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Archive for April 2004

Exam Week

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If you taped a camera to my forehead and could look at what I have been looking at during this week you would have seen this:


But if you could look inside of my head during those moments when I get glassy-eyed and stare intently out the window this is what I am seeing:


I’ve been dreaming of Bosnia and the Croatian coast this week as my semester has been drawing to a close. I’ve also been dreaming of endless hours spent with various novels . . . perhaps I could combine reading novels and the Croatian coast! That dream makes me staring longingly out the window, hoping to reach Tuesday successfully.

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April 29, 2004 at 1:35 pm

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More classic quiz answers

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Question: What did you learn this semester in Intro to International Politics that feel was valuable and why it is valuable to you?


“I learned that I have a hell of a lot to learn. Sitting in there w/ you and Joe and yall just spouting off info like it was your birthdate really made me pay more attention to what’s going on in the world . . . I learned that not all TAs suck.”

“This semester I learned that one can achieve excellence – socially and academically. I learned the balancing act of school work in social engagements, resulting in my ‘semester of excellence.’ Freshman Year Rocks.”

“I have learned a lot more about the decisions that Bush has made in office and how strongly I disagree with most of them!”

Most of the responses were more run of the mill, but this one stood out as my favorite.

“This semester I learned how theories, history, and the present are all so inter-linked and indispensable. How we need all three to understand situations in life, especially when it comes to making choices for the future. However, I’ve also seen how no matter what we think we know from history and how much insight we gain from poli sci theories – they’ll never give us the guaranteed future we want.”

Now that’s a smart girl!

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April 26, 2004 at 10:50 am

Posted in UNC

A Daily Read

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Over the last few months I have begun reading The One Grand: the conversation i was having in my head as part of my morning routine. I originally found this blog through a good friend from college who is rumored to share the blog with her roommates.

Although I’ve yet to see Joie post, I have enjoyed reading the poetry and thoughts of her roommates. If you’re aching for some Nebraska blogging or if you�re into haikus then give them a read.

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April 22, 2004 at 5:42 pm

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Types of Churches

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On Tuesday nights I attend a meeting where I get to hear my pastor explain his vision for our church and the foundational assumptions he is building on. It’s refreshing to have someone clearly explain what he assumes about the culture he wants the church to have. One thing that has been interesting is how much our small church functions as the church in a non-Christian culture. As such, it requires a different view of the church than the other churches I have been involved with.

“In conservative regions, it is still possible to see people profess faith and the church grow without becoming ‘missional.’ Most traditional evangelical churches still can only win people to Christ who are temperamentally traditional and conservative. But, as Wolff notes, this is a ‘shrinking market.’ And eventually evangelical churches ensconced in the declining, remaining enclaves of ‘Christendom’ will have to learn how to become ‘missional.’ If it does not do that it will decline or die. We don’t simply need evangelistic churches but rather ‘missional’ churches.” — Tim Keller

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April 20, 2004 at 11:18 am

Posted in General

I Finally Saw It

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I’m not very high on the cultural ladder so I just yesterday got around to seeing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I’m not yet sure of my reactions to it. For those who haven’t see it I would recommend a viewing. You might ask how I had time for seeing a movie when I still have four papers yet unwritten. The answer is procrastination.

How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d;

If you’re interested in my limited and rambling thoughts keep reading . . .
Read the rest of this entry »

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April 16, 2004 at 5:24 pm

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Computer Problems

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My computer is in the shop . . . again. This will be my fourth wireless card and third system board. Yick. Thankfully the IBM people have finally acknowledged that there is a larger problem. They refuse to call it a recall but it might be treated as such.

All that is to say that I hope to be forgiven if between my six remaining papers and my restricted of computer access I blog less frequently than I would like.

I’d love to write about how beautiful the dogwoods are in Chapel Hill or the thoughts I had while removing stumps from my backyard, but alas, they shall have to compost for a while before budding forth in new entries.

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April 13, 2004 at 11:31 am

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Athletic Prowess?

