Thursday, June 16, 2016

Laura's Travels: Middle-Eastern Food!

First up...a tiny little Turkish place in Knoxville, TN called "Quality Turkish Market." It's half store, half cafe.

I started out with some Turkish coffee…it’s served in a small cup because of how potent it is. It’s incredibly thick—If it isn’t constantly stirred a sludge of coffee grounds falls to the bottom of the cup. It’s packed with Arabic coffee flavor without being bitter. While American coffee is basically water, Turkish coffee is like someone decided to make a science experiment to see how much coffee you can fit into water without turning it into a solid.


The main dish was Doner, a type of kebab traditional to turkey made from thin slices of lamb and often served with pita bread and tzatziki sauce.



The salad added a fresh burst of flavor with a dressing made of lemon, olive oil, and spices.



Next up: Mr. Kabab, a restaurant in Lexington, KY with Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern food.

The star of the show was Shawarma—lamb chipped from a skewer and served over yellow rice with garlic yogurt sauce…it’s sort of like the middle eastern version of gyros. As you can see from the slight reddish tint, it’s cooked perfectly!

And yes, I started loving Shawarma  BEFORE Avengers made Shawarma cool.

Hummus! This was the place that got me hooked on hummus as a kid. It's drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with paprika. It's chickpea and tahini goodness!


One of my favorite dishes is stuffed grape leaves—I’ve had stuffed grape leaves at many Middle-Eastern restaurants but these at Mr. Kabab remain the best…juicy and flavorful!


The decor at Mr. Kabab was also nice...below is a detail from one of the traditional pieces of clothing displayed on the walls.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Laura's Travels: The Paris Apartment Boutique, Bistro, & Tea Room

A few days ago I visited a lovely boutique and tea room in Knoxville, TN called "The Paris Apartment" with my family.

The House Blend tea had the most delicious fresh fruit aroma.

I had the Provence Crepe with roasted chicken breast and sautéed mushrooms in a bechamel sauce. The crepe was perfectly light and thin, and the creamy bechamel really complimented the earthy mushrooms.

The crepe came with the soup of the day: thick and savory tomato-basil bisque.

We had the pleasure of meeting the owner of the establishment, Debbie, who shared the proper way of holding a cup of tea: not with your finger through the handle, but rather three fingers and your thumb pinching the handle, and your pinky held out for balance! My sister demonstrates above.

I might not be able to afford an elegant trip to Europe yet, but places like this make it easier to pretend to be Audrey Hepburn.

The themed boutiques were fun to browse...so many sparkles and finery. It brought out the girly-girl princess in me!

A real Titanic-era hat was on display, along with other antique items.

Debbie shared that the hat selections had been quite popular for Derby Day. I can see why!


The decor made me feel like I was in a quaint European cafe.

I didn't have any room for dessert, but I had to take a picture of this it was so pretty!
I had a lovely day!


Saturday, May 14, 2016

My WIP Novel // A First Look


Literally just finished the first draft of this chapter (or beginning of a chapter, depending on how long I decide to make chapters)...let me know what you think! My intended audience is young Christian teen girls who have at least some interest in the Christian romance genre. This is so very different from what I normally write (how I go from BrOTPs and angst to romantic comedy I'll never know) and I'm kind of stumbling around trying to avoid being painfully cliche...but I think the vision I have for the book has at least the potential to be a bit better than the masses of mediocre Christian romance.

If there's anything you like or dislike I'd be interested to know!






Chapter One
Grace never thought she’d spend the first day of her vacation with an ax in hand ready to slash evil-doers. Everything had started out just as she had imagined it when she arrived at her backwoods getaway cabin in Piney Bend, Kentucky.

