Thursday, June 29, 2006


This is an important time in Emily's treatment, so please remember her in your prayers. For the latest info you can check out the Praying for Emily link in the sidebar to get to her mom's blog.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Mark Demel's Sand Art from the Arts Conference

Entertainment News for Jane Austen Fans

Three Jane Austen Dramas for ITV

Let's just hope that we will be able to get a hold of these over on our side of the pond!

Anne Hathaway to star as Jane Austen in BECOMING JANE

Reasons to be excited:

  1. Based loosely on my favorite bio, Jane Austen, a Life by Claire Tomalin.
  2. Maggie Smith as Lady Gresham.
  3. James McAvoy playing Austen's real life love interest, Tom Lefroy.

Entertainment News for Geeks

When I read back in Feb. that Anderson was in talks with Duchovny and Carter I wasn't holding my breath, but things actually seem to be heading in the right direction. We'll see!

X-Files’ Movie Given Green Light

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have both signed on to star in the second X-Files feature film.

The movie will pick up four years after the 2002 finale that left agents Mulder and Scully on the run from the FBI.

Executive producer Frank Spotnitz claims the script is nearly finished, saying, "We've worked out most of the plot." He claims the sequel will be light on mythology, adding, "It's very liberating to be freed of that."

The film will begin shooting after X-Files creator Chris Carter and 20th Century Fox settle a lawsuit over syndication profits.

Back to the Futurama

At least 13 new episodes will be made for US station Comedy Central by 2008
This is completely different from what we were hearing back in January, but it's still good news.

And remember the news I posted last week about Billie Piper leaving Doctor Who? Well, she's signed to play, brace yourselves, FANNY PRICE. Jane Austen's Fanny Price. Mousy, prudish little Fanny Price being played by the actress some call the Marilyn Monroe of the UK. That's going to be interesting!

Thanks to Cyberman last battle for Rose for the news.

Willow Creek Community Church in the News

One Week, 7 New Homes
Willow Creek Community Church members will travel next month to Bay St. Louis, Miss., where they will work with Habitat for Humanity to build new homes for those who lost theirs to Hurricane Katrina.

Known as a "Blitz Build," the project will involve 210 volunteers helping to construct seven houses in just a week.

Volunteers pre-framed six homes earlier this month in the South Barrington church's parking lot. Church-goers later signed the frames and were invited to write encouraging words to the future occupants.

Car Show Meant to Get Dad to Church

Leaders of Willow Creek Community Church are once again thinking outside the box in their quest to build membership — this time with a car show meant to coincide with Father’s Day weekend.

The South Barrington megachurch plans to open its 40-acre parking lot Saturday and Sunday to more than 200 antique and custom vehicles during a full-fledged outdoor celebration called DadFest, which also includes games, live music and free food.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Et tu, Billie Piper?

I just stumbled across this horrifying news:

Billie Piper to
leave Doctor Who (BBC)

Actress Billie Piper is to leave Doctor Who at the end of the current series, the BBC has confirmed.

But the corporation refused to comment on reports that her character, Rose Tyler, would die in the final episode.

"It has been an amazing adventure and I can confirm it comes to an end, for now at least, as series two climaxes," the former pop star said.

Writer Russell T Davies said the Doctor Who team had created "a stunning exit" for Piper's character.

"The Doctor Who team have had a whole year to plan this final scene," he said.

"We will miss Billie and wish her all the success in the world for her future."

Piper, 23, is currently filming a BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman's Victorian thriller The Ruby in the Smoke.

"Rose and I have gone on the most incredible journey over the past two years," she said.

"I am truly indebted to Russell and to all the Doctor Who fans old and new who have been so supportive."

It's only been about a month since I found out Christopher Eccelston didn't come back for season two and now this?! My poor heart can't take much more! Anyway, here's one of my favorite Rose fanvids. For the record, I am not an Avril Lavigne fan, but Rose is just a kid, so I imagine she might be. This song is just about perfect for her. I'm getting sad just thinking about it...

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Willow Creek Arts Conference

Today is day one of the Willow Creek Arts Conference, yipee! Thanks to Steph, Mark, Lauren, Crystal and Mom I get to go to the whole thing this year and I'm so excited. If I have time, I 'll try to update the blog and let you all know how it is going.

Here's what is going on today:

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Session 1: 12:30 pm – 2:15 pm
The Art of Collaboration
Nancy Beach

Session 2: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dealing with Your Team’s Dysfunctions
Patrick Lencioni

Q&A: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Q&A for Arts Leaders Under 30 with
Nancy Beach

DINNER BREAK (on your own)

3: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Delirious? Worship Concert

Monday, June 05, 2006

Willow Creek Community Church in the News

Gulf coast still on Willow Creek's mind
By Ed Fanselow
Daily Herald Staff Writer
Posted Monday, June 05, 2006

The sound of hammers clanging against two-by-fours echoed through the parking lot at Willow Creek Community Church on Sunday.

