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Not Four Guys, or Six Guys but somewhere in between.

The people of the United States are besotted with their Burgers. 

What used to be an occasional treat, or a welcome summer barbecue item, has now become an essential part of daily eating.

Note the proliferation of fast food burger joints -  not just the now old fashioned McDonalds, Wendy's and Burger King, but now (in our area) Culvers, Smash Burger, and the one which is not "Four Guys or Six Guys but somewhere in between". 

This massive consumption of beef is not good for the human digestive system.  It is bad for the environment (razing ancient forests to become Cattle Ranches etc).

The other day I went with my good friend A. to have lunch at the one which is not "Four Guys or Six Guys but somewhere in between".

I ordered a BLT.  It was horrible, consisting of a lot of bacon, not much lettuce or tomato,  served in a cold and poor quality Hamburger Bun.  Maybe I was foolish to order a BLT in a Hamburger joint.  But at the least, I had expected a classic BLT:

No such…



A night out on the Town


The Cellist and the Dogs and Cats

Natalie Helm the Principal Cellist with the Sarasota Orchestra (and my neighbour) also plays her cello for animals at the Humane Society of Sarasota County shelter.

Zion did not live there when the following photo's and video were posted, but he would have liked it!

Truly the Cello is an instrument with a wonderfully rich "voice" (together with the French Horn).


There is also an amateur  video of  Natalie at the Shelter.

Click on the blurry picture at the top of this link to view it

And then there is Natalie.

This is a follow up to my earlier post about Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the visit of my friend Kadi Kool


I remembered  that Natalie Helm (Principal Cellist for the Sarasota Symphony) is a neighbour.

I took a chance and stopped by the home she shares with her boyfriend and manager,  to thank her for Sunday's Concert.  She was "tickled pink"!

I am still on Cloud Nine with the joy of the Beethoven Nine!

It doesn't get any better than this......

..... or "that was the weekend that was"  (actually Saturday to Monday).

The occasion was a visit from my dear friend Kadi Kool who lives now in Raleigh N.C. , but is a friend from my St. Stephen's, Pittsfield, MA days  (1986-2000).  There I knew Kadi, her wonderful mother the late Juta Kool, and her father Boris.

Juta was  Estonians who fled that country by foot when the Red Army advanced on Estonia at the end of WWII.  She got to what were then called "Displaced Persons Camps" and in due course was admitted to the U.S.A.  Kadi loves and respects her Estonian heritage, and is fluent in the language.

I (with an Estonian Lutheran Pastor) officiated at Kadi's marriage to Jorge Vasquez (from Peru). 

So Kadi and I go back a long way.  Over the years we had lost contact, but we re-connected about six years ago. During those years I have twice been in the Raleigh/Durham area.  Each time I went to Church with Kadi and enjoyed her company at lunch, as well as meeting h…