29 January 2007

Murder in Mesopotamia

Partially due to the studying I have been doing for my grad work and partially due to a busy schedule I have not finished a book this year... so I set about to remedy that and read Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie... I had already seen the David Suchet movie, so I knew the outcome going into it, but I still really enjoyed it... here is a summary from the back cover... Dame Agatha shows herself to be a genius of the human personality again as Hercule Poirot looks into the hearts and motives of everyone involved...

"At the request of archaeologist Dr. Eric Leidener, Amy Leatheren has accepted a position as companion to his wife, Louise, a woman prone to 'nervous terrors' - and in need of a confidant. She's found one in Amy. But what is the young nurse to make of Mrs. Leidner's bizarre stories of her first husband, a dead German spy, who has returned in a rage to destroy her new marriage? Stories that everyone attributes to a vivid - and disturbed - imagination? Yet it's more than a flight of fancy that bludgeons poor Mrs. Leidner to death. And it's going to take the brilliant imagination of of Hercule Poirot to unravel the strange facts in a dead woman's fantasy."

25 January 2007

What am I???

Do you remember the game, 'King of the mountain'? Well, in this picture, I feel more like the mountain, and not so much like the king with these Thai kids...

Many thanks....

A very grateful 'Thank you' to all of you who prayed for me as I took my written comprehensive exam for my Master's degree two and half weeks ago... I found out today that I did indeed pass it! Great news. Also, I have been able to schedule my oral exam with the same three professors for next month... hopefully February 19. I'd appreciate your prayers there as well. It keeps me on the path for graduating in May.

17 January 2007

Random words that have caught my ear lately...

There's a dark cloud rising from the desert floor
I packed my bags and I'm heading straight into the storm
Gonna be a twister to blow everything down
That ain't got the faith to stand its ground
Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
Blow away the dreams that break your heart
Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted

- Bruce Springsteen in the song The Promised Land

"There is no use trying," Said Alice. "One can not believe impossible things."

"I dare say that you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

-Lewis Carroll, from Alice in Wonderland

11 January 2007

Weekend at Siem Reap

Some of my friends took a weekend trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia to see the Angkor Wat temples two weekends ago... here are some pictures of them... I hope that you all had a great time my friends!

09 January 2007

One big step for Graham-kind...

I want to thank all of your for your prayers yesterday when I was taking my Master's Comprehensive Final. There were a number of things that made me feel pretty confident with how I did. I did not do so well on the composing music component, but I hope that I did well enough to pass. I should find out in about two weeks what the final grade is. If I pass this one, I will be set to take a one hour oral final with the same three professors that submitted questions for the written one. I am also taking three semester hours this spring, and that will get me to the point of graduation in May... pretty exciting. I have been at this thing for 5 or so years now, and I am ready to finish. It is a big weight off of my mind to get this part completed. Thanks again for your prayers, and Thank You Lord for sustaining my feeble memory.

Not much to say...

I am not sure that I know the origin of the phrase, "they just got their head handed to them". However, I know it when I see it. Last night, Ohio State got their head handed to them by Florida. As with many Buckeye fans, this morning I woke with a variety of questions in my mind... "Did Tressel's game plan so revolve around Ted Ginn that when he went down, there was no Plan B?"; "Antonio Pittman was working, why did we not run the ball?"; "Could that much rust have accumulated?"; "Where was the O-line?"; "Where was the D-line?"; "What in the world happened to Troy Smith?". Ultimately, you give credit to Florida and you move on, but it sure was unfortunate to see such a fun and exciting season end like that. But I have never seen a Tressel team so unprepared. Earl Bruce, yes. John Cooper, most definitely. Tressel? That was the biggest egg he has laid since coming to Columbus. To end a season like that is almost unexcusable. Even though there are a variety of things that really frustrated me about this game (the biggest thing obviously being the loss itself), one of the most frustrating to me is the fact that that for all time this Ohio State team will be listed in the 'Pretender' column next to all of the other D-I teams instead of the only 'Contender' when they had so much potential for winning it all... it truly was a sad day to be a Buckeye fan. Nevertheless, it is over... we all still know that we bleed Sacrlet and Grey, and that if it comes down to it, we want Tressel over anyone else on the sideline, and next fall, we will be aching for those heroic plays by Troy... All I can say for myself is that I still wore my Ohio State shirt to bed last night.

02 January 2007

A little on the late side...

This comes about a week or so late at this point, but I wanted to post the words to a lesser known advent hymn that I was asked to read as a poem at our Christmas Eve service...
Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding!
Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding!
"Christ is near," we hear the cry.
"Cast away the works of darkness,
All you children of the day!"
Startled at the solemn warning,
Let the earthbound soul arise;
Christ, its sun, all sloth dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.
See the Lamb, so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from heav'n.
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all, to be forgiv'n;
So, when net he comes in glory
And the world is wrapped in fear
He will shield us with His mercy
And with words of love draw near.
Honor, glory, might, dominion
To the Father and the Son
With the everliving Spirit
While eternal ages run!