Ash Wednesday

Today we are reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall return. We are also enjoined to keep a holy lent. So, I’m giving up blogging – both writing on this blog (which wont be difficult) and reading others (this will require effort.)  As my pastor explained, Lent should not only be about giving something up, but about adding something to your spiritual life. Add prayers, add the Daily Office, add time to reach out to those around you. The time I spend in an average day surfing from one site to another can be put to better use.

The peace of God be with you. I’ll see you again on Easter Sunday.

Jumping on the bandwagon

Everybody else is doing this so: 25 things

1. I am soon to be married to a remarkable and beautiful woman who is far above me and of whom I think the world.

2. I call my dog, Beethoven, a dogote because I heard that dogs and coyotes can inter-breed, and I find the thought of such hilarious.

3. I work at a bakery and never tire of the smell of fresh baked bread.

4. I’m starting classes in March to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church.

5. I received a rick of firewood for Christmas for use in my previously unused fireplace – very cool.

6. I’ve seen John Williams in concert three times. Almost got his autograph once.

7. If Alison didn’t insist I carry one, I’d get rid of my cell phone. I hate both the devices and the cursed corporations that provide the “service.”

8. I have a cardigan and house slippers that I wear often.

9. I enjoy board games, especially strategy/conquest games.  Axis and Allies is a favorite and an easy transition from Risk. Kremlin is a little known gem I don’t get to play as often as I would like.

10. I was, very briefly, in a regiment of Civil War re-enactors – 39th Indiana Infantry Volunteers. I fought at one battle and died. The time and monetary commitment was too much, though. Perhaps later in life I’ll re-enlist.

11. I try to read a book a week. Generally, I do.

12. My first celebrity crush was Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years.

13. I enjoy mowing yards. I find it relaxing.

14. You can buy boxer shorts at Aldi; this continues to impress me. What a great store.

15. I’ve seen Beethoven’s Nineth performed twice. It gives me goosebumps just remembering those concerts. Everyone should experience that piece live at least once in their life.

16. I wish I had studied music more seriously when I was younger.

17. I generally don’t correct people if they assume I’m related to Adlai Stevenson. Occasionally, I even encourage this myth. :)

18. I gave a guy $20 so I could conduct the polka band at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich.

19. I watch the musical 1776 every 4th of July. I like my Founding Fathers to spontaneously break into song.

20. I am not a morning person; every day, the simple act of waking up is pure drudgery, except when I am going to Al’s Donuts.

21. My other dog, Hanna, is half dachshund and therefore has a comically long body.

22. I’m going back to school to get a masters in Library Sciences/Public History.

23. I attended a Guy Fawkes party last year at the home of some transplanted Brits.

24. Over-baked cookies make me very, very mad. How dare you dishonor the cookie dough!

25. I keep meaning to write my Great American Novel about the Civil War (I know, its been done many times already) but distractions like this delay my efforts.