it comes to discerning what to read, watch or listen to in the precious time we
have, it is always helpful to have the suggestions of people who read and
experience new information as part of their living. Some of our faculty share
here monthly the books they are reading, as well as the electronic media they
are listening to or viewing. Most of us have a stack of books at
our bedside, while some of us have stacks near our reading chair, our cocktail
table and any other horizontal surface capable of supporting weight. Most of us
also have long lists of films we want to see or music groups we hope to
experience. When it is possible, some of the faculty will give you a few
words of evaluation of what is occupying their leisure time.
In a world with too many options for reading and watching, we hope faculty
suggestions will help you in your discernment process about what to read on
~ Dean Mark S. Markuly, PhD
Dr. Mark Lloyd Taylor
"The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914,
by Christopher Clark--in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the
assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in
Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, that began World War I. Amazing connections
to the post-Cold War world we live in, with new non-nation state powers
eroding long-established empires."
Dr. Christie Eppler
been reading Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog Who Inspires
Millions. Have you heard of a therapy surfing dog? If not, check out this
YouTube link, here.
Some of my students have seen this video. It shows what happens when
you set out to be a helper (a service dog), but you have to find your
own path before you can offer hope and inspiration to others. My dog,
Luke, is a retired therapy dog. I'm working this summer to get him
re-certified. Ricochet has been one of our heroes. In fact, I have a
brief quote in the book! (Photo right)
week, a student at Seattle Pacific University sent out a message that it
would be helpful for foks to walk their dogs on the campus, in light of
recent events. Luke and I were honored to visit the Seattle Pacific
University campus to offer comfort to students, staff, and faculty
after the shooting. Luke kept bowing to other dogs,
and gave his lean-in hug to students walking on campus. (See photo left) I have several
good friends that work at the university there, and many have commented
that they have felt Seattle University's showing of support (Fr.
Sundborg visited campus, Seattle University students and staff made a
poster that showed our solidarity, and our webpage featured thoughts and
prayers for the Seattle Pacific community). Giving and receiving
comfort defines our pastoral stance; I'm grateful that we are connected
in love and grace."
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