Grace climbed down from the ATV and pulled off her helmet. “Thanks for the ride!” she said, handing the helmet to the man who had driven her to the vacation spot.
The man dusted off the snow that had collected on his beard while driving. “Now you’re sure you’ll be alright? That ice storm done knocked out power ‘round most these parts and it’ll be a while ‘fore the county gets back here to fix it.”
“Oh I’ll be fine. Like I said, I’m going to use firewood and keep warm the old fashioned way! Plus, there’s a generator in the cabin just in case, so don’t worry a bit!”
“Alrighty then. See yah next week,” the man replied as he rumbled away.
The cabin was log and overlooked a river nestled between the ridges. With glistening snow piled on every pine branch and smoothing the landscape, Grace’s haven for the week was even more ideal than it had appeared on the rental website. The pine boughs were weighed down with snow like Christmas trees with too many ornaments. It had been years since snow had piled up so thickly in Kentucky, but Grace was glad she got to experience it out in the wilderness as if she was a pioneer in a virgin forest.
The snow almost came up to Grace’s knees as she walked up the stone steps to the cabin. As she made her way to the back porch get a better view of the river, the frosty air caught in her throat. A car was sitting behind the cabin, piled with snow. Someone else was already at the cabin. Grace stood still. It could be nothing, just a random abandoned car. Or it could be the car of a fugitive in hiding. Or a drug lord using the cabin to concoct millions of dollars’ worth of some substance.
She looked back at where the ATV driver had dropped her off. He was long gone. Grace was alone with acres of trees and an unknown intruder. She quietly slid off her backpack and pulled an ax out. Axes were good for more than just chopping firewood, after all. She walked up to the door of the cabin, taking care to step quietly. Grace slowly turned the handle. You’re probably just being overdramatic, she told herself. There’s no way anyone’s really in there. At least she would have the element of surprise against the intruder. Wielding her ax with one hand Grace swung the door open with the other.
Her heart nearly vaulted out of her body as she jumped, nearly dropping the ax. A man was sitting on the sofa. A man was in her cabin. Her heart was pounding, slamming against her lungs. For a moment she was speechless, but she raised the ax. The man shot up out of the sofa, looking almost as started as Grace was. It had to be a man, didn’t it? A twenty-something, athletically-built man. Couldn’t it have been a little old lady intruder? Or a lost child?
She willed herself to stand tall. “Hands in the air! Or I’ll chop your head off!” Well, that was a lot cheesier than it sounded in my head.
The man fired questions, “Where did you come from? How did you get here?”
Grace took a step forward, trying to appear bold. “I-I said hands up!”
The man awkwardly put his hands halfway up. “How did you get here? The roads have been impossible since last night.”
“Somebody dropped me off on an ATV. How did you get here? You’re the one who’s not supposed to be here!”
“A four-wheeler?” He stepped forward excitedly. “Oh god, is he coming back?”
“Stay back!” Grace shouted.
The man rolled his eyes. “Listen lady, I’m not a criminal or anything I’m just crashing here…got caught out in the ice storm.”
Grace kept the ax high in the air, ready to swing if he made a move. “You expect me to believe that line? What were you doing near my cabin?”
“The lady renting you the cabin is named Alice Santonio, right?”
“…How did you know that?”
“I’m psychic.”
Grace raised the ax. “Are you a stalker? Did you see my picture in a magazine and decide it would be fun to follow me like a creep?”
“No! Gosh, I was kidding…I’m Mitch Santonio. Alice Santonio is my mom and I help her take care of her properties sometimes. I was supposed to clean the place before you came.”
Grace weighed this information. He didn’t look like a creep. He had curly hair in an undercut style and was wearing black skinny jeans with random zippers all over them and a vintage Star Wars t-shirt. An annoying hipster maybe, but not quite a psycho creep.
“Wait…a magazine? Are you famous or something? What’s your name?”
