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October 16, 2010

Black Bears, Erasmus, and English Accents

Black Bears, Erasmus, and English Accents

Summit Semester has been a place where I have grown spiritually and academically.  Whether it is from eating pears for the first time or learning about the dangers of terrorism in our Christianity and Politics class, God has definitely been stretching me in every aspect.


In classes, we have been discussing Erasmus and how he wanted to reform the clergy, state, theology, and the theologian. Last night, we had a huge discussion on Erasmus’ view about pacifism. It was fascinating, because we had a former Summit Semester staff member visiting who is a dedicated pacifist. This was the first time someone was able to give Dr. Bauman a run for his money. Then in English Literature, we have been learning about Milton and reading his sonnets. I am looking forward to reading his Paradise Lost. We were challenged to write our own sonnet, because it is a hard type of poetry to learn how to write. I am eager to take on this challenge and see how hard it really is.


After class on Thursday nights, a group of students lead worship. Along with this, the worship pastor from Grace Church has offered for us to help lead worship some Sundays, including this Sunday. There are seven of us who took up the challenge this week. 


Not everything we do around here is serious. During volleyball a group of people started speaking with these ridiculous English accents, and oddly enough, it has stuck. Weeks later, we still hear it coming out of our mouths, and we can’t stop. Apparently, fake accents are bad habits.


On Thursday night, I encountered something that would never happen in Texas. We had an unexpected visitor of a rather large nature—a black bear. He was hungry and decided that our trash was perfect food. Don’t be alarmed; no one was hurt.


Thus, regardless of events funny or serious, life here is jolly good!

Blogger's Bio: “Through the lens of a camera I am able to capture the minute details of God’s creation that sometimes is lost in the rush of life.” A recent high school graduate, Laura played basketball and was involved in the student council.  She has also volunteered much of her time with organizations like Manna House in Midlothian, Samaritan’s Purse, and Mission Arlington.  She has a “desire to work with the poor and to help those in need.”

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  • October 17, 2010 // 03:23 pm //  # 
    Ann Hollub's avatar Ann Hollub

    Laura this is great!
    Alex says he is proud of you and he misses you terribly and he wants you to come home ha, ha, ha.
    He really needs your help getting rid of the hornets in the backyard.
    Seriously, Alex says “it is wonderful seeing you perfect your photography skills showing God is interested in the smallest details.”
    We love you and so glad you are having this great experience.
    Love, Mom and Alex

  • October 27, 2010 // 09:51 pm //  # 
    laura tyree's avatar laura tyree

    Oh, Laura, what a great adventure you are experiencing. Study hard learning all you can from the great minds that are sharing with you, This is a blessed opportunity that only a few have. Can’t wait to read YOUR sonnet!!!!
    Know that your smile is greatly missed here in Texas, but so glad you are having fun as you study.  Love, MIMI

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