Friday, June 13, 2008

"It's better to have the faith to embrace reality with all its pain than to cling to the false comfort of a painless fantasy. That life and growth and meaning can come only in the risk of obedience. The future-even if it's h ard-is better than nostalgia" - John Ortberg

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bethany: "Look at his irresistible eyes! There....irresistible!!!"

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Torry Conversation

What is beauty??
Brace yourself! Take cover! Run! Hide! :P
Everyone to the basements the bombs are about to be launched!
And I shall embrace the embers...

haha :D
I seem to have sent everyone to their bases.
Should I try to launch the great bomb, or is it too risky?

My dear launch it, it is scary but a "beautiful" bomb as well. :)

this was all online so that is why everyone has a different color. This is what happens when one brave soul tries to start a conversation about what true beauty is.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

While I was in Santa Barbara for my sister's graduation, we helped my sister move some stuff out of her house. Most of the stuff was really heavy.

Auntie- "Should we help them?"

Katherine- "No!!! Don't interrupt!!! It's father-daughter bonding! Don't spoil it!!"

Monday, May 5, 2008

Speaking of politics...

In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
- Flannery O'Connor


“It must be asserted that petitionary prayer only flourishes where there is a twofold belief: that God's name is hallowed too irregularly, his kingdom has come too little, and his will is done too infrequently; second, that God himself can change this situation.” David F. Wells

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Myspace or Email?!?!

Aaron- "wait do you have a myspace?"

Me- "no"

Aaron- "what??? why not???"

Me- "I have a life, and myspace takes up to much time that I don't have."

Aaron- "but myspace is so much better than email."

Me- "no it's not, email is the best."

Aaron- "Myspace is like paper, email is like rock. Paper always wins!"

Me- "Rock can beat paper any day! Just think about it: try throwing a rock at paper the paper will break!!"

Aaron- "no it won't!!! ask your mom!!"

Me- "She's gone."

Aaron- "Ask your dog, then!!"

Me- "He's asleep"

Aaron- "then ask your self what would Jesus do?"

Me- "He would choose rock because it is His creation, and paper is man made and kills trees."

Aaron- "Exactly!!! no, wait...Ok...let me tell you what you are going to do: go onto Myspace and click sign up."

Me- "Aaron I have a life and don't want to lose it."

Aaron- "Have you seen the Office?"

Me- "It's like the best show ever!!!"

Aaron- "I have clips of the Office on my myspace. So, myspace is the best!!!"

Me- "No, the Office beats all, including myspace."

Aaron- "Ok, you're right, but myspace has got to be good if it has the Office."

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Faith In Uncertainty

"I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: 'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.' And he replied, 'Go out into the darkness and put your hand in the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light and safer than a known way'." ~M. Louise Haskins

Monday, April 7, 2008

Williams does it again!!!

This quote is actually from Vanauken, but it is about Williams:

"In Charles Williams Descent into Hell he sets forth his Doctrine of Substituted Love: carrying one another's burdens is not just a figure of speech or something meaningful only in terms of physical burdens like a trunk. Davy's burden was not death but the fear of death. I asked her to give me that burden, a real handing over, like surrendering a trunk to a porter. An act of handing over. And I took it-also act. I then entered into the fear, her fear, with all my heart and mind and imagination, felt it, carried it along with my own fear, which was also real but other. And her burden grew lighter." (A Severe Mercy, 165)

Learning Contentment

These quotes have helped sustained me through my two and half years at a mundane job:

"Resignation is a bregudging existence, one based in not believing the best of God. [It] operates out of a mind-set that God has finite resources - a God of scarcity and not abundance - as though if one person gets blessed, that diminishes our chances of being similarly blessed." - Carolyn McCulley

"[Some] people, however, are always seeking God's will for their lives. They jump from one thing to another, run here and there, and consult all their friends. They have yet to realize that God's will for them is to faithfully carry out their present responsibilities, faithfully doing the job He has already given them...if He does have an alternative plan for their lives, He will show them, in a quiet, normal way, one day when they are least expecting it and when their present responsibilties are completed. God's will is often simply that we do the next thing, as it comes, as best we can and for His glory." -Gigi Tchivijan


"A great many things in God's divine providences do not look to the eye like goodness. But faith sits down before mysteries such as these, and says, The Lord is good, therefore all that He does must be good no matter how it looks. I can wait for the explanation." - Hannah Whitall Smith


"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for" -Euripides

Friday, April 4, 2008

Another random spanish thing


#1- ¡Ay caramba! ¡Aquí hay galletas!
Oh my goodness! Here are cookies!

