Birds of a Feather

Friday Five: Funnies April 27, 2013

Filed under: The everyday — kcfeather @ 12:16 am

Sometimes, laughter really is the best medicine.

1. This video combines many of my favorite things: laughing, the Olympics, Philadelphians (the anchors), and arguably sports bloopers

2. No video, but I saw a guy in skinny jeans on a fixie crash into a parked car because he was trying to read something on his iPhone while biking in traffic. (He was ok, which is why I feel ok saying it was pretty funny)

3. Jimmy Kimmel cracks me up

4.  An oldie but goodie: Deer Crossing

5. Goats screaming like people

Happy weekend!


Friday Five April 19, 2013

Filed under: The everyday — kcfeather @ 8:01 pm


1. The news from Boston continues to hit close to home. I was somehow never removed from the MIT emergency notification list, and so last night around 11 we got an automated phone message about an active shooter on campus, followed by almost hourly text updates and notifications all through the night. We’re not sad to not be on lockdown, but are certainly thinking of all our Boston-based friends and colleagues who are stuck in their homes today.

2. On a lighter *note* – I got a ukulele for my birthday! I am not very good, but am having a lot of fun watching youtube videos and trying to learn some chords. I have almost learned “Happy Birthday” and “Amazing Grace.” Meanwhile C already taught himself “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service. Show off.

3. I keep thinking that I see snow falling…but it’s cherry blossoms! I’ll take that.

4. This article was recently pointed out to me. I was primarily taken by the photo of the cat at the beginning (since all cats are at least that scary in my mind), and passed it along to C. C’s response (in G-chat, and also in jest was) was:

the lesson i frew from that article
is make sure there isn’t a camera when you poison cats

5. Probably no surprise to anyone reading this, but if you are ever going to trivia night at a local bar, you probably want C on your team. After a (decadent) work reception at the Barnes Foundation this Wednesday, we went with some colleagues of his over to play a round of Quizzo. So long as the trivia doesn’t involve “match the tattoo to the celebrity” he’s a pretty helpful person to have around.


Patriot’s Day April 17, 2013

Filed under: Beantown — kcfeather @ 9:23 pm

If you’ll recall, the past two Aprils I enthusiastically cheered marathoners in Boston. I wasn’t there this year, since we moved, but was incredibly sad to see the initial news reports of the bombing on Monday, and even more sad as I learned just how many were injured and died. We knew several people running, and even more who were volunteering and/or cheering at the race, though so far as we can tell they are thankfully all safe and sound (but shaken).

Our thoughts this week are with the people of Boston, both friends and strangers; we are praying that peace and love will reign amidst all the fear, chaos and uncertainty.


The B-I-B-L-E April 3, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — kcfeather @ 6:11 pm

As promised, a few more words about my Lenten project of reading through the Bible. In actuality, it was a Lent-plus project, since I took a head start of about two weeks, somewhat unintentionally. I started in Genesis without a super-specific schedule in mind, but then as Lent/Ash Wednesday approached, I decided I wanted to finish by Easter.

The fact that I finished was really only possible for two reasons. First was the fact that I have a lot of free time on my hands right now, and as you can imagine, a reading project such as this requires a lot of time. Second was the timely reminder of our pastor that saying “yes” to a spiritual discipline usually also means saying “no” to something else. Goodbye, cheesy movies on Netflix. I don’t really miss you that much, it turns out!

I expected to get stuck in Leviticus, which I thought was actually not that bad, but did end up stalling out a little in Chronicles I and II, and then in Luke. I may have also texted C in desperation one day: “Joshua 13 is SO boring.”

Genesis and Acts were two of my favorite books going into the project, and they still are. But I have a new love for John, especially his Gospel and first letter, which he closes: Little children, keep yourselves from idols (1 John 5:21). And Ecclesiastes was a surprise hit. Consider:

Whoever watches the wind will not plant;

whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.

As you do not know the path of the wind,

or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,

so you cannot understand the work of God,

the Maker of all things. (Ecc. 11:4-5)

In any case, I am so glad I did this. It is a grand narrative my friends, and I often forget that when just focusing on one book or passage. Reading it through so rapidly really impressed upon me how carefully God weaves His story together with ours – and how his mercy and love are at work even in instances where that does not seem to be true.

At the same time, there is something you miss when you read so quickly. Now that the “project” has come to an end, I find myself wanting to sit with just a short passage, to take the opportunity to really chew on it, dig deep – possibly even memorize it(!) We’ll see.

Finally, my biggest piece of advice (that I did not follow) would be: if you’re going to read Paul’s letters (which I do think are worth it), read Eugene Peterson’s translation of them in The Message. So. Much. Better.