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Leaving for Steamboat Colorado early Wednesday morning June 30th from John Wayne Airport, OC to attend the Soulation Retreat. I am just finishing up a Keynote presentation “Consecrated Space | People and Place” to present on the morning of June 31st. So far the presentation is killer! (so much for humility) I will be posting [...]

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God | G_d – I am here, 6/31/10 – 7/1/10am, Steamboat, CO

4am – awake – pray – all was packed last night – Keynote presentation was completed yesterday, tested to work well on a TV screen by remote from my iPhone. All is good. 5:10am, bags in hand, I land downstairs to find Jack is up watching Sports Center and ready to take me to the [...]

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Cimarron, 7/01/10, Steamboat, CO

I meet with Philip and Savannah in the Holiday Inn Lobby and we walk into Rex’s – Our waitress Bailey brings me Coffee (Bailey’s and Coffee – I thought that cute), after that, conversation goes deep starting with the idea of intellectual feeding and consummation as a discharge … I am later introduced by Philip to  Emmanuel Levinas and [...]

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Ink, 7/02/10, Steamboat, CO

Sounds and smells of breakfast tell me morning is come. I am in the loft at the Cimarron and hardly slept at all. I think it was the late afternoon coffee… I come down stairs where Ellyn has coffee ready, home made breakfast breads and scone, quiche in the oven. It isn’t long before Ben, [...]

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White Woods, 7/03/10, Steamboat, CO

Today is the day we are all scheduled for our hike through White Woods. First: Coffee and a left over scone. Everyone is sleeping. I randomly open  Jewish Christian Dialogue, Drawing Honey From the Rock and start reading a bit about Neoplatonism and realize many of my views are Neoplatonic. For some reason this is [...]

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TUBING Independence Day. 7/04/10, Steamboat, CO

The morning starts with the Blog – the house sleeps, I visit Joshua Bell’s version of Chaconne hearing a bit about Bach’s life from BACH & Friends HD… I catch up to Dale’s observations of the retreat on Firstyeardad. Ben is the first to emerge. We pick up JCVD from where we left off. Barry [...]

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Tears from Grace. 7/05/10, Steamboat, CO

Wake, pack, straighten my area in the loft… our breakfast from Ellyn awaits in the kitchen below. Everyone at the Soulation Retreat gathers together for our last meal together. We are asked if we had expectations leading into the retreat and how our expectations were met. One by one each person relates what they brought [...]

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Calvary. 7/06/10, Albuquerque, NM

Brian wakes me at 7am. A cup of coffee awaits me after my shower and shave. The sharp New Mexico light cuts through the crisp morning air. In the car, we joke a bit on things as we head from Brian’s house to CCA. Some of the coffee in the cup I take from the [...]

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Sleeping Through. 7/07/10, Albuquerque, NM

A rap at the door, morning wake-up from Brian, coffee brewing downstairs. I decide I will stay at the Nixon Household rather than go in to Calvary to work on the FBA website. Awoke thinking of identity constructed for us by others… how that looks in a life determined for us by exterior perceptions. On [...]

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Bugging Jack, Making Progress. 7/08/10, Albuquerque, NM

Wake, coffee, emails, log/blog…. get the first bucket page for the FBA online. Skype for hours with Jack in California about code and stuff to set up a template so I can complete the first temporary site. At Calvary Alb, after lunch, I continue to work and Skype. Brian comes into the coffee house for [...]

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Work Day. 7/09/10, Albuquerque, NM

Early up / coffee / pack Camera gear and laptop and head out with Brain to downtown Albuquerque to meet Brandi, Khahn and Nikki from the Calvary Albuquerque Graphic Design Department. I work with Nikki about using her camera in manual and assign them all to look for and photograph texture and form compositionally. Later [...]

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Calvary Tohlakai, First On a Navajo Reservation. 7/10/10, Albuquerque, NM

We wake early, the Nixon Clan and I, soon joined by Gil, we take off to get Sam. We are on our way to the Navajo Reservation near Gallop, New Mexico. This is the day of Landoll’s ordination and the official beginning of Calvary Tohlaki. We arrive on the reservation after a two and half [...]

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I’m Just A Cephalopod. 7/11/10, Albuquerque, NM

The will be a simple one – I am editing photos and processing them for the rest of the day. That is it. Until the World Cup Final comes on TV. The Nixon home is a soccer home (soccer horns and all – no not like one would imagine – they just own soccer horns [...]

