Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Back to the Homework Grind ... and, perhaps, the Blog?

OK, so I'm taking an online course through Dayton's Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation. A couple years ago I tried the Social Justice course but, true to slacker form, didn't finish it. Of course, I think I deserve a little credit for the fact that I didn't know there was some big ol' project to finish it out. Plus, I was in the middle of community craziness and all sorts of other excuses that I could concoct. Unfortunately, when Slacker Me missed the registration deadline of last Wednesday & emailed to see if I could still do it, the lady looked me up and let me know my registration info from before. Dagnabbit! I was hoping to create a new account, rather than having this "Did Not Finish" on my permanent record. It doesn't help that my account name is "sayosb" --- how's that for an in-your-face ever time I log in?

Regardless .... at some point last week my brain got away from me, and I foolishly signed myself up for Introduction to Prayer (As in all relationships, communication is vital to its sustained growth. Prayer is the means by which God and we communicate. In prayer, God invites us to a deepening and continuing relationship. At the same time, we express our thoughts, desires and needs. Prayer guides us in our everyday lives and helps us to foster an abiding relationship with the One who loves us beyond all others. This course introduces the participants to the rich tradition and experience of prayer that will enable them to continually grow in the way in which God and we communicate.) As I said, I'm not quite sure what my fingers were smoking, but I can say that my roommate is quite gleeful in her gloating that I'm actually attempting taking this course.

So, at her brainwashing suggestion, I will possibly be posting my work on both the course website and on here, with the ultimate intent that this will get me back into the long-desired BlogWorld.

Quite honestly, part of my absence from the blog has been the fact that my previous blog had to "disappear" in an organized-crime kind of way. This whole thing of having to recreate myself once more is not the most exciting, and considering that I still think that there's a lot of value to that which I typed in previous years, I'm kinda ticked that it all had to disapparate. Needless to say, rather than deleting everything, I did a "Save Post As Draft" so _I_ still have access to them, but that doesn't help people who come to my blog. But cross-posting them here doesn't really necessarily make sense either, given the changes in life circumstances.

But, I'm digressing. Suffice it to say that I don't like that my blog-personality has to begin again from scratch, and that's made me reluctant to jump those hoops again. At the same time, I miss all my bloggy connections, and want to get back that virtual community that I liked so much.

So ..... here's my schoolwork as I do it. Interspersed within it, hopefully, will be new postings and thoughts as well. Please just understand that this is not my norm, that these homeworks are reaching FAR beyond my comfort zone. But the way I figure it ...... I now have added motivation to post stuff apart from classwork, so that maybe this P-Word stuff can get lost in the shuffle.

It's a nice thought, anyway.....

And, yes, now that I'm blogging, I'll make this little place a bit more home-y .... hang some links up in the sidebar, readjust the colors, etc. Kinda stinky --- I had just gotten my HTML skillz down pat and Blogger had to change their coding. Just another speed-hump on my road to Blog-covery .....

4 comments:

lorem ipsum said...

I'll be watching.

And, if you want, checking your work.

Your audience waits on your next words!

(And welcome back, AGAIN.)

Susan Rose, CSJP said...

Hey Steph,

I just finished an online course via the VLCFF at Dayton myself - Scripture & Justice. Right now I'm supposed to be taking the New Testament course, but haven't had time to start. Already behind! :(

Glad to see you back in the bloggy world. I've missed you...

Sally said...

glad you are back- prayers for a smoother ride!!!

Garpu the Fork said...

Some of those courses look interesting...

OK, how's this? I goad you into doing your homework, if you goad me into working on the dissertation. Carrot meet stick, stick meet carrot. :)