Monday, October 27, 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Nashville Warbler!!!

Yup I went birding again..... and this is the photo I got!!!

Great day on the seacoast: 
Bufflehead*^ (both off Dover point rd and at Eel Pond) 
Red-throated Loons*^ (plenty... at least 10 in small groups that appeared to be migrating) 
Red-breasted Mergansers  
Hermit thrush - a common bird but a great look 
Bonaparte's Gull* 
Surf Scoter* - plenty including one real close to shore off odiorne - real fun look at a male 
White-winged Scoter*^ - plenty 
Lesser Black-backed Gull* 
Red-eyed Vireo*  
* - life bird for Jessie
^ - life bird for me

Thursday, October 23, 2008


The website's not that complicated: - and nor is the idea: a group of students dedicated to working together on sustainability initiatives recognizing that we are meant to be Stewards of the earth not Abusers.  

It's something I've dreamed of seeing happen and now it has due to a group of dedicated folks.  

It all kicked off with a conference at Eastern University and continues with a day of prayer on the 29th.  Totally cool.  So if you get it - that is you get that this earth isn't something we can just take advantage of - join in on the 29th and say a little prayer that we all have better guidance when it comes to taking care of creation.  

After all, as T.S. Elliot said, "A wrong attitude toward nature implies, somewhere, a wrong attitude about God."  

And that can't be a good thing.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


A little less than a year ago this was the scene.  I'm fine with them not winning the World Series -they're my team no matter what.  But I still feel sad that they lost.  I feel sad that a called strike on what should have been a ball ended the 8th prematurely.  And I'm sad that there will be no more baseball in beantown until '09.  But what a year it has been, and what a year it will be come April '09.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

"Vacation" or 1000+ mile road trip

So I'm 903 miles, and 8 days of my 1460 mile, 9 day road trip.  A few hundred miles remain as this evening I'll be trecking back north for a stop in Simpson, PA only to leave again tomorrow morning for Dover, NH.

I've seen almost 100 people I've known for years and met another 50 or so "new friends".  I've given 2 talks, led icebreakers, introduced speakers, gone to bonfires, soccer games, and classes I'm not registerd for in a school I don't attend.  I've eaten omlets with the Newman Club, made people laugh, dug holes, planted plants, eaten at the union, falcon, and am on my way to lottie. 

I've seen the creek, I've birdwatched, I've cuddled with friends.  I've had beer with MC alumni, used the alumni bathroom, and visited K.P.'s house.  I've laughed, I've been worked up to tears, and I've slept (though not enough).  I've slept on beds, floors, and couches.  I've eaten out, eaten in, and eaten leftovers.  I've seen the Red Sox lose to the point of a 3-1 Tampa lead, and I've seen the Red Sox come back from a 7 run deficit in the 7th to win 8-7 in what may just be the greatest game ever, and soon I'll see a game 7.   

The floor of my car is "slowly" filling up with trash from coffee cups, maps, and directions.  My clothes are once again dirty and in need of a wash.  

I took pictures, I took video, and more importantly I took memories, lessons, and encouragement.  

Messiah isn't a life left behind but a life within that will be with me and each of my gatherings with alumns over the rest of my years.
So here's to roadtrips, friends, memories, reliving the past as part of the future, and never leaving anyone left behind.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

the old place

what the water did....
the walls are now gone.... 

the new place

one "bedroom'' - the living room looks the same