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Jemez. 7/12/10, Albuquerque, NM

Water was poured, lunches made, chips and brownies packed – the Nixon Clan and I take off for a day in the Jemez Mountains. First stop Jemez Reservation: fried bread (honey and powder sugar), Indian Tacos, Velvet Ants. We take a little walk and shoot some photos. We move on to Battleship – deciding to [...]

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Happy Birthday, Brian. 7/13/10, Albuquerque, NM

The day starts with a simple plan – finish editing the Jemez photos, post the log, phone conference with Jack at 3pm… Work the morning from teh  Nixon kitchen table. After lunch, I leave with Brian for Calvary Albuquerque to work from Salomon’s Porch. On the drive we discuss what Brian believes is the overuse [...]

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A Simple Day Ends WIth The Law. 7/14/10, Albuquerque, NM

Brian leaves for work, Mel leaves for day one (of four) of work, Isaiah packs and leaves for a two day camping trip with friends, Sutherland and Cailan watch TV (spongebob, iCarly, suite life on deck [Disney Channel]), I start my day on the laptop. Lewis and Blake sing. I talk to Barry on the [...]

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Afternoon With Skip. 7/15/10, Albuquerque, NM

Spend the  morning working on the FBA website deciding to to make a few PDF downloads instead of a web page FULL of text… so I work on the slide show information PDF and realize I haven’t all the image files I need – maybe I can hook into my computer back in CA. (?) [...]

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Standing In The Sun. 7/16/10, Albuquerque, NM

The morning is a simple one again – catch up on the log/blog, emails, return a call from Adrienne. I notice a beautifully packaged Screwtape Letters (CDs and DVD) sitting on the counter near the kitchen, and ask to watch with Cailan. We watch the actors preform teh readings in the making of the audio [...]

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Turner and Blakes, Lizards On a Rock. 7/17/10, Albuquerque, NM

It is a puffy morning: me head is stuffed like a cotton sack. I wake late, in time for a large scrambled egg and sausages breakfast. Having had a steady diet of children’s TV programing over the week, this morning was too much, the tipping of the glass. Not having young children, I can only [...]

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Plant. 7/18/10, Albuquerque, NM

It is Sunday. I opt not to go with Brian to Calvary Alb at 7am but will be there to work on the FBA site at Solomon’s Porch around 10:30 am. We leave at 2pm and EVERYONE NAPS. An early dinner on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Brian and I leave for San Dimas Indian Resort [...]

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Zero. 7/19/10, Albuquerque, NM

This is a day – for the Nixons, a day off from work, a day where Isaiah picks up his drivers license (and encounters the infamous frustration of a visit to the DMV), chores are done around the house, travel prep takes place: Mel and the kids leave in the morning for California by car [...]

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Chevy Graveyard (Last Day In Albuquerque). 7/20/10, Albuquerque, NM

It is my last day in Albuquerque. Mel and the kids and Cousin John finish packing the SUV for the road trip to California. We see them all off, surfboards, bicycles and tents. Brian and i head out – he to work at Calvary, me to be dropped off on 4th street to explore on [...]

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Piercings. 7/21/10, Steamboat, CO

Brian and I leave early for the airport. I am leaving Albuquerque. It is 6;30 am and there is a rainbow lit by the morning sun in the western sky. Brian is Slipperman and  I am Jean Boy. We hug goodbye – perhaps to continue in October… Flight to Denver is quick. Next to me [...]

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The Lives of Others. 7/22/10, Steamboat, CO

Ellyn makes a breakfast for us retreaters: something new and delicious this morning: a Green Chili Egg Puff… Hoops shares with me from a book by Nouwen on education (copied from Amazon): “Nouwen renounces fostering an atmosphere of fear caused by competition (mainly over grades), taking advantage of one’s position of authority, or treating class [...]

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Remembering Maggie. 7/23/10, Steamboat, CO

Today is the day of the Whitewoods hike. A late morning for most as many sleep in. By 11 we are carpooling to Whitewoods. Along the way grasses/grains (?) have been mowed and bailed into rectangles and rolls. At Whitewoods the corgis great us and lunch is on the picnic table, giftwrapped in paper sacks. [...]

