Saturday, June 30, 2007

Remembering: Craig VanderVeen

A message from Redeemer's President:

We are saddened by the tragic news of the death of Craig Vanderveen on
Thursday evening, June 28. While visiting his family in Manitoba, he and
his cousin were killed in a car accident while traveling to Winnipeg to
see their grandfather. Further details of the funeral and any contact
information will be provided when it becomes available. In the meantime,
please pray for the Lord's grace and comfort for family and friends,
particularly those in the Redeemer community who knew and worked with

With resurrection hope,
President Cooper

I think that there are very few people at Redeemer who had no chance to interact with Craig. I met Craig on the first day of his first year at Redeemer - I was the roommate of his cousin Hannah's RA. Craig (believe it or not) was a pretty shy guy for the first week of the semester - he certainly came into his own after that, but there was a time when it seemed as though it was painful for him to talk to people he didn't know! Drastically different from the Craig who served as Student Senate President and who was employed in the Administration offices over the summers. Craig was to graduate in December.

May God's peace that passes all understanding be with Craig's family and friends. Craig, you will be missed at Redeemer.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Things you might see in California

Round Farms?
Yep, that's a stretch Hummer.
Um, yeah. That's not something you see every day in Ontario.
Yeah, curious about what, though?
Poetic Handrails.
An old VDub filled with greasy guys.
Yes, that is a giant Jesus two stories high painted on a wall.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Wonder Where I've Been?

So I'm out of town right now, and if you want to see what I'm up to right now, check it out here. I'll just say that I've been 50 ft away from Steve Carrel (or however you spell it), last night I was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and I saw a free mini concert of Jon Mayer, and I've been down Wisteria Lane (for real).

Friday, June 08, 2007

Another One Bites the Dust

So it ended up being the case that, although the on-line RUC catalog stated that they did in fact have A Town Like Alice, the book that I was searching for was not to be found in the library. I went for another on the list, Beloved by Toni Morrison. I knew nothing about the book, but perhaps that's a good thing - if I knew what I was in for, I wouldn't have started it. Beloved is the tragic tale of a runaway slave girl, Sethe, and her two girls: Denver, the 14 year old child too afraid to step off of their property and enter society, and Beloved, the ghost of her crawlingalready? baby girl, reincarnated into a shapely 16 year old young woman. Heavy themes of hurt, anger, forgiveness and human vs animal behaviour run through the story amidst a strange spirituality and grotesque images of the netherworld. Apparently there's a movie that has been made from this novel - I'll not be searching it out anytime soon.

I was taking a break from the insanity of Catch-22, but after the heavy strangeness of Beloved I'm not keen on returning to Catch-22 quite yet. I think that Fifth Business by Robertson Davies will be my next conquest. I head off to California tomorrow morning, so it should be a good read for the plane. Sam has convinced me that David Adams Richards will be the next author whom I shall seek out.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Out with the old....

This morning when I came home from the Caledonia-wide garage sale I walked into the kitchen and immediately encountered the smell of juicy strawberries. Thinking that perhaps Brian had gone out and bought fresh strawberries for me I searched the kitchen and the diningroom - to no avail. Oh well. But there was still that smell. Where was it coming from? I saw a tiny red puddle on the ground under the corner of the fridge and thought, uh-oh, this is going to be messy. I opened up the freezer to find mushy rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries, peas, beans and pizza dough. Needless to say with all of that fruit defrosting at the same time there was quite a mess! Brian called the landlady and he convinced her that this was a good idea:

...and in with the new!

A special thanks to Brian, Big Mike and Marty for making the switcheroo. I'm so excited - we have so much more room in our fridge now! And a whole extra shelf!!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Updating the Scrapbook Pages

I would like to set straight an earlier post in which I pointed all "the ladies who are interested in scrapbooking" towards my new blogsite. I was remiss in that statement - so let me announce to all of the ladies and the guys out there like Marty, Dan and Bun who like scrapbooking that I have updated my scrapbook site with some pages that I have done recently. Here's a sample: