Spent the evening in tonight, watched Saved! with my sister and parents, and then popped in Maria Full of Grace (watch trailer here). Quite the film about Columbian women hired as mules to get drugs into the US. Came upstairs and I was getting ready to get to bed early, when I went to Dave’s Disaster Area for a bit, and then decided I needed to spend some more time looking around Dooce. I haven’t mentioned Dooce on this site before, but…it’s amazing. Heather, the author of Dooce loves to “talk a lot about poop, boobs, my dog, and my daughter.” An ex-Mormon, someone who lost her job because of her blog, and a writer with an absolutely hilarious sense of humor and an amazingly wonderful use of profanity (so, if you don’t like profanity, beware…she uses it perfectly…just like Anne Lamott). Go check her out and browse around. She is also a brilliant photographer, and has a technique she calls the Dooce Effect – it’s really sweet. As you might be able to tell, I “dooced” up my mugshot and banner using Heather’s Dooce Effect (to see how YOU TOO can do it, go here). Be sure to check out Dooce. I linked you to just a couple of her hilarious photos below:

All of this came out of my boobs
Perspective of the lonely abandoned toy
Self-portrait with Tongue

There is Nothing Wrong in This Whole Wide World

You’ve probably already seen this on Jen’s blog, but it’s pretty sweet. An art installation at a San Francisco bookshop where they reorganized the books by color. Absolutely amazing. I wonder if they could do that at Firestone. The artist, Chris Cobb, said the following about his installation: “Even though there is so much to be unhappy about in this world, we should try to create something amazing and beautiful and interesting despite all of the problems.” [read entire interview here]

Blog dialogue limitations…

n 1: the state of having rejected your religious beliefs

Thanks to Dave for directing me to the fact that I’ve been labeled an Apostate. The image on the right is directly from Chris P.’s blog. At first I was going to say that I’m in the company of some phenomenal prophets and Christian voices (Emergent UK, Dave @ Disaster Area and Real Live Preacher, who is amazing!). And then I saw that I was lumped right in along with TBN, Tim LeHaye and the Toronto Blessing! Chris P., you can speak for yourself on this blog, but really…The Apostasy? This is ridiculous!

I think I’m realizing that this wonderful world of blogs does have some limitations. I echo Jamey’s comment and wish/hope that we could all sit around a table, break bread together and have this conversation. I know I would be willing to do this, and I hope (though I am not sure) that everyone else would be so willing. I also echo various other commenters who suggested that this conversation may just be one of those that needs to take place person-to-person, in the context of relationships and fellowship. Because people are just using the same ‘ole arguments (in some ways, it feels like the same argument as this and this, but just with different players).

So…blogs are limited, people are getting pissed and the comments and conversation here just sounds and feels very circular. So what is a blogger to do? Do I avoid this conversation? (I don’t really want to…) Do I close comments? (Maybe…) Do I try to steer the conversation in a different direction? (I don’t think that would work) So for now, this conversation is done. I am irritated that people took it in the direction that it ended up. This topic might come up again on this blog, but until I figure out a better way to handle it, we’re going to be moving on. The comments are closed on the two previous posts.

I would hope that everyone, whatever their position on this issue, would continue to live in the knowledge and experience of God’s grace, the realization that God is in control and that some of us need to get our hands off of the controls and let God do what God does, and let us all error on the side of God’s love and grace more than anything else…