Sunday, October 28, 2007

we miss you, big red couch.

Monday: Rob & Lisa's.
We'll worship & pray & chat & eat ...
See you then.

Friday, October 26, 2007

paradigm destabilizers

1. Allow yourself to be thoroughly, extraordinarily, radically bored.
Resist the regular hustle of daily life.
Who knows what you might learn.

2. Play with children; dream with the elderly.

3. Write a poem; learn a new craft or art form; resist the temptation to compare your work with others, especially with stuff in stores and galleries.

4. Go dumpster diving or second-hand shopping; see old as new. Better yet, reverse the exercise: bring items back to the thrift store.

5. Clean up after others the next time you use a public bathroom. Taste the humility in the process. Brag about this to friends; just kidding, monitor your self-righteousness.

6. Talk differently. Maybe slow down your phraseology. Or insert the words "like" and "totally" several times in a sentence; pay attention to how that makes you feel.

7. Study history.

8. Forgo the trip to a less-industrialized country. Meet new immigrants from that region; listen to their stories, assist as needed. Or, hang out with marginalized people in your community.

9. Pick up a book by an author with whom you strongly disagree and read it with interest.

10. Visit a church from a strange denomination. Better yet, visit a new faith (or no-faith) group and embrace difference.

11. Shave your head. Wear the same clothes for four days straight. Or keep the store-tag on your shirt if you buy one new.

12. Watch your TV for 15 minutes with it turned off. Read only words written by women. Eat from another person's plate in a restaurant.

13. Put your fork down between every single bite and really eat.

14. The next time a telephone solicitor calls, veer from the script. Aim to humanize the encounter; ask him where his office is located;
ask her what the weather's like there.

15. When a clerk or sales rep hands you a coupon, hand it back and say, "Oh, I don't need that, I have too much money already."

(geez, summer 07)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

paradigm stabilizers

1. Keep busy.

2. Keep moving: travel as much as possible, and when you do, find
familiar restaurants.

3. Find the most efficient route to work, to school. Then don't stray
from your patterns.

4. Mingle with like-minded people; avoid cross-cultural, inter-racial,
trans-class encounters.

5. Make smart financial decisions, consider market forces natural.

6. Don't do anything foolish; avoid awkward situations; avoid danger.
Get various alarm systems.

7. Avoid people who talk to themselves.

8. Think nasty thoughts about SUV drivers.

9. Watch TV, movies; migrate to four-cornered screens of any kind.

10. Like the average North American, spend 90 percent of your time indoors.

(geez, summer07)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

out of the living room (updated)

Ok guys,
so we've talked about wanting to try some different places to get out of the living room once a month...
so we're gonna do it.
this monday.

We're gonna roll up our sleeves, sort, pack, work at Salvation Army in Burlington.
Check out for directions (click on 'find us')
The address is: 1800 Appleby Line, Unit 14, Burlington
(please note there are a few sally ann churches, don't go to that one.we want to go to the community services one/food bank one)

times: Meet at Sally Ann @ 6:30
what: they told us to dress in work clothes, so im sure we'll be sorting, moving, and working hard!
we can then hang out at a pub or something afterwards if we so desire.

so dinner folks - you are off the hook this week!

that's all!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Thursday, October 11, 2007

October 15 ...

This Monday ... Quarry goes to the country!

We're off to Copetown to a great outdoor evening at Rebecca's home!

We'll see the stars (no streetlights out there!), have a bonfire, worship together and much more ...

To carpool from Burlington, meet at Rhonda's at 6:15 (439 Smith Ave).
Otherwise, we'll see you chez Dykstra (853 Powerline Road East, Copetown) at 6:45.

Bring your warmest clothes and favourite marshmallow-roasting stick.

See you Monday ... I can't wait!

Oh, and please remember to check the meal calendar.

Saturday, October 06, 2007


Happy Tofurkey Day!
No Quarry this week ...
See you next Monday!
Stay posted for details ...

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Hey folks so we talked about this last night in our brainstorming evening, so I registered us this morning as a team. To make a long story short this is a ride to raise money to support refugees (Micah house is one of the benefactors) Check out the web site for more info, but I think we are going to do the 25km route.

If you go to the web site you can add yourself to the team. Our team name is Quarry and I am the captain. You can check out the web site for all the details like having people make pledges online or track things yourself. Attached is the paper pledge sheet and a poster. I also set us a goal for us of $500, its $50 a rider to raise and I am guessing 10 of us are available ? If you are missing a bike, I am sure we can find one. (You can also sponser the team online as well)

Mark Eade

Thanks Marky!