a few good quotes

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“A good soup attracts chairs.” -African proverb

“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” -Plautus

Johnny Cash, when asked about his description of paradise: “This morning, with her, having coffee.”

“I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.” -J.D. Salinger

“It’s funny. Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” -The Catcher in the Rye

“RETURNING TO LIFE AFTER BEING DEAD – When I am feeling dreary, annoyed and generally unimpressed by life, I imagine what it would be like to come back to this world for just a day after having been dead. I imagine how sentimental I would feel about the very things I once found stupid, hateful or mundane. Oh, there’s a light switch! I haven’t seen a light switch in so long! I didn’t realize how much I missed light switches! Oh! Oh! And look – the stairs up to our front porch are still completely cracked! Hello cracks! Let me get a good look at you. And there’s my neighbor, standing there, fantastically alive, just the same, still punctuating her sentences with you know what I’m saying? Why did that bother me? It’s so… endearing.” -Amy Krouse Rosenthal

P.s. Photo by Sofie Sund

Lists of Note

Screen Shot 2017-03-03 at 6.47.22 PMWhat I won’t miss about college
1. Research of any kind
2. Moving every year
3. Looming deadlines
4. The constant lack of money
5. Not being taken seriously when attempting to buy alcohol
6. 8 am classes
7. The flakiness. So much flakiness.
8. The pressure to achieve and/or change the world, which ever comes first
9. Sunday nights. Why are they always so lonely?
10. The endless emails

What I will miss about college
1. Constantly being surrounded by peers
2. The lively discussions
3. Know-it-alls who actually know nothing
4. My big, beautiful desk
5. Malibu sunsets
6. Copious amounts of coffee
7. Curiosity
8. Scrappy living
9. Impromptu experiences. Oh the spontaneity!
10. Jessica

P.s. Read Nora Ephron’s Lists of Note here

A morning with the little ladies

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Little Letter

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Dear “500 Days of Summer” soundtrack,
I’ve always enjoyed listening to you. Music can really make or break a movie in my opinion!

Dear Fulbright,
Can I just find out about you already?! I’m loosing my mind. I guess patience is not my best attribute.

Dear Graduation,
Seven weeks. Let me say it again: seven. weeks.

Dear Coffee,
I’ll never stop loving you, ok?

Dear Screenplay,
Geez, you’re not progressing as quickly as I’d like. I should really get a move on!

Dear Hair,
Not sure what to do with you these days. Maybe a mullet?

Dear Parents,
Have fun in Cambodia, Vietnam and Seoul these next three week!

Dear song “Psalm 23”,
Obsessed with you. Look it up on Youtube, it’s by Reality San Francisco.

 

The Getty Center

fullsizeoutput_3c4dHave you been to the Getty Center? If you love art and architecture, this is the place for you. Plus, admission is FREE (besides parking). There were gorgeous paintings, sculptures, photographs, objects, etc. from all over the world, and the building itself is a masterpiece. The grounds are extensive, complete with gardens, waterfalls and panoramic views of L.A. (or as I’ve been calling it lately, La La Land). Really, friends, you should check it out if you’re in the area ;pfullsizeoutput_3c4e^My friend Mike!fullsizeoutput_3c51fullsizeoutput_3c52fullsizeoutput_3c53fullsizeoutput_3c54fullsizeoutput_3c55^My friends studying the oil paintings like prosIMG_4669.jpgfullsizeoutput_3c56fullsizeoutput_3c57^The French furniture section was insane…can you say opulence much?!fullsizeoutput_3c58fullsizeoutput_3c59fullsizeoutput_3c5bfullsizeoutput_3c5cfullsizeoutput_3c5efullsizeoutput_3c5f^Trying to be poshfullsizeoutput_3c60fullsizeoutput_3c61fullsizeoutput_3c62fullsizeoutput_3c63^Love the soft colors in this one!img_4722fullsizeoutput_3c64img_4736img_4740fullsizeoutput_3c65^Magazine covers, oh my!img_4744img_4746

