Christine Lindemann [sendchristine]
What do you currently have in your MP3 player?
My most recent music that I'm playing over and over again is a band from "the tropical island of Newfoundland," Great Big Sea. They can be classified as Canadian folk/rock, and for me their music is a celebration of life. It's real, not covering up the messy parts of life and celebrating the joys and the trials.
What books are you currently reading?
I don't know how much insight this gives on "current cultural trends," but I'm reading C.S. Lewis' Surprised by Joy. I love autobiographies because I know I can learn something about how someone else lived. In reading Lewis' book, I've learned more about my own life as I'm "normalized" by the events of his own. It's learning about human nature, to read about the life of a man, in another country, at another time, and to see so many similarities to my own human experience.
I'm also reading Gary Haugen's Just Courage, which is a great challenge to get outside of my comfort zone and help others. Because "We don't believe something by merely saying we believe it... We believe something when we act as if it were true" (quoted Dallas Willard), page 79.
Places in the world that you have visited recently.
I like this question. I recently returned from living for a month in Wroław, Poland. This was an incredible experience for me to immerse myself in a new culture and try to survive - the language, the customs, the day to day. After this, I spent five days sight seeing in Berlin. This was another challenge because I don't know any German nor did I know much about Berlin upon arrival. It was incredible to see God provide in both circumstances, in both countries, people along the way to help me and to ways for me to learn more about Him, myself, and my own culture.
What is that special film you never tire of watching?
Casablanca. A classic (as you can tell, this is a theme for me), it is a phenomenal film. My favorite part is the dialog, with the subtle humor. Also, it is a story line that most everyone can relate to in one way or another.
What do you use: Mac or PC and why?
I use a PC and I have a lame reason. When it was time for me to buy a new computer, my father said that he wouldn't be able to help me with any more computer issues if I got a Mac. This is true of me too, I wouldn't know how to help myself with a Mac, but with a PC I can navigate my way through. Also, I got a great deal on this Dell which was $400 cheaper than any Mac I've ever seen.
Do you find the saturation of advertising in the media excessive?
Actually, yes. I get tired of it. After watching an hour of television, I'm tired of all of the commercials and of everyone trying to sell me something. I want to know what is good by word of mouth because I don't want to trust the media's advertising anymore.
Do you believe there is excessive sex and violence in the media?
YES. I've stopped watching certain television shows because of the sex and violence within them, and these shows are even more "family oriented." Where are the wholesome family shows from the TGIF of yesteryear? Now we have a myriad of crime and doctor shows to choose from.
Have you ever bought works of art? What type of art? What compels you to purchase art?
I buy books! This is my work of art which I invest in. My favorite is used books, because they possess so much character and I love the idea of other fingers running across the pages I now hold. I would rather own a book than borrow it because once I finish the book, it is a part of me and I am a part of it. When I look at the book on my shelf, it has such fond memories.
What do you have in your wallet right now?
Euro (I can't get rid of it, I love pulling it out places and jokingly saying, "Do you accept Euro?"); Starbucks gift card (I hope this still has money on it, I practically live at Starbucks); Some cash! (this is a novelty!); a debit and credit card; and my AAA card (never leave home without it, I've only driven clunkers).
What matters more in deciding your vote: the party, the candidate, or the ideas?
Unfortunately, the ideas are often determined by the party. For the past two presidential elections, I have held to this one deciding factor: Does the candidate respect the current president? I don't care if he disagrees with him; in fact, he probably will. But does he disagree respectfully? This is a man I am willing to respect. No one person will ever hold 100% of the American vote and I am okay with differing opinions. However, I want be led by a man or woman of character.
Are there too many taxes?
Are there too many government institutions?
Connecticut - USA