Girls of Rand 220: Photo Montage

I put this together in Adobe Photoshop Elements and ordered it as a 20x30 poster (framed it too!) for my sister Sarah and her friends to enjoy in their dorm room at St. Olaf College. I had a lot of fun putting this together and can't wait to make more montages in the future!

The Man in Black

Last night Evan performed as the lead singer in the staff band at the LNHS variety show! He sang Jimmy Eat World "In the Middle", Johnny Cash "Ring of Fire", and Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California". It was a hit! I am uploading "Ring of Fire" for your viewing pleasure as it best showcases Evan's bass voice. I was in the last row and without zooming capabilities, so the video image is rather small... but you can hear it! If E gives me permission perhaps I'll upload the other two songs later ; )


Upon popular demand I am releasing Dani California!


More of Graduation

Here are some photos from the evening before graduation -- Karrin's last day as a student! We had a lovely dinner under a big tent, then the Ole sisters (past and present, minus Kirsten who was in Finland) went on a little walk down on the cross-country trails. If you are interested in viewing the entire selection, click here. (Although I find that the image quality on this site is rather deteriorated and pixelated...)

Karrin St. Olaf Graduation '08

Well it's about time I get these photos done! My sister Karrin graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in May 2008. You can view (and order if you wish) these photos from my shutterfly website:
There will be more to come of the weekend festivities -- stay tuned!

Addendum to Starry Night

I was listening to the Lion King soundtrack tonight (the broadway musical, not the movie... although I know all of those songs too!) and was struck by the song "He Lives in You" and how it so perfectly adds to my little discussion posted below. In this song and throughout the Lion King the characters often look to the stars where "the great kings of the past look down on us... and watch over us". Although this could easily be overlooked as a cliche message as people often look to the sky for answers, prayers, etc. it really is much more than that. If the stars really do represent the past, no they don't represent the past, they ARE the past, then it is only fitting that our ancestors reside there, along with the famous Lion King (and Grandma Connie) reminder: remember who you are.

Message from the Stars

The other night I was witness to a "shooting star" trailing through the sky. I put this in quotes as I am well aware that these fleeting moments of light dancing across the darkness are not stars romantically falling to their rest, landing in a pile at the end of a rainbow, or whatever other tales we are lead to believe. No, these moments that have caused shepherds to stop and ponder the universe, lovers to swoon, lonely hearts to sigh, and children to make a goodnight wish, are in fact directed by meteors rushing through the atmosphere at top-notch speed, spontaneously combusting in midair, then settling again into the form of dense, cold rock (that hopefully doesn't have plans of landing in your backyard). Nevertheless, the "shooting star" I spied the other night worked its magic on me: as it is prone to do, my mind wandered out into the darkness where there's space enough to mingle with new thoughts and reflections and welcome back memories from other starry evenings.

It was a perfect summer evening on Priest Lake in the mountains of Idaho that first awakened my thoughts to the message from the stars and brought me humility and wonder from light-years away. For it was on that night as I lay on the edge of the dock watching the slow spread of stars strengthen above me, that my thoughts reverted back to old teachings of physics and how the term "light-years" was coined because it literally takes years upon years for a stars' light to reach my waiting eyes on earth. Suddenly I realized that the light twinkling above was the oldest thing around me -- perhaps even older than the bending trees across the lake. In fact, that very moment of light existed in its present time so very long ago that as I sat at Priest Lake in my present time I had no way of knowing if that star had since leapt the scene and taken a romantic tumble from the sky leaving nothing but darkness. Perhaps the very light that I gazed upon was really just a memory of what used to fill the space? But if I can look at the "past" today, is it really the past? If my eyes were taking in the light at that very moment, no matter where or when the source of that light came, it existed in the present because it impacted my present surroundings (the reflection on the water, the lighted pathway up to the cabin) and me (my thoughts, my feelings, and now my present writing)! What a great illustration of how the past really can have an immediate impact on the present -- and the future. What a little time machine we have access to every night: this eternal conversation between the stars and earth reminds us that the past, present and future truly are interconnected -- even one and the same.

As with stars, so too in life: we never know what will be dark later -- what we won't be able to access or who won't be around any more. But it is comforting in the least to know that the light of yesterday still carries into tomorrow and can shine just as brightly for those who look up to find it.

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