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Inception. 7/24/10, Steamboat, CO

Mornings are late this time around at Cimarron. I am typing in my room when Nate knocks on the door. He has returned from breakfast with his Mom and came to see if I wanted to go into town with the rest of the gang. We watch a quick preview of the Sigur Rós documentary [...]

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Meaning and Themes. 7/25/10, Steamboat, CO

Wake at 8am and dash upstairs. Everyone is gathering around the table – I quickly jot down email addresses and phone numbers from the group. I have a brief moment with Eric to discuss the  idea of  Corinthians 1,  3:16 &  6:19 Greek : one plural ‘you’ and one single ‘you’. (discussing the phrases most [...]

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First in 2011: 02/08-12/11, OAKLAND, CA

I didn’t log this trip as it was primarily medical in nature – but a great opportunity to see friends and document two cathedrals in Oakland. Recap: Oakland/Lakeport/Oakland/Alemeda Jack drops me off at John Wayne airport, Orange County for the quick hop up to Oakland on the red and blue of Southwest Airlines. I note [...]

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Nashville Bound, 02/23/11, Nashville, TN

Jack drops me off at John Wayne and  I am happy to find very short security and no bag search (again) Turn on the iPhone – there are texts from Nixon & Fincher- we are all traveling – Finchers are in Indiana http://firstyeardad.wordpress.com/ (Dale is counting down the days that One Year Dad will end [...]

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Day 1 C3, 02/24/11, Nashville, TN

Morning starts with a driving lap around Opryland due to a wrong turn but we make good time none the less. From the 40 West I see through the gray morning a shape in downtown Nashville – the twin spires of an enormous Gothic Cathedral – Nashville just got exciting – this has a Cathedral [...]

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The Winds of Change 02/25/11 Nashville, TN

Last night I couldn’t really sleep – was given the direction to talk to Tony about Vo – then I went to sleep…………… Nixon and I are out the door a little after 7am. I crave coffee. St. Georges is offering continental breakfast – that is where we are headed – the roads are dry [...]

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On My Own, Last Day C3 02/26/11, Nashville, TN

I am up and out early though I feel like sleeping in. Brian attends the Radio show here at the Opery while I attend last day of C3 conference. Drive to conference in the rental car. Andy Crouch starts off the show – a worship – his powerful voice and song choice crack me emotionally [...]

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Severe Storm Watch, 02/27/11, Nashville, TN

$3.50 for coffee and off to morning worship with Steve and Brian.. It is a morning service for NRB (it’s Sunday).  It is a classic Rock-n-Roll Black-Box Service (BBS) with a comedian celebrity pastor (DVD’s of his performance are sold outside the Hotel ballroom). Concerns of canceled or delayed flights are being expressed for flights [...]

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Arrival NYC, 02/28/11, NY, NY

Brian leaves for conference and I discover that the hotel room DOES have a coffee maker. Storm Watch is on TV. I check flight status: flight has not been canceled or delayed (yet). Check emails: My sister Victoria and Niece Elizabeth are sick with cold – they live in Burbank where it snowed (Southern CA!!) [...]

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What I learned at C3, 03/01/11, NY, NY

What I learned at C3 I learned that according to sociologist definition I am not an adult, but still an “Emerging Adult.” I do not have a steady job, a wife, children (the responsibilities of adulthood), I am in a stretched out period of the 18 to early 20’s classified as “Emerging Adult.” This is [...]

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Chillaxing In FiDi, 03/01/11, NY, NY

Wake at 8. I eat in the common area downstairs where a small continental breakfast is available, watching the occupants pour out into the streets on their way to Tuesday morning work. Sometimes I think it would be grand to have a regular job. This is an amazing place (condos) . I spend the morning [...]

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Not THAT trip…03/02/11, NY, NY

Early morning Scott is on the phone taking care of business. I have a hard time getting up and out, but eventually do with camera and lenses. Start with a quick stop at Trinity Church. Take photos. Take two from looking into The Palms restaurant for Jack. Walk  the route to the IAM conference taking [...]

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Day 1 IAM Encounter, 03/03/11, NY, NY

Wake slowly again, coffee, watch the Drs on TV  http://www.thedoctorstv.com/ What about your health does your body tell you? Head upstairs to work – Ruth is there working, – we talk  for over an hour. It is noon. Another coffee with Ruth. Purchase jefflefever.net (a new website will be launched on Saturday. Pack up to [...]

