On the weekend of March 9 Ė 11, 2007 the Southern
Appalachian Young Friends gathered at W. †
Wow! This retreat
was more work, less free time! Which is not a bad thing!!! I feel that everyone
here contributed so much time and effort on helping those in need yesterday,
that we have found what we are actually here for....HELPING HANDS! (That made a
little more sense in my head, but you know what I mean!). I had a lot of fun
racing the bikes down to ď
††††††††††††††††††††††† Love always,
P.S. Casey...you donít owe me a dance anymore! I give up! And...yea....Iím through now!!
P.P.S. Max...you need to do something new with your hair...it looks weird not all colorful! I ♥you!
P.P.P.S. Samantha...I love your pants! They is as sexy as you be! Hehe! I ♥ u sissy!
You SAYFers are truly awesome! I was concerned about how the service retreat would work out. How would we find our work? Would we know what to do? Would we work safely? Would the work be done with Spirit? Having seen everything work out beautifully, I hear small voice saying ďOh ye of little faith...Ē. Once again I have learned to trust in the SAYF community and in individuals who comprise it.
Lovely, Spiritual Hard-working even playfully working SAYFers, I thank you for making this a beautiful, and for me fulfilling retreat.
††††††††††††††††††††††† - Sig
This was a great retreat. I had fun fixing the lawn tractor. She thinks my lawn tractors sexy. Well Jacob got his newbie bearing when he got dragged by the lawn mower!! Well this may be my last retreat till sayma so I will relieve my DJ duties to George and give my offensive jokes to Joseph. Well I gtg.
††††††††††† Love yall
I really liked my first retreat and every thing we did. The retreat got me out and about. I also met a lot of other people. I was the newbie & I didnít know what was going on, but I caught on quickly. †††††††††††††††† - Jacob Frieson
Well, I almost wasnít allowed to come to SAYF anymore, my dad didnít understand what we do here, he thought it was fun Ďní games, but when he read the forms he said it was fine. One of the main things I wanted to do was get my legs (as in pants) filled up ton of crazy stuff which has happened, of course I have the ďgrab meĒ on my butt and Ėhehe- ďpenisĒ on my pants 2! Christina.....you stole my ex-husband. Oh well yaíll look cut! Will...my score will be emailed 2 you soon! Max....youíve grabbed my butt a lot this weekend! That was annoying, but Iím used 2 it now. So newho this actually turned out to be a bit of fun. I loved traveling the world with Christina! Well the back of my pants are empty! People need to come draw on them with Sharpie! Nothing bad though! Well I ♥ you all very much & am glad I can see you more these upcoming years!
††††††††††† ♥ always,
PS Alise = Samantha
PPS Give me emails & phone numbers! I have nothing else better to do!
PPPS Christina I own your SOUL! †BWAHAHAHAHAHA & you penis!
PPPPS Iím not ready to go home! My pants are empty!
PPPPPS I agree with Christina about Maxís hair!
PPPPPPS Christina thinks my pants R as sexi as I am.
PPPPPPPS Ivy you R my other wife! I demand it, not reli!
I didnít really want to write a worship journal; but I do want to emphasize:
Casey: You are coming to SAYMA or I will hunt you down in college & shave your head.
Sig: Amazing retreat! And thank you again for that film.
Nate: Iím definitely getting you on the way home for scaring me.
Dr. Z: You better come to SAYMA too!
Samantha: I am greater than or equal to you
††††††††††† Buuut I love you anyway.
††††††††††††††††††††††† Much love I suppose,
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Alise :heart:
Pee. Es: Christina Ė hi
To all the sayfers, faps, and even Nate,
Wow, my 3rd retreat. No longer am I a noobie, or a twobie. (How on earth do you spell that?!) Yay! There is so much that I could and should write, seeing as how this is my first epistle. First off, I would like to say thank you to everyone here, youíre all amazing.
...huh, my mind just went totally blank. Iíve forgotten everything that I wanted to write.....of well.
Anyways, I liked this retreat a lot. I feel like Iíve made a difference in the world, changed it some how. Working was lots of fun to tell you the truth. Hauling heavy rocks around, fighting with the hoods of several lawn mowers, searching for useable batteries.. Ė Soooo I would do it all again, and so much more.
Ow, this window ledge thingy is poking into my spine, which is somehow making my hand cramp. I love you all J
††††††††††† ††† Jo J
PS Nate, youíre awesome!
PSS Mmmmmmm......muffins!††† muffiny goodness
Shining happy faces.