#2 -No me digas. ¿Dónde hay galletas?
No way. Where are the cookies?

#1- ¡Aquí! ¡En el suelo de la iglesia!
Here! on the floor in the church!

#2- ¿De veras? Aquí hay perritos también.
Really? I find puppies in there.

#1- ¡ Ay caramba! ¡ Tú eres tan afornuada!
Oh my goodness! You are so lucky!

#2- ¿ Deseas tú cambiar?
Do you want to trade?

#1- ¿ Deseas tú cambiar sus perritos por mis galletas?
You want to trade your puppies for my cookies?

#2- ¡Sí, las galletas son asombrosas!
Yes, the cookies are awesome!

#1- Deseas cambiar sus perritos por mis galletas…que encantre…en el suelo…
You want to trade your puppies for my cookies…that I found….on the floor…

#2- Sí ¿ Quieres cambiar o no?
Yes. Do you want to trade or not?

#1- ¡Sí!
While doing ministry on the streets of Hollywood....

Krista: "It looks like there's lots of prostitutes out tonight.."
Greg: "That's exciting!"

Saturday, March 29, 2008


Katherine: on one hand it's 10:00 on the other I'm tired, on the other hand games are really fun.

Mike: well we've been going to sleep late and sleeping in late.

Katherine: I have been up at 8:00 every morning and just lay there and then I was like "do I hear someone going to the bathroom, o nope that wasn't us."

Monday, March 24, 2008

I couldn't agree more...

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Family gatherings

Cousin 1: Hey! let's got TPing!!!
Cousin 2: Yea!!! But who are we going to TP, I mean it is Christmas day!
Cousin 1: Let's just walk down the street and find some one!

We left to go TPing at around 18:00 on Christmas day.

Me: Wow! That was random!
Cousin: Why is everything random?
Me: I don't know it just is! But you have to admit, going TPing on X-mas day is a little random.
Cousin: But everything is always random, why not orange?
Me: oh yea right: That was orange!
Cousin: You're orange!

Friday, March 21, 2008

I was sending a text message to a friend of mine and to do it used the typing thing that no one really knows what it is called. It's that thing that makes words for you...well anyways, my phone made a bit of an error and wrote:

"teacher asphyxiation day"

I personally think that that should be a real holiday!

Life is Full of Surprises

The real trouble with this world of ours is not that it is an unreasonable world, nor even that it is a reasonable one. The commonest kind of trouble is that it is nearly reasonable, but not quite. Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for logicians. It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait.
-- G.K. Chesterton

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Inspiration and the attaining of it

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
--Jack London-- (1876 - 1916)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Value of a Quote

A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.
- Joseph Roux

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sign Language

This conversation was in sign language:

Me:I can't speak sign language!
Rachel: uh...yes you can!

I suppose you have to speak sign language to get it but for saying can she did the opposite of can't. She doesn't speak sign language!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


"Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning..."-C.S. Lewis

It's Good to Be Human

One of the great benefits of having a dog is the increased awareness that I am not one. I look at our dog, Sable, and think for a moment that she is kind and forgiving and humble and patient and loving and warm and gentle and happy and peaceful. Then I realize she's a dog! She does not know or reason or feel or judge like I do. She does not prize anything because of its true worth—its relation to God. She doesn't know where she came from. She doesn't reflect on her identity and wonder who she is or what it means ultimately in God's scheme of things to be a dog. She doesn't think about why she's here and doesn't know where she's going.

She is a wonder, and can call forth amazing affection. But she is not a human created in the image of God. And as I think about her, I am amazed at my own humanity. And at the incredible wonders of the humans I live with.

--John Piper

C.S. Lewis Quote #2

"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Cynthe and Judy Quotes (more to come)

Quote 1
"To each their own dorkiness." -Judy

Quote 2B
"I'm not ticklish, so it's not fun. It's just pokey." - Cynthe

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Cell Phones are Everywhere

Okay, this is paraphrased, because I don't have an auditory memory...

