Full name: Clara Jane Tenny
DOB: February 26, 1980 (178 years to-the-day after the birth of Victor Hugo)
Birthplace: Potsdam, NY
Hometown: Somewhere in the hot and dry desert part of Arizona
Occupation: Meaning how I occupy my time? Well, I’m a part-time writer, blogger, theologian, Francophile (and Francophone), philosopher, musician (but not nearly at the performance level), and perpetual student of human nature
- Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA) – 1 year (1 semester as a music performance major)
- Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ)– International Affairs major for roughly 3 years
- Université Paul-Valèry (Montpellier, France) – French study-abroad program, but only a semester
- Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) – graduated in December 2005 with a BA in French
Informal Education: a patient and a student of bipolar disorder, carefully studying and taking notes on the rest of the world and they way they perceive and interact with us “crazy” people.
- Sibiu, Romania for a short mission trip in 2000
- France – all over, with most of my time spent in Annecy and Montpellier. I also made it to some of the neighboring countries, including Germany, Austria, Italy, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and England all during a 9-month period between 2002-2003
- Quebec City, Quebec for a short study-abroad with ASU in the summer of 2005.
Since 2005, all my international travels have been limited to books, movies, dreams, and imagination. But hopefully I’ll be able to travel again…someday.
Favorite activities: long walks, speaking French (preferably with other French speakers), accompanying myself on the keyboard or guitar while singing songs, pretending I’m Jane Austen and writing with an inkwell pen, joining with friends in laughter and storytelling, going to the movies alone, creating fantasies out of ordinary pictures using Photoshop, losing myself in a bookstore, losing myself in a book, turning my sordid past into a beautiful story, collecting anything written to me by hand, listening to musicals even though my friends often think I have little to no taste because of it.
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” JRR Tolkien The Fellowship of the Ring
“In so far as possible, be a bearer of hope, don’t loose heart – don’t ever give up.” Rob Parsons
“Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.” V. Raymond Edman
“Books are the treasured wealth of the world.” Henry David Thoreau Walden
“Life is a dream. ‘Tis waking that kills us” Virginia Woolf Orlando
“It is always the case that the greater the joy, the greater the pain which proceeds it.” Saint Augustine Confessions
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is darkness, light
Where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master
Grant that I may not so much
Seek to be consoled, as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
It is in dying that we are born into Eternal Life.
Saint Francis of Assisi
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8
“Everyone thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.”Leo Tolstoy
“The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.” GK Chesterton Orthodoxy
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2