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Thanks, Travis. I am about ready to have you thrash me some more in Scrabble, by the way. ;-)
Wow, thanks Josh. We're pretty excited, too. Lenexa BBQ sounds pretty good. Thanks for the invite!
Hi Tom - thanks for the words of encouragement and blessing. Blessings to you as you anticipate resurrection in your life. And you are right - Kiwis are great people! Kia ora.
Thanks for your words, Fi. Though I stumbled a few times trying to figure out what was missing in the first comment, I got the sense of what you were trying to say, I think. You're the greatest. Grateful for your friendship - especially the laughter.
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"When going back makes sense, you are going ahead." ~ Wendell Berry Some who have been reading this series of blog posts may not know the title is a literary reference. It is drawn from J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at Tim Keel's Blog
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Moe and Jan! You guys crack me up. Thanks for the encouragement. You should see something today or tomorrow - I hope! It's been a little crazy with a new semester beginning, other writing commitments, and a house full of people to laugh and play with...
Thanks, Tina. I appreciate your perspective. They are good people! And I am happy to be going back to them. :-)
Ha. Thanks, Josh. We'll see...
Thank you for your comments, Dennis. I really appreciate your perspective and your reflections on your own journey. It is crazy how close we come to missing these critical junctures in our lives by focusing on the things we think are expected of us. I suppose that taking responsibility for ourselves can be scarier than continuing to function in predictable and presumed ways. Thank God for crises, in whatever form they take, that wake us up and make us pay attention.
Thanks, Carson. I really appreciate your words and your willingness to help us. What a blessing. We are very excited to be coming back.
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"If place lends structure, context, and vividness to narratives, it is stories, whether fictional or biographical, which give shape to place. However, as stories of displacement show, it is the absence of lineage and memory associated with physical place that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at Tim Keel's Blog
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Hi Clive - I really enjoyed getting to know you, if only just a bit, last semester. Like I said to Howard, I am excited to see how your journey will continue to unfold. I have a sense that there is much more of your tale yet to be told. Blessings.
Hi Howard - so great to hear from you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, those lyrics (Cockburn is great), and your blessing. I am glad to have gotten to know you and am excited to see how your story continues to play out.
Larry - the answer to your question is, no, it is not hard to be a Jayhawk in Missouri. In fact, I have found it is not hard to be a Jayhawk anywhere. People just seem to respect the beak. ;-) Thanks for what you shared. You've described it beautifully. I would simply add to be truly human is to be truly ourselves - but more than ourselves somehow, too - which is why we need God, I suppose. As C.S. Lewis said, "Higher up and farther in..."
I like that, Leslie. Thanks for sharing your reflections. Though you don't say it in this way, I think we recognize that for something new to be born, something old must die. The question we are confronted by is whether or not resurrection is something that we will stake our life on, or just an idea to which we give lip service.
Hi Gary - it's good to see your name and read your words. Though I do not know your specific circumstances, I have many times in the past and present felt that I, too, was losing my heart, mind, and faith. You are not alone - either in this experience, or in the larger reality that it reflects. Blessings to you.
Hi Jared - hmmm...Is it too hokey to say I felt "called" to share this story? Probably, but I think it's true. That is some of what I was trying to get at in the second paragraph of "Part Two." As you probably know, I think stories matter (whether mine does or not is another matter). Throughout this one I've wondered how to understand what was happening. I think I am beginning to have some comprehension, but that is why, for me, writing matters. It's one place where I make connections and experience the joy and discovery that can be found in creative exploration. Anyway, I really appreciate your words - am overwhelmed by them, really. Thanks for blessing me with them.
Thanks for your words of encouragement, Canaan. I remember that conversation. I am still learning it too, for what it is worth. Ironically, I suppose learning to rest well is a life's work. Blessings.
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"Every life is lived toward a horizon, a distant vision of what lies ahead. The quality of our action depends heavily on whether that horizon is dark with death or full of light and life." ~ Parker Palmer I have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at Tim Keel's Blog
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Not that I wasn't excited to see you before when you where dating folk. :-P
Yeah, Shanna - though I'm pretty excited anytime Liz decides to write. Nerdy @israel jokes are definitely welcome. Thanks for the note, btw. I am excited to be heading back in that direction and look forward to seeing you and your hubby now that you are married folk. ;-)
Yes, Paul, it was a real blessing to be able to draw upon Meredith's wisdom. He was actually one of about three key people for me in this process. But having those people doesn't make these difficult decisions any easier to make, as you know. There is a ton of value in having people to interact with while you are weighing options. But I have found that it is later - when you are second and third guessing yourself - that is becomes critical to be able to look back and see that your decision making process had integrity. Sharing that process with trustworthy people is the best antidote to that kind of confusion that I have found. As far as the blog series goes, thanks for the encouragement. I have three more posts to share. I'll probably post another in the next day, and then a couple more in the days that follow.
Hi Liz - great to hear from you! Thanks for the heads up on that. What a great quote. I think I'll happily appropriate that for later use. Love the @israel, reference, btw. Hope you are well.
That is good, Fi. Warm cookies will await you. :-)
Thanks for the encouragement, Moe!