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Stuck in the Snow ...

Well, there was a storm in Southern New Mexico. We woke up to a few inches of snow, and expected some slow driving, but we didn't quite expect them to close Interstate 10. So, we're stuck in Deming, New Mexico. It's not terrible, though. We're staying at a chain hotel, with really good WiFi, and it's amazing how easy it is to keep occupied when stuck in a hotel room with nowhere to go.

We expect to get back on the road tomorrow, heading to San Antonio, to visit a friend of Ruth's, then off from there to New Orleans.

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Idyllwild, California

Well, we got a great introduction to winter - the morning after we arrived at our friend's house up in Idyllwild (in the San Bernadino Mountains) we were greeted with snow!

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Packing, packing, packing...

My to do list is long, the boxes are piled high, and my energy is low. As moves go, though, this one has to be up there as one of the easiest, for sure, of the cross-country moves I've made in my life (this is, basically, the 4th.) It's easier for a variety of reasons - I have a lot less stuff, since I jettisoned so much of it almost two years ago.

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My top 10 blog posts of 2006

I'm following Rachel, here are my 10 favorite posts of 2006, in chronological order:

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A Christmas prayer

As I go off to spend what is, in some regards, a very non-traditional Christmas of a walk on the beach, Asian food, and a visit to Osento, I wanted to wish everyone the following prayer:

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Moving ...

sucks. Of course, everyone knows this. What's interesting to me, is that even if you don't actually expend much physical effort in carrying stuff from place to truck to place, it is still physically, mentally and emotionally draining. Anyways, my first move is done. I'm in Oakland, moved out of my room in Benton (one of the PSR dorms.) I handed in my keys, forwarded my mail, got all of the signatures necessary so I can actually get my Certificate in the mail sometime this summer. It will be interesting living in Oakland for about a month.

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The winner is ...

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Spiritual Community

It's Sunday morning, and I'm not going to church. I've not been to church in weeks and weeks (except a couple of exceptions to see friends preach.) On one hand, I find this curious. I definitely enjoyed going to the church I was going to here in Berkeley, New Spirit Community Church, which I think, actually, is fabulous. I do sometimes go to the Taizé service.

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Spirituality and Vocation

Obviously, one of the primary things that has been on my mind over the last few months, and, indeed, the last couple of years of this seminary journey, has been the relationship between my spirituality and my vocation (or avocation - the ways I spend most of my time.)

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Slow blogging months

Well, the next couple of months or so are going to be slow blogging months. First off, I have two final papers due - the only assignments for my two classes this semester. I'm looking forward to writing them. One of them, for “Psychology of Religion” is going to be a fictitious email exchange between C.G. Jung and Julian of Norwich.

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