I had the opportunity to go to Spokane, Washington for a few days in mid-September with my wife. She is studying Communication and Leadership as a distance learner with Gonzaga University and had a class on campus. Because of this program, she has put together her own blog site, which is quite pretty, imho.
I spent most of two days finishing up a paper for and advanced research class of my own, then spent a lot of time walking up and down the beautiful paths along side the Spokane River, around Riverfront Park, and around downtown Spokane.
Views like this are common. The air was a bit hazy because of the wildfires in the area, and the river was low, but the weather was perfect and the city delightful.
Being Christian, but not being Catholic, some aspects of Gonzaga were unusual to me, but I quite enjoyed the campus. I was struck by how easy it is to feel at cross-purposes with Christians of other faiths, and yet how important it is that we who have so much in common should support each other, encourage each other and joy in each others' successes. As I pondered on these feelings, the truth of them sank into my soul, and I found myself being very glad for the successes of this university that strives to instill faith and good works into the hearts of so many students. I felt that their purposes fit very well with my own beloved BYU's "Enter to Learn, go forth to Serve" unofficial motto.
Russel is a mid-career IT guy with an academic interest in log and data analysis, a professional interest in monitoring and management systems and programming languages, and personal interests in family, photography, reading, and the outdoors.