06 May 2012

Summer Reading List

1. As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway - This novel is one of my all-time favorites from high school. After spending three years with a friend of mine, it's back in my possession and begging to be read once again. It's one of those novels that doesn't have a traditional conclusion, but is still wonderful.

2. Life of Pi by Yann Martell - I read this in high school as well. I'm not sure why I'm focusing so much on the novels of high school, but this is one that deserves a re-read. Plus it will be available in motion picture this December. Though I'll be out of the country, I'll find a way to see it.

3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - I've wanted to read this for years, but haven't gotten around to it..and none of my professors in school assigned it. How sad, right? But I guess now I get to read it and be excited about it, rather than having to analyze it.

4. The Reivers by Faulkner - This was a suggestion from a dear friend of mine. I'm hoping it's as good as his review. It is the last novel by Faulkner and it was awarded the Pulitzer in 1963.

Your suggestions are greatly appreciated. Obviously I haven't thought very much on this list, but I do want to read for pleasure. I will have quite a bit of time to relax away from technology and such.

16 April 2012

Dasher Facts

And this, my friends, will be the most notable accomplishment of my final semester at Berry. I hereby give you Fun Facts about Tom Dasher (Pop Culture):

 "Never Trust a poodle." 1/11/12

"Have you been to (name anywhere in the world)? ohhh, you need to go! Travel!" (commence travel speech)

"Ezra Pound would say that "epic" is a cheap word. And so is cinema."

"The only suspense in Glee is will these people ever graduate?" 2/6/12

"I was on YouTube..."

"Oh and while we're talking about the head of the Yale theater during the early 1900s, did you know that Meryl Streep graduated with her MFA from Yale?" (paraphrase)

"In Greek it's your destiny. In American it's your choice." (On deities and fate Greek and American tragic theater)

"Nothing like a little incest." 2/22/12

"We're living in a post-atomic age and it's really just weird." 2/27/12

"Fitzgerald died in Hollywood while having an affair with a gossip columnist." 3/14/12

"Stay away from amoebas in water. Dysentery is gross." - 3/21/12

Dasher went to Pamplona in 1971 and almost ran in the bull run but his friend convinced him that it was a stupid idea.  He was just out of college.

Dasher read Lady Chatterley's Lover at the age of 10 after finding his mother's copy under a couch cushion.

Dasher did his Masters thesis on D. H. Lawrence

Dasher couldn't be drafted because of his leg but his number was 200-something at his school. They gave lots of prizes to the guy who was #1.

(He has worn white and khaki every Monday of this semester).

"Hair was a rock musical with Diane Keaton and a nude scene." 4/9/12

"You may think I'm obsessed with sex, but I'm not. All literature is about sex and death. That's the one thing my wife and I agree on. She's a high school English teacher."

"Faulkner considered naming his novel Twilight instead of The Sound and the Fury. Why do you think he changed his mind?"
Student: "I don't know, but if he'd kept it, Stephanie Meyer never would've written her series."

Fact: Dasher watched Bride Wars and liked it.

"Yesterday, he wore the most incredible seersucker suit with a matching pair of shoes & tie. That man should at least get bonus points for being so fly." - J. Johnson on Dasher

Dasher was a busboy at a restaurant for several years when, on a random night, the bartender quit and he (Dasher) was told to replace him behind the bar. Thus, Dasher was a bartender for 6 years. (story told by a fellow student)

"The greatest movie of the 80s was The Terminator." 4/16/12

To Be Continued...

04 April 2012


I struggle with self-worth a lot. I struggle with feeling so condemned for the things I've done, but God has set us free from those struggles through His love and holding onto them is like denying His grace.

That lesson (mostly to myself) aside, you are worth more than anyone will ever be able to explain to you. Your worth isn't rooted in the thoughts of someone else. They aren't stuck in the things you've done or the places you've been. You are you because God spoke you into existence.

You are you because the God of the universe spoke you. Called you by your name, by your DNA, and gave you a purpose here on this earth.

Your worth is not tied to the people you're around. If so, it would be ever changing, but no - your worth is founded and anchored and sealed in the Most High.

You are perfect because you have been made.

28 March 2012


I need you guys to watch this. This guy, Kody, went to my high school. He was in band with me and I remember so vividly when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He has definitely impacted my life in so many ways. He's impacted my desire to be involved in Relay for Life and Up Til Dawn (St. Jude's). He's incredible. Pray for his family.


You know how April is always that month that feels like a whirlwind of never-ending activities? Well, I think it's seeping into March.
I'm glad this is my senior year because for the past three years Spring semester has been chill, but this semester has been unrealistically busy. I may owe this incredible whirlwind partially to the fact that I decided to go on World Race, but maybe also just because I'm graduating.

Last weekend was Relay for Life which went quite well. It felt odd not blogging about it this year, but the week was so busy that I didn't get a chance. I didn't stay the whole night because I had a wedding to attend the next day around lunchtime and had to make sure I didn't look like a raccoon. I have the oddest tendency to get dark dark circles under my eyes with the slightest bit of sleep deprivation. I'm wondering if it's related to genes somehow, but my parents don't seem to have the same issue. And obviously I walk around with gray half-moon eyes most of the time since college is a four year stint of sleep deprivation that cannot be avoided.
Nonetheless, I cried a bit. That's Relay though. The luminary ceremony was incredible. It was great to hang out with old friends, new friends, and two of the greatest people ever - Donna & Ginny. I can't begin to tell you how influential they've been in my life and for the sake of not being overly nostalgic I'll spare you the details, but if you're ever at Berry or somehow involved with ACS in Atlanta, look them up.

This week has been filled with Craft Show preparations. Madison, Sarah, and several others have helped me craft up a storm in the 208/203 over the past month in prep for this weekend.  We've made headbands, crafted with shutters, stapled chicken wire to picture frames, created stamps from erasers, made some fab headband flowers, and so so much more. I'm desperate for your prayers and God's provision over Saturday. It's unreal how unprepared I feel, but I know that God's in control no matter what.

Next weekend is Easter. It's hard to believe that all of this is so close. April is upon us. I have tons of work to do over the next month in order to graduate. I'm not worried about my grades necessarily because I know that they'll be alright and my GPA will be fine. Most of all, after May 5 at 10am, none of it matters. I will have my degree and that's it. A professor told me yesterday that graduating from college is the oddest event in your life because your community, family, security, and purpose are ripped from you overnight. And it's true. On May 6, I will no longer have my Berry community in one place and we'll never all be in the same place again. I'm staying in Rome this summer to work at Pal's Coffee, which is terribly exciting by the way, but I've realized that everything will change. Madi and Sar won't be here (Madi will be in Nicaragua for crying out loud!), J will be married and moving to North Carolina (with Gus), and I'll be one of the only ones here. It's going to be an interesting experience to say the least. I'm up for the challenge.

Needless to say, in all of this insanity I've been stressed, frustrated, and on some sort of short fuse. I've also stopped journaling, which tends to happen when I'm more busy than I should be. I haven't stopped getting in the Word, but I have stopped being along unless it's late at night and I'm going to bed or early in the morning and I'm eating my cheerios. It's a crazy life. I'm definitely trying to handle it all and wrap my mind around the idea of NOT coming back to school after May 5, but embarking on the biggest adventure of my life in September.

God is still God and He is still good.

p.s. Happy birthday to baby Jude! My dear friend, Heather, gave birth to her first little one this morning and his life is miraculous. Our God creating life the way He does and allowing us to nurture and care for it is mind-numbing.  How has he not run out of uniqueness for our little selves yet? I'm blown away by how great (and by great I mean huge, thoughtful, intricate) our God is!