Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
my father has been pretty much been the most influential person in my life. at times we are a terrible match (cancer vs. leo-arghh!!!) and he can drive me insane and to tears in an instant...BUT he honestly, truly, ALWAYS has the best of intentions. even if those intentions include being a butthead that ignores the laws of traffic, all public transportation scheduling and eats out of the bulk bins at wegman's even though it's gross and he's been yelled at like, five million times.
SO. the things my dad has taught me (in no particular order) :
-dress well for work. if you dress well, you work better.
-there is no reason to be shitty to people. especially people that you can tell probably get people being shitty to them all the time.
-"never live on a dead man's money"
now. this is morbid and direct. not very my dadish. but his father passed when he was very young, leaving him as the sole caregiver for his mother and his teenage sister. he pretty much had to learn how to be humble and gracious at 15. this also led him to raise a fiercely (and at times too severely) independent daughter. a few months ago he responded to another dad who stated his daughter (whom i went to hs with) was still on his "payroll." my dad responded i was not and had been "off the payroll" for quite a while. proudest. father-daughter. moment. ever.
-babies are cute. baby girls are cuter ;)
-puppies are the most fun no matter how bad they are. come on...they are puppies.
-make sure your men are gentlemen.
-be a goofball. even if others don't get it...you have plenty to laugh at yourself and it makes life more fun.
-keep your yard looking nice. (epic fail at this one for me)
-when it comes to family, keep religion and politics out of it.
(epic fail for him on this one. as an ornery old man he constantly debates with the more conservative side of the family. constantly.)
-sing along to the radio
-love unconditionally. like, really. unconditionally. the conditions will constantly change and you need to change with them.
i now realize i could on forever. happy birthday daddy!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
maybe it's because of the heat. maybe it's because i just got back from church camp and when i was 16 we used to jam to this song in my friend's caddy on the way home (he really turned into a sketchball...why?) or maybe it's because outkast rules and i finally got most of it redownloaded to my computer. i dunno.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
i've been given this kerouac excerpt from tons of people over the years. it flatters me and worries me and motives me.
shine on rdm!!! i hope you find words like these that move you in ways that never tire...(and keep me updated on your adventures:) )
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
"After this weekend, I took a look back at how I was freshman year... and I've changed and grown more than I could have possibly imagined I would. I am completely and utterly amazed, almost to tears. Thank you Virgina Youth Ministry Committee for making me the wonderful woman I am today ♥ ♥ "
-kb, ymc president 2010
this girl had me grinning like a fool and bursting into spontaneous tears all. weekend. long. love it. in the last year that i have known her she has become so confident and headstrong and determined. i am envious of her strength and drive! i cannot wait to see her grow more and am grateful for the kick in the tail her example has set for me!
***good news is: the high school kids are flawlessly transitioning into the college age group so i don't miss a beat of their stories and journeys!!!***
Monday, June 7, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
"The Blank Street Project is a two-month research endeavor in preparation for a documentary film focusing on the faces of poverty in Virginia. We intend to meet the working poor and homeless, hear their stories, and create a film that depicts them as humans who deserve our help and attention in order to alleviate the financial struggles that leave them socially stratified. We plan to use the film to raise awareness for issues of poverty that transcend borders, towns, and streets."
ben and his sister are some of my craig co. bffs. check out their awesome summer project...the fb page and website are below... today, they come to lynchburg so i can feed them, provide them with bathing facilities and send them on their way with cookies!!! so proud & excited to watch their journey through the state!
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
somehow pablo, the blind wonderdog got one of my dresses caught on his neck and he carried it off of the bed and down the stairs and into the living room to share with the rest of us.