You gotta love this one!
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Dad also took to the playing the dulcimer he build for us many years ago from his own plans and kit he designed. The strings needed to be replaced, but he did play a tune he composed many years ago when Cindy was in California and worried parents were wondering what she was dong. I've already forgotten the title of the tune, but I'll slip it in here later.
And here is Dad with his two Great Grandsons.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
The Limberlost Swamp was drained during Gene's lifetime and she moved several miles away to a lakeside property to continue her writings. Shorltly after that she went to Hollywood to put some of her books to film. You can buy them on DVD at the store behind the sign in the picture
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
On the left is a biology prof at Taylor. He was quite knowledgeble about apples and it just happens to be his orchard. Most of these trees have multiple grafs on them, which mean several varieties on a single tree. It's not often you get to taste so many different apples to compare them. My memory being what it is, I can't remember which one I liked best, and probably couldn't get it anywhere else if I could remember it!
Monday, November 14, 2005
For 6 weeks Joan and I have been exploring various Christian Communities in the Portland area. Since we were visiting Anglican communities, we did feel a great sense of shared history as we participated in hymns we had always sung, hymns we knew were sung by Christians from centuries back, reponsively read Psalms that have even more history etc. But it is time now to get back into community. For us - as we find a temporary community (and maybe permanent home) at Christ The Redeemer, we are moving into a community with a lot of our old friends! We also then will be moving back into a community with which we have a lot of personal history already. What a blessing!
Thursday, November 10, 2005
History of the church building from Portland Landmarks:
The original cathedral was lost in the Great Fire of 1866 while still under construction. The present cathedral, a massive brick structure anchoring a soaring 200-foot spire, was completed in 1869 and represents an urban adaptation of Gothic style. On the day of consecration in September 1869, a severe storm blew down the main steeple, hurling it across the street and smashing a neighboring rooftop. the present steeple, crowned with a gilt cross, was completed a month later. The magnificent stained glass windows were brought from Munich in 1910 to line the nave, while the rose window over the main entrance dates to 1869
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
His story today centered around a rather plump guy who "can't stop at eating one doughnut" and whose glutony evidenced itself in Curtis catching him walking out the store with 100 of his video's in a bag. Curtis dumped the bag out and threw the guy's bag out into the middle of the street, telling the guy that if it was ten years ago, he would be throwing his you know what out there as well.
Curtis told me this story just after the story about the police, who don't come when he reports crime. Catching someing peeing on his storefront in the middle of the afternoon and reporting it resulted in only a casual remark "That is only George being George". Well that set Curtis off on a tirade which I won't bother to repeat here...
Portland, in Curtis's opinion, is only interested in the Old Port Area. He loves Portland, but is really down now. He says Sunday he only bought in $25 worth of business. He says he will be lucky to make it through the winter. I'm calling all my friends this evening to go give him a visit. That's Book Traders at 561 Congress Street in Portland. Call 207-773-1840 and tell him you are cheering for him and that Dana says to hang in there...
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Our trip was so full of fun and activity, that I'll have to give it to you piecemeal. Coming attractions include a visit to Dan's Hydrology class and tour of Taylor University, an evening with Wendell Berry, an evening with Julie's parents, Bohnaza gametime, a trip to Gene Stratton-Porter's cabin by the Limberlost Swamp, a morning jog and a visit to the local used bookstore. Stay tuned...
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
I didn't find "A Grief Observed", but I did find A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken, which is a marvelous story of Sheldon and his wife, who shortly after they get married dies of cancer. The book includes 18 letters from CS Lewis to Sheldon, as Sheldon attempts to deal with his wife's death. The book was written before CS Lewis was married and thus before Lewis faced the same tragedy. So - I bought the book at $6.00 (a hardcover in great shape!) and inside of 30 minutes had it packaged, addressed and mailed! The joys of working downtown....