Archive for July, 2007


Friday, July 27th, 2007

According to a recent test, I am an ENTP, which basically means I am outgoing, see the big picture rather than little details, emphasize thinking over feelings, and am more disorganized than organized. I used to score as an ENFP. I think, as I have been out in “the real world” (outside of being a student in some capacity), I have become less inclined to base my responses to others based on feelings. Maybe this results from dealing with high school students, many who take advantage of teachers who operate based on “feelings.” It also may result from my experiences in seminary and the Episcopal church, where feelings tend to be seen as the only “objective” truth, and everyone takes absurd steps to make sure nobody’s feelings get hurt. Even as a self-identified “feeler” back in grad school, nothing annoyed me more than when a fellow student “went pastoral” on me, trying to get me to “process my feelings” just because I may have reacted less than polite at times.

Despite the fact that I have scored as a pretty strong “thinker” now, I still often tend toward a “feeler” response, evidenced by the breaks I give students with grades (I don’t want them to look back and “hate” Jesus just because they weren’t that great in religion class). I have also become less extroverted than in the past I think. I now prefer more “alone time” than in the past, to recharge and gather my thoughts. Every time I have taken the test, I have scored as extroverted and intuitive. Related to the latter, I simply do not to details well. I love the big picture (N), and explaining this to others (E), in a way that is not too planned out (P), and based on good reason, even if it may offend you (T). This tendency to see the big picture (and the lack of organization, the “P”) may explain why I shudder at the thought of being in a traditional PhD program and writing a dissertation based on a narrow topic. I absolutely LOVE the classroom, but have never been interested in traditional research. The more I think of it, the more I think my personality is the reason.

I also learned that I am primarily a verbal learner, which is no surprise, given how much I love to read and write. I try to incorporate visual and auditory elements into my classroom often, to reach those who may learn in other ways.

The chart below details my information:

Click to view my Personality Profile page

Thanks to Anastasia for the idea.

Our Trip to Mayberry (Mount Airy, North Carolina)

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Last week, Jennifer, Jonathan, Carmel, and I visited Mount Airy, North Carolina, the birthplace of Andy Griffith. The fictional town of Mayberry seems to be based on Mount Airy, although there are obvious differences between the two. Mount Airy plays up the connection to Mayberry, and has regular “Mayberry Days” festivals. Many of the businesses are named after Andy Griffith Show characters or places. I thoroughly enjoy the Andy Griffith Show (I own all the DVDs), and I found Mount Airy fascinating because of the connection, although it stands out as a nice, little town in its own right. Many of the locals seem to like the connection to the show, although some prefer to emphasize the historic Mount Airy (home to the first “Siamese” twins, among other things). Here are some photos I took on our trip (with explanations):

Wally's Service Station

This image is a replica of Wally’s Service Station, where Gomer and Goober Pyle (as well as Goober’s gal, Flora) worked.

Mayberry Courthouse

This is a photo of Jennifer and I sitting at Sheriff Taylor’s desk, in the replica of the Mayberry Courthouse.

Blue Bird Diner

This is the Blue Bird Diner, started in the 1990s, and named after the diner mentioned in the show where Barney’s occasional love-interest Juanita works. I asked our waitress how often customers ask for Juanita. She said, “oh, about every other customer” in a wearied voice.

The Snappy Lunch

This is the Snappy Lunch, mentioned in a first season episode on the show. Andy visited this restaurant as a boy. The owner, Charles Dowell, is still around today. We met him when we visited. They are famous for their pork chop sandwich: deep fried pork chop, slaw, chili, onions, mustard, and tomato!

Mount Airy Wall

This wall showcases Mt. Airy attractions.

Mount Airy, North Carolina

This is a view of the outlying, newly-developed, areas of Mount Airy. Perhaps Mayberry would have a modern area like this, if it were a real town.

Shelton Vineyards

North Carolina is seeing many new vineyards and wineries spring up, especially as the importance of tobacco declines. This image is from the Shelton Vineyard, outside of Mount Airy.

Mount Airy Jail

This is a cell in the actual (old) jail of Mount Airy. They no longer use it today. It just isn’t quite the same as Mayberry, and I can’t imagine Otis actually enjoying his stay here!

Ohio Summer Bonding

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Today a few of us went out target shooting, and yesterday we went to a park nearby, chances to enjoy the hot, Ohio summer. And yes, Ohio is very hot right now. Photo one is a break in the trees near the creek. The second is a photo of a big pine tree. The third photo is probably what most of rural Ohio looks like this year: covered with corn. The fourth photo is a target stand, showing our inaccuracy! The fifth is a view from atop a hill at a park we went to. The sixth is a photo of a duck pond. Jennifer took that one.

Break in the Trees

Big Pine Tree

Row of Corn

Target Stand

View From Above

Duck Pond

Memories of July 4

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Yesterday Jennifer and a few friends went to see some July 4th fireworks. I haven’t been to July 4th fireworks for a long time, and I really enjoyed it. Here are a few photos from the event. The last one is of some kids playing with sparklers. It is blurry because I had to put the shutter speed on a slow setting, but for some reason the sparkler came out very crisp, creating a nice looking photo.





Sparklers on July 4

Happy Independence Day

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Independence Day Flag

A blessed Independence Day to all my American readers. While our country is not perfect by any means, we have basic rights enshrined in our Constitution – freedom of speech, religion, and the right to bear arms among many others. I thank God for the rights that we have.

Lord God Almighty,
in whose Name the founders of this country
won liberty for themselves and for us,
and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn:
Grant we beseech thee,
that we and all the people of this land may have grace
to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with
thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

New Format

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

I am playing around with a few new formats. We’ll see how they go.