This is my world when Iím falling apart
When you laugh, triggers mine
I donít think I was listening
But the smile on my face says otherwise
This is where I am I
Instead of me
People always smile to see me coming
But there will be SAYF arms to hold me where it fades
Today I see some for the last time
This day should not end
But when it does, know this
I will hold your memory, & your love in my heart
For as long as I live.
Until we meet again
♪ †I see you windiní grindiní up on da floí I know you see me lookiní at you & you already know, I wannaí SEVICE YOU! ♪
Yet another spectacular
††††††††††† ♥ Bonnie
††††††††††††††††††††††† Princess†† Bonnie
PS Oh no Mark & Nate senior TWO. Braetemerk
Leaving SAYF is never fun
But life is FULL of Quakey opportunity
††††††††††††††††††††††† ♥- George R. Pettis
Yey! Optimists make me happy.†††††††† Rachel
So, on this retreat I really feel like we all made a difference on Saturday. However from this point on this will be a very selfish epistle and for that Iím sorry....hmmm, seems Iíve been a completely awkward jackass this retreat. I donít know if itís even me being worse than usual or everyone just getting fed up with my usual. Whatever it is I feel like SAYF wouldíve just gone a bit smoother, a bit less awkwardly, overall just a bit better had I not come. From the moment I met up with my group to leave I started to feel awkward, and the feeling didnít stop when we got to the Meetinghouse, in fact, it just got worse. It seemed all weekend that I just couldnít do anything to make it better, that everything I did made it worse. So at this point, to everyone that I made feel uncomfortable in any way, Iím sorry. Iím very very sorry. I really hope that I didnít burn any bridges this weekend, and if I did I hope that they can be rebuilt.
††††††††††† Apologetically yours,
I love it when my chosen communities begin to intersect. 29 years ago, when I was 7 years into my marriage, I had to face the fact that I was gay, and worked to build some sense of community with my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. Wherever opportunities opened, but the Ďbar sceneí did not fit me well. I felt sometimes like an odd man out, queer within the Ďqueerí community. So going to my first Friends for Gay Concerns midwinter gathering was like stumbling into heaven. A real community of like souls. Now we call ourselves Friends foe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer† Concerns. We have learned to widen our embrace of radical love, and to feel like a welcoming community to more and more individuals who once felt that they were alone, the Ďonly oneí.
Many of us travel great distances to be together
twice a year, at best. From
Yesterday was one of those times. We worked hard (I worked hard), and we got so much done together, and it was fun. Ow, I just hate to imagine doing it all alone. Wish I could have some of you working beside me on my own projects, and that I could help with yours. This is the way we humans are meant to get our stuff done. In community.
††††††††††††††††††††††† Gary B.
There is a good chance that
none of the
Postcard from Jamesí Home
Warmth seeps into my skin from the sun
soft green grass folds neatly under my shoes
the hard metal edge of my shovel slips into brown dirt
my arms ache from hard work
sweet song drifts to my ears from a high
calm voice sitting in the grass
stones click together
a breeze, like warm breath flows over my shoulders
orange fur brushes against my leg and purrs loudly
We saw a snake in that grass.
Chris picked it up and told me it wouldnít bite till
It was big
It was beautiful. Just like that place.
I love you all so much. Yesterday was absolutely amazing! Thanks for working so hard!
††††††††††† ♥always Sara Ė hugs & †kisses
PS† To my beautiful seniors since I wonít be @ Nashville You make my heart warm and I love you to the moon and back. You donít know how much of an impact you have made on my life. Remember you are beautiful. love you!
This retreat marks
one ear of coming to SAYF for me. Before leaving
The service aspect of this retreat was great, and it astounded me to see how much can be accomplished by our group, and how much good we can do.
Iíve been tired this weekend, far more physically exhausted than I have benn any time Iíve come to SAYF before; but I feel comfortable. I feel warm and loved and That I may have done some good for someone, and I enjoy that feeling, however much the fatigue may mask aspects of it.
Again, I love you all, and I† probably will not be at the April retreat, so I will see you all in June, though that seems much further off than it really is.
††††††††††††††††††††††† So Very Much Love,††
There was a boy. A very strange, enchanted boy. They say he wandered very far, very far, over land and sea. A little shy. And sad of eye. But very wise was he.
And then one day, a magic day, he passed my way. And while we spoke of many things, fools and kings, this he said to me,
The greatest thing youíll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
Nat King Cole
With all my love, especially to the
Hmm, doesnít this forkful of spinach and lemon pie look great. But you know, I think Iíll put it down and get a nice forkful of lettuce, ok? No! No! Umph....
So having Ellen play the part of my arms at dinner last night was definitely a highlight of this retreat. You know, goldfish, and brownie lasagna isnít so bad, if you donít think about it too much while you chew.
