Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Phickle Thoughts

Thoughts and prayers go out to all touched by the tragedy at Virginia Tech.

My Grandparents came to visit Laura and me this past weekend. We had a wonderful time. There were many games of cards, some excellent meals, and a whole lot of wisdom-and-perspective-gleaning. Touring the FDR Memorial was a completely different experience than it has been in the past. My Grandparents lived through those times, and we heard first-hand stories of the WPA, the Merchant Marines in WWII, and fireside chats. Throughout the weekend we got to hear about all sorts of things, from great grandparents I never knew, to the first days of my grandparent's marriage. They even talked about their perceptions of myself as I was growing up (quiet! They actually described me as quiet! That's probably the first time I've ever been described as quiet, but coming from them it seemed eerily accurate). This all really seemed to add to my sense of who I am. By more closely knowing my grandparents, I came to understand myself better.

Oh, plus they got a chance to see some of the non-touristy sites in D.C., and we got to have some family around for a while; a real win-win. Being away from family is easily the most difficult part of living in D.C., so we really appreciate it when anyone comes to visit us.

Who's next?

A big fat appreciative round of applause goes out to Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, the head of the worldwide Anglican church. The issue of homosexuality has been causing some enormous divisions within the Anglican church, and there is a very real threat of schism. Those opposed to homosexual marriages and/or the ordination of homosexuals often quote Paul's Letter to the Romans, wherein he places a line that clearly implicates the sinful nature of homosexual unions. But what is so frequently missed is the context of the line, and this is what the Archbishop has done a wonderful job of highlighting.

The context of Paul's line about homosexuality is a larger exhortation that Christians should not judge others! Williams says, a "strictly theological reading of Scripture" would not allow a Christian to denounce others and not ask whether he or she were also somehow at fault. Calling attention to this larger context helps clarify not just the Anglican position, but the entire Christian view, that we are all sinners, and none of us can judge others because we are just as culpable in our sin. And that message is so much more important than identifying any individual sin.

The Current is the greatest radio station ever. Since it's public radio they get to stream online for free. I've taken to listening to them every Friday at work, and sometimes during the week, depending on my stress levels. It's a Minnesota station, so naturally I'm inclined to favor it, but we really don't have an equivalent anywhere here in D.C. If we had a station even half as good here, I'd probably listen to that. But we don't. And for all I've seen, not too many places have anything nearly so great. For those who haven't heard about it and like independent/interesting/new/good music it's well worth checking out. I'm looking at you Ben and Jeff, who occasionally post about music and probably haven't heard about it, since you don't live in Minnesota.

I'm no longer who I was
No longer who I thought I was


Alan said...

you should subscribe to the music heads podcast by the current

Emily R Powell said...

I love the current and music heads. They also have a song of the day podcast which is kind of neat.