As I mentioned last week, I spent the last week in lovely Cancun, Mexico. March in New York is the perfect time for a sunny vacation... you're tired from a solid 4-5 months of freezing, snowy winter, and you're envious of your southern friends who are enjoying summery temperatures. Add the general allure of laying on a beach anywhere, anytime, and I was obviously ecstatic for the trip.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
"I've been up to my neck workin' six days a week
Wearin' holes in the soles of the shoes on my feet
Been dreamin' of gettin' away since I don't know
Ain't no better time than now..
- Kenny Chesney
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway, when challenged to write a story in six words, penned the following -
Legend also has it that Hemingway felt this was the best prose he ever wrote.
For sale: baby shoes, never used.
John Mayer recently Twittered about this and posed the question to his followers (Twitter followers, that is... this is not the cult of John Mayer), "What's your six word story? I'll be the fridge magnet for you..."
This heart didn't come with instructions.
Some of John's favorites...
And some of mine...
True love: He's shorter than me.
Then we realized it was Sharpie.
I am always his second choice.
My diary is read by everyone.Leslee
Home isn't home without you here.Susan
They exchanged glances and knew forever.As for my six word story? A story about moving to New York, about leaving the only home I'd ever known to possibly find a new one? About trying new things? About forging ahead, looking forward, and not clinging to the past? About taking risks and trusting God with the unknown?
I bought a one way ticket.
After all, Shakespeare did say,
Brevity is the soul of wit.
Perhaps sometimes, six words is all you need.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
According to Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) on "How I Met Your Mother" last night, there are four reasons an ex would want to have lunch with you -
1. They want to get back together.
2. They want to kill you.
3. They want to give you your stuff back.
4. They want to rub your face in how great they're doing.
Monday, March 09, 2009
Today is the Jewish holiday of Purim. According to Wikipedia, "Purim is a festival that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people of the ancient Persian Empire from Haman's plot to annihilate them, as recorded in the Biblical book of Esther. Purim is characterized by public recitation of the Book of Esther, giving mutual gifts of food and drink, giving charity to the poor, and a celebratory meal; other customs include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration."
I think that Jewish holidays are super cool, and I have always been kind of confused on why Christians don't celebrate more of them. Something like Yom Kippur I get, seeing as the whole Easter thing took the very concept of atonement in a different direction (to say the very least). But holidays like Passover and Purim? These are biblical stories from the Old Testament that formed the foundation of Christian faith and still have major implications in our understanding of who God is.
At its very root, Purim is a holiday about hope. See, things were looking pretty grim for the Jewish people in the book of Esther. King Xerxes did not particularly like them, and the Prime Minister, Haman, flat out hated them. Hated them so much, in fact, that he demanded that every Jew in the Persian kingdom be killed. Talk about hopeless! Every Jew in the kingdom had a death sentence, and there seemed to be nothing that could be done.
But by God's divine grace, King Xerxes had (through a bizarre series of events) married Esther, a Jew. Esther did not know what her role in the events should be, but her cousin Mordecai challenged her with this: "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14)
This is one of my favorite verses in all of scripture. For one, I love the exhortation that Esther had been placed in her role as queen "for such a time as this." What a beautiful way to illustrate God's sovereignty and remind us that he has us right here, right now for a very specific purpose. Beyond that, though, I love that Mordecai says, "relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise." Not "might" or "maybe." "Will." Mordecai had a firm faith and an unwavering hope that God not only could save him and his people from extermination, he would. Hope that whether God used Esther or not, God would deliver on his promises. Hope that, even though he didn't know the means, he could trust God with the end.
As we know, Esther did step up. And God did save the people from Haman's wicked plan for annihilation. Mordecai instituted Purim as a way to remember what God had done for the Jewish people, to celebrate the victory that he had given them in the midst of overwhelming circumstances. Purim is one of the most joyous and festive holidays for the Jewish people. Why should it be any different for Christians? The hope we have in our Great Deliverer is unchanging, and that is reason to celebrate.
"Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews throughout the provinces of King Xerxes, near and far, to have them celebrate annually the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor. So the Jews agreed to continue the celebration they had begun, doing what Mordecai had written to them."
Esther 9:20-23 (italics mine)
Sunday, March 08, 2009
I love New York in the rain. I love the relative solitude rain brings to a city that never sleeps. I love the clapping of thunder overlaid on honking taxi horns and sirens. I love the way rain smells, especially when combined with pavement. I love to open my apartment window just a crack when it rains. I love that rain makes it okay to curl up inside a coffee shop with a crossword puzzle and a cup of tea. I love that rain is peaceful. I love New York in the rain because the rain pauses my crazy life and helps me connect with another side of the city.
I love New York in the snow. I love the way it covers everything dirty and makes it look pure and clean. I love how the flakes buzz all around in the air, moving every direction, up, down, left and right. I love when you can walk through the middle of Times Square and not see a moving car in sight. I love seeing an impromptu snowman on a median. I love how the snow blankets the roofs of parked cars on the sidewalk. I love New York in the snow because it's magical, and sometimes I just need to be reminded how magical New York really is.
I love New York in the sunshine. I love walking outside and, unintentionally, skipping for a second or two because there's so much energy in the air. I love Central Park on a beautiful day. I love running into friends as we both jog. I love the way it smells, too. I love sitting at a cafe next to an open window and watching people walk their dogs. I love sandals. I love New York in the sunshine because it makes me feel like the city that I love so much is telling me that it loves me, too.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
This past weekend, Cal and I took a spontaneous (read: decided while eating at Shake Shack at 1pm to get on a 4pm Chinatown bus) trip to Washington, DC. We visited all of the major monuments, ate at both great and average restaurants, explored Georgetown and played chess. We also took a lot of pictures with no people in them... oh the joys of traveling in a pair. Nevertheless, enjoy!
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
You may remember me telling you about my extraordinary friend Angie, who is applying for The Best Job in the World. I am pleased to announce that, out of over 34,000 applicants around the globe, Angie has been selected as a Top 50 finalist.