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Beach Horse Ride

Thomas Whitley



I’ve been absent for some while now. The picture is a little glimpse of what I’ve been doing for the last week. Well, really just one day while I was at the Outer Banks of NC. Great trip, I’ll try to get back to updating more regularly now that I’m back.

In Case You're Interested...

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In case you’re interested, here is a screen shot of my desktop currently. I love the clean look and feel, especially once I figured out how to get the humongous shortcut arrows to go away and to get the text off of the icons, since I know what the icons are for anyway.

The Shins quote was inspired by Dr. Goodman, my friend and mentor who died recently. (You can read more about Dr. Goodman, his death and my response here, here, and here.

Update: If you can’t read The Shins quote it says:

“And if the old guard still offend,
They’ve got nothing left on which you depend.
So enlist every ounce of your bright blood, and off with their heads!
Jump from the hook! You’re not obliged to swallow anything you despise!”

What my house looked like earlier tonight. Classes at my university are canceled for tomorrow. Glad that moving to the foothills of NC has finally given something in return.UPDATE: This, as I’m sure you’ve realized, is not a picture of “what my house looked like” it is actually a picture of the tree in my front yard, taken from my front porch. I will take more pictures tomorrow and upload to the Picasa album that this picture is in. (Click on picture to see more snow pictures, Picasa web album link)

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What my house looked like earlier tonight. Classes at my university are canceled for tomorrow. Glad that moving to the foothills of NC has finally given something in return.

UPDATE: This, as I’m sure you’ve realized, is not a picture of “what my house looked like” it is actually a picture of the tree in my front yard, taken from my front porch. I will take more pictures tomorrow and upload to the Picasa album that this picture is in. (Click on picture to see more snow pictures, Picasa web album link)

I love these things. I got so excited yesterday when I realized it was February 1 and that meant that these would be on store shelves that I went to the store promptly and bought some. I hate that these aren’t available year round, but am stoked that it’s February and that I can get them. You can be assured that I will be stocking up over the next few weeks.

Thomas Whitley



I love these things. I got so excited yesterday when I realized it was February 1 and that meant that these would be on store shelves that I went to the store promptly and bought some. I hate that these aren’t available year round, but am stoked that it’s February and that I can get them. You can be assured that I will be stocking up over the next few weeks.

Opportunity

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Tonight, the discussion that I will be leading my youth in has as its central image the Opportunity Statue (pictured above). This statue has long, flowing hair in front of its face, but is completely bald in the back. It is an odd picture, to be sure, but it does serve as a good teaching too…for me anyway. The idea that I get from this statue is the fleeting nature of opportunity. We must seize it when we can and not hesitate. The Romans said it like this: Carpe Diem. Seize the day. There is no ambiguity.

Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, O Lord, that we may apply our hearts with wisdom.”

Since Dr. Goodman’s death last week (press release can be found here, my thoughts/reflections can be found here), I have thought about a lot of things. In all of those thoughts, feelings, emotions, reactions I kind of resolved to myself that I was going to be a better student, using my time more wisely. The lesson that I am teaching tonight hits me in that spot again.

Dr. Goodman made the most of the time he had. He wisely had put off working hard at writing books to spend more time with his family. How can I make the most of the time I have?

Today I pray with the Psalmist.

Teach me to number my days, O Lord, that I may apply my heart with wisdom.

Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2008Thanks to Doug Chaplin over at MetaCatholic for making me aware of this.Here is the description of this Advent calendar from the site:As we head into the traditional western Holiday Season, I’d like to present this Hubble Space Telescope imagery Advent Calendar. Every day, for the next 25 days, a new photo will be revealed here from the amazing Hubble Space Telescope. As I take this chance to share these images of our amazing Universe with you, I wish for a Happy Holiday to all those who will celebrate, and for Peace on Earth to everyone. - Alan (25 photos total - eventually)I hope this helps you give “glory to God in the highest” during this season of Advent.

Thomas Whitley



Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2008

Thanks to Doug Chaplin over at MetaCatholic for making me aware of this.

Here is the description of this Advent calendar from the site:

As we head into the traditional western Holiday Season, I’d like to present this Hubble Space Telescope imagery Advent Calendar. Every day, for the next 25 days, a new photo will be revealed here from the amazing Hubble Space Telescope. As I take this chance to share these images of our amazing Universe with you, I wish for a Happy Holiday to all those who will celebrate, and for Peace on Earth to everyone. - Alan (25 photos total - eventually)


I hope this helps you give “glory to God in the highest” during this season of Advent.

Have you seen Google’s homepage today?It is a tribute to René François Ghislain Magritte, the famous Begian surrealist artist.I am a huge Magritte fan, so I was quite excited when I saw Google’s tribute today.Click on the picture or here to see the painting that was the inspiration for Google’s design.

Thomas Whitley



Have you seen Google’s homepage today?

It is a tribute to René François Ghislain Magritte, the famous Begian surrealist artist.

I am a huge Magritte fan, so I was quite excited when I saw Google’s tribute today.

Click on the picture or here to see the painting that was the inspiration for Google’s design.

What I did all weekend…well, almost.I did not spend my time in the bowels of a large fish, but I did lead a retreat on the story of Jonah. This is one of the pictures I found during my preparation, thanks to Sam Harrelson.What do you think? Was Jonah swallowed by more than one whale? Have you ever even heard of that theory?

Thomas Whitley



What I did all weekend…well, almost.

I did not spend my time in the bowels of a large fish, but I did lead a retreat on the story of Jonah. This is one of the pictures I found during my preparation, thanks to Sam Harrelson.

What do you think? Was Jonah swallowed by more than one whale? Have you ever even heard of that theory?