The Bluekitchen

Saturday, April 09, 2005:

I guess you thought this thing was dead since it has been a while since the last posting.
Life has been VERY busy and it appears things will only become more busy.

Jeff // 11:20 PM


Monday, May 17, 2004:

WOW! What a spring.
I spent most of February and March in the hospital. Not for me, but with my mom. She had some complications from surgery and I spent every other night in the hospital room. Fortunately, she was released from rehab at the end of April and life has been easier.

NASA Little League is also in full swing. Lots of emotional reactivity on the field and in the stands.

I am starting a new section of SemiNEXT Old Testament 101. Hopefully some of the students who did not finish the last course will continue and finish this time!

Was at an interesting meeting with a state denomination. They were projecting and preparing for a major shift within a denomination. WE'll see what happens, if it happens.

more later.

Jeff // 12:44 AM


Wednesday, February 25, 2004:

Several of the blogger friends have posted this map. I had not realized how many places I have been in the US and around the globe.
I've got a few more places to go!
Kind of cool.

create your own visited country map
or write about it on the open travel guide

Jeff // 10:13 PM


Here goes with the map thing:

create your own personalized map of the USA
or write about it on the open travel guide

Jeff // 10:12 PM


Saturday, February 07, 2004:

Been a while...

Autumn was great. We headed to Boston and roads in between. Overall we were lost most of the month of October among the fall folliage. It was peak while we were in New England and as we headed south, we enjoyed the view through the Blue Ridge Parkway and Smokies. We made it to Boston in time for the Red Sox to attempt their domination. The city was alive. We stayed in a hotel that was around the corner from Fenway Park. It was absolutely crazy, but we had a great time.

Advent was good at UBC and in the new year I took on an expanded role by becoming the family ministries team leader. January flew by!

I have been reading other blogs about defining the emerging or organic church. It has me thinking about a topic to write about with regards to "the emerging church and a church for the emerging culture." In my mind, I see the church beginning a process of bifurcation as we move through a phase transition. No one questions the church has been in a steady state for quite a while. But something is on the horizon.

It is like water just about to boil. If you look in the pot, there is liquid, water. However, as the water heats up, small bubbles take form on the surface of the pot where the heat is applied. In the pot are two coexisting states or systems, there is liquid and steam contained by the liquid (the bubbles.) Some of the bubbles break forth and become steam and eventually (if the heat is continued to be applied) there is a rolling boil. The liquid is disrupted as the new gives way to the next. The final result is neither continue, but something other comes about, steam.

I need to ponder this one a little more...

Jeff // 10:27 PM


Tuesday, September 23, 2003:

The saga of the foot continues...
I started physical therapy today. It was not a joy and got me thinking about people who take on that profession. OUCH!

also, because of the crutches, my right shoulder is out of whack and so "we" worked on that as well. REALLY OUCH!

In a couple of weeks we will head out for an autumn adventure of getting in the car and driving. We will surface for the Soularize Conference in Boston and then hide away in the Expedition to explore and discover who knows what until the end of October.

I am not sure what this is teaching our children, but I believe it is a great contrast to the over-scheduled-programmed life we fall into as we live in the cul-de-sac. (For those who don't know, I refer to Clear Lake as the cul-de-sac of Houston.)

Back to the healing hurt of the ankle....

Jeff // 6:27 PM


Monday, September 15, 2003:

I read Jessica's blog and can sympathize with her about the look of blogs.
I look at the code and get a little concerned about messing with it.
I may start an experimental blog just to play....

If anyone out there in blogland has some tips, please feel free to send them my way. I could use them.

Jeff // 7:18 PM


I am waiting on baseball practice to end, and getting to some emails.
I came across this link one of my NASA buddies sent. His job is to map orbital debris so space crafts don't hit anything.
Anyway, enjoy the view of the solar system.

Jeff // 7:13 PM


Thursday, August 07, 2003:

I’m going to have to do it

I cannot believe I am going to do this, but I have been down for a month with this fractured ankle and the email has been piling up. I have plowed through a couple thousand and still, there are over three thousand more emails. I love every one of you, and thank you to those who have wished me well and back to health, but I think it is time to hit delete and gain some sanity. (This is tough for a procrastinating perfectionist to do.) If you were expecting something from me and you don’t get it, please feel free to send again.

Good Morning America is recommending Life of Pi for their book club. I read that book at the beginning of the year. It was a decent read and part of the story is revealing about a seeker and institutional response. It has a good twist ending.

I finished Prey by M. Crichton while down this past month. It is the typical Crichton plot, but he has done his research on nanotechnology and it is one of the first mainstream books I have read that speaks about the transhumanist agenda. If you want to read about the dark side of what could happen with future technological applications, read it.

I have been reading cosmologists this month, too. This reading has helped me to understand the NASA community a little better. Maybe I’ll blog about that at another time.

I have been tracking the WabiSabi Sheffield via the blogs. I wish I could be there. Since I cannot, please keep posting!

Jeff // 9:30 AM


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