Wednesday, August 09, 2006


I am working on a cover letter for a position in Ottawa – I had been putting it off – thank God that I realized today that this is the last day to apply. OPPS. I’ve been a bit all over the place…I would have been devastated if I had missed this one!

God has been blessing me – though I do not have any word on job things yet – I have been blessed with a week to pack my belongings and yesterday a good LIS friend of mine sent me an early graduation care package! Wow; it was absolutely perfect – a cozy mystery book, handmade soaps, hand rolled incense, beautiful Indian candle holders (for tea lights), a bath ball (one of those fizzy ones) and a lovely card! I felt loved and noticed – she had each of these things individually wrapped… and it is all so fragrant. Such a lovely surprise. Really encouraging.

Well, back to writing this cover letter. These are never easy to write!!! (And I feel like I am falling asleep sitting here, trying to write it).

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Delicious new simple summer meal

I got this recipe idea from a cookbook called the book lover’s cookbook:
(with a little bit of variation on the bread)

fresh sliced Italian, French or Sourdough bread
brush olive oil on top of slices
layer with slices of cucumber,
then a layer of sliced tomato with lemon-pepper sprinkled on top,
then place one slice of Swiss cheese on top of these two layers.
broil for a couple of minutes, until cheese is melted.


(Note: I am going on the old calendar for fasting as I hope to be in Ottawa by later august and my church is old calendar)


I am handing in my last assignment today at 1.30. All of my work for my MLIS degree is now over. In other words, God got me through the last two years and without Him I would of given up, or at least I would have ruined myself in the process…

Now I feel more focused and I am trying to be more aware of God and needing to be in His will … I am officially in the transition between my school-life and my work-life and hope the transition will involve a move and job soon in Ottawa.

Meanwhile I am trying to learn to look to God and praise Him in the midst of great uncertainty.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

more about books

i wrote this list for our MLIS Zine... has a few different things than the post i was tagged for...

Books I love:
The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
The Other Side of the Sun by Madeline L’ Engle (I also love her Crosswick Journals and The Young Unicorns)
The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris

Anything by:
Agatha Christie
Dorothy L. Sayers (esp. the Lord Peter mysteries)
Amanda Cross
The poets Jane Kenyon, Donald Hall
Annie Dilliard
Madeline L’ Engle

Books I want to read:
Books that trace the changing thoughts of humanity through the decades, centuries
Letters by TS Eliot
Books and Journals by Virginia Woolfe
The picture of dorian grey by Oscar Wilde– found the discussion in influence fascinating
This Ever Diverse pair by Owen Barfield
Writings by Gabriel Marcel
Homilies by John Chrysostom
Sayings of the Desert Fathers

List complied by Elizabeth, August 2, 2006

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

look! i did my first 'tag' entry; on BOOKS.

Okay—I did the book list that Victoria asked me too. Of course I often went beyond writing about just ONE book. :) Thanks for asking me to do this one Victoria... :)

People I would want to hear from and thus Tag are:

churchmouse Cheryl and cathedraldweller M-Z…

and anyone else who wants to do it and reads this blog (be sure to post a comment so I know to go to your blog)

1. One book that changed your life:

the scent of water by Elizabeth Goudge

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:

the Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
the circle of quiet by Madeline L’ Engle (and many others by her, including the young unicorns)

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:

the Bible

4. One book that made you laugh:

I keep thinking of a person from my old church who read Jan Karon’s Mitford series and laughed. For myself… I love calvin and hobbes; does this count?! I find the snobbishness in the joy of cooking deliciously funny; I think I have found the brother cadfael’s books to have made me laugh; I find that I laugh more because I feel that I have found a great book, not because of the humour. On the other hand I have a distinct feeling that I am forgetting about a book that made me laugh that I read in the last few months…

5. One book that made you cry:

green dolphin street by Elizabeth Goudge

6. One book that you wish had been written:

When I read the scent of water I wanted to write a book like it. I must admit that I have never thought, oh, I wish I wrote this book. Rather I think, I like how this author communicates; what do I have to communicate and how to do I find the way best to do so, which may include finding out what I best write and how—this could be summarized as searching for my own authorial voice.

7. One book that you wish had never been written:

I have not really thought about this, or in this way. I guess I am pretty much thinking that things in the past cannot be changed, and so I leave it at this. Besides this, I think it is significant to look at how books effect people’s understanding of the world, so I would rather understand lots of the books of the past and present and see what they fit into to see how the have effected the present.

8. One book you’re currently reading:

miss pym disposes by Josephine Tey
In the Heart of Old Canada by William Wood (published in 1913)

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:

I have been meaning to finish the stone carvers; and This Ever Diverse Pair by owen barfield; books that explore the thought of the past and how it is influncing things now; I have yet to figure out what to read to explore this further. I am supposed to read The Brothers Karamazov but well, I just could not get into it….maybe I will try again sometime. I rather lack the will power and desire to. (which I know must appear heritical on so many levels). I have started reading the picture of dorian grey and found the concept of influence facinating. I have started also reading volume one of TS Eliot’s letters and someday look forward to reading more Virgina Woolfe; a lot of my Bloomsbury-era books are still in Michigan. I also want to read a bit more of May Sarton, esp. her journals, maybe one of her novels (I have not tried them yet) and have so many other books that are still in Michigan… sigh. I think G. Marcel would be a good one to read too; well. So much for that! And eventually I am going to need to read a bit more theology; though I have no idea what…

Phone Calls

I have gotten a cell phone, while I was in Ottawa, for job searching etc (to have an Ottawa phone number). Today I was in my last consumer health class and my phone lit up (it was on silent) with an Ottawa number calling. My heart dropped and rose all at once; of course I could not take the call. I did Google the number and tried the GEDS directory and also Canada411, and double-checked the job agency numbers I am going though, all to no avail. So after class I called them back, left my name and number and invited them to call back and I would be happy to take their call. It was Public Works verifying my address change (they had an old one on file and I was not sure how to change it). So this was good – they have the right contact information – but wow. I was really hoping it was a call for an interview! This waiting, though it is not killing me, it is hard at times.

I have one assignment left and I am packing my house this coming week. My little London church’s feast day is this weekend and the Bishop is coming. I have not met this Bishop yet, and it is strange for me as I plan on relocating to Ottawa in a matter of weeks, Lord Willing and feel my life is at my Ottawa church, which means a different Bishop. Hmmm. My life, it is vaguely complicated I think. Though complications, sometimes, can be fun.

I am doing a lot of trusting and praying about the fact that I do not have a place to live yet for one month’s time and no job yet; just a city I love and a church that feels like home…

(Not that I think moving to Ottawa will solve all problems, actually I am aware that this will not be the case; however I have found a place with good transportation, various friends and a church that has become home).