Thursday, April 30, 2009

More art at Connolly House

This 19th-century painting hangs in the dining room. As M pointed out, it's not a subject that is represented in art very often - the disciples picking the heads of grain.

Our topic during the week was the new translation of the Roman Missal (formerly known as the Sacramentary). It is hard to find anything good to say about it. It is full of Latinate words and constructions that are almost as hard on the brain as they are on the ear. Libera me, Domine...

At Connolly House

Our week of FDLC meetings concluded with dinner at the Archbishop's house, a rare treat. The house includes many period details, including the lady of the electric bolt on the grand staircase. I always thought the original builders had some connection with the industry, and so paid tribute to it here. But Archbishop said it was intended as a night-light, so that after a long night of drunkenness and debauchery the residents could find their way upstairs. Her lightning bolt still works. The miniature Easter bonnet she is wearing is not original.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


It's a different kind of day today. Here's the schedule - 9:30 Morning Prayer. 10, Presentation by Fr Turner. 12:00, break. 1:45, another presentation. 3:30 more free time. 4:00 more meetings. 5:00 evening prayer. 5:30 dinner. 7:00 another presentation. 8:30 social time. It's going to be a long day.
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Low tide

Today, there are wide, sandy beaches covered with interesting-looking shells and sand dollars, along with a crab or two (deceased). The last time we were here there was only about a foot of beach.
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At the Palisades

It is the perfect day at the Palisades - sunny and clear, with cool breezes. And unlimited free coffee and tea. It looks so peaceful... But wait till we start talking about the new Roman Missal translation.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A little bird a little nest... In a