Silence is [Not] Golden

Ok, so I know silence is golden … but in this situation I’ve just left you all hanging! I’m sorry! If you noticed by my speaking schedule that this most recent trip actually started in January! Is it just me or does that seem like forever ago?! It all started when I went from speaking in Orange County, CA to Washington, DC for some congressional and international diplomatic meetings, as well as attending the National Prayer Breakfast.

THEN,

I got snowed in, in DC from their Blizzard 2010 which brought 32.4 inches of snow in about 48 hours;

THEN,

Chicago got pounded with snow as well – and we (Brenda and I) were stuck for about 4 extra days in DC because either their airports or O’Hare were closed on every given day we were trying to leave.

It’s been quite an adventure, and I’m looking forward to filling you all in as much as the government will let me talk about our meetings (more on that later). I just wanted to give a quick shout out and let you all know I’ll be full steam blogging again starting tomorrow. Can’t wait to catch you up on everything. Sorry for the absence … I just refused to pay $13.99 for a 24 hour period to use the Internet. In no way do I feel that is being a good steward of the sacrificial donations that have been graciously given to The Marin Foundation. And for those of you who follow me on Twitter or are friends with me on Facebook, sorry again, there’s not much exciting or profound things to write about or comment on when you’re stuck in a snowed-in city where everything is shut down – hence the silence there too.

So, I’ll be back home soon, and when I am, it’s on! Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Much love.

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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Heidi Miller

    You’re not the only one who got snowed in…here in PA we got 24 inches a few days ago and are getting hit with another 18 today…can’t wait to hear more about your meetings in D.C.!

  • Seth

    Welcome back! I’ll be eager to hear about your exploits.

  • Ramiro

    I’m looking forward to hearing more about what’s ahead, with regards to your role & government. Just remember: “gentle as doves, cunning as vipers!” ‘Nuff said!

  • http://jesusandthecontroversy.wordpress.com/ Iven from Canada

    LOL @ “In no way do I feel that is being a good steward of the sacrificial donations that have been graciously given to The Marin Foundation.”

    Well said, Andrew.

  • http://wordthunder.com SarahM

    That was almost me too. I made it out of DC Friday night on the last train that was able to leave Union Station – DC’s Union Station, that is.

  • Mrs T

    I’m glad to hear Brenda was with you. I hope you enjoyed time together.
    God has a way of giving us extra blessings & rest! Welcome back to the blog!

  • http://xanga.com/djfree Darren

    Dude! I can’t believe you were in my hood and didn’t hit me up! We totally could have boarded you guys at our place FOR FREE! Next time you’re in DC, ya gotta let me know :) Glad you made it back safely though!

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Darren…I had no idea you were in DC! Shoot. At least I know for next time. Looking forward to it.

    Seth and Ramiro – I’ll be honest, it was a whoooole different world out there; something I had to adjust to really quickly or get swallowed up. Quite an experience.

  • http://www.livingitout.com Rachel

    It’s a real nightmare of the internet, that people expect everyone to update things all the time. We’ve just started on Twitter, a friend said we need to tweet at least three times a day, and really that’s pretty impossible while having a life too (even without snow over here in the UK… well, only a small scattering!). Having said that, I am looking forward to hearing all you’ve been up to!

  • http://xanga.com/djfree Darren

    Well, not DC specifically. Annapolis actually. But it’s close enough. We’re a 20 minute trip to BWI airport. And Annapolis is totally a better city than DC anyday . . . but close enough that you can still enjoy it too :) Next time you’re in the area though, we’ll definitely try to meet up!


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