"Solomon had it all... wives, concubines, gold... cell phones, well if they had cell phones then, Solomon would have had cell phones..." --Nate Warne

...mind you, as he was listing Solomon's assets, a cell phone went off =D

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

George MacDonald-Phantastes

It was evening. The sun was below the horizon; but his rosy beams yet illuminated a feathery cloud, that floated high above the world. I arose, I reached the cloud; and, throwing myself upon it, floated with it in sight of the sinking sun. He sank, and the cloud grew gray; but the grayness touched not my heart. It carried its rose-hue within; for now I could love without needing to be loved again. The moon came gliding up with all the past in her wan face. She changed my couch into a ghostly pallor, and threw all the earth below as to the bottom of a pale sea of dreams. But she could not make me sad. I knew now, that it is by loving, and not by being loved, that one can come nearest the soul of another; yea, that, where two love, it is the loving of each other, and not the being loved by each other, that originates and perfects and assures their blessedness. I knew that love gives to him that loveth, power over any soul beloved, even if that soul know him not, bringing him inwardly close to that spirit; a power that cannot be but for good; for in proportion as selfishness intrudes, the love ceases, and the power which springs therefrom dies. Yet all love will, one day, meet with its return. All true love will, one day, behold its own image in the eyes of the beloved, and be humbly glad. This is possible in the realms of lofty Death. "Ah! my friends," thought I, "how I will tend you, and wait upon you, and haunt you with my love."

Thursday, February 28, 2008

My Bumper Sticker Collection

"I'm sorry I'm a perfectionist...I'm working on it." (anonymous)

"Common sense is not common anymore." (anonymous)

Anyone have any to add...?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

only in Kenya

so, I was just going to quote it, but it would not have the same effect!

Monday, February 25, 2008


"The world belongs to the energetic."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Office

This starts with Andy's cell phone ringing.

Andy: What's going on?
Jim: What are you talking about?
Andy: Where is my FREAKING phone?!
Jim: You know what? Maybe it's in the ceiling.
Andy: Maybe you're in the ceiling!
Jim: Okay.
Andy: [trying to look in Phyllis's desk, she slams the drawer shut] I don't trust you, Phyllis!

earlier Jim and Pam hid Andy's anoying phone in the ceiling above Andy's head...Poor Andy...

Jessy does it again

C- "You get a look on your face."
J- "That is why God gave us faces."
"I feel a whine coming on." -me

Thursday, February 21, 2008


(Oveur is prononced over)

Roger Murdock: Flight 2-0-9'er, you are cleared for take-off.
Captain Oveur: Roger!
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Tower voice: L.A. departure frequency, 123 point 9'er.
Captain Oveur: Roger!
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Victor Basta: Request vector, over.
Captain Oveur: What?
Tower voice: Flight 2-0-9'er cleared for vector 324.
Roger Murdock: We have clearance, Clarence.
Captain Oveur: Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?
Tower voice: Tower's radio clearance, over!
Captain Oveur: That's Clarence Oveur. Over.
Tower voice: Over.
Captain Oveur: Roger.
Roger Murdock: Huh?
Tower voice: Roger, over!
Roger Murdock: What?
Captain Oveur: Huh?
Victor Basta: Who?

The movie Airplane it just about the best movie ever!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

From my friend Sam

For those of you who know Sam, you will be able to grasp the full irony of the quote I'm about to share. For those of you who do not, let's just say, Sam W. is a very outgoing, talkative, friendly individual - one of those people who gets along with just about anyone he meets.

Tonight he told me, "Sometimes I say words."

Maybe you had to have been there. But I laughed hysterically.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

keep things goin'...

Well, I suppose since there is a lull in the posting on this blog, I'll post a "quotable" up. (c:
"I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure."
--John D. Rockefeller (1839 - 1937)--

Monday, February 18, 2008

Greatest Conversation in Spanish Class

Person 1: ¿Por qué?
Person 2: Porque.
Person 1: ¿Por qué?
Person 2: Porque.
Person 1: ¿Por qué?
Person 2: Porque.
Person 1: ¿Por qué?
Person 2: Porque.

Person 1: Why?
Person 2: Because.
Person 1: Why?
Person 2: Because.
Person 1: Why?
Person 2: Because.
Person 1: Why?
Person 2: Because.