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It’s been a week and I feel like my head has deflated enough to write about the athletic exploits of last weekend.

On Friday night I went with a friend, Jason, from church to the intramural fields to kick around under the lights. After about 30 minutes a Mexican man approached us and asked us if we wanted to join in a scrimmage. Of course we said yes. The big news of the night was that I scored four, yes four, goals. Three of them were the equivalent lay-ups thanks to some fancy passing by Jason. The other goal was a driving shot into the top right corner from the right side of the box. The reason I’m blogging about this is because before that evening I had never scored a goal at any level (unless you count scoring on my own goalie in elementary school).

On Saturday afternoon I played in the UNC intramural ultimate frisbee tournament. My neighbor let me play on her co-ed team. Our girls were fantastic and the guys were decent. After a three game sequence we were crowned UNC Intramural Champions! It took me five years to earn that honor at Clemson. I’m going to wear my intramural champ shirt to recitation on Friday and see if I can impress my students.

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April 10, 2004 at 12:52 pm

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Another Classic Quiz Answer

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An answer to my quiz question about what students thought of the WTO after the readings from last week.

“At first I (having taken Anth. 10) was against globalization and many (including The WTO) of its elements. But after the WTO’s article refuting what could be the top-10 most bitched-about parts of the WTO, I realized its role not as a world dominator, but a way for nations in the world to help themselves.”

I don’t remember ever using “bitched-about” as a part of a submitted item while I was in college.

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April 8, 2004 at 5:07 pm

Posted in Political Science

Called to Listening

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“The first service that one owes to others . . . consists in listening to them . . . many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking when they should be listening . . . Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by him who is himself the great listener and whose work they should share. We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.”

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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April 7, 2004 at 9:21 am

Posted in Reflections

Rwanda Remembered

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Ten years ago this month 800,000 people were murdered in 100 days in the Rwandan genocide. On Saturday morning NPR ran a story produced by American Radio Works titled “The Few Who Stayed.” The piece is about one of the few Americans who remained in the country, a Rwandan who ran a local orphanage and the people these two men interacted with during the genocide. Both men, in Schindler’s List fashion, hid people in their houses.

The American, Carl Wilkins, is believed to be the only American to have remained in the country through the genocide. The radio version is ~15 minutes long. I would recommend listening to it instead of reading but the print version is available as well. If you have the time I would highly recommend listening to it. It’s surreal to listen to the recordings and interviews.

Listening to the story made me both proud and ashamed to be human; feelings I rarely experience in either direction. To have both brought out so poignantly in 15 minutes brought me to the verge of tears on several occasions. So take 15 minutes over lunch and give it a listen. Perhaps you’ll understand.


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April 5, 2004 at 12:17 pm

Posted in Politics

April Fools Humor**

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Left Behind left behind: Rapture occurs, sales of popular series plummets
Authors and publishers hurt by lost revenue, agonies of tribulation

The global disappearance of Christians earlier this week attributed to the “rapture” predicted by premillennial theologians, and the corresponding disappearance of Left Behind books from bestseller lists have left authors Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins, and their publishers discouraged and soul-searching. They’re also disappointed that they were not among the airplane pilots, school bus drivers, or toll booth operators taken up to heaven in the wink of an eye, leaving behind piles of empty clothing as well as chaos, terror, and inconvenience, respectively.

When asked why the rapture hurt sales of a series that would seem more timely than ever, Jenkins commented, “Apparently the folks who’ve actually been left behind aren’t interested in reading about it. And I can see why – it’s a real kick in the teeth for me personally. This goes way beyond bitter irony.”

Related headlines:

President Cheney forms new Department of Homeland Tribulation

“Law-abiding church-goers have nothing to fear,” states Attorney General

Raptured Christians had penchant for name-brand quality, say merchants

Souls safely in possession of networks, production continues uninterrup – Wait, if I’m writing this, I’m not saved either! Auuugh!

**From Sojouners’ April Fools E-Letter

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April 3, 2004 at 9:39 am

Posted in Laughter