May 16th, 2007


Lj changes, seasonal observations

First, I say thanks to God that I made it through two of my three classes!! Hooray! Only database left to go... I stood thinking this in the warm and breezy air last night at the dark bus stop.

Now, I meant to post the following observations last night, but I was looking at Star Wars pictures^^

I. On the trail of the...
The other day as I was walking behind the building, I saw some animal droppings. Now, I would normally be disgusted by this, but the ranger in me said, "Wait! Let's take a closer look!" I am not really a ranger like Strider, but I could tell that some fairly large animal had been on the path. My immediate feeling was that it must have been a horse. But that idea was ridiculous, because all the trails here are pavement and how they would get the horses there in the first place was beyond me. Still, I really didn't think it was a deer...

Low and behold, to my surprise, I heard the sound of clip-clop as I made my way to school yesterday! Two horses and riders on English saddles were making their way across the bridge. I felt bad for them, since this is not the most ideal place for horses. Just for me, though, it was very exciting.

Oh, and as I continued through the narrow woods, I noticed that the patch of four-leaf clovers is still there. I think I gleaned about seven 4-leafers there last week! If anyone wants one for finals week, I could give you more details - heehee.

II. Nature's Revelation
As I passed by the cherry trees, I ran my eye over the green and rounded leaves. A few weeks ago, they were white wings on the arms of the trees and now they are simple, humble green leaves. No one not already knowing would suspect they are magical. But, I knew. Knowing even when not seeing - is this what faith is?

Those cherries live most of the year as normal trees. Then, once a year, their glory is revealed. It is a hidden, deep, miraculous revelation of something. Their soul is brought to the external. So, after all, this is what Zeami meant...

III. Candy is not appealing when
I stood by the candy machine at 3:45 yesterday afternoon, hands in my pockets. I wanted something, but it wasn't candy. I was eager to get my hands on a good art book, a big, heavy one, and sit at a desk and flip through the pages one by one, examining the detail. In particular, I wanted to look at the Star Wars costume book that we had at Gettysburg. But, UM Libraries do not have a holding?! I was disappointed. I went to the bookstore and found the next best thing - a Star Wars Encyclopedia with pictures! This was all to relieve my mind from the waiting for the 6:00 pm exam. Maybe my severe interest in art is due to a heightened sensitivity being in finals week. My mind is on full power and ready...

IV. Can you tell that I am in one of my Star Wars moods?
I finally changed my livejournal layout! It takes a lot to get me to do this... I was going to make a Dev icon, but instead, why look, I already have a layout in storage. applies. I am considering increasing my lj icon count to the full 100, but have not actually done it yet. There's a few icons I really want to reload for use (Sant'Apollinare Nuovo being one), but I am up to my limit of 42 already.

As I am looking at this layout, it reminds me of the four guardians you always see in Japanese temples, crusing the evil underfoot. Except they usually look like strong and mighty warriors, where Dev is just...good ol' Dev^^

V. Today
I really need to start studying for my last final. I also need to finish the individual report for that class sometime today. I am almost there...yet, this is where motivating myself becomes hard because I am already celebrating!

Braille for work/hobby

I want to be a volunteer Braille transcriptionist! I would do it for a living, but apparently since special printers can do the work a lot faster than me, there isn't much future in that. Still, it sounds like they do need volunteers to proofread and transcribe some things. When I am finished with school, I want to get my certification :) Better yet, I can get a head start while I am on my break! I wonder if I could get certified to do Japanese Braille someday, then, too?

Instruction Manual for Braille Transcribing

I think this would be a nice hobby and also a healthy one. My eyes are exhausted from looking at computer screens all day. They could use a break during the days.

Now, I plan to practice my Grade 1 Braille over break. The trouble is...what do I transcribe? There are so many choices! I am considering the opening chapter of Silmarillion, or maybe part of the Truce at Bakura, since I am in a Star Wars mood. Or, I could do the book of Ruth or Jude. Hmmm.

...I wonder what Braille poetry looks like? I bet they could do all kinds of fun things with that.

(As you can see, my database studying is really... umm... not getting done as quickly as I'd planned.)
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Daily Bread - Luke 14:25-35 and daily news

Daily Bread

Title: True Devotion to God
Luke 14:25-35
Key Verse 33

In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.

What is Christianity? Is it a belief? A style of life? A set of activities?
Let me put it this way. Christians are not people who treat their hope as merely a facet of life, assigning it to the category of religion and leaving it as that. It is not a part of life that we fulfill only on Sundays. No, Christianity is life. God doesn't want us to devote a piece of our lives, but our whole lives! He didn't create just part of us, but our whole. And so, God doesn't want us to be half-hearted or half-minded toward Him. He wants us to devote all our minds and hearts and strength to Him - not a facet of each of those. It's then that He can begin to fulfill the creation He began in us.

"Why is God so demanding?" I ask. Well, because He longs to give us good gifts, so much better than we can imagine. He longs to trade our shame for glory. He wants to meet us, each of us, and with His own hand, wipe away every one of our tears. He does not demand our all because He wants to rob us of something. No, He wants to give. He desires to give us life, love, and hope. This the God's good pleasure.

Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32

One Word: Devote yourself to the Good God


Braille research. Database review. Grocery shopping. Four loads of laundry. French dinner. All night of mp3 fun and study.

Final review of midterm and sample final. Chapter 9 of textbook. Finish paper. Take LAST exam. Compile, edit, and finish the 85+ page database report for Friday.

Day after.
Print and bind database report. Hand in. CLEAN.
To celebrate: listen to loud music, write Grade 1 Braille, sit outside by the creek and do absolutely nothing!