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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Sorry for the delay but my new website is officially up and running.

www.shannonhopkins.com
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Friday, December 16, 2005

snow in the afternoon
it is a chilly afternoon here in karlsruhe and the snow is falling outside...and i am sitting here with nadine and noah. rob and mark are getting ready for kubik tonight, aimie is doing her christmas shopping and karen and roger went to ZKM (this really amazing multi-media museum that is a special museum in all of europe).

this week has been really good. tough at times but really we are moving to the next level with doxology... and denis... aka the bomb as always delivered the great summation... "behind everything with doxology is the dialog ... the name of the exhibition can change and evolve but always doxology exists because our team exists and we continue the dialog"....

Karen has been doing a great job of capturing the experience side of our time in germany and without her coming and being here i am not sure how productive our times together would be.

and in i am learning german...thanks to andy who is giving me my daily phrase lessons.....
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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Gruesse aus Deutschland
I arrived yesterday in Karlsruhe, Germany and am staying for the weekend with Mark and Nadine and then I will stay in the old part of the city with Nicole who is part of Kubik. Anyway... I am enjoying being back in Germany. I always forget HOW MUCH I love this Nation until I get back here. And there is no better time to be in Germany than during Christmas. Tonight we went to the Weihnachtmarkt or Christmas Market and it was great, just wish my toes were not close to frozen at the moment.

Sunday is Brunch at Kubik and it was really nice to be here for that. Funny that I have only been once before I felt like I knew most people there and in a way felt like it was my community. I love the spirit you find here that you dont find many places that are so open and welcoming in a genuine and authentic way. It takes away the awkwardness that I feel often at churches.

Anyway...Rob, Aimie and Karen will arrive tomorrow and we will be working on Doxology this week. Figuring out how to go forward and what is next. Should be a good week and it will be good for us all to be together here.

By the way Mark and Nadine have added a program to their blog that translates it into English... so you can go check it out!
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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

its Christmas and I really would love to decorate.. however with the shortage of any christmas decorations in this country i think I will forego it this year. I do love Christmas and am a bit sad that I am actually going go without a tree of festive cheer around my flat. However I will be in Germany from the 10th-the 20th and that is most of the month anyway....

now if i could just get well. i am totally without a voice and can barely swollow my throat is so swollen.
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Sunday, December 04, 2005

I've been back in London for 3 weeks... for two of those I have had company. It is funny how big and empty my flat seems today after Shelton left at 6 for the airport, I spent the morning cleaning...and then took a nap b/c i am coming down with something (my throat is swollen and i have no voice!)

Anyway...the last two weeks were nice b/c I was able to do London with a friend and take in some things I had not done before. Yesterday we went to Primrose Hill and walked through the park there right at the top of Regents Park (and we saw Jude Law .. in the flesh.. not once by twice as he passed us having lunch at a sidewalk cafe in Primrose Hill). I also went to Evensong at Westminster Abbey twice! And we had tea in the crypt at St. Martin's in the Fields. We took the train to Sheffield as well as numureos other things... Good times in all. But I am feeling a bit sorry for myself today, as I am feeling under the weather and a bit lonely. Oh well
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

American Thanksgiving in London
Yeah that is right..I am putting on an American Thanksgiving in London.... Turkey and dressing and all the trimmings.... minus Macy's thanksgiving Day parade and the UT/ Texas A&M game. Lots of people coming and I have been cooking all day. (dressing, eggplant casserole, deviled eggs, cheese dreams, and the corn souffle to do and the turkey to prep)

The hardest part of doing thanksgiving here is a) the size of my kitchen and b) the lack of a car to do the transport. I am quite worried right now about getting the turkey across town to get it in the oven by 10am in the morning! YIKES.

But I am really excited about this Thanksgiving... old friends and new friends... isnt thanksgiving what Christmas ought to be anyway... you get to celebrate, realize how much we have, enjoy each others company and have little expectation.....


Oh well.. back to cooking!
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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Chestnut Roasting on an Open Fire.....
Yes....we had roasted chesnuts today from an open fire and whilst buying them i could hear the song in my head...however biting into them and eating them is not near as heartwarming as i would have thought. actually quite a let down. guess i have watched too many movies... oh well... still i had chesnuts from an open fire before going into st. martins in the fields for a cup of tea.

I am sooooo enjoying being back in London. And this week Shelton is here so it is nice to see London fresh again, that mix of fresh and familiar. Taking him to my favorite places and also doing some new things. For instance... I have never been to evening song at Westminister Abbey and we did that today and it was lovely! Following which we had a curry and then met up with Iona, Rob and Aimie.
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