Friday, July 27, 2012


Houston adventures can be somewhat hard to come by. BUT my dear friend Jessica told me about the completed Turrell Skyspace at Rice University that was commissioned as a centennial project for the university. So with some planning and some reservations, we set off on an adventure last night. First we went to Shiva's in the Village...Indian food, very interesting, bold flavors, a rice/yogurt dessert, orange curry sauce chicken, LENTILS & RICE - yum, overall exotic and flavorful. Then it was off to Rice University for the light show!


About Turrell Skyspace

"Standing adjacent to the Shepherd School of Music on the Rice University campus, James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace has landed. The pyramidal structure accommodates 120 people on two levels and is acoustically engineered for musical performances and a laboratory for music school students. Constructed of grass, concrete, stone and composite steel, the structure is equipped with an LED light performance that projects onto the ceiling and through the 72-foot square knife-edge roof, which is open to the sky. Turrell’s composition of light complements the natural light present at sunrise and sunset, and transforms the Skyspace into a locale for experiencing beauty and reflective interaction with the surrounding campus and the natural world. “Twilight Epiphany” is made possible by Suzanne Deal Booth, member of the Rice Board of Trustees."

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About James Turrell

For more than four decades, Turrell has used light and space to extend and enhance perception. His Rice Skyspace, one of his largest, is his 73rd worldwide. It is also the first to be engineered for acoustics, both for live performances and for electronic music. Turrell’s work has been the subject of more than 140 solo exhibitions worldwide since 1967. Since 1972, he has been transforming Roden Crater, a natural cinder volcano situated in Arizona’s Painted Desert, into a large-scale artwork. His permanent installations are on view at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, Germany; and the Panza Collection in Varese, Italy, among others. In 2009, the James Turrell Museum officially opened at the Bodega Colomé in Salta, Argentina. Turrell is the recipient of Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships. The artist has two other major projects in Houston: the Quaker Meetinghouse and “The Light Inside,” a site-specific, neon and ambiently lit interior installation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Turrell received his B.A. from Pomona College and his M.F.A. from the Claremont Graduate School, University of California at Irvine.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012





One week ago today, we were heading back to civilization. We had all survived the wilderness with considerable wear, but little tear on our bodies. We sported cuts and blisters and dirt under our nails as medals of what we had conquered. We had peaked 13500 feet, braved piercing cold rain, and slept under a blanket of millions of stars.

The trail we hiked was called Pole Creek Trail, and the sights and views grew increasingly familiar as we went along. I had sense of deja vu and what do you know....I had hiked this trail on my own wilderness trip back in 2009.

This wilderness expedition was better than my own trip though. I got to watch six young women, who in many ways are like younger sisters, experience something entirely new. I watch them embrace each other and embrace a new lifestyle, embrace a new faith, embrace hope and abandon fears and burdens and darkness.

The trip cannot be explained in words, or photos, a video, or four blogposts. Again I will borrow from the wise words of my dear sister Lauren Schoger,
"The Lord did unbelievable things in the hearts and lives of each of our girls throughout the week. Beautiful stories of redemption were shared. Beauty and worth were realized for the first time. Walls were shattered as girls felt what it was like to trust in the Lord. Several girls left the week committed to making big changes in their lives. In short, the Lord showed up in bigger ways than we could have ever imagined."
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And as if you were not already tired of seeing all of these wilderness photos, here is a video. Join the adventure or relive the trip. Wilderness 2012 in four minutes. Note: watch the HD version (it's better) on the Vimeo website

Wilderness 2012 - Greater Cedar Park Young Life from Victoria Haas on Vimeo.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. -2 Corinthians 4:18

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


I got to share the wonderful Wilderness experience with not only the girls and two guides, but also two other leaders. Schoger, a leader from my Young Life area was such an inspiration to me, and everyday, a huge blessing to have alongside on the trip. I love her description of our group's ascent of the mountain...

"The fourth day of our adventure was what our guides called "peak day". That morning we woke up at 3:15 am to begin a climb that would eventually lead us to a 13,500 ft. summit atop the continental divide. As we began our final ascent, we each picked up a medium size rock and were told to think of our rock as some burden or sin that keeps us from God. When we reached the peak, we sat in a long line along the edge of the cliff holding our rocks. One by one, I watched the girls around me heave their rocks into the abyss below, casting their burdens away from themselves, toward the foot of the cross. This was by far the most powerful part of the week for me and for many of the girls." —Lauren Schoger
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