After my morning walk I took myself to the 10:00 Eucharist at All Angels by the Sea on Longboat Key. I like it there.
The Liturgy is crisp and to the point; the Rector, David Danner preaches well, and the Music led by Dale Hooey is excellent.
My fondness for All Angels is unexpected. I have served blue collar, or moderate income parishes, and All Angels is clearly upper middle class and wealthy.
It is the most genuinely friendly parish I’ve encountered in these parts. The worshippers are down to earth, and apparently uncomplicated. And they care for the poor.
After Eucharist I had a good chat with Bill and Carol Freeman, on holiday from Maine. We discovered that we have friends in common: Mary Lou LaVallee, Dan Kunhardt, and Ed Greene.
As we chatted, I remembered that we had met before. ‘Twas on the steps of the Cathedral in Boston on the day we elected Gayle Harris to be Bishop Suffragan.
Bill and Carol’s son, Bruce (I knew him when he was in Athol, MA) was a nominee, as was my good friend Paula Jackson (for whom I gave a nominating speech).
In the end, neither Bruce nor Paula were elected, and the Diocese of Mass. made a good choice in electing Gayle Harris.
My mind was on my new house-mates, the cats Adelaide and Adams. I stopped be to make sure they were O.K., before having a simple lunch with my friend Ben Morse.
Then it was back home to fuss over the cats. Adelaide is very friendly. She loves to have her head rubbed. She is more at home on the Lanai than in the house. Already she has killed, but not eaten, three of those tiny Lizards which creep into our Florida homes.
Adams is still quite nervous. He ventured out of the crate today, and explored the Lanai, but would not let me near him. At one time he ventured into the sitting room, and then hid himself in a dark corner.
There are days when I wish to do that!