Spring Break in Texas

fullsizeoutput_3bfeHey friends! How are you? I just flew back to California last night after a week in Texas. I enjoyed exploring Fort Worth, Waco and Dallas with my friends Jessica and Carrie for our Spring Break. The weather was beautiful and the company was stellar. Plus, it was so nice to catch up with my family after nearly two months apart. Below are a few photos if you’d like to see!fullsizeoutput_3bfafullsizeoutput_3bfbfullsizeoutput_3bfcfullsizeoutput_3bfdfullsizeoutput_3bff^The Stock Yards in Cowtown, Fort Worth. Over 50,000 cattle used to come through Fort Worth every day at the hight of the industry in the late 19th century.fullsizeoutput_3c00fullsizeoutput_3c01fullsizeoutput_3c03fullsizeoutput_3c05fullsizeoutput_3c06fullsizeoutput_3c07^What a beautiful lady! My parents dock is one of the most relaxing places on the planet.fullsizeoutput_3c09fullsizeoutput_3c0afullsizeoutput_3c0cfullsizeoutput_3c0dfullsizeoutput_3c10^Copious amounts of coffee were consumed.fullsizeoutput_3c14fullsizeoutput_3c16fullsizeoutput_3c17fullsizeoutput_3c18fullsizeoutput_3c1afullsizeoutput_3c1bfullsizeoutput_3c1cfullsizeoutput_3c1dfullsizeoutput_3c1e^Visiting Waco to see my little brother and our friend Raquel, who both attend Baylor University.img_4290fullsizeoutput_3c20fullsizeoutput_3c1ffullsizeoutput_3c21fullsizeoutput_3c22fullsizeoutput_3c23fullsizeoutput_3c24fullsizeoutput_3c25fullsizeoutput_3c26fullsizeoutput_3c27fullsizeoutput_3c28fullsizeoutput_3c29fullsizeoutput_3c2afullsizeoutput_3c2bfullsizeoutput_3c2cfullsizeoutput_3c2dfullsizeoutput_3c2efullsizeoutput_3c2f^The Dallas World Aquarium BLEW MY MIND…did you see that sloth? His name is Leno. Reader, I nearly died when I saw him.fullsizeoutput_3c30fullsizeoutput_3c31fullsizeoutput_3c32fullsizeoutput_3c33^At the top of the Chase tower in downtown Dallas.

Hope you had a great week!

An interview with my German professor

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My German professor is one of the most interesting and well-traveled people I’ve ever met. He has instructed me for the last four semesters, and I will miss his classes immensely after I graduate. His life has intersected with history time and time again, so I thought it would be a travesty if I didn’t take advantage of his insights while I had the chance. So last week I sat down with him and listened to a few of his stories. I’ve written them down in the short essay below, and I hope you find them both interesting and inspiring. Enjoy!


I hated being drafted in 1961. I’m the oldest of five children and that was the first time in our family that there was a major “break.” It was hard on the family and hard on me. I dreaded it and was not excited.

When I was in high school, I had a music teacher named Hering who was a displaced Jew from Vienna who escaped before WW II. He was a child prodigy and concert pianist who taught me piano. He was so wonderful. He himself was taught by a line of teachers who studied under Beethoven himself. There were no German classes in my high school, but this music teacher began to teach me German. It sounded so interesting to me, even though I couldn’t really understand it yet. Little did I know then that I would one day be sent to Germany.

But once I was sent to Germany with the military, I realized God was opening a big door for me. I was a Conscientious Objector, so I was trained in basic medical care instead of combat. The military gave me the opportunity to travel and see historical places, so I took advantage of it. I became passionate about learning German, unlike my fellow soldiers– I was odd in that respect! I was working at a military hospital in Landstuhl;  the whole country was on alert against Russia, who was building the Berlin wall that year (1961). Sometimes we would go out on mock field missions where we had to simulate a battle scene with Russia! I used to not wince at all when I had to draw blood, but today the thought alone makes me cringe. In 1962 there was a big 7.1 earthquake in Iran. There were over 12,000 deaths and hundreds of people who were injured . We were put on alert and thought that we might be sent to Iran to help, but at the last moment it was cancelled. I was relieved because it would have been my first time confronting death so head-on, and I knew it would be difficult.

