Things I Have Done This Week:

  • Made (and eaten) chocolate chip, apricot, pecan cookies
  • Counselled my first client as an almost full-fledged counsellor
  • Been to yoga twice
  • Read 2 books
  • Been on three dates
  • Built myself a new profile website here
  • And another site here
  • Drank a lot of coffee
  • Watched half a season of Gilmore Girls
  • Knitting
  • Almost been hit by a pickup truck
  • Reorganized my bedroom furniture

Schedule of Events

I’m going to be fairly out and about all over the place for the month of June. So you can keep track of me (and I can keep track of myself):

Sunday, June 6
– Nanaimo for a meeting of the Myanmar delegation. You can become a fan of our Facebook page here.

Wednesday, June 9 – Saturday, June 12
– Portland, OR for Episcopal Village West Mission Event.

Thursday, June 17 – Friday, June 25
– France! Yes, that is correct, I am going to France. Friends own a sailing barge which they are looking to sell (anyone want a boat in the South of France?!?) and I’m going to hang out for a week. I bought a relatively inexpensive ticket on Tuesday and I leave in less than 2 weeks. Crazy, eh?!

Friday, July 2 – Sunday, July 4 – Prince George for my high school reunion and visiting friends I haven’t seen in ages. I’ll be at my old church on Sunday and hope to catch up with some of you then!

Things that Make Me Happy

  • New music from the public library
  • Being able to wake up without the alarm clock
  • Dinner with [new] friends
  • Productive meetings for exciting things
  • Taking a break and resting in God’s presence
  • Quiet reflection and peaceful moments
  • Wind and rain to remind me of God’s power in creation
  • New toys to play with
  • A clean bathroom
  • Life calming down (for now)
  • Finally getting permission to take 2 courses at once this summer meaning I’ll be done all my course work before I go to Myanmar in November
  • A fantastic new dress
  • Possible trip in June

Things that Scare Me

Large balances on the credit card/Small balances in the bank account.

Drivers who don’t watch for pedestrians when they pull out of parking lots onto the street or when they are turning onto a busy road.

More than 40 unread items in my Google Reader.

That’s all for today.

Dawning of a Brand New Year

Christmas, New Westminster

So what if it is January 3 and it has taken me this long to write anything about the new year. Aside from a New Years Eve party that continued until 2am, it feels like the new year has entered with more of a fizzle than a pop; it seems no different than last week.

If anything, I’m more stressed than I was last week.

The next course starts tomorrow and I’ve already been doing readings in preparation for it. Gone are the days when I bought the text book a week or two into the course and read it the day before the final exam. I seem to be working more this week than I have in previous weeks and I have meetings. With the busy advent season over (does anyone else find it ironic that our two church seasons of slowing down and contemplation – advent and lent – seem to the be the busiest time in the church calendar?) meetings that were put on hold are starting up once again. Now is when I discover just how busy I will be with various committees and commitments.

Is it more helpful to look ahead or to dwell in the moment? Some would remind that looking ahead prepares one for what is to come. It can also cause undue anxiety. Others suggest that to dwell in the moment and live each day for what it offers without looking too far ahead (consider the lilies of the field…?) is the supreme way to live ones life. I find that a good balance of the two works well… usually…

What, then, am I looking forward to this year?

  • By this time next year, I will be more than two-thirds of the way through my degree (I think, if I’ve calculated it correctly).
  • My cousin is getting married in the spring. I get to go to Montreal.
  • Ten year high school reunion (holy cow!).
  • Work, work, work.
  • Hosting a conference with Brian McLaren and Steve Bell
  • A possible road trip around BC and Alberta.
  • Sailing.
  • Visiting our Anglican friends in Burma.
  • Having a full summer in Victoria for the first time in… ever?
  • Spending time with family and friends.

