Bruce’s Friday Five v6.8

1/ONE – I grew up playing games like Dungeons and Dragons and Tobrukyeah, I was pretty cool – so the fact that my all three of my kids enjoy The Settlers of Catan makes my geeky little heart jump for joy. I also love it when people combine passions: for instance this bit of Settlers awesomeness or this “want vs. need” Settlers masterpiece and lastly, for you Shakespearian Settlers in the house, my thespian Eldest child came up with the above Catamletesque illustration.

2/TWO – Quite possibly the most thought-provoking and compelling “open letter” that I have read about the struggles of young adults in the church, take a read of, a letter from an exhausted/exasperate young person who has a complicated love/hate relationship with the church. h/t: Bob Carlton.

3/THREE – First, If you have ever heard been to either of the arts/spirituality festivals, Greenbelt or Wild Goose, I am jealous.  I have wanted to go to either/both, but dates and logistics have never worked out . . . until now. The Wild Goose Festival is coming to the Best Coast and I just committed to being there (role TBA). Wild Goose West is taking place over Labor Day Weekend in Benton County, near Portland, “We are a community creating a festival at the intersection of justice, spirituality and art. We take inspiration from many places, such as Greenbelt, Burning Man, the Iona Community, SXSW, and others.” Get your $99 Early Bird Special here, follow the Wild Goose Festival blog and I hope to see you Labor Day Weekend

4/FOUR – For those of you who know about the legacy and work of the National Council of Churches, I am excited about the announcement that the Governing Board unanimously selected Peg Birk as their Transitional General Secretary. As I have mentioned before, I am part of the Task Force on Re-envisioning and Restructuring so it feels like some great movement forward is starting to take place.  [Read full announcement]

5/FIVE - As many of you know, I am a huge baseball fan. Saw these great 1800′s pictures of baseball players from the sports section of the The Business Insider of all places. Who knew? And if you like those, you have to see all 1,3080 minutes of Ken Burn’s documentary, Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns. Even the greatest of baseball fans will learn something.

BONUS 6-10 link love:

6/FOLLOW - For you Drum and Bugle Corps folks out there, Drum Corp International can be found and followed at @DCI_Tour.
7/LIKE – If you are a sucker for cute dog pictures and good people, like Lucky Buddy Petcare, a small business owned by Janet, a friend from my Sacramento high school days.
8/GO TO THIS CONCERT – If you are in San Francisco tomorrow, June 9th, head on down to Yerba Buena Sculpture Court for the FREE, All-Ages “Indie-Pino” an outdoor event celebrating “filiPino/a” independent and underground music. Bands: The Savages, Pedro Gil, Golda and the Guns, The Jack Lords Orchestra and, headliner, Good Night Robot. Event is curated by Jesus Gonzales of the piNoisepop Music Festival. [FB Event]
9/READ THIS BOOK - If you need a good book to add to your summer reading list, check out The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson. It reads like a mystery novel, but it’s all true. Creepy awesome.
10/SIGN THIS PETITION - Sign this petition: I could not really believe that there has not been a female presidential debate moderator in two decades. Huh? Add your name to this petition.

My Friday Five is somewhat of a mishmash of stuff I have recently seen around the interwebs, some of which I actually kept track of and others, I just remembered upon the writing of this post. Enjoy.



Bruce’s Friday Five v4.13

My Friday Five is somewhat of a mishmash of stuff I have recently seen around the interwebs, some of which I actually kept track of and others, I just remembered upon the writing of this post. Enjoy.

ONE – For years friends have been given me flack for liking the movie Titanic. Whatever. You are dead inside So yeah, I went to see the 3D version this past week – by myself, thank you very much – and Leo and Kate haven’t changed a bit . . . it was just as good, just as scmalzty and just as fun as the first time. If you are one of those who poo-poo the whole Titanic phenomenon, take a read of this recent post by Dana Stevens about her Titanic conversion.

Titanic isn’t subtle or tasteful or novel—if those are the only qualities you prize in movies, this one’s brushstrokes will probably be too broad for you—but it’s indisputably big and bold and beautiful. The movie’s themes—which go beyond star-crossed love to include class conflict, the ephemerality of human existence, and feminist empowerment through nude modeling—seem to swell up in recurrent waves, like leitmotifs in an opera. A soap opera, sure, but an opera nonetheless . . .

And just remember, “I’ll never let go . . .”

TWO – For those of you who love comics, here is one to add to your list. It’s called Angry Little Girls and the creator is Lela Lee. Her books including, Angry Little Girls in Love and Fairy Tales for Angry Little Girls that chronicle the life of one angry little girl, Kim, as she interacts with unsuspecting friends have spawned a little cult following for Lee. PG-13 for sure, but oh so good.

THREE – Last night I participated in my very first Fantasy Baseball Draft. For years I have been a baseball fan and die-hard Oakland A’s supporter and I think that my hesitancy in playing fantasy baseball is that I now have to root for players for who play for other teams . . . even those from the dreaded Yankees and the Red Sox. But like they say, “It’s not personal, it’s business” and I am out to win the inaugural season of the Presbyterian Baseball League. Also, went to my first game of the year and overheard this classy heckler.

FOUR – out what song she was going to work on next with her piano teacher. After the third time of her have to remind me that even catchy songs like Bruno Mars’, The Lazy Song, might be inappropriate – dad really should listen past the first verse – we dove into the world of child singers. The whole child singer on youtube was a little overwhelming, but we did find some great young voices out there: Vasquez Sounds’ cover of Lenka’s The Show, Alexa Goddard’s cover of Whitney’s Greatest Love of All, Kayla Stewart’s cover of Bruno Mars’ It Will Rain and Maddi Jane’s cover of Christina Perri’s Jar of Hearts were just a few. Oh, and we most certainly did not watch over and over and over this gassy parody of Miley Cyrus’ Party in the USA . . . yes, I said gassy.

FIVE – Lastly, here are a few churchy things that I would love for folks to check out. An organization that has been fighting for equality and justice for LGBTQ folks in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for decades, The Covenant Network of Presbyterians is searching for a new Executive Director [job posting]. If you didn’t read my blog post from this week, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA is undergoing an intensive process of reflection and would love your feedback on this ONE PAGE SURVEY. And lastly, if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area on April 21, 2012, The Pacific School of Religion, where I am an Adjunct Instructor, is holding a very cool event called Sacred Snapshots:

In one day, you can try anything from drumming, to Taize, to Tai Chi, to dance. Try poetry as a spiritual practice, sing gospel or chant mantras, walk a labyrinth. Learn about Buddhist, Sikh, or Hindu meditation. Join Christians for prayer and devotional song. Study the Quran. Experience Shabbat. Immerse yourself in 12-step spirituality or yoga. Develop a shamanic journey practice. As Rumi says: “There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” Come and find your way.

That’s about it for now. Thanks for joining me this Friday. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you around the interwebs. In the meantime, take a listen to Maddi Jane’s cover of Jar of Hearts.