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February 28, 2007


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You are doing superb! Now if you can keep your friend and those blissful Maria yearbooks from keeping you up half the night, you'll be on your way. Ahem.

Congrats on the loss! That's awesome!

OMG...Christopher Pike. I haven't heard that name in years. I think I've read everything he's written AND Judy Blume. They made my pre-teen years surviveable.

Way to go on the sacrificing! You rock. It's been quite a challenge to put a muzzle on my potty mouth, but I'm really working hard at it.

Oh, and I can't wait to hear about your budgeting. I've put myself on a Dave Ramsey-esque budget for the past two months and it's really made a difference.

Congrats on the loss!!

Also, Christopher Pike?! Loved reading him when I was a teenager!!!

I'm with you on the AMC thing, except that I watch The Young and the Restless. I could not give my soap up, I love it! Also, I have SoapNet so it is easy to try to cheat and if not during the week then, on Sat. when they show all of that week's shows!!

Binging for Jesus? Man, if that were really a devotional option, not only would I be more actively religious, I would be a bishop or something.

It is interesting, to me at least, how my relationship to the Bible has changed over the years. As it ceased to be so much of a devotional text, it still remained important to my scholarly life.

It is hard to understand European history without understanding the fact that Christianity is probably the single most important force in driving events from the fall of Rome to at least the nineteenth century (and perhaps up to the first World War). Religion was a crucial defining factor in people's lives in a way that it really is not anymore.

Also, I was always struck by the fact that one of the first acts of Protestant reformers was to translate the Bible into the local, or "vulgar," language. Martin Luther did it in German; Henry VIII (by way of William Tyndale) did it in English.

Perhaps it has a lot to do with the Protestant notion of freeing the people from the shackles of the Catholic hierarchy and promoting a more personal relationship with God. It also had a lot to do with a growing national conciousness that would reach its full expression only centuries later.

The translating of the Bible also, interestingly, led to the first widespread campaigns for literacy and education for all people at some elementary (no pun intended) level.

Sorry to ramble, as always. I forget that things that are interesting to me are boring or irritating to others...just ask my students.

Amen! Following a soap opera is a commitment, that's for sure. My mom tends to watch it all on Saturday mornings, but I like to watch what I can during the week - going into the weekend knowing that I have FIVE HOURS of drama to catch up on is a little much for me. (In a similar vein, a few months ago my mom added General Hospital to her viewing when they brought Laura back. I was all, "Mom, that is TEN HOUR of soap opera EVERY WEEK. Have you lost it?" I have no idea if she's still watching GH, or if it's fallen by the wayside.)

However, congrats on both the weight loss and on kicking your AMC habit! It sounds like you're off to a good start for Lent. (Meanwhile, I'll be happy if I can get through the next 6 weeks without eating meat on Fridays, since I always, always forget. I blew it on Ash Wednesday, but I'm 1 for 1 on the Fridays so far!)

Woooohoooo! Congrats on the weight loss.
I've been doing really well so far. But today, my coworker got Wendy's for lunch and it took everything I had to smell that food and not attack her.

Wow...you are devoted to this show. How intense!! I wonder if you'll stay away from it after Lent. What do you think?!

Oh, I am in PAIN for you. I really get testy if I miss Young and the Restless. That is true sacrifice.

And I also loved Christopher Pike! Haven't thought of that name for years!

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