Books I’ve Read Most Recently (besides class materials):
Born Again and Again: Surprising Gifts of a Fundamentalist Childhood by Jon M Sweeney
What Did Jesus Really Say? by Peter Cayce
Jane Kenyon: A Literary Life by John H. Timmerman
The Quantity of a Hazelnut by Fae Malania
The Truth about Hillary by Edward Klein
Callings ed. by William C. Placher
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman
The Best Day, The Worst Day by Donald Hall
The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Make You Miserable by Jamie Buckingham
Various Short Stories by Mark Helprin
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
Crazy for God by Frank Schaeffer
Unchristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons
A History of the End of the World by Jonathan Kirsch
Phrases I’d Like to NEVER Hear Again:
At the end of the day What goes around comes around Same old same old
Family values The American people Talk the talk/Walk the walk
Stay the course/Cut and run Day one My friends, Anything W says
Some Favorite Things:
Log fires Over-sized towels The first day of summer (or any) vacation
Cleveland Indians and Browns games Spring blooms and fall colors
Mexican Villa’s cheese enchiladas Thai Kitchen Spring Onion soup
Some Un-Favorite Things:
Telephone menu options and being put on hold E-mail spam Sweet gum tree seed balls
Slugs and other slimy things Indoor cigarette smoke Housework of any kind
Cruelty to animals and children Intolerance under the guise of religion Small talk
Meetings Pretension Ice storms Screaming children in restaurants
Four jobs I have had in my life: Christmas Gift Wrapper at Strouss-Hirschberg department store in high school, Produce Clerk at A & P during high school (this job convinced me to stay in college and complete my education, whatever the cost), Counselor for Camp Fire Girls one summer during college, English Teacher forever.
Four movies I watch over and over: The Four Seasons (love the ensemble
cast), Radio Days (or most any Woody
Allen vehicle for the Jewish humor),
Four places I have lived:
Four TV shows I like: Once and Again (beautifully produced, I own seasons 1 and 2), Seinfeld (for obvious reasons, I own the complete set), ER/Grey’s Anatomy (except for the bloody scenes), and Monday Night Football (important tradition at our house).
Four Places I have been
on vacation: Six-country European
Four websites I visit daily: Cleveland Indians/Browns sites (must keep up with my man/boys), ebay, CNN (just in case the world has ended and I haven’t noticed), and, MLB.tv to watch all live Indians games.
Four of my favorite foods: Hungarian chicken paprika, stuffed cabbages, spaghetti and meatballs, and “dirty bread” (onions, tomatoes, green peppers, radishes, and cucumbers on rye bread dabbed with bacon drippings from an open wood fire).
Four places I would rather be right now: As long as I’m with someone I enjoy, it really doesn’t matter where I am, but Florence, Italy, would be a good choice. I’ve always liked being around water, but after watching the effects of the tsunami and the hurricanes, I might opt for the mountains. Hawaii also sounds like a good option. The Transcendentalists feel that “traveling is a fool’s paradise” because one carries one’s “giants” wherever one goes. Also, they remind us that “no exertion of the legs” can bring people closer together, so travel is perhaps not the most important factor. It’s more a spiritual issue. Philosophizing complete. As you were.