Grace lowered her ax. Hah, famous. If only. “It’s Grace. But I’m not famous exactly…I write for a small magazine. I mean, it has a good readership but it’s not quite Southern Living or whatever.”
Mitch folded his arms. “So Grace, are you still planning to turn me into sushi or are you done?”
Grace slid the ax back into her backpack. “Just don’t try anything.”
“So the four-wheeler guy. When is he coming back to pick you up? Do you get cell service out here?”
“Next week. And no, I didn’t even bring my cell phone. But listen, I don’t even care what your whole deal is, but you’re going to have to get your stuff and go now, okay?”
“Ax or not, I’m not sleeping in my car tonight so deal with it.”
“Go home! It might be slow going with the snow but you can’t stay here so you better get going!”
 “I’d be freaking happy to, except in case you haven’t noticed I’m snowed in,” Mitch snapped. “There’s like a foot of snow on top of inches of ice. Nobody’s going anywhere for a while.”
 “Well you’re going to have to figure it out. Walk to the neighbor’s house or something but you can’t stay here!”
“No chance of that, not in the mood for frostbite. If you can’t deal, you leave.”
 Grace let out a long sigh. “Well…I guess you can sleep on the couch then.”
“Thanks for your generosity,” Mitch replied dryly.
“Hey, I’m paying a lot for this cabin. But when the snow plows come in the morning you can leave.”
Mitch chuckled, sitting back down on the couch. “This is Piney Bend, not Louisville. Nobody is coming.”
She knit her brow. “What are you talking about? Of course they are.”
“I’m guessing you didn’t grow up in backwoods Kentucky. There’re only a few snow plows in the county and it takes a long time for them to make it back here after a storm like this.”
Grace put her head in her hand. How could this be happening? Just because she had to put up with unwanted company didn’t mean her vacation had to be totally ruined. She’d just have to find a way to make the best of it. What was that verse? Nehemiah something or another…Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Strength. She just needed a strong will to follow through with her plans.
Her head popped up. “Okay, listen. For my vacation I planned on living off the land...doing things the old-fashioned way. So that means you have to do the same, so no modern technology. That includes the generator and that computer. But you can read some of my books if you like...I have Robert Frost’s complete works...The Call of the Wild...and a few others.”
Mitch scoffed. “Are you actually being serious right now?”
“Of course! Don’t you believe in self-reliance and getting back to nature? It’s the American way!”
“The only way I believe in is my way,” Mitch replied flatly.
Grace let out a sigh. I know I’m supposed to be tolerant and show mercy and all that, but this guy is such a pain, she thought. Like a thorn in my side. Or more like an entire tree in my side. How could he be so selfish and petty?
The verse flashed again in her mind. The joy of the Lord is your strength. All she was trying to do was have a time of peace and spiritual renewal. Everybody needed some me-time now and then, and this was her time. It would be easy to just roll over and let Mr. Jerk rule the roost…but not today. Today, Grace was standing up for herself.
Grace cleared her throat loudly. Mitch looked up with a raised eyebrow. Grace put her hands on her hips. “Now you listen. I am not letting you disturb my vacation. I work at a small magazine. I don’t get paid much. I had to save for months just to get a few days of peace and relaxation! When I went to Starbucks with my friends and they got a café caramel-macchiato with whipped cream and chocolate sauce and cacao shavings and everything I just got a plain, small coffee! Black!”
“Pretty sure cream and sugar are free…”
“Don’t try to distract me. Look, we can do this the easy way or the hard way, but I’m not letting you get away with ruining my vacation. It’s your choice.”
“The hard way.”
“What?”
“You said we can go the easy way or the hard way so I choose the hard way.”
“You’re incredible. I bet when you were a kid your parents gave you ice cream and bribed you when you threw a fit, didn’t they? My parents raised me to have respect for other people, so I guess I’m going to have to pass that on to you whether you like it or not!”

