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Soulation Retreats and Calvary Albuquerque

Steamboat Bound

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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