Props to the
Chris and Jacob, Iím glad that both of you came. It was good to meet you. You are both awesome to the max.
††††††††††† That is all.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††† Sophie
Too short. Those words seem to describe every SAYF retreat since the world began, but especially this one. The service project has been a valuable experience, something very right for our community to be doing even if it did take so much of the brief time we have together. Thanks to Chris for having the courage to join this crazy pack of (pardon my French) betches. Seniors, your leadership and dedication to this community has been a gift that we will miss very much. This is my last retreat of the year, but I am definitely expecting to see you all through other Quaker lovefests. Thanks to everyone for making this weekend fabulous. Even though we didnít have a dance party. Hmph. Hugs to all!
††††††††††††††††††††††† Much Love,
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††† Lydie
Wow, itís been two whole months since Iíve
seen yaíll, but it feels like itís been forever. Being a somewhat newbie (this
is only my 5th retreat) I find that I thrive and live because of the
love and support that I get from the community, and I donít know how Iíd
survive without each and every one of you. This retreat brought up the
closeness of SAYMA, and thus, the graduation of the seniors. This shocking
realization was probably the worst part of the retreat, especially since a lot
of the seniors * glare * will not be at SAYMA for their own graduation. Also,
even though I will admit it was hard and exhausting, I actually enjoyed the
manual labor service project. It helped me realize how much I miss giving back
to my community in
††††††††††† Love you all,
This retreat so fun. I canít wait to see all you awesome Quakers again.
††††††††††† ††††† Maico
PS Keep on Rockin! Ha Ha!
Thank you for being here. I started this retreat feeling worried, and wondering if this was where I was meant to be this weekend. Iíve had a rough year, and before now this always helped, but for some reason I felt it might not this time. Iím glad I was wrong.
This retreat was truly wonderful. Working on Saturday was so much fun. Julie and I, and later Will, moved cartloads of rotting arsenic wood across the area. One of my favorite parts was taking a break and playing with and petting the extremely friendly, cute, drooling cat. My pants were pretty wet from the cat by the time we started working again.
I forgot to take my camera, and for some reason when I came back to the meetinghouse I simply did not feel like taking pictures. Considering how many pictures I took at the last two retreats, thatís kinda shocking. Working at that place was especially meaningful to me, after I found out exactly what we were working towards. Through different parts of my family, Iíve learned a lot about the foster care system and how to become a legal guardian and all that. Iíve seen people get pretty close to giving up on someone. Seeing this weekend gave me hope. It made me so happy to see that someone cares that much about someone who they donít even know. Thank you so much for that. Little things keep me having hope for humanity, and that is one of them.
I think I have learned something about myself. I have very low self esteem, and one of my projects of late has been attempting to raise it. Iíve always had trouble dealing with the fact that some people come into totally new community and find friends so easily. I canít do that. However, throughout the five years Iíve been in this community, Iíve become closer friends with many of you than I have with anyone at my school or neighborhood who Iíve known foe my entire life.
††††††††††† I love you so much,
This retreat was awesome! As it used to be. (Not only in my imaginary world) hahaha just kidding! But Iím sure it was wonderful. Howís everyone doing?
Iím doing fine in
Sometimes I dream about SAYF retreat and have really neat time with you guys. I think itís very sweet!
Anyway, hope you guys had the greatest time!!
Till the day I come back, please remember me!!
Love you guys all!††† Maico†††† XOXO
PS Keep in touch with me!
PPS Iím sorry if you donít know me. Iím just a crazy
Many wonderful things happened during this weekend. It was a joy to witness everyoneís welcoming of Chris into SAYF.
Saturday afternoon, I had the privilege of sitting with Joseph near the bottom of the hill, listening to him describe his program and projects while watching the accomplishments Ė service and camaraderie.... wind down. The day was pretty perfect.
The Sam Fish Page
You Fnord drew on†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sticky legs nearly
my face so go jump off a†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† let drown an open
ten story building†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† surfacing dog face.
The worst of hand script †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and for Georgeís sake
is found on early morning††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† not at all, but
with ADD child.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† remotely full
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† of filler words from
Write in the journal††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† English language.
a haiku about Fnord which†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Smile up at sun but
ejaculates jokes††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† you canít even look it
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in the eye, bright
You can outcast most†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Light smites and decides
anything counting Qíuog blink††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† tomorrow is,
of each fluorescent†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† after all, a better
Light in eívry class††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† day ( )† ( )
on every single last††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† for golden frogs who
day time flight story.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† do not believe
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† that toads are evenly††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† divided from them††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Booshiba!†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† In terms of their goo†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† translation for†††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† fool!† I Love you.
