Blade Runner 2049

Generally I'm not into big-budget action movies...primarily because there's usually too much violence for my taste and a lack of meaningful story and character development.

I have never seen the original Blade Runner film, and I had absolutely no expectations about Blade Runner 2049. 

When Justin suggested we go to a movie last Saturday, I was ALL IN because it was a rainy day, and movies on rainy days are delightful. 

He had wanted to see Blade Runner 2049, and after we noticed an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, we decided to go for it.  

I thought it was excellent! I'd give it 9 out of 10. Great script. Great acting. 

The special effects are incredible, and the story is very compelling. There are all sorts of twists and turns. There were three points in the film when the violence was too unappealing for me so I closed my eyes. I'm quite prone to nightmares so I have to be really careful about the images that go in. Other than that, I liked the film a lot. 

If you see it, you'll have to let me know! I'd be curious to hear your thoughts. 


Philippians 4:1-9

Yesterday morning I had the opportunity to travel to Cannon Falls, MN to visit the people of St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church for their adult education hour. It may be one of the most architecturally unique churches in the synod. I learned yesterday it was built in 1969. Outside the church are all sorts of lovely trees! I had to snap a photo before worship yesterday. The changing leaves. Radiant.

At St. Ansgar's, they host an adult education forum once per month rather than every week. It sounds like this approach tends to boost participation and it prevents the planning folks from getting overwhelmed with responsibilities.

We explored the topic of interpersonal communications for our hour together. I am so grateful for the opportunity to dive deeply into this topic with people because it's something that impacts all of our lives (personal, professional, and congregational), but we rarely the chance to think intentionally about the helps and hindrances of good communication. It was a great morning!

For worship, Rev. Randy preached. The central text for the day was Philippians 4:1-9. It is a passage of encouragement from Paul to the people of Philippi. I hope it lends a little encouragement your direction today, too. Have a good start to a new week.
"Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you." - Philippians 4:1-9


This week's column

This week's column is about our niece, Lady Sophia and her wisdom.

Here's the link. 


Two columns

Good morning!

Two Post-Bulletin columns from last week:

1) About Las Vegas & guidance & changing our minds

2) Worship Life featuring Christy Cass

I hope you're having a good week! (Hoping to get into a regular blogging practice again next week. Things are calming down to a more normal, consistent pace. Wahoo!)


Happy birthday to my husband!

Happy birthday, Justin.

You are a wonderful son, brother, uncle, woodworker, husband, partner, employee, friend, and human.

Finn and I love you so much.

Have a terrific day and an incredible year!



My friend Maggie died this week. She was a phenomenal, hilarious, witty, brilliant, gracious person. She was full of joy - a pastor, mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. It's hard to imagine a world without Maggie in it. I feel so grateful for having had the chance to know her.

Maggie died after complications that resulted from what was thought to be a run-of-the-mill laparoscopic gallbladder removal.

Please hold her husband, two young children, family, congregation, synod, and friends in your prayers.

It has been so special and meaningful to see all the photos and videos folks are posting on Facebook of Maggie. She brought so much joy and humor to the universe.

Here's one of our seminary graduation day. And then one of a friend gathering maybe 6 years ago. And one with Carl Kassell from a taping of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me in 2009.

Here's a great way to get to know Maggie's spark: her blog. She started blogging way back in 2011, and she always had the best posts.

We miss you, Maggie. Thank you for the gift of knowing you.



Last night Justin and I attended two events at Forager! First was a forum on affordable housing hosted by Med City Beat. Three local leaders spoke about their individual perspectives on the issue and then the attendees had a chance to make statements and ask questions.

Then we attended a fermentation class! We won tickets through The Radish, a periodic insert in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

We learned about fermenting fruits and veggies. We also learned about making kombucha. Bonus: we got to eat chicken wings and a variety of fermented foods including carrots, veggies, kimchi, and kraut. The leaders of the class sent us home with a jar of fermented blueberries and a SCOBY to start our own kombucha. So cool!

Do you eat fermented foods? Make them? What are your favorites?


Happy weekend

This week's column is about bees. Here's the link. 

Hope you've had a good weekend!

I got to see my friend (and roomie last summer), Anna! Whoot whoot!

Justin and I volunteered at Mixology last night which supports Hiawatha Homes. It was a blast.

Today I pulpit supplied at Trinity & Wanamingo Lutheran Churches.

Tonight = dinner with friends.

And Josh & Sweta got their American reception wedding pics back. 

Weekends fly! Trying to savor the moments!


Rochester Flag Project

Have you heard of Rochester's flag project?

I'm serving on the committee that's helping with the process, and it is has been massively educational! We met last night from 5:30-8:30pm to look at the first round entires. The public will soon be voting on round 1 as well!

Prior to this experience, I had no real awareness of flag design principles. 

Here's the website to learn more. 

Here are five basic principles:

  1.  KEEP IT SIMPLE: A child should be able to draw it from memory.
  2.  USE MEANINGFUL SYMBOLISM: The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
  3. USE 2-3 COLORS: Limit the number of colors on the flag to three, which contrast well and come from the standard color set.
  4. 4. NO LETTERING OR SEALS: Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.
  5. 5. BE DISTINCTIVE OR BE RELATED: Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.
Interesting, eh? 

Round 2 will be starting soon, so if you're local, consider contributing a design and/or voting!