Jan Edmiston at A Church for Starving Artists posted an interesting thing last week - a picture of her desk, with no tidying or dressing up done. Apparently NPR presented Oliver Sack's desk on Science Friday last week, and she was inspired. I thought it sounded like a fun thing with which to play along, so here's my Desktop Diary for today.
Like Jan, I don't do a ton of writing in my office. Work, yes, but the kind of thing during which I don't mind being interrupted. Worship planning, professional reading, administrivia, phone calls and setting up schedules, that sort of thing. Occasionally, because my library is in my office, I'll do my preparatory exegetical work in my office, but during afternoons when I know that my train of thought is unlikely to be derailed.
There are a few things I love about my office. First is the light - in the afternoon, like you see here, there's no need for the fluorescent lights and their "just-below-audible" buzz. Even in the morning, with my four windows I only need the lights if it's cloudy or rainy. Second, the comfy furniture. I have two recliners, one overstuffed chair and my desk chair, all of which are good places to spend a lot of time. I've never understood why you would want to furnish an office with chairs in which no one feels comfortable. Third, the plants. I'm developing a little bit of a green thumb at the church; that is, when I can keep my youngest from ripping the plants out of their pots. The peace lilies you see will soon be going into the big pots and back into our sanctuary, and hopefully we can keep little fingers away from them until they're good and toughened up.
Anyway, that's where some of the magic happens. Tomorrow or Friday I'll send a picture of my sermonating table at Cafe Milo - I know, I know, you'll be waiting with bated breath. All three of you. Until then -
Grace & peace,