The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.

I love my job. I love my life.

I'm making mix CDs for the check-in and welcome for Admitted Student Day. This means it has to be music that admitted students, their families, the admission staff, and pres hosts are all going to think rules. This is clearly why the director of admission asked me to make CDs. I'm awesome and my job rules.

So I'm going through my iTunes finding those classic songs that everybody loves, but aren't just the Beatles (duh). I put together a mix of 37 songs and am listening to it to make sure I didn't get a little rowdy and put on too much Spice Girls (no such thing?). It is a really great mix, if I do say so myself. I am in such a great mood.

Listening to this music has made it easier to get through this revision of my Greek paper. And it's made me feel like I'll have all my work done in time to go to Margarita Monday tomorrow night. And it's made me calm down about the bibliography for my capstone paper that's due Tuesday morning. And it's made it easier to imagine getting my whole lab notebook put together before Tuesday afternoon's practical. And then not go crazy because immediately following the practical is Senior Disorientation, after which I have to get up at 5am to have everything ready for the 7am Pres Host monthly meeting.

My life is crazy. This I readily admit. But it's doable. I'm fine. I'm going to get all my stuff done on time, and I'm going to graduate just fine. And I'm going to go to seminary and I'm going to do what I'm going to do. It's amazing to me that a set of songs could put me at such ease.

So, I think it's safe to say that it just might ease the stress of choosing a college.

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I was going to end my post there, but then Sister Hazel's "All For You" came on. It always makes me smile, because it reminds me of summer drives with Jenny and Jonathan in his old 4Runner, Angus. Harmonies abounding, we cruised down 101 on our way from Pipe's to Lou's. What a fun life that was. But it's found new meaning for me in recent months, I've found.

"All my roads lead to you."

They do. Every path I can imagine for myself leads to you. Every path I have ever imagined for myself has led to you. Before I met you, I imagined life leading somewhere beautiful and warm -- somewhere that will always feel like home -- somewhere I now know as you. It's not hard to say what it is I see in you, and I don't wonder if I'll always be with you. But words can't say and I can't do enough to prove it's all for you. <3

Thanks for the free wifi, DIA!

From today's "Verse and Voice"