Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving insanity

I am so grateful to have a job that I like, and where I have attained certain level of leadership.

I am, however, also often overwhelmed at the enormity of it, and at how many moving parts there are to running my department, especially in a year when our performing groups are taking a trip.  The other day, I had kids turning in trip application forms, insurance purchase forms, poinsettia fundraising forms, and trip payments all at the same time.  All this has to be tracked and entered into the appropriate file, and the money deposited. 

At the same time, to add stuff to my plate because that’s just me and I need to, I am selling shrimp to the faculty – I have relatives in the biz and it’s the best shrimp ever.  Seriously, I won’t eat any other shrimp.

But I digress.

Today, my former assistant, whom I lost to budget cuts last year, came in just to volunteer to help out.

And that’s what brought me to this post.  I found thankfulness in the midst of this insanity, and I was so glad.  She is a huge blessing to me and to our department, and I am grateful for her partnership and friendship.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My year of living without money | Environment | The Guardian

This is extreme, but could it be there's something in between how I, and most of my friends, live, and how this guy lives? (Found via @lisarex)

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Monday, November 09, 2009

20 Years Later

I was 23 when the Wall fell.  I had no friends or relatives that I knew living in Berlin, but I had always had a bit of fascination with Germany since part of my family background is there.  I remember growing up thinking how awful it must be to live in a city divided like that – families separated to either side, neither group allowed to travel freely through their own city.

And I remember Ronald Reagan’s electrifying “Tear Down This Wall!” speech, daring Gorbachev to do something dramatic, instead of just talking detante.

And then the people decided they’d had enough, and down it came.  Even thousands of miles away, it was an emotional and awesome time in history.

In the end, truth, love, freedom – they WIN.

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