Friday, February 15, 2008


A great rabbi stands teaching in the marketplace. It so happens that a husband finds proof that morning of his wife's adultery, and a mob carries her to the marketplace to stone her to death. The rabbi walks forward and stands beside the woman. Out of respect for him the mob forbears, and waits with the stones heavy in their hands. "Is there anyone here," he says to them, " who has not desired another man's wife, or another woman's husband?"
They murmur and say, " We all know the desire. But, Rabbi, none of us has acted on it."
The rabbi says, "Then kneel down and give thanks that God made you strong." He takes the woman by the hand and leads her out of the market. Just before he lets her go, he whispers to her, "Tell the lord magistrate who saved his mistress. Then he'll know that I am his loyal servant."
So the woman lives, because the community is too corrupt to protect itself from disorder.
Another rabbi, another city. He goes to her, and stops the mob, as in the other story and says, "Which of you is without sin? Let him cast the first stone."
The people are abashed, and forget their unity of purpose in the memory of their own individual sins. Someday, they think, I may be like this woman, and I'll hope for forgiveness and another chance. I should treat her the way I wish to be treated.
As they open their hands and let the stones fall to the ground, the rabbi picks up one of the stones, lifts it high over the woman's head, and throws it straight down with all his might. It crushes her skull, and dashes her brains onto the cobblestones.
"Nor am I without sin," he says to the people. "But if we allow only perfect people to enforce the law, the law will soon be dead, and our city with it."
So the woman died because her community was too rigid to endure her deviance.
The famous version of this story is noteworthy because it is so startlingly rare in our experience. Most communities lurch between decay and rigor mortis, and when they veer too far, they die. Only one rabbi dared to expect of us such a perfect balance that we could preserve the law and still forgive the deviation.
So of course, we killed him.

Orson Scott Card

Thursday, February 14, 2008

This is one of the few truths of life:

"A sweater is that thing you put on when Mom's cold." -anonymous. (or your CG leaders;)

C.S. Lewis for the 21st Century Western World

"Straight tribulation is easier to bear than tribulation which advertises itself as pleasure. The one breeds camaraderie and even (when intense) a kind of love between the fellow sufferers; the other, mutual distrust, cynicism, concealed and fretting resentment." -C.S. Lewis, Surprised By Joy

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Oh, Chesterton

This quote if from Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton (43). My life would be a very dull place without him.
"He who thinks he is made of glass, thinks to the destruction of thought; for glass cannot think."

He is a great man, a great man.


Coffee: Nectar of the gods

No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee's frothy goodness. ~Sheik Abd-al-Kadir
Here's another one from the archives:

“We think our lives progress in a steady, logical way, but they don’t. The path meanders and loops back on itself and changes altitude.” –my mom, May 2, 2006
Oh, I am digging this quote blog!

Here's one from the archives that, oddly enough, I was just thinking about earlier this afternoon as I (you guessed it!) changed my socks after work:

“Nothing says luxury like a fresh pair of socks.” –Judy, November 2005

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Le vin à la fin

“There is good wine poured in the inn at the end of the world”

- GK Chesterton The Napoleon of Notting Hill

In response to Jessy's Quote

From Keanu Reeves in probably every movie he's played in...."Whoa"

From Jessy

In discussing the hazards of standing in front of a microwave, someone asked what would happen if you sat on one. Jessy Wall replied, "Radioactive brings a whole new meaning to 'hazardous waste'. - Sunday lunch, August 28, 2005


This is The Official Quote Blog.

It's purpose: to share funny, meaningful, quotable things with all your friends! From C.S. Lewis to your next-door neighbor, feel free to contribute but only if its quotable.

To spare this from getting ridiculously long and hard to keep up with, let me define that for you.

The definition of quotable: (from "suitable or appropriate for quotation; easily quoted, as by reason of effectiveness, succinctness, or the like." (Ooooh! The first quote!)

Please use your best judgment. This is not a place to mouth off your prejudices. It's a place to preserve that which otherwise might not have been preserved (see my 2nd quote...yet to come if you're reading this blog properly). And/or to encourage one another with things that stimulate your mind towards good, positive, godly thinking. Please source your quote (as appropriate - in other words, if you're quoting your roommate, please ask before posting!). Any quotes that do not meet these requirements will be subject to swift annihilation and/or endurance of Medieval torture methods.

Now that the rules are set in place...start quoting!