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Getting to “Over Coffee”

There are three weeks left in this insane qtr – Five classes is too much to do in grad school people. I stayed up last night until 1:00 am which is really freaking late for me – I usually and falling asleep by 10. We get up at 6am so that is a needed thing in the Daniels family. Anyways I was working on a Script for this Media and Ministry Class i am taking. It is the first Script i have ever worked on – I have two other people in my group who are a great help and I certainly haven’t done the whole thing but it is fun to be apart of the process. I am going to be the director/camera man for the short which I cannot wait for.

Here is the pitch:
An Italian butcher, a tall Russian photographer, and a beautiful young art
collector are all aquantainces who meet over their favorite cup of coffee. What
they don’t realize is that their hidden identities – as a mobster, robber and
hit woman – are all intertwined in a crazy web of deception and are about
to hurt the ones they love – each other.

It’s called “Over Coffee”
– Though I am somewhat critical of the name at this point.

On another note – I have found some stallness in my own spiritual life – I have gotten to the point of being really preoccupied with “everything.” I hate these moments in life – when I make little time to spend with YWH. I have been praying through the day, and thinking about the Lord, even having good conversation with people. But two things I long for – contemplation and struggling together with those who are in the trenches of life. This is where preoccupation strikes first – I become me-centered – and worrying about all the real things I need to get done, but in the process the real issues of those around me are ever-present and eating away at their spirits (my issues don’t present such peril). As a disciple of Christ I need to be focused on the “struggling with” others.

Emily, Wall and I are going backpacking for Fri and Sat of this coming week, I cannot wait for sometime to remove myself from this hussle bussle of LA.

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Americans, Rights, and Voting

“MY Right”

I like millions of others voted today, the painless process of excersizing “my right.” there was a sense of satisfaction every time i clicked that little “inkavote” pen. i did wonder who keeps thinking of these out-dated forms of voting. I was glad that it was in a retirement home also – the elderly seem to me to know much more about politics than anyone else i’ve ever met. they always appear to have such a nuanced position…hmmm…i guess after generations of time you would become nuanced.

anyways i found this and though i know it doesn’t make much difference on who to vote for, i thought this was incredibly well put.

these are seven things to think about when voting (or for that matter thinking about politics at all). these are from a pastor in Indiana named John Hay Jr.

1. I ask of any candidate’s or administration’s positions and proposals, “What does it do to the poor?”

2. I do not expect the American president to be a Christian or my brand of Christian.

3. I recognize that the priorities of the kingdom of God and the agendas of American presidents and governments are not the same.

4. I look for a candidate who I think will lead compassionately, not just talk about compassion.

5. I recognize that most “all-or-nothing” issues cast during election campaigns are NOT “all-or-nothing.”

6. I ask, “How has a candidate responded to violence or used violence? And how does he or she plan to respond to and use it in the future?”

7. I consider how candidates envision America’s place and role in the world.