Monday, April 11, 2016

Creationist vs. Atheist or Christian vs. Christian?


Well guys, writing this was probably a bad idea, but here goes nothing.

There’s something I’ve been keeping silent about around certain people: Creationism. Not even because I don’t want to get into another tiresome debate, but because I’m afraid that if I express my opinion I’ll be looked down on. That’s because I believe in Old Earth Creationism (OEC), in contrast to the Young Earth Creationism (YEC) that is popular among many of the Christian conservatives I socialize with. Not to mention that I’m also very open to the idea of Theistic Evolution, though I’m still studying it for veracity. This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned this publicly, but there are a few points I would like to present to those who may criticize my Christian walk based on my stance on Creationism. I speak not only for myself, but on behalf of similar Christians: according to Gallup statistics for 2014, a little over half of Americans believe that humans evolved over millions of years, with the majority specifying that God was involved in this process.



First, I’d like to say that I know many intelligent people who believe in YEC and I value their opinions and even look up to many of them as super cool people I can only dream of being like. I respect them, even though I do not agree with them on that particular issue, and many of them have returned that same respect to me, for which I am appreciative. Please understand that it is not my intention to generalize the attitudes those who believe in YEC, I am merely discussing a trend that has occurred in my personal experience. Indeed, I realize that YECs get bashed by various non-Christians all the time, so I’m not here to do that. However, that does present a parallel: while YEC’s desire not to be instantly pegged as stupid because of their beliefs, that is exactly what a few of them do to OEC’s. 

The problem stems from a false dichotomy: either you believe in YEC or you invalidate the gospel/are not a real Christian. All too often YECs cross the line from simply debating geology or Hebrew words to challenging an OEC’s commitment to God—or even personal insults and rude remarks. Aside from typical YouTube comment section attacks, a large amount of the unnecessary demonizing of those who believe in OEC or Theistic Evolution has come from Ken Ham and his organization, Answers In Genesis (AiG). For example, AiG writer Dr. Terry Mortenson has said that Theistic Evolutionists are “undermining the authority and reliability of the Word of God and subverting the gospel, despite sincere intentions to the contrary.” These are outrageous and unnecessarily antagonizing claims. Moreover, in the past Ham has been disinvited from multiple homeschooling conventions for comments towards OECs that were “ungodly,and mean-spirited statements that are divisive at best and defamatory at worst”. To illustrate, Ham wrote a Facebook post to “warn” homeschoolers not to be “led astray” by Peter Enn of the BioLogos Foundation—a Christian who believes in evolution and an old earth. Ham has even accused BioLogos of “shaking their fist at God’s Word” despite the fact that their website specifically states that they uphold the authority and inspiration of the Bible.

These are not isolated events but rather represent a maintained attitude from AiG. On forums, blogs, and even in person, OECs or Theistic Evolutionists are often accused of conforming to secular ideas, compromising to please the world, and undermining the Gospel. Ham has called astrophysicists Dr. Hugh Ross (who believes in an old earth, but not macro evolution) "an enemy of biblical authority" and and has stated that Dr. Ross "twists the Bible." Ham even goes so far as to state, "We have written a number of articles on the AiG website to warn people that compromising God’s Word in Genesis is an authority issue, a gospel issue, and, indirectly, a salvation issue."


These inflammatory statements that alienate fellow Christians serve to exemplify the type of behavior I have encountered not only from people like Ken Ham or Kent Hovind (admittedly, Hovind is low hanging fruit when it comes to critique) but from casual conversations or online forums. I've even had a professor get rude and snarky with me in a casual discussion over the age of the earth.

Another argument centers on the validity of the Gospel. The typical argument is thus: “What?! You think the earth is billions of years old? The Bible clearly states it is only 6k years old. If you undermine that you’re undermining the gospel.” This argument is nothing less than a fear tactic based on a slippery slope fallacy. The weird thing? People who says these things often do not even hold this standard consistently. This type of argument is not nearly as commonplace in other points of conflict, such as if—according to the Bible—piercings are allowed, divorce is ever okay, church should be held on Sunday or Saturday, or if all dogs go to heaven. I mean, conversations about most things never go like:

Joe: I think it’s fine for Christians to have ear piercings and stuff.
Jane: How dare you conform to worldly, secular ideology! Leviticus forbids it! And if you say Leviticus is wrong then you don’t believe the Bible is infallible, so that means you think everything in the Bible is a lie! You’re not a Christian!
Joe: Wait, I don’t think Leviticus exactly meant what you’re thinking, actually I read that—
Jane: I can’t believe what I’m hearing. I’ve got to warn people about you. You’re dangerous!



I doubt you’ve heard many conversations like the above about topics OTHER than Creationism...it would be laughable! I guess my point is that some biblical disagreements are worth getting in a tizzy over and some aren’t, because some issues are foundational to salvation and others are not.  Scholars are continually learning more about the culture and language of Biblical times, and there is much more study in many areas of academics to be done before we can comprehensively understand God’s word. Just because the Bible is inerrant doesn’t mean our interpretation of it is infallible. Some issues are easier to understand than others and that’s okay, because the main point of the Bible is clear: God loves his children and Jesus died for their sins so that they could be with him in Heaven. Let’s focus our energy on getting that message out, instead of tearing down those who disagree with us on minor issues. Really, can we not make this a salvation issue? I don’t ever want to hear someone say, “I like the Gospel message but if I have to believe humans rode dinosaurs to be a Christian, I guess I can’t get saved.” (No, not all YEC perspectives involve people riding dinosaurs. But some do!)


