The house we built (in progress, just barely visible) hiding behind the "shack" that was the current dwelling.  Posted by Hello


Harry Potter and other stuff

Went to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban tonight before it departs theaters. Was quite amazed at how well done it was. I gave up a long time ago expecting movies to be the same or as good as the book. It's long enough since I read the book that any niggly details are lost in the mists of time. Letting go of much of the exposition to let the story move along was very much the right thing to do at this point in the HP story. The oart where Harry realizes it's he himself who canjures up the protective patronus spell, not some manifestation of his father is brilliantly done, and heck, who wouldn't want a hippogriff as a pet?

A movie I could have gone to see was Thunderbirds, but from the clips that have been shown on TV this looks like a marginal proposition at best relative to the original puppet series from the 60s which, oh by the way, was massively influential in my future career path. I guess I'll have to see it eventually, but turning it into a live action Spy Kids type movie is probably gonna suck.


Mission Trip Redux 1

Well, it's been another week, but hey I just installed Picasa and Hello, so welcome to the world of photoblogging free of charge. The picture I chose to upload first is of some neighborhood kids around where we built a house in Culiacan, Mexico. In just four days we built such a cool relationship with those kids and they were devastated when we left. We were too. It was great to work hard for four days, build a decent little house and let the kids know some strange people from a far away place cared about them. Very tough to leave without a lot of tears.


Neighborhood kids where we built a house Posted by Hello


Back again

So this is how it is. You post daily for a few days then you skip a day, then a week, then 5 weeks just like that. Well, nobody said blogging was easy. Well, maybe for people with no life. Truth is I've been gone (and I mean offline outta here gone) for two of those 5 weeks and the catchup in between has been difficult to deal with. Still, a fabulous 5 weeks.

The first week was the run up to our six day summer camp. Just being at work getting ready to be away for a week takes energy and time that I couldn't devote to posting. Then there was the being away part. Terrific camp. This was my 7th out of the last 9 years that I've staffed,  so yay me! No, really, the staff and the youth are incredible and I had such a great time. The highlight was maybe the traveling Eucharist we had on the last night. It included a prayer candle station that was nothing more than tealights on picnic benches and yet was incedibly moving for many people.

Anyway, after that, two weeks (including July 4th weekend in the middle) to get ready for another week away in Mexico building a house for a (literally) dirt poor family.  For the first time in just about ever I actually kept a daily journal and have even kept going since then. Of course it's one of those old fashioned analog journals with the pages and the writing stick.

Amazingly I read about 6 books on the trip as well as the hammering, nailing, screwing, painting and mudding. Three of them were the Degrees of Guilt trilogy -  a christian teen trilogy about the death of a high school senior. Another two were a diametric opposite - two Chuck Palahniuk books. Wow, what a twisted mind.

Anyway, house built, returned home, friends wedding, play music in church, back to work, then fly to LA for a conference. Who says life can't be fun? Room service pizza imminent. g2g


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