28 April 2009

Manifesto

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.

So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion - put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn't go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Manifesto:
The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
by Wendell Berry

27 April 2009

This is bike racing...



Conference finals in Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend. Rainy and cold, but lots of fun. Utah's beautiful - too bad I didn't get to see it in the sunshine. We raced at the Miller Motorsports Park, a sweet track for motorcycles or bicycles - who cares about cars, after all?

We raced the criteriums at the Salt Lake City DMV, where they have a simulated city - makes for lots of turns over a short course. And one heck of a hill to make things interesting.

I drove one of our Sprinter vans back from 100 miles outside of Laramie last night, and didn't get back here in bed until 0145, so I'm thinking it's nap time. The pics are up on my facebook; check 'em out if you get a chance.
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16 April 2009

Operation Mobilization

God has laid a long-term mission trip on my heart. I've been exploring options for a while, and now I'm considering a trip with OM USA. They've got a lot of opportunities, and it looks like I'll have a lot of control over where I go and what I do. But I hope to give that control to God - he can do much more than I can.

As I go through this process, I ask for your prayers: may God show me His will, and may my will not interfere.

Go and make disciples of all nations...

15 April 2009

Fast, neat, average...

Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, USAFA Class of 1973, came here today to receive the Jabara Award. Capt Sullenberger landed the plane on the Hudson in January.

He started off his speech with the words, "fast, neat, average..." to which we all responded, "friendly, good, good." It's an academy tradition from the form O-96, the Cadet Food Acceptability Report. When we finished our half, he said, "I am one of you." A great way to gain credibility with the Cadet Wing.

Most of his actions are covered in the news - but he tried his best to share the spotlight with his crew, to mixed effects. When President Elect Obama called and invited him to the inauguration, Sullenberger accepted with the condition that his crew would also come. A great way to look out for your people.

I wrote down two of the most important things he said:

"A smart man or woman learns from his or her own experiences. A wise man or woman learns from the experiences of others. You have available the experiences of everyone who ever lived and wrote about it."

"I stand before you today as proof that our ideals are still true. And that if we work together and stay true to our ideals, there is little we cannot do."

13 April 2009

59ers

A lot has happened in the past two weeks here, but my mind's been so scattered I haven't been able to put it down on paper. Last week was really stressful, but God pulled me through. He kept pointing me to Matthew 14:31 - "You of litle faith. Why did you doubt?" I have no idea.

Easter weekend was amazing - worship and communion and basking in His love. I've learned that worship is more than standing in a pew and singing. The Greek word for worship, I'm told, actually describes a body position. And three times in Mark 5, people come up to Jesus and fall - literally - at His feet. One day every knee will bow. Why not start now?

Today, we got to hear from a four members of the class of 1959: the first General Officer to graduate from the Academy, the first graduate to enter space, a test pilot who flew 55 different planes, and the first All-American. They told us how they got in trouble, how they learned to lead, and where they went after graduation. Good stuff.

"Get to know the right people. Get to know people you can count on... and people who can count on you." - Mr. Siteman, the first All-American