Still not convinced that a person can believe in OEC or Theistic Evolution without being “compromising?” Let’s see what evangelist Billy Graham has to say on the subject:

“I don’t think that there’s any conflict at all between science today and the scriptures. I think that we have misinterpreted the Scriptures many times and we’ve tried to make the Scriptures say things they weren’t meant to say, I think that we have made a mistake by thinking the Bible is a scientific book. The Bible is not a book of science. The Bible is a book of Redemption, and of course I accept the Creation story. I believe that God did create the universe. I believe that God created man, and whether it came by an evolutionary process and at a certain point He took this person or being and made him a living soul or not, does not change the fact that God did create man. … whichever way God did it makes no difference as to what man is and man’s relationship to God.”  Billy Graham: Personal Thoughts of a Public Man, 1997. p. 72-74



My final comments:
1.      If you discount people’s intelligence or faith because they are OECs or Theistic Evolutionists, please reconsider.
2.      If don’t do that: you’re awesome, thanks for that! Encourage your friends to be more like you!

(Note: This post is not about science or interpreting Genesis, so I’m not going to debate about that in the comments.)


Suggestions for further study: TBN: Age of Creation Panel  and John Ankerberg: The Great Debate

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Monday, April 4, 2016

What is Creationism?


There's something I'd like to clear up for both scientific and theological reasons...

I'd like to take back the idea that Creationism means "the earth is young" and propose that it simply means the earth was created by God. More narrow definitions discount the beliefs of a huge population of Christians.

From my perspective, which is contrary to popular belief, there are actually many different types of Creationism: all credit God, but each have a different understanding of what processes God did or did not use to create the world and how long it took Him to do it. Creationism should be viewed as a broad category with many different areas of thought, despite a wide assumption that "Creationism" means only a 6k year old origins model. That's what makes images like the one below so misleading, as in reality people can be Creationists AND Evolutionists.


Here's a basic breakdown of the varying views, almost all of which confirm the authority of the Bible and attempt to reconcile it with science.
copyright All Viewpoints

As you can see, Young Earth Creationism is just ONE biblical interpretation, and does not deserve to hold the monopoly on the word "Creationism." For example, I consider myself a Creationist and I believe the earth is millions of years old, while I'm not yet sure what I believe about macro-evolution, I'm still studying it.

Regardless of my personal views on macro-evolution, I'd like to make an argument for why Christians should not be shamed for believing in it, as this is something that happens all too often. A slippery slope argument is frequently used to create a phobia towards Theistic Evolutionists to claim that it can’t POSSIBLY be a part of Creationist ideas. It’s often said that Theistic Evolution can lead to Social Darwinism—you know, the idea that whatever action causes our species to advance is a morally good action. An extreme example of this philosophy might play out like this: 

There are 10 students in a class, 5 are “A” students and 5 are failing. The failing students should be kicked out because they are a useless drain on education tax dollars and they use up the valuable time of the teacher which could be spent on teaching the “A” students who will actually cause the species to progress.

However, Theistic Evolution does NOT result in this type of thinking because the “Theistic” part of the philosophy steps in to say that that the individual has inherent, ultimate value and that all people have the God-given right to learning about Him and education is a great way of accomplishing that. Thus, a Theistic Evolutionist might actually decide to give the 5 failing students MORE attention. Accepting the idea that Survival of the Fittest is how nature works does not mean one has to be immoral. The Theistic Evolutionist admits that when a lion chases a pack of gazelles, the slowest gazelle normally gets eaten, but does NOT jump to assume this means that we should kill the slowest people in the neighborhood marathon and use The Hunger Games as societal model.



Summary:

1. Can we all agree that there are several types of Creationism, not just Young Earth?
2. Yes, Christians CAN believe in an Old Earth and/or macro-evolution.