Unhand my pen
lest I run you through with
Hit me in the face
Iíll hold you in the Light, or
till you die! (I stole)
God it feels good to be a
real gangsta hinied
ninjas donít make rap CDs
This weekend was outstanding. The service project was great and I hope there will be more to come. Thanks to everyone for making this retreat wonderful.
††††††††††††††††††††††† Cheers,†† Mark
It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible to list all theways that SAYF, friends, and the Quaker lifestyle have influenced me, mainly because of those ways are unknown even to me. As for what I think I will become as a result of these things, I can only guess/hope that I become a stronger person both mentally and spiritually, and that I may one day set an example for the lilí Quakebabies of tomorrow...
- George Pettis
(And now; haikus)
Me and the Bonnie,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Samuel Fisher
Total Beatles maniacs,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Crazy in like 13 ways,
listening right now.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Planning to eat me.
William Harmon,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rachel to the Monk,
Plays music like straight gangsta,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Quiet, but secretly pimp,
OMG his bangs!††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sheís always laughing.
Wee little Lauren,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chris is the newbie,
Red hair and Mathias clone,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Says so much without speaking,
Actually....NOT.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Conrad impression! (lol)
Newbie number 2,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Oriana leaves,
Named Jacob and he is black,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I feel a great disturbance,
Joseph not alone! (yay!)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† somewhere in the force.
MORE HAIKUS (you know you like it)
Ellen and her hair,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Secret, sly, Julie,
Go together like magnets,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Stabs in sleep with prison shank,
Or like purple things.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† My side is bleeding.
Farty old Phillip,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ivy shaved her head,
Oops! That was a cold prickly,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Her hair is shorter than mine,
Phillip U R hot!†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† My fro will return.
Josephine asian,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Joseph is crying,
Secret ninja kick to face,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I kissed him too hard in Wink,
Yet I love her still.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I kissed his face off.
Heís hot like David Bowie,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Slow-moving, silent and red,
Thatís saying something.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Already sleeping.
Hey look itís Casey,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WTF, Jimmy?
I gave him major wedgie,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Why you got to be so cool?
In crotchal region.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You make me look bad....
Lydie is dancing,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sophie plus guitar,
And many guys are watching,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Equals sufjan stevens songs
No one watches me.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Dress looks nice on you.
Better than eating brownies,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Silent Football dictator,
Maybe not that good. ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sexy gyrator.
STILL HAIKUS (Iím getting tired)
Fearless Doctor Z,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Eliís lady friend,
Fighting antelopes in space,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† She and he are sleeping now,
Tight leather space pants.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Time to steal their pie.
ďSĒ to the ďa rahĒ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
She was so angry at me.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Donít get me wrong, I love her,
Appease her with cake.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† But sheís just so short.
Mark playing football,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Alise not Elise,
Styling throws it to me,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† When I call Alise ďEliseĒ
Hits me in the nuts.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† She bites my ears off.
Samantha baby,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Christina is mad,
Dance until the sun comes up,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Nate is getting on her nerves,
Then we get nachos.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Dormant volcano.
Nate is still wrestle,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Me and Joe L rode,
Please god, tell him to stop it,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Broken bicycles down hills,
He might wrestle you...††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† More damage than good.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Finally Iím done,
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† I wrote a haiku for all,
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Why did I do that?
- George Pettis
What†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† SAY What?
Iím gona get my doploma††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What?
Iím gona bet my doploma.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What?
Iím gona bet my doploma.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What?
Iím gona bet my doploma.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What?
Iím gona bet my doploma.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OK.
What?†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What the hell was that
What?†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Man this is boring
OK†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Oh, I see how it is
I am Dexer or = to Samantha†††††††††††††††††††††† Yeava, Yeava, Yeava, taco
I could use a taco††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Yeava, tacos are good.
Yea Better with jam.
Oh, weíre not supposed to talk about TACOS in worship I mean ďepistlesĒ. Jimmy will be angry and you wonít like him when heís angry.
Good point. I think we broken the rules.
Yes, that was the wrong thing to do. What could we have done to avoid this moronic talk of tacos?
How the hell should I know
We could talk about muffins††††††††††† Muffins?
I think we should end this so††††††††††††††††††††††† NAW...
Itís getting kinda long††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† What?
Not that††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OK How about this
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ďWhat you just read was a real talkĒ.
FIN.†† Slap some jam on that.
Hands covered in Earthís dark soil,
In a safe and happy place,
This is where we toil,
Each with our own unique grace.
A loving kiss on the face
Is all anyone needs
To end a rowdy race,
Assuming no one bleeds.
Representing all the breeds,
Our temperaments could conflict.
