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  1. I haven't read any of his works, but I thought, based on the title of the talk, it was going to go off in a different direction than what it did. I thought it was just me though, being too tired to process much in the way of coherent talk at that point. Mary Karr's talk was outstanding. Leslie Layland Field's panel, Scott Russell Sanders, Joshilyn Jackson all had really good sessions. Chip MacGregor's was good, as well. It did get a bit tedious spending most of Thurs and Friday in either the seminary chapel or the seminary auditorium and sitting on the chapel's pews are not a good pla
  2. No, I haven't. Yet. I'm going to look for it at the Festival of Faith and Writing this week.
  3. Great photos. My favorite one is next to last--the sunrise over the mountains. . Thanks for posting!
  4. Memnock the Devil by Anne Rice and I'm still working on Raven's Ladder. Trying to read just for fun at this point in the semester is near to impossible. But, I refuse to give up totally.
  5. I read the book when it first came out and distinctly remember reading this section and wondering what motivated the school to step in when they did. At the time, my thought was, it was something so out of their experience they didn't know how to handle it, other than effectively stopping it by reverting to what they did know--counselors and control. If I remember right, some of the confessions would've been of the nature that the school might not have wanted to be revealed to the world at large. Rich's questions pretty much cover what I would want to ask. It will be interesting to rea
  6. I just received 3 emails, dated 10/24/07, thanking me for registering and how I can complete the last step. Either the forums are having hiccups or I've been sucked into a time portal, transporting me backward in time. Which means instead of graduating next month, I haven't even started back to school yet. :shock: Anyone else getting weird email or is it just me?
  7. Cheryl: There will be just two official IMAGE staff at Calvin -- myself and Christy Edwall. But there will be some former staff, alumni and perhaps one or two faculty members from the MFA program, and a bunch of contributors to the journal. Not sure if that answers your question! It does.
  8. Alas. If only I could clone myself to be in more than one session at a time. . Such dilemmas and it's only a partial schedule that's posted. Cool news on the workshop, Tyler! You have good list of people you to see; I hope you can work them all in! I want to see Joshilyn Jackson and Stephanie Kallos--some of their writings have the supernatural bent I like to explore. Eugene Peterson is another one. People from Relief have a session I want to try to attend. I'm not sure on anything else at this point. Argh. Steve McCurry is also going to be there--I heard him speak at Malone in Feb
  9. I've been wanting to read this series for years! Gettysburg, Antietam and Manassas are favorite vacation spots. Well, if you read it, and if you recall Ken Burns' PBS series on the Civil War, you'll quickly realize where Burns cribbed his script. Shelby Foote was a wonderful writer, and without ever losing sight of the larger narrative, he found ways to be utterly and compellingly human throughout almost 3,000 pages. My wife and I just finished seeing that (2nd time for me, 1st for her). We both love his interview segments in that. My mom was a Civil War buff and I grew up a
  10. I've been wanting to read this series for years! Gettysburg, Antietam and Manassas are favorite vacation spots. Currently I'm reading Raven's Ladder and hoping to finish it this weekend. Loving it so far! I'm also reading The Necessary Grace to Fall by Gina Ochsner. I just finished Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos and The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson. The last three books incorporate the supernatural--right up my writing-interest alley.
  11. This is a website posted for one of my classes--it's done by a biker that lives in Kiev, but travels through Chernobyl. (mind you, most--if not all--of my classmates won't even know about Chernobyl or understand the Soviet government at the time since they weren't born until after the breakup of the USSR. Yes, I feel old. ) She's posted a lot of pictures and they have gotten my writer's imagination zinging off in all sorts of directions. Photos trigger my imagination, as do historical sites, graveyards. A Bible verse here and there. So I've posted this as a sort of graphic writing promp
  12. He's won all sorts of awards and has landed the cover of National Geographic numerous times--I think 88? Anyway, I heard him speak at Malone University tonight and if you ever get a chance to hear him it's a great opportunity. In case your wondering if you've ever seen his work--here's his most famous photo. The Afghan girl on the cover of National Geographic in June of 1985. His shots are amazing, esp. when he said he uses only natural light for his shots. Only one lens, no filters, flashes etc.
  13. heh. I've only heard of 2 of them--Lit by Mary Karr and The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter. I haven't read any of them either. ::shrugs:: Way too many other books sitting around my house, trying to grab my attention.
  14. No, not so much. They post back issues online, so I don't know if a search of those would turn up anything or not.
  15. I think it did; I haven't gotten that far yet. While it was filmed in Washington, it supposed to be modeled after Talkeetna, Alaska. I've been to Talkeetna, so I get to be reminded of Talkeetna every time I watch. :-) Fun, quirky place.
  16. What Bookmarks did was bring together the lists of a multitude of publications--WSJ, USAToday, Salon.com, Slate.com, Lib Journal, NPR (Corrigan), Boston Globe, Time etc. There are 22 sources altogether. The list was compiled by how many times a book made the various lists. FICTION *Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel was number one--it was cited a total of ten times. *The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker *A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore *Jeff In Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer *Let the Great World Spin by Colum Mccann *Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro *Brooklyn by
  17. The show makes me laugh while churning endlessly and going nowhere on the elliptical machine. I miss that show! What has struck me while re-watching is the sense of community that comes across in the storylines.
  18. Anyone else subscribe? It's full of book reviews of various genres. Bookmarks Magazine The Nov/Dec issue should be online since the Jan/Feb issue came in the mail.
  19. Thanks. This is a great list. I really need to read the book now; I was waiting for a friend to finish it so I could borrow it, but it looks like I'll want to be able to underline large portions of it. You're welcome.
  20. If you do this, please post the list here. I'd love to be able to forward it to my pastor. Here's the list. Comments/questions/points of clarification welcome. ******* Introverts Among Us The following points are taken from the book Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture by Adam S. McHugh. Published by InterVarsity Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-8308-3701-1 Term Clarification ยท Introversion and extroversion are present in each person, not different categories of people. Everyone has both components; in some introvert tendencies dominate.
  21. If you do this, please post the list here. I'd love to be able to forward it to my pastor. Will do. I probably won't start on it until the end of the week/weekend.
  22. And that is one of the main points of the book, that extroverts just don't get the fact not everyone is wired for social interaction the way they are. Stereotyping is a problem--someone who is seen as not participating in all the activity is seen as stubborn, stuck up, snobbish etc. Or falling away, if they have been active and now aren't. Christianity Today has a book review in the January 2010 issue, pages 67-69. I like the way the author describes extroverts as moving in a straight line in their relationships--they start at the edge of a circle and zero in on the center, while intro
  23. Is anyone else reading or planning to read her debut novel? I finished it last night at 1am and am still mulling over it. It's a novel set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s, just as the civil rights movement is gaining momentum. The novel is told from the first person points of view of three different characters. Miss Skeeter who has returned home after graduating from Ole Miss with a journalism degree. She lives w/ her parents on a cotton farm and her mother's goal is to marry her off to the right Southern gentleman and live a life befitting of a genteel Southern woman--a future S
  24. There was a boycott? Rats. Had I known I would've made an effort to see *more* Disney movies.
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