Book List 2010

  1. More Ready Than You Realize – Brian McLaren
  2. Cascadia: The Elusive Utopia – Douglas Todd (ed.)
  3. Before the Rooster Crows – Peter Kimani
  4. Assessment in Counselling – Albert Hood and Richard Johnson
  5. Generation X – Douglas Coupland
  6. The Wayfinders – Wade Davis
  7. Non-Violent Communication – Marshall Rosenberg
  8. Heavy Rotation – Peter Terzian
  9. Traveling Mercies – Anne Lamott
  10. Community: The Structure of Belonging – Peter Block
  11. Striving for the Wind – Meja Mwangi
  12. A New Kind of Christianity – Brian McLaren
  13. Sylvia – Bryce Coutenay
  14. The Way of the Heart – Henri Nouwen
  15. I and Thou – Martin Buber

Book List 2009

  1. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
  2. The Enchantress of Florence – Salman Rushdie
  3. Called out of Darkness – Anne Rice
  4. The Great Game – Peter Hopkirk
  5. The Independence of Mary Bennet – Colleen McCullough
  6. A New Kind of Christian – Brian McLaren
  7. Finding George Orwell in Burma – Emma Larkin
  8. The Secret Message of Jesus – Brian McLaren
  9. Three Cups of Tea – Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
  10. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Neffingger
  11. Moon Cakes and Maple Sugar – Marnie Copeland
  12. Becoming Human – Jean Vanier
  13. Bread in the Wilderness – Thomas Merton
  14. And it was Good – Madeleine L’Engle
  15. Everything Must Change – Brian McLaren
  16. The Great Emergence – Phyllis Tickle
  17. The Giver – Lois Lowry
  18. How (Not) to Speak of God – Peter Rollins
  19. Bad Lands -Tony Wheeler
  20. A Stone for a Pillow – Madeleine L’Engle
  21. The Green Hills of Africa – Ernest Hemingway
  22. The Magician’s Nephew – CS Lewis
  23. Tick Bite Fever – David Bennun
  24. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
  25. Prince Caspian – CS Lewis
  26. The Horse and His Boy – CS Lewis
  27. The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
  28. The Seven Story Mountain – Thomas Merton
  29. Sex, Sushi, and Salvation – Christian George
  30. Secret Lives and Other Stories – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  31. A Man of the People – Chinua Achebe
  32. The Black Hermit – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  33. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – CS Lewis
  34. The Silver Chair – CS Lewis
  35. Jesus au pays des solviets – Serge Caron
  36. The Silver Chair – CS Lewis
  37. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  38. Take This Bread – Sara Miles
  39. The Last Battle – CS Lewis
  40. Sold Into Egypt – Madeleine L’Engle
  41. The Rock That is Higher – Madeleine L’Engle
  42. Two-Part Invention – Madeleine L’Engle
  43. A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali – Gil Courtemanche
  44. All Families are Psychotic – Douglas Coupland
  45. The Man Who Loved China – Simon Winchester
  46. Man’s Search for Meaning – Vicktor E. Frankl
  47. Mere Christianity – CS Lewis
  48. A Good Death – Gil Courtemanche
  49. The Post-Christian Mind – Harry Blamires
  50. The Lizard Cage – Karen Connolly
  51. Exit Music – Ian Rankin
  52. Payback – Margaret Atwood
  53. The Language of Bees – Laurie R. King
  54. The Orthodox Heretic – Peter Rollins
  55. Burmese Lessons – Karen Connolly
  56. A Fair Country – John Ralston Saul