Look for my post on a similar topic next week!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Starting a New Novel (and learning new things)

In a few weeks I'll be taking an "Inspirational Writing" course at my university that integrates advice and writings from Karen Kingsbury (click here if you'd like to watch the videos from that course yourself). One of the assignments in the class is to write the first chapter of an Inspirational novel. Naturally, I'm already planning to make this first chapter part of my next full novel. I am going to use this book to teach myself how to write better and how to publish, because the best way to learn is by doing.

Normally I'm a plot "pantser" (aka writing by the seat of my pants) but this time I've plotted it out in a three act cinematic-style plot structure. Instead of just writing whatever pops into my head and seeing where it leads me, I'm being intentional about character arch and appealing to a specific audience. For example: often my characters are interesting but admittedly static, but this time I am going to make my two main characters go through a spiritual change that is reflected in their outward actions.

I'm not saying learning to write by forcing yourself to plan and structure is necessarily better than wildly following the whims of your heart (especially if you're a new writer), but I've been doing the latter for a while and haven't gotten very far. I tend to get caught up in college and drop my writing every few months, but I'm hoping that sharing my writing journey with you will keep me at least somewhat accountable.

This will be my first attempt at writing in the Christian Romance genre. I've included a smattering of romantic elements in past stories, and tried to include Christian themes in my writing before, but I've actually never written a story that is overtly Christian (as in, specific references to God, Jesus, the Bible, etc.), or one that centers on a romantic plot.

The thing with Christian Romance (and Christian fiction in general, actually) is that it often comes across as so cheesy and cliche to me. There are many bad examples to avoid being like and few good examples to model after. It's like someone who's only ever eaten at McDonald's trying to learn how to make a gourmet hamburger. What I'm saying is, I've mainly experienced Christian Romance that is pretty mediocre so I don't have a very big pool of inspiration to draw from. I know what to do in theory, but in practice it can be a feat.

I'm still working on raising the stakes and adding more conflict to my plot, but here's the basic idea (what you might see on the back cover of the novel):

Grace goes to stay at a one room log cabin in the wilderness to live like a pioneer for a winter vacation, but when she arrives she finds someone already there: an obstinate computer graphics artist named Mitch who got trapped at the cabin by the recent snowstorm. Not only is Grace's solitude ruined, the two constantly clash over his insistence on using modern technology and Grace's desire for an old-fashioned getaway. When they are thrust into a survival situation and everything is Grace's fault, she gets a new perspective on forgiveness and sees that she needs grace just as much as Mitch. Soon, she starts to see her survival partner's good qualities so that by the time the snow starts melting, so does Grace's heart.







Questions for the reader:
More info on character descriptions and plot coming soon...if you're interested?
Any advice on cheese-free, non-cliché Christian Romance?

Know of a good Christian Romance book or movie I should check out for inspiration?

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Friday, January 22, 2016

8 Best Free E-Book Resources

Books are great, but sometimes paper ones just cost too much and can be cumbersome to carry around. Luckily, the internet has a solution! Free e-books and audiobooks! The sites below have already saved me tons of money on books for college. Whether you're reading for pleasure or for school, I hope you find these resources helpful!

Bartleby

This site hosts many ebooks you can read online. As with most of the sources below, this site is especially good for finding Public Domain classics.

Archive.org

This site can be a bit of a hassle to navigate so it's not my first choice, but with 8.8 million texts, it's still a great resource.


Adelaide University eBooks

While perhaps not the most extensive library, the eBooks on this site are well-formatted and available in several file types or online.

LibriVox

A great source for audiobook versions of public domain works, read by volunteer contributors. Listen online or download! This is the first place I go to for audiobooks.

Gutenberg.org

A massive collection, Project Gutenberg is my go-to source for ebooks, which can be read online or downloaded. They also have some audiobooks!


Lit2Go

A nice, easy-to-navigate website. You'll find 100% delightful Classics here. For most books you can read or listen online, or download the audio or text.

iTunes

Music isn't the only thing on iTunes...there are also plenty of free audio books!

Mobile Apps

If you have a mobile device, Kindle and iBooks also have a wealth of free books available, espeically classics novels. An unlikely source, the "Podcasts" app also is a good place to look for audiobooks.


Monday, January 4, 2016

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