Monday, October 31, 2011

I Really Need to Get on This Guy's Level

Now Playing: "C'mon Talk" - Bernhoft

Saturday, October 29, 2011

the improv poet, pt. 1

this pretty much came out of nowhere.  call it stream of consciousness, if you want.  but whatever you do, help me figure out a (real) title!! :)

so maybe i'll experiment with improvisation
i don't know, just keep writing one day
further and further down the page
until i get to something i'm proud to call Poetry.

i heard a guy once at an open mic who spun stories like spider webs around Halloween,
talked about conversations in hardware stores and theater kid games in high school.
and i thought it was really cool
how he was writing poetry in thin air with his vocal cords without even trying.
he was just talking but somehow it felt different than mere dialogue.
there was some sort of spell behind his words,
because they made us laugh and nod our heads knowingly as they flowed out of him,

much like the words are flowing out of me now, might i add.
but i digress just a tad.

back to that night, when we all sat comfortably in a coffee house,
chewing on free pastries and sipping overpriced lattes,
listening to this guy tell his life story in a couple of minutes.
well, when he finished,
i thought about all the times i've tried to write and failed miserably.
when i had some diabolical plan in place
to make my dreams come alive with rhymes and alliteration
and all that stuff they teach you about in English class,
but somewhere along the line my train of thought crashed
and i was left with nothing but fragments.

considering all this i said to myself,
"why not experiment with improvisation?"

and now we've come full circle
concluded where we commenced
and somehow that makes the most sense.

Monday, October 24, 2011

there's something wrong here...

the Harvard University Police Department (known by most students as HUPD) sends emails to all students whenever a crime happens in the community.

when a male grad student is robbed, all students are told to "be vigilant while walking throughout campus."

when a woman is "indecently assaulted," women are explicitly told to "take common sense safety precautions."

does anyone else see an issue with this?

UPDATE:  apparently, HUPD was only forwarding a message from another police department to all students, and they usually don't change the format of the police reports they get.  this revelation didn't make anyone feel much better about the situation, though.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

we had an extended worship period after 11am service at my church today.  i left around 1:45, before things were finished, because i hadn't eaten all day and the dining hall was about to close for brunch.

but i really wanted to stay there forever.

when i'm worshiping--whether i'm part of the worship team,  in the audience, or alone in my room--i forget everything else.  all the daily distractions melt away, and i am left thinking only about my relationship with God.

the sad part is that as soon as the church doors close behind me, my mind is once again vulnerable to mundane worries, annoyances, and thoughts of all kinds that i probably have no business entertaining.  i wish it were easier for me to enter into a posture of worship outside of the sanctuary.

Monday, October 17, 2011

possibly the best news of my life

i'm going to medical school.

i keep having to say it over and over to myself to get used to the way that sounds.  and i keep refreshing my gmail to make sure the acceptance email didn't magically vanish while my back was turned.

all the days of MCAT studying, every long night spent tweaking essays and praying over applications, every dollar sent via paypal or snail mail to cover various all officially pays off now.

i'm on my way to becoming Dr. Ingram.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, October 15, 2011

something new for y'all

don't worry, i haven't left blogspot.  my tumblr is merely for quotes, so i'll still come back here when i feel inspired to write something (which is pretty much never these days...i'm feeling a bit like this right now, but i'll live).

read the very first tumblr post to get a little bit of background on why i started the new blog in the first place.  i hope you enjoy my quotes! :)