A Little History:
Our story begins in Pocatello, Idaho, circa 1972, when the lovely Debby Christensen agreed to a first, though fateful date with admirer, David Croshaw. Long story-short, he bade her follow him, and they went arm-in-arm to the Logan, Utah temple for establishment of an eternal family unit, Generation 1, on May 23 1973.

From their first blissful summer in Salt Lake City, educational pursuits took them to Provo/Orem, Utah, birthplace of Leslie and Rebecca, and to San Francisco/Oakland California, birthplace of Colin and Matt. Then, for establishment of livelihood, expansion of the tribe with Abby and Dana, and for raising/unifying of Generation 2, it was back to the roots in Pocatello for a rewarding sojourn.

In time, driven by a raging, but commonly shared sense of adventure and independence, one-by-one, Generation 2 escaped the homeland to distant regions of the country and the world, each ultimately developing their own tribal expansions by pairing with worthy mates and initiating Generation 3.

Now sensing fulfillment of their purpose in Pocatello, Generation 1 has also left those roots and transplanted to Cascade Idaho, from which base, they anticipate more abundant contact with The Posterity, Generations 2 and 3, in the future. That contact however, awaits fulfillment of a call to LDS missionary service in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, wherein they hope to help the state of the world by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

So now, including Generation 0 (Grandma and Grandpa Christensen) home base includes Yuma, Arizona, Pocatello, Idaho, Cascade, Idaho, Vancouver, BC, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Spokane, Washington, Boise, Idaho, Los Angeles, California, back to Boise, Idaho, and on and on (Generation 3+) to infinity.

Our Mission Statement:
This is the blog of our eternal family unit. Initiated years ago, it served well as a journal, but even more so, as an archive of our personal interaction. It was a gathering place, a confabulation instrument, a unifying force for four generations of widely dispersed and progressively prolific posterity, and their valued associates. Though it served these purposes well for many years, it eventually took a back seat to new-kids-on-the-block, Facebook, and Instagram, and was sadly forgotten.

We now move to resurrect this blog with an added functional purpose of archiving the missionary experiences of Generation 1, of their movements and activities as they participate with The Gathering of Israel in the land northward. In so doing, we hope that via their own comments and posts, this blog will again serve to gather and unify the posterity and their friends.

As in the past, that the young and vibrant may know the old and tired, that enduring bonds may be fostered and maintained, that experience and encouragement may be openly shared, that posterity may embrace truth, and that hearts may be knit together, we must resist detachment despite our geographic divergence. We shall do so here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


So, I know I don't talk about my job much, but it's been changing over the last year or so to include a component of environmental sustainability. Because most of us on our team don't have a background in environment (and have to be convinced about why we should do what we're being asked to do), we're having to go through some training. The training has been interesting. There are some things I still haven't bought into and others that have made perfect sense. I very much appreciate those principles that are about efficiency, reducing waste, reducing cost and making things more simple.

As part of this week's module, we've been learning about biomimicry, and I find it fascinating! (Crystal, you probably already know all about this.) Anyway, it's a science that examines nature's (God's) designs and then tries to emulate them in practical applications to solve human problems. An example we all know and love is the invention of velcro.

Janine Benyus is apparently very famous in the field of biomimicry for her ideas as they relate to eco-design. Anyway, if you have 20 minutes, you really should watch this video. I promise you'll be fascinated. God's creations are awesome (in the truest sense of the word)!


Crystal said...

First- I WILL attend TED talks some day! I am always so amazed and completely inspired. One of my favorites was a talk by Jane Goodall. I LOVE her.

My boss at UVA was involved in some biomimicry and my favorite post-doc (Lance Davidson
) college gave his mother some pictures of cleaving embryos and she designed lighting and art based on the two-cell stage. Her critics LOVED it and all of us were like... "that is a 1st cleavage embryo"

Have you seen the Experience the Music Project MUSEUM
in Seattle? That was an organically (biologically)-inspired building and MAN is it amazing (Steve Jobs, thank you again)...

Anyway, I am a lover. Currently, I am sharing an office with a bio-medical mechanical engineer and he and I have had some amazing conversations. He "hated" biology but LOVED fluid dynamics... turns out HE heard a talk about artificial hearts, got some ideas and now... Well, he (Satish
) is designing new advances to help those with circulatory problems.

Crystal said...

PS- I LOVE that they let her show her last 3 slides. My favorite... "there will be billions of cicadas and they never run into each other, yet every year, there are 3.however many million car collisions." That would be a super thing to perfect for our autos that wash themselves, are colored by refracting light and by using no pollutants ;-)