Volunteers had begun forming the framework for seven new houses and the church’s latest outreach effort to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

More than 400 church members — many of them swinging a hammer for the first time — turned out to help prefabricate dozens of walls and roof parts, which will be shipped today to the tiny coastal town of Bay St. Louis, Miss.

In seven weeks, the pieces will be joined there by some 200 Willow Creek volunteers who’ll spend five days constructing new three-bedroom houses for seven families that have remained homeless since the hurricane made landfall nine months ago.

The trip is co-sponsored by Habitat for Humanity.

“We wanted to let the congregation know that we’re still doing this — we’re still on the Gulf Coast,” said Susan Demel, the South Barrington-based church’s outreach director. “We wanted to generate some energy for this project.”

The forthcoming “blitz build” — as church leaders call it — will mark the latest tour of duty in Mississippi for the Willow Creek congregation.

Last September, more than 400 volunteers descended on the nearby town of Waveland to offer free meals, clothing and comfort to victims of the deadly storm. In the intervening months, hundreds more followed to help clear away the mountains of debris that still stand in the way of progress.

Much of that work should be completed by late July, when the “blitz build” volunteers will arrive for their weeklong stint.

Among them will be 19-year-old Dan Grothe of Rolling Meadows who, like the others, shelled out $500 to reserve his seat on the bus ride south. Grothe, who will soon become a union carpenter’s apprentice, said he’s eager to use his skills for such a good cause.

“When I heard about this, I knew I wanted to go,” he said. “My dad’s a firefighter, so it’s just in my blood to want to help people.”

Another volunteer, retired car dealer Fred Iozzo of Wayne, has participated in several other Habitat for Humanity projects, including last year’s Willow Creek-led trip to Benton Harbor, Mich.

He said the feeling of creating a new house from scratch in less than a week’s time and then turning it over to a grateful family is something he can’t quite explain.
“You’re not just giving them a house,” he said. “You’re giving them a whole new life. That’s really incredible to me.”

If Doctor Who isn't your thing...

Read a great article about The Office today. Check it out here.

Here's a taste:

For nine seasons, the six beautiful individuals on Friends broke up, fought, made up, got pregnant, and got married, all while rarely leaving their spacious, well-decorated apartments. This was aspirational comedy, about people better off than you. No matter how difficult their trials, the friends never lost their glamorous sheen.

The Office is the anti-Friends. It takes place almost entirely in the office of Dunder Mifflin, a paper sales company in rustbelt Scranton, Pennsylvania. Rather than liking each other, its inhabitants are thrown together. They're average people working jobs most of them despise, forced to deal with one another for eight hours a day. (As the U.K. version of The Office made explicit, most people spend more of their lives with co-workers than their closest friends.)
The Office is galvanized by these telling images, as when Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) told his unimpressed daughter, "This is my filing cabinet" or Ryan the temp (B.J. Novak, who also writes much of the show), confessed directly to the camera, "If I had to, I could clean out my desk in five seconds and nobody would know I'd ever been here. And I'd forget, too." At its core, The Office is about something not very funny at all: the tragedy of adulthood, where possibilities dwindle to limits.

Perhaps no character is more aware of this than Jim. He's the guy who should be boss: he's genuinely funny (unlike Michael), has a good rapport with virtually everyone in the office, naturally leadership qualities, and knows his business. In fact, he knows it too well. He'll never be boss because he can't forget the fact that he makes a living selling paper. Trying to make the best of the future promised by a new account, he could only trail off: "If we were to get this, we wouldn't have to downsize our branch. I could work here for years... years. Years."

Friday, June 02, 2006

And I don't want to hear any complaining!

Apparently Daleks are big Black Eyed Peas fans. I'm not even surprised.

Believe it or not, this KLF song (remember them?) went to #1 on the charts in the UK in 1988. Those kookie Brits!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

you sure you want me to post?

Anyway, I'm not feeling too hot today so I'm going to keep it short and sweet.

I saw the last five minutes of an episode of Doctor Who on TV a few weeks ago and I was instantly hooked. It's already my new favorite show. It's clever and cheesy and funny and sweet and spooky - do yourself a favor and check it out on Sci Fi channel, Friday nights!

Here are some goodies from YouTube (three music videos and a short clip that makes me laugh.) Scenes from the current season, which hasn't aired in the US yet, are featured. If you don't want to know then you should look away!

A big Doctor Who extravaganza.

A video by somebody who is quite okay with the new Doctor.

A video by somebody who is NOT okay with the new Doctor.

"Two hearts!? Oh baby, I'm beating out a samba!"