Wednesday, May 21, 2008

An Interview with Carolyn Arends from The Christian Manifesto

Hey All!

I came across this April 2008 interview with Carolyn, and I thought I'd link to it so that you could enjoy it as well.

And here is another studio pic that I found at Roy Salmond's site.

I've been thinking that the posts here have needed some graphics to jazz them up a bit, and what better way to do that than find some less-known, casual shots of CA doing what she was created to do?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Thinking of Moving the Fan Blog to Wordpress -- Any Thoughts?

Got this cool, casual pic from Roy Salmond's site.

Hmmm . . . Blogger "accidentally" killed this post the first time I tried to publish it.

So, anyway, I am thinking of moving the fan blog from Blogger to Wordpress, because there are some features over at Wordpress that Blogger does not offer and I think will suit this blog well.

If we're moving, this would be a good time to change the name of this blog, and I'm looking for suggestions from fellow fans -- esp. my cohorts: vermonster, MarkD., and Richard.

We can have some fun with this, so let your imaginations run wild.

The world and I await your ideas.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Carolyn's New Newsblog and Other Sundry Things

Here is a new feature at Carolyn's site: A Newsblog.

It seems a little superfluous to me, but I suppose it will take the place of the "News" section on her homepage.

Re. our adding a chat room or message board to this site: We have not had a lot of new visitors -- at least not many that have made their presences known by a) commenting or b) signing the guest book. So, I'm thinking maybe we should hold off on either option. I'm more inclined toward a chat room eventually, since we could post a meet-up time on the blog without having a message board. And, Carolyn may be adding all this back to her own site anyway, making anything here redundant.

Carolyn's been posting a lot over at Conversant Life. Good stuff. Her essay for Christianity Today's May issue, "The Grace of Wrath," has provoked some controversy from readers. I've been trying to compose my own comments for many a day now, but have been side-tracked by pressing home concerns from actually formulating a coherent response.

Carolyn's Brother's Band: This is a little O/T, but I wanted to let you know that I got The Clumsy Lover's latest album, Smart Kid, from Feed the Lake, and it is remarkable. The only other TCL CD I have is Barnburner, which I enjoy, but this recent addition far surpasses t'other. I'm hoping to write a review of it over at FTL when I've given it a few more listens. Wonderful songwriting -- quirky, humorous, profound, intriguing -- and some of the most original and exuberant musical arrangements to be found. A superb collection! I heartily recommend it -- and would even if it didn't have a song on it co-written by Joy Jonat, Carolyn Arends, and Chris Jonat (God showered talent on that family!).

I hope all is well in the rest of Arends Fandom. We're holding up our end in the PNW as best we can. Blessings!