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Day 2 IAM, 03/04/11, NY, NY

Barely sleep–maybe 90 minutes. Day starts off early – ends late, in brief: Shave beard. Thank Scott for the stay – he will be in New Jersey for the weekend. Stop at St. Peter’s (oldest Catholic Parish in NYC) for early morning Mass IAM Encounter day 2, will  fill in on the train to Connecticut… [...]

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Day 3 IAM, 03/05/11, NY, NY

Last night was a late night – log the day briefly before heading out to the 3rd and final day of IAM. (This is another very brief sketch of a log) Late leaving for Tribreca, take the 1 line Uptown arriving in a few minutes at the Starbucks below the Cosmopolitan Hotel – use my [...]

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Smackdown, 03/06/11, Connecticut

Who put the cotton in my head? Foggy – still trying to keep the cold at bay. No time for sickness. Clean my area at Scott’s place, shower, pack. Talk to Karin in Connecticut. Soon we will have 34 year reunion. It is raining. Subway uptown to Grand Central and buy a ticket for the [...]

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Day 2 of the Cold, 03/07/11, Chicago

Wake at 8:30 – not feeling well – do yesterday’s log. Meet Karin and John downstairs at 9:30. Karin offers me coffee, orange juice – she baked banana bread, makes a fruit smoothie. We take a walk on there property overlooking the largest natural reserve in Connecticut. It beckons me to return to take photos. [...]

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Blue Skies Above, 03/08/11, Chicago, IL

My hosts’ instructions were to sleep in, wake and have coffee (it was readied for the double push of a button) – use the 4th floor of the rectory home to relax and write: collect myself. This is correct. I will collect myself. Working on the mocha latte colored granite counter top in the kitchen, [...]

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In the Tub, Ash Wed, 03/09/11, Chicago, IL

Still recouping from my cold – it is almost gone. Not pushing my self. Make coffee. Vasco, I read in email, is now able to swallow. Many prayers – prayers never stop. Go over possible Paris itinerary in emails with Adrienne. I will be trying to accomplish much for the two weeks I will be [...]

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Churches, 03/10/11, Chicago, IL

Wake and enter the kitchen for coffee – Gary has left out the Rice Chex, a coffee mug, and bus fare (he helped me map the locations for today’s church shoot). Hit the L, bundled up and with full gear backpack. First stop is St Alphonsus. The church is open but the lights are off [...]

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Museum, 03/11/11, Chicago, IL

Sporadic sleep, wake early – 8.9 Earthquake off Japan, tsunami warning for Hawaii. Morning starts with ominous news. Stay glued to news to see if threat to Hawaii and California is real. At this time 280 reported dead in Japan. Catch the bus to the museum. Meet Art at the bus stop. A Jewish lad [...]

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Memphis Ribs, 03/12/11, Memphis, TN

Wake /pack/ news… Nuclear reactor in Japan has exploded. Watching the devastation in Japan from the quake/tsunami. Charles, the Atonement Organist stayed in one of the guest rooms, he awakes and we talk – he fills me in on about 7 more churches I missed. Chicago! I do declare! Looks like a July trip will [...]

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Prayer Room, 03/13/11, Memphis, TN

Last night the bed broke. A joint in the fold up frame broke so it would not support the corner of the air mattress. I walk downstairs. Morning coffee with Savannah. We talk quite the while  (or I talk and Savannah is kind enough to listen)… I forget this is Sunday, Philip is at church [...]

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Rainy Day, 03/14/11, Memphis, TN

Amydog does not like the rain. It is raining. Smells of Cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven greet me in the kitchen. Savannah and Philip go to the gym. I read Philip’s post on JOB at the Soulation website. http://soulation.org/breakfastreading/?p=40 Continue the travel log and the IAM notes. It is a Monday in Memphis. Philip [...]

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$16 of Breaded Grease Southern Style, 03/15/11, Memphis, TN

Wake around 9:30am and make coffee. Today’s goal, finish and post my IAM notes. Finished. Post notes. Get new music from Philip – we all lounge around the office – it is a cloudy day in Memphis. Dinner time. There was a chorus on the plane when I asked what I should do in Memphis, [...]

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