Saturday, 17 December 2016

I know this lad

I know this lad.

He does not learn in all the usual ways as we do, but hr has a gift which many of us lack.

He has a deep appreciation for beauty. If he could he would spend endless hours at a beach, delighting in the waves and wavelets of the incoming and out going tides.

"What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare".

My young friend is changed from glory into glory  as he soaks in the beauty of Christmas lights.






FORTY YEARS AGO TODAY









The Church of the Good Shepherd, Fitchburg. Sadly now closed as an Episcopal Parish.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Feeling Blue



I'll try to keep calm, but I have the blues.

This is because I drove my beloved sister Maureen and her good husband Bern to


for their flight to


Bernard and Maureen have been visiting with me for two glorious weeks,  We've had such splendid adventures, including a marvelous trip to the Bay State.

Today I got them to MCO much to early for their flight -  but we had each been anxious about traffic on Interstate 4

Saying goodbye at an airport terminal kerbside is rotten.  Maureen and I were very teary eyed.  She and Bern then moved into that part of hell known as an airport terminal, whilst I drove home (through a ten mile section of I-4 which had bumper to bumper traffic through the exits and entrances from the secular purgatory collectively known as "Disney").  

(Oh for the days when I could have escorted family members to their cabin on a transatlantic ship, and then waved to them from a Pier in Southampton or New York City as that ship gently edged out into the Atlantic!)

Maureen and Bern's friends, and their immediate and extended family members would all join hands and speak the truth.

They are good:  indeed the soul of goodness,

They are gracious: with a deep and generous warmth of mind and spirit.

They are godly: deeply rooted in their faith in God in Jesus Christ, but utterly non-judgmental towards those who do not understand or share that faith.

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How blessed I am to have Maureen as a "big sister"  (she is 79, I am 73).who is also one of my dearest friends.

How grateful I am for my bro-in-law Bernard (86).

How glad I have been for their visit.   (Not just glad, but over-joyed).

With that in mind I will indulge in the weepy eyed blues for a wee while!


Bern and Maureen




Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Chrisman/Povey/Theobald valedictory dinner.


Misty morning in Sarasota

Photo's taken at City Island and Ken Thompson Park.

I find beauty in such days.  (Not all photo's are labeled)

Tip of Ken Thompson Park

Looking towards Longboat Key Drawbridge

Looking north to LBK

New sniffing territory for Penne


She loves new places


Ringling Bridge scarcely visible

Looking towards Ringling Bridge

Nature's art work

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Meanwhile, back in Sarasota: Celery Fields GREAT. Marina Jack JUST O.K.







Today at 3:30 p.m.

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When we left Boston yesterday morning the temperature was 34 f.

When we arrived in Sarasota it was 84 f.

Now that's more like it!

We went out to the Sarasota County/Audubon Society site named "Celery Fields" this morning. SEE

http://extra.heraldtribune.com/2014/01/27/celery-fields-a-big-draw-for-birds-and-birders/

It's such an oasis of peace and beauty on the edge of a busy city and near a noisy Interstate Highway.



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We opted for a late lunch at Marina Jack on Sarasota's Bayfront



Marina Jack is situated on a piece of very desirable property.   It serves as a full service Marina for fancy Yachts with their even fancier owners.

There's only a wee bit of competition for dining on the Bayfront  (a Tiki Hut), so Marina Jack has a virtual monopoly.

We had a pleasant time over a leisurely lunch,  The food is somewhere between "O.K"  and "acceptable" but it could be so much better.

Some of the lettuce in Maureen's Caesar Salad had clearly seen its best.  Sadly our server was supremely disinterested when we complained about this.

Ne'er mind. I won't be going there again soon, and the best part was being at Table with Maureen and Bern