Book List 2008

  1. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe – Douglas Adams
  2. Life, the Universe, and Everything – Douglas Adams
  3. Velvet Elvis – Rob Bell
  4. Shake Hands With the Devil – LGen. Romeo Dallaire
  5. The Gift of Being Yourself – David G. Benner
  6. Where God Was Born – Bruce Feiler
  7. The Cloud of Unknowing
  8. Master and Commander – Patrick O’Brian
  9. Walking on Water – Madeleine L’Engle
  10. Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  11. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  12. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  13. Charlie Wilson’s War – George Crile
  14. Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
  15. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  16. The Picts and the Martyrs – Arthur Ransome
  17. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  18. Prince Caspian – C.S. Lewis
  19. No Man is an Island – Thomas Merton
  20. Daughter of Fortune – Isabelle Allende
  21. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
  22. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt – Anne Rice
  23. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  24. The Book of Mercy – Leonard Cohen
  25. Letters from a Traveller – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  26. Our Anglican Heritage – John W. Howe
  27. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemmingway
  28. Great Northern? – Arthur Ransome
  29. Where God Happens – Archbishop Rowan Williams
  30. Kim – Rudyard Kipling
  31. Healing Henan – Sonya Grypma
  32. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig
  33. Forging the Future – Diana J. Mansell
  34. Temperament – Stuart Isacoff
  35. The Making of a Nurse – Tilda Shalof
  36. The Birth House – Ami McKay
  37. The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears – Dinaw Mengetsu
  38. An American Childhood – Annie Dillard
  39. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  40. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  41. Hymn of the Universe – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  42. The Book of God – Walter Wangerin Jr.
  43. The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan
  44. Finding Our Way Again – Brian McLaren
  45. The Great Railway Bazaar – Paul Theroux
  46. Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana – Anne Rice
  47. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  48. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  49. The Edible Woman – Margaret Atwood
  50. Building the Earth – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  51. Sailing Alone Around the World – Joshua Slocum
  52. Revolution in World Missions – K.P. Yohannan
  53. Pacific Odyssey – Gwenda Cornell
  54. Among the Russians – Colin Thubron
  55. Restoring the Woven Cord – Michael Mitton
  56. The History of Love – Nicole Krauss

Book List 2007

  1. O Jerusalem – Laurie R. King
  2. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time – Mark Haddon
  3. Passarola Rising – Azhar Abidi
  4. A Letter of Mary – Laurie R. King
  5. Three Men in a Boat (Not to Mention the Dog) – Jerome K. Jerome
  6. Three Men on the Brummel – Jerome K. Jerome
  7. A Monsterous Regiment of Women – Laurie R. King
  8. Waiting – He Jin
  9. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  10. A Circle of Quiet – Madeleine L’Engle
  11. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt – Anne Rice
  12. The Journals – Soren Kierkegaard
  13. Becoming Human – Jean Vanier
  14. The Summer of the Great-Grandmother – Madeleine L’Engle
  15. Obasan – Joy Kogawa
  16. The Inner Experience – Thomas Merton
  17. Walking on Water – Madeleine L’Engle
  18. And it was Good – Madeleine L’Engle
  19. The Care and Feeding of the Offshore Crew – Lin Pardey
  20. A Stone for a Pillow – Madeleine L’Engle
  21. The Calvin and Hobbes 10th Anniversary Collection – Bill Watterson
  22. Sold into Egypt – Madeleine L’Engle
  23. Red China Blues – Jan Wong
  24. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze – Peter Hessler
  25. A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket
  26. A Series of Unfortunate Events, Reptile Room – Lemony Snicket
  27. Stardust – Neil Gaimon
  28. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  29. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rawlings
  30. Peter Duck – Arthur Ransome
  31. A Circle of Quiet – Madeleine L’Engle
  32. Eragon – Christopher Pauolini
  33. Eldest – Christopher Pauolini
  34. A Generous Orthodoxy – Brian McLaren
  35. The Blind Assassain – Margaret Atwood
  36. The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism
  37. Cry, The Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  38. An Embarassment of Mangos – Ann Vanderhoof
  39. Birds without Wings – Louis de Bernieres
  40. The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls
  41. A Passage to India – CS Forster
  42. Ishmael – Daniel Quinn
  43. The Goose Girl – Shannon Hale
  44. Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
  45. The Ordering of Love – Madeleine L’Engle
  46. Understanding China – John Bryan Starr
  47. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  48. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams