A small respite

Dear Friends and Family,

We have a small respite this week. Monday is Veterans day so we have a three day weekend. Which means……more time for homework! Really, I’m serious. First off I want to thank all of our brave men and women who have served and are serving in the armed forces who have/are putting their life on the line to preserve the freedom of America. Thank you!!!

Friday night, I went to see “Three Short Plays” (Medea, English Therapy, and Vendetta Chrome) at Ohio State’s Drake Theater. The reason for this was because English Therapy was written by Nancy Gall-Clayton, a resident of Louisville KY. I do not know Mrs. Gall-Clayton personally, but a good friend of mine who is a friend of hers was so kind and thoughtful as to send me a ticket. I was accompanied by Debbie, my Taiwanese conversation partner, who upon hearing I was going to see a “real, live American play”, promptly bought a ticket and announced she would be going with me. She said she quite enjoyed the plays too, though she didn’t understand English Therapy very well. It used a lot of tricks and twists of the English language to create comedy, and Debbie is not a native english speaker.

Thursday night I had the pleasure of eating dinner with my Arabic 101 teacher. I took her out to a new restaurant on High Street called “Noodles Inc.” which had a variety of different ethic foods, all using noodles. We both had Thai noodles, though she had hers with hot peppers and hot sauce (she’s Malaysian). We had an interesting talk about her college years, and she gave me some good advice about applying for scholarships.

Classes are more or less the same. Last week in Comp. Stud. we talked about Mega churches and evangelicalism. I think I sent out the links to those two articles I had to read for my class. It’s pretty amazing, but I’ve actually been to Rick Warren’s mega church in Orange County, CA . That was back in 2005 I believe, when we were visiting family in CA. All I really remember is people in Hawaiian shirts with coffee and donuts ;). As much as I hope that mega churches truly do well and get the message out to people, I never plan on being a member of one. I like my small church better where I don’t have to swim through a crowd to find my friends, but rather all in the crowd are my friends.

Have a great weekend everybody. Life goes on and we must live it to its fullest.

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow it, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
Bilbo Baggins, The Fellowship of the Ring

In Christ,
Lydia Thomas

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