About a month late, here I am!

In order for y’all to better know us at the Blackburn House, we were all given the password to this blog and asked to introduce ourselves to the reading world. Of course, that was about a month and a half ago and here I am just now getting around to it. That seems to be the reality in every one and everything surrounding this house: we have really awesome intentions that we eventually get around to, and I like it that way. But we’re slowly getting the hang of it, and our intentions and actions are becoming more synchronized, and soon we’ll have it down (and by down I mean much better but still with a lot of roadbumps). The thing I love about this adventure is that we are all so excited and so different that it has caused us to have to learn how to curb our enthusiasm to a more practical manner but still fuel each others’ passions all while getting to know each other better and better. So now is your chance to get to know me better!

Lindsay R Quick facts:

1. I graduated in May from ASU where I studied Sustainable Agriculture and got a minor in Spanish.

2. I am from Raleigh, NC.

3. I work at ASU’s Wesley Foundation as a Ministry Intern.

4. I love to discuss different ideologies, theories, theologies and philosophies. I could argue for days about almost anything under these topics for fun (in fact, I have some friendships based off of these arguments).

5. Some of my favorite movies are: Dead Poet’s Society, Away We Go, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and The Goonies. But that all depends on my mood, it changes a lot.

6. Some of my favorite books are: This Side of Paradise by F Scott Fitzgerald, Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger, Peter Pan, the Narnia series, and Marry Me by John Updike. Again, these change probably weekly.

7. I love a lot of things very enthusiastically and excitedly.

8. I love rock climbing but am not super good at it due to the fact that my commitment level and intensity are both low. I just like to climb in order to hang out with people and have fun.

9. I love gardening and farming and hope to have a farm one day.

10. I enjoy learning about what other people are passionate about and falling in love with it through them.

I am very excited to see what this year will hold and all of the things I will learn, which I’m sure will be numerous. My big thing at the house is the garden, which, at the moment, is full of weeds. But I love it! I am so glad that I have the chance to learn how to garden by myself with a piece of land that is entirely too big for a first garden, but I will learn how to use it well. Living at the Blackburn house is kind of a small-scale, low-risk way for me to discern if this is what I want to do long-term. I hope to do community-development on a farm and focus on bringing people together around good, healthy food and good, healthy community. Only time will tell how this will actually look, but I hope it involves living with people who are passionate about farming as well as living with people who are passionate about other things in the larger community. I hope that I can focus on my passions such as food-assistance, education about the land, and building genuine relationships while I can support others in their passions with my land, my food, my friendship, or whatever they may need! Todd is a beautifully perfect community to begin to invest in and learn from, and I am up for the challenge.

I am absolutely in love with Spoken Word Poetry, and one of my favorite poets is Derrick Brown. Here is one of his poems that breaks my heart every time I listen to it, I hope you enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeVFbqR1xKc

Thanks!

Lindsay R.

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