but sometimes you do panic.
Little worries or problems can consume you, draining your energy.
Your life is pretty smooth, but there's a few emotional bumps you'd like to get rid of.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is medium.
You are generally broad minded when it come to new things.
But if something crosses a moral line, there's no way you'll approve of it.
You are suspicious of anything too wacky, though you do still consider creativity a virtue.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Post Blog - Hiatus

After a little bit of a break, I have decided to blog again. I thought I needed a little "blog-break" for a couple of reasons. #1) I had been just running through semi-topics unsatisfied with what to comment on. #2) I was really busy this week with meetings on top of meetings -- including a preaching conference in Pasadena. While I have lots of things percolating in the brain right now, I am not sure I have the patience or the articulation to write them out today. Mostly, I just wanted to write and share a few thoughts that have been in my head since my last writing.

Like most others that I have spoken to, I was saddened by the loss of Coretta King earlier this week. With Rosa Parks death still fresh on my heart, it was difficult to see yet another first lady of the Civil Rights struggle leave this plane of existance for the next. There is so much work still left to be done in Civil Rights and in Human Rights in our country and around the world, I hope their influence will be as strong or even stronger to inspire other people to continue to work for justice wherever injustice reigns.

Also, I have been really convicted about self-care lately. I covet prayers for this area of my life. A couple of years ago, this seemed to be a much higher priority/easier to accomplish. Now, however, I really am struggling with my healthiness and need to "get the act together" to give my body, not just my mind and heart, to God and live well.

In addition, I have a question. It was a question that came up at the clergy gathering of the week. What do you do with the naysayers/controlling problem people in the church? (You know, the ones who like to control everything and everybody and don't act like team players ... especially when anyone dares to disagree with them?) Every church has them. I am most interested in the responses from those persons who are in ministry in smaller churches where even two or three people can hold an entire congregation in check... Any suggestions? Thanks!