Tuesday, June 29, 2010

On the Road and In the Air

I have been a few places in the past few days. I have many stories to tell, but not quite yet. You will have to settle on another native Missourian's words for now.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. ~Mark Twain

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bible School

Josh and I had a booth in the marketplace for our VBS this year. We were studying Joseph and the theme was Egypt.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Toner, Paper Jams, and Microfiche, Oh My!

This is where I worked for three years. It was a happy place most of the time, Periodicals at Kent Library. I made sure the magazines were in chronological order, copied microfilm and microfiche, filled copy paper trays, changed toner in the copiers, and helped patrons find things.

I still love periodicals. Although sadly, Advertising Age wasn't on the shelves a few weeks ago. What a shame, that was one of my favorites.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Toy Story 3

Awesome! I love all three of these movies.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Mighty and Muddy

The Mississippi River will always have its own way; no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise... Mark Twain

Oh yes, it's the Mississippi River. It's the familiar content of going home.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Fall of 1996

I lived in Myers Hall. It was a change, my first two years I lived in Towers East. I still had my faithful roommate Paula. We decided to move to Myers, which was the upperclassmen dorm. It was on the opposite side of campus, near the library. It was also co-ed by floor, which was different for me.

Josh's Room Door--I would walk down the stairs and think of a reason to see if his door was open.

My Room Door--Paula and I lived here only one semester, but it was a great one.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Home In My Mind's Eye

My childhood home, the home my parents lived in for 25 years, does not exist. It is true. FEMA bought the home through a buy out program and later the home was torn down. It was a lovely home. I came home from the hospital to this home. I backed out the driveway college bound from this home.

Of course, this was one of my first stops when I arrived in Festus, Missouri. I ate some IMO's pizza, filled up the gas tank, and drove home. It's amazing how nature takes over.

I grew up on a two and a half acres with the Joachim Creek behind us. On the Right of our property line was a train track.

This is where home would be, on the corner on Harrison Lake and Old 21A, although when I was living there it was 2210 West Main.

In my case, you really can't go back home.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Lots of Books

These are some of the books I have stacked in my bedroom--a lofty goal of Summer reading.

Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott, who I really enjoy, although I have read her nonfiction works. Finished 6/14

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsoon

Couples by John Updike, once I again, I have read his nonfiction works

Mississippi Solo, A Memoir by Eddy L. Harris--already started this one, Finished 6/16

36 Arguments for the Existence of God-a work of fiction, by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway--Finished on 6/24

The First Christmas by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan ( may save this for near Christmas)

The Sacredness of Questioning Everything by David Dark

The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt--almost half way on this one. Finished 7/14

Three Wishes, A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Astonishing Luck on Our Wy to Love and Motherhood, by Carey Goldberg, Beth Jones, and Pamela Ferdinand. Read 6/10

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Best of Who I am

I read today on a church's sign, "Great Friends Bring Out the Best of Who You Are." I think I noticed this more because of my wonderful weekend in Missouri. My life has been full of friends and mentors.

Denise was on staff at the Baptist Student Center when I was in college. I wandered into her office many times for advice, and once talked up a pair of clogs so much that she went to Dillards and bought herself a pair.

Audra, Clay, and I were Summer Missionaries together on the Southeast Missions Team. We talked and laughed for hours.

My college roommate through Towers East years and on to Myers Hall, Paula. Paula and I had disk gun wars, called a girl who was named Jen, Hazel, because we couldn't remember her name, and did all sorts of silly roommate things.

Audra and I decided to get together this year and somehow settled on meeting in Cape Girardeau, where we went to college. I didn't want to leave on Sunday. We talked, laughed, shopped, admired photographs and art, and ate mediocre food.

Somehow in the small world that we live in, my high school friend currently attends church with my college friend. John, Renee, and another college friend, Tracy, met me at Pasta House.

Monday, June 7, 2010

It takes a village?

These women are apart of the village that raised me. I don't know if it was necessary to have a village, but I can't imagine it any other way. My mother had wonderful friends, who have always told me I am beautiful, smart, and funny. Who doesn't need that growing up?

I brought some scrapbooks of my family. Josh told me as I was packing that if there was ever a group of people who would be interested in my scrapbooks, it would be them. I knew he was right.

Of course, being with them brought up memories of my mom. They all loved and miss my her too.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Back in Town

If all goes according to plan, I will be in my home town tomorrow. I am so excited. It has been four years since I have been there. Festus, MO here I come.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


A friend of mine said she wouldn't have expected anything other than me voting Democratic today. That sort of surprised me, because I like to think I am a moderate.