Monday, April 12, 2010

Adventures in the North Country

I like to try to mix up all the writing with some photos every now and then. This is one of the now times.

I went hiking with some friends a few weeks ago and found this little gem hiding in a hunk of tree moss.

This is also from hiking. I'm not sure what all the PVC pipe is doing in the middle of a state park, but it made for an interesting photograph.

Lichen. When I was a kid, my family and I were camping somewhere along the coast I think and we were on a hike that had a self-guided tour through the redwoods. I had the pamphlet that told us what all the number posts were there for, and I kept on reading lichen (like-en) as litchen. I learned the correct pronunciation simply to steer clear of more teasing from my sisters.

This is from the Exploratoriumin San Francisco. We went for our friend's birthday, and I found the light section of it quite appealing.

This is from the Observation Deck in the deYoung Museum in San Francisco. It is much like Coit Tower, one can see all parts of the city and bay. Its beautiful on a clear day! You can see all the way to Mt. Diablo if it is clear enough.

This is my friend Kali staring out at all the little ant people below.

Walking around at Sea Ranch.

I think I'll call this one Yellow Leaf on Red Brick. So original.

Until we meet again!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Picking My Brain

Here are some of my most recent (and very random) thoughts:

-I refuse to dress like its spring until Spring really decides that it wants come to stay. It has been beautiful in Rohnert Park this past week until today. Overcast and cloudy. Boo for April showers. I'm ready for the SUN!

-Part of me wants to be a pirate. It seems like an exciting job. No day would ever repeat itself. Danger, adventure, and the seven seas. What more could you ask for?

-I quite enjoy waking up on Saturdays with a mind to make waffles for my roommates, only to walk out in the kitchen and find that one of my dears has already started the process!

-Classical music is something that I have overlooked for far too long. For the past couple of months I've been listening to Handel's Messiah almost nonstop. I highly recommend trying it out. But you need to look up the scripture references too. It makes it that much better.

-It seems like whenever people as of last have been asking me what is next in life, I nonchalantly say, "Lord knows." Then more often than not, they reply with, "Well, he does!" I haven't been saying this in a I'm-throwing-my-hands-up-because-I'm-tired-of-people-asking-me-about-this type of way, I truly do believe that He does know. Its just that its my turn to seek out what He is leading me into. He knows at this point, its me who is still trying to figure it out, all in a very good way.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Whenever I find myself confused and lacking direcion, I seem to find much comfort in the Psalms. this is where I've been spending quite a bit of time recently, and I would like to share with you one in particular. David penned this one thousands of years ago, and I still find in incredible that something that ole can pull my heart so much. May you be blessed as you read this.

Psalm 25

To thee, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in thee I put my trust, let me not be put to shame, let not my enemies exult over me.
Yea, let none that wait for thee be put to shame, let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know thy ways, O Lord, teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me, for thou art the God of my salvation; for thee I wait all the day ling.
Be mindful of thy mercy, O Lord, and of thy steadfast love, fir they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions; according to thy steadfast love remember me, for thy goodness' sake, O Lord!
Good and upright is the Lord, therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches he humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.
who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way he should choose.
He himself should abide in prosperity, and his children shall possess the land.
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.
My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet from the net.
Turn thou to me, and be gracious to me; for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress.
Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.
Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatered they hate me.
Oh guard my life, and deliver me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in thee.
May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for thee.
Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.