Dangit

I was driving back from a day of skiing at Stevens Pass when Darren shared the news:

“Ben Towne passed away today.”

“Dangit.”

That’s really all I have to say right now. There’s no way to express the sadness I feel. Instead, I will (again) share this quote that seems rather applicable:

“Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!” (Hamlet Act V, scene ii)

From www.caringbridge.org:

BENJAMIN WARD TOWNE
July 17, 2005 – December 30, 2008

Comments closed on this page. Please leave them on the Towne’s CaringBridge page instead: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/towne

Update: UPC has posted more details:
From upc.org:

Dear Friends,

We have just received the sad news that about 2 a.m. this morning our beloved Ben Towne died. Our hearts break with this reality, and our hearts are comforted by being able to claim that same promise for Ben which Jesus gave, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” Let’s include in our prayers Jeff, Carin, and the entire Towne family and network of friends who are grieving.

Claiming the Promise,
Ray Moore
Pastor of Congregational Care

More on Lent

I have this really cool book I got for graduation called The New International Dictionary of the Christian Church. Lent is traditionally a time of 40 days before Easter spent fasting. When I started giving something up for Lent a few years ago, it was in the spirit of fasting from something particular, soda, caffeine, swearing. Soda was originally suggested by Darren (I think) for our entire Bible Study to give up because we drank quite a bit of Dr Pepper and it was going to be a hard thing to give up. Every year I try to thing of something that I can fast from that would be meaningful.

I felt that giving up soda this year would be too easy and I wanted to find something that would be more of a challenge. I thought about blogging, instant messaging, and reading my news feeds. They would be hard to give up, but they are also critical to what I do and giving them up would be more akin to not journaling, not talking with my friends (i.e. giving them the silent treatment), and not reading the newspaper. I don’t play that many video games, so giving that up wouldn’t be a challenge at all and I’m really not that into Facebook (I might check it every three days or so).

I started to think about other things I could do. Perhaps instead of giving something up, I could do something instead. And so for Lent, I am going to go to church every single Sunday. It’s something that I’ve been trying to do ever since I moved to Golden and I just really slacked on it. It will be hard, but I can do it.

Finished First Season of The West Wing

Everything I’ve been told, by Celeste Jalbert, Jeff Staples, Darren Justus, and anyone else. The West Wing is really a superb show that everyone needs to watch, regardless of your political views. I just finished season one and can’t wait to start season two.

I was watching an episode a view days back and Quinn McGinnis comes over and watches for a few minutes states that he can’t believe he heard something intelligent on TV.