That was the only real emergency while I was in Germany. We were never sent to Berlin, but it was always a possibility since it was a “flash point” city. The Russians were flexing their military muscles and the atmosphere was tense. I knew several people who had left East Germany and come to West Germany.

One real blessing was that I got involved in the church in Kaiserslautern. A black family took me to church every Sunday and Bible study during the week, rain or shine, sleet or snow. The preacher there, Hans Nowak,  mentored me. He was immensely talented, and inspired me to become a preacher in Germany years later.

I was in the army for two years total, and then I came back to the US. I had an expectation that I would go back to Germany one day. I didn’t know when or how, but I just knew I would. I went to college at David Lipscomb University and did my masters at Vanderbilt University. When I applied to Vanderbilt, I wrote in my application that I aspired to be involved in Christian ministry in Germany one day. One of the professors degraded me and put me down for that, but I never let it get to me! I applied for an exchange year at Humboldt University in Berlin and was accepted. I got involved in the church there, where I soon began preaching. Heinz Müller, the preacher in Berlin, was also an inspiration to me, and I’ll never forget when he said, “Du predigst nächsten Sonntag.” I was so nervous! I was an exception because I wasn’t formally trained in theology or hermeneutics, but I taught myself through experience. I became interested in Greek and Hebrew too. I worked in the Müllers’  bookstore while I studied in Berlin to support myself. It was in Berlin where I met Udo Herbst, who was a Berliner and had become a Christian years earlier. He helped teach me Hebrew.

Then after I finished studying in Berlin, I committed to do full time mission work in Munich from 1971 to 1975. There were four churches in the US who sponsored me out of the generosity of their hearts. Munich is where I met my wife, Pat, who had a job with the US government.

I still hadn’t written my dissertation, and I had a deadline to finish my Ph.D. So eventually I went back to the US to finish up at Vanderbilt University. I knew I needed to have a Ph.D. to support a family one day. Then I got my first teaching job at Abilene Christian University, where I stayed for eight years. It was hard to readjust to life in the US. Life in West Texas was somewhat boring compared to Germany.

Then in 1983 Pepperdine University offered me a job. I accepted eventually and we moved in 1984. I haven’t regretted coming to Pepperdine. I would do it again. I’ve had wonderful opportunities and met talented students. It is a ministry to me because I’ve had contact with and influence on so many diverse students. For instance, I am going to baptize a former student on Saturday, and I’ve officiated at the weddings of several students over the years. Not all the non-Christian students I’ve taught have become Christians, but I feel like I’ve influenced them positively in one way or another. I enjoy working with the very multicultural student body at Pepperdine.

If I have any advice for young people, it would be to keep your aspirations high and in alignment with God’s purposes for your life. Never let anything discourage you. Once you become convinced you have a calling in life, never let anything or anyone stop you.


Fascinating, right? I particularly related to the part where he said, “I had an expectation that I would go back to Germany one day. I didn’t know when or how, but I just knew I would.” I too have an expectation that I will return to Germany one day, though I don’t know all the details yet!  I’m so glad I took the time to record these memories in perpetuity. I would encourage you to interview someone in your life who intrigues you! Human stories are incredible.

P.s. A few photos from Berlin in the 1960’s

random photos from life lately

 

Hey there, how’s it going? I’m off to Texas tomorrow for Spring Break! I hear Fort Worth is the new  Cabo ;p Above are a few random photos from life lately, enjoy!

20 reasons to drink a cup of coffee right now

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  1. Tastes heavenly
  2. Smells lovely
  3. It’s classic Instagram photo material
  4. So many pretty mugs to choose from
  5. Feels warm in your hands
  6. Sipping burns calories
  7. Distracts you from whatever boring task you’re doing
  8. Life is hard
  9. Gives you just a little bit of extra energy
  10. Goes great with cookies
  11. It’s winter and it’s cold out
  12. It’s social– drink with your friends!
  13. Facilitates conversation
  14. Brings back memories
  15. You’re part of a long tradition of coffee drinkers and coffee lovers
  16. You work hard and need a break
  17. Signals to others that you’re busy right now
  18. Forces you to slow down
  19. Compliments any outfit
  20. Why not?