Friday, April 22, 2011

This is a poem for Good Friday that my Aunt Jill sent my mom years ago. Since it is Good Friday today, I thought I'd share it with you all. It's from a collection of works called Waters Under the Earth (Canon Press) by Robert Seigel.

This Lenten season has been a particularly meaningful one for me. I don't know that I really understood the journey of lent or the joy of Easter (other than assured receipt of mass quantities of chocolate, and maybe a pretty new dress if I was lucky) before I was an adult. It's strange for me to think of how disconnected I was from my faith for most of my childhood. It felt like something that happened around me and that I was only marginally involved in, simply because I was present for it. Now having taken ownership of it and being an active participant, the words I've been saying for so many years have sprouted new branches of understanding.

The liturgy I've said for so long has formed deep roots and a structure from which my faith has grown. As I get older, and I learn more about different parts of it, I am more amazed at how the church fathers of yore wrote such a complete, concise, and beautiful expression of faith for us to join together in on a Sunday. This Easter I will be in Constantinople/Istanbul. I'm looking forward to a different experience of this high feast day. I'll report back with pictures and stories throughout the week.

This trip comes directly on the heels of my completion of grad school. I'm done with my Masters degree officially and I am elated. What better recourse than to leave the country! It's sort of my M.O. A toast to other GW graduates and to a summer of uncertainty and faith!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Luck be a Lady

I used to enter contests all the time. Sweepstakes, lotteries, games of chance, filling out surveys for gift certificates, etc. If it took less than 5 minutes to enter, I always did it. I never won anything. After COUNTLESS attempts at beating the odds, zilch. It's a typical story. I've never really gambled because I don't feel like giving my money away. It's too hard to come by.

So in the last few weeks, I've taken a different approach. I've entered things that actually required skill to win and had some pretty good experiences. The last two weeks at my local trivia night, my team has taken home top honors and a $50 bar tab. I'm not going to take the credit for this because it has largely been due to the older brother of a college friend who plays with me. He knows the sports trivia cold and that's always where I crumble. But we've been riding high on our victories and we've also won a bid in the annual trivia tournament of champions as a result. Living in Fairfax and trying to finish grad school and sort out my future, this is a rare comfort.

But the real big victory is illustrated below:

WHAT UP! And I should add that really, my skill in picking a bracket is VERY limited. But happily, VCU really helped me out by making everyone's brackets fall apart too. I am definitely pulling for Butler to win it all. So, in the wake of what is turning out to be the biggest loss in my life to date, I've had a few tiny victories. And I have to say, they feel good.

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