But like water, stones and reeds,
We all just seem to click.
And with angelic voices you truly pronounce
My heartís weight, ounce by ounce by ounce.
A big thanks to SAYF for being that place-that-everyone- needs for me. I think I now realize that I have to come to SAYMA. Iíd be so down if I couldnít come, you have no idea. You folks are the salt of the earth, the trees of the forest, and the days of our lives. OK, Iím done.
††††††††††† †† Jimmy!
PS I less-than-three you all!
This is not an epistle entry for that is the word of the devil. By embracing this word you are bringing about the end of the world, rivers will flow with searing hot magma, Hillary Clinton
will become president, and NAZIS will once more ride on dinosaurs. I blame the schools.
This retreat was fun, the work was hard but it went to a good cause. Chris is one of the coolest people Iíve met, communication is a tad hard but its really fun to talk with him. Chris kicks ass. Also Alise is Great as is everyone in this room, except Nate. Nate is Hairy and Great. I believe Austin and Nate must have an epic battle of hair to see who is the master of being hairy. Then we shave them both.
PS Alise is better than or equal to Samantha.
(Alise > Samantha)
(Samantha > other things)
(Nate = Hair + little dude)
PPS DBZ kicks ass. Anyone who disagrees is a communist.
PPPS Samantha tossed our community over the rafters.
PPPPS I came to this country with my producer, my camera man and a jar of gypsy tears to protect me from Gids.
Brownies. Pie. Feet. Lettuce. Scratchy fingernail back scratches. Oriís bum. Scarves. Yarn. Friends. Rakes. Dirt. Bagels. Trees. Face. Pile.
Service is essence
In the never ending search
For love from garbage.
I like to dedicate myself to whatever I am doing. If itís service then I will help like a mad-man. If itís sleep then I will sleep like a dead man. What I really love, however, is working with other dedicated people. Yesterday I had the honor of working beside a† group of some of the finest most dedicated teens I have ever met. We moved tires for a good 3-4 hours and just as I suspected my dreams last night were plagued with good year and firestone. We bonded like comrades, we laughed like brothers and finally we slept like babies (dead babies). †Being covered with mud from chest to toes, having gross ďtire juiceĒ dripping through my jeans and into my socks and then looking at my friends and realizing I am one of the cleaner ones, well, it doesnít get much better than that.
††††††††††† - Dr. Z
A journey passes, revealing many people who stand with the traveler, & that the traveler has accumulated quite a bit of keepsakes, friends and love. If that is true then our seniors are the travelers, the journey is young adulthood, the keepsakes are memories, the friends are us & the love is the community.
Thank you all for being here at the retreat. I wasnít sure how it would go because I was not here for most of the planning, but let me just say that Joe, Ernest, Mark & Sig did a great job. You all are awesome.
Iím really glad that all these new...old but not used in a long time...things worked out. I cried a lot last night during & after the heart circle...not sad tears...but a mixture of love & soon-to-be-absence. You all are amazing, we are a big ball of amazingness.
††††††††††† Much love,
PS No back massage for me?
Is amazing Most of you losers donít get the chance to see her everyday at school, but let me tell you, I couldnít get by without it. Imagine that every morning for an hour, you get to go up and visit the sun and tell it how you are doing. No matter how crappy you felt before then, you feel wonderful afterwards. Thatís what Ori is like.
So, I love
Good Jesus, Has it been four years? It feels like just yesterday Ben and I were spending every retreat watching the older SAYFers play cards. Now, well, Ben is gone and Iím just, y know, kinda here.
More to the point, I spent most of this retreat really evaluating my own place in the community. When I first came to SAYF, I was this kinda smelly, awkward dorky guy who really wasnít that good at, well anything. Most of the more popular kids either A) made fun of me or B) ignored me.
I guess Iím still kind of awkward and dorky. I definitely still smell. And Iím not the coolest kid to ever live on this green earth (not by a long shot). But after all these years, Iíve matured into a functioning (if not all that present) member in this loving and nurturing community. I guess thatís what really matters.
I enjoyed doing a service project for the first time in what seemed like ages. It was nice to get out into the wider community for once, even if getting out into the wider community meant hauling tires for four hours L. It was a great idea to have Chris come back to the Meetinghouse as he is a good kid and a lot of fun to hang out with. Also, Iím 100% sure Patrick will make a great SAYFer some day.
Well, that about wraps things up. I guess Iíll see you all in April.
PS I will bring cake in June for SAYMA. I know its been a year now, but I promised Mathias cheesecake and I donít plan on letting him down.
PPS Joe L is the bomb.
PPPS Iím really incoherent the morning.