Updated team list

A few more names have been added to the team list for the Kenya trip. I don’t recognize any of them except Audrey Lindsey, a former Mountain T.O.P. AIM summer staff member. Please keep all of us in prayer:

  • John Carney
  • Tom Dodson
  • Bill Joy
  • April Klabzuba
  • Audrey Lindsey
  • Kylene McDonald
  • Janet Patterson
  • Jan Schilling
  • Carolyn Schussler
  • David Schussler
  • Jim Upton
  • Shirley Upton
  • Mary Margaret Willems
  • Nadina Wooding


  • Debra Snellen
  • Bob Willems
  • Gail Drake
  • Frank Schroer


  • Paul and Grace Mbithi, Kibera
  • Pastor Israel (Full name not listed), Kisii

Our pre-field training will be April 29-May 1.

I feel like I am running behind on my fund-raising. I had been waiting to send a new newsletter until Pastor Paul’s visit, so that I could maybe include a photo of me with Paul and Grace.

Words to live by

“An escalator can never break. It can only become stairs.”
— Mitch Hedberg

Comedy Central re-ran one of Mitch’s standup specials tonight, and then after the end credits they had an “in memory” photo of him and played the snippet transcribed above.

Intermittent blogcasting

Those of you who don’t normally follow the comments for particular blog posts might want to take note of the discussion that has erupted over the nomenclature for a particular web site maintained by one of my two brothers. The site is in what I would consider the format of a blog, but my brother doesn’t use that term because he posts to it only sporadically, not on a regular basis. The comment section contains several imaginative (read, completely unlikely) suggestions for how to describe such an enterprise.

Which raises the question, what constitutes a blog? How often must one post to a blog? And, as Michael and the other commenters have been discussing, what do you call something that isn’t a blog?

April Fools roundup

A lot of April Fools’ pranks today, but several I want to point out:

Star Trek.com has a complete April Fool’s site. Look around, and do not miss the opening credits for “Klingon Eye For The Starfleet Guy.”

The witty TV commentary site TeeVee.org has a funny site every April Fools’ — I especially loved two years ago, when they did a parody of the ABC network web site in which ABC (which was then in the doldrums) had switched to an all-reality format. This year’s site has completely made-up blogs supposedly by Dan Rather, Matthew Perry, and other TV personalities.

I received a copy of the The Wittenburg Door‘s occasional e-newsletter today, and it started with an item about Trinity Foundation selling the Door to the publishers of Christianity Today.

Mitch Hedberg

Strategic Grill LocationsOne of my all-time favorite standup comedians, Mitch Hedberg, was found dead in his hotel room this morning. He was only 37; cause of death has not yet been announced.

Hedberg had a wonderful comic persona. You might compare him to Steven Wright, but more whimsical.

Here’s a page of quotes from Mitch’s act. Some involve strong language. Some also involve drug use; I know Mitch mostly from TV appearances, where a lot of the drug jokes tend to be skipped. I had always hoped that his spaced-out persona was just an act.

King of all media

This morning, I stopped by WLIJ / WZNG to tape a 60-second public service announcement promoting the Nashville Symphony concert in Shelbyville. Longtime readers know that I worked in radio during high school and for a year after college, so I always enjoy chances like this to dip my toe back in the waters.

Then, this afternoon, I taped an appearance on “Marilyn and Company,” a local public access cable TV program hosted by Marilyn Ewing. We talked a little about the symphony concert, a little about my mission trips and a little about the newspaper. The program will air weekend after next.

Tonight, I stopped by my alma mater, Cascade High School, to take photos for the newspaper of the cast of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” under the direction of Jan Hall, who hasn’t changed very much since she was my favorite high school teacher in the late 1970s. The choice of Oscar Wilde is a little surprising, however; Jan usually chooses huge-cast, no-name slapsticky things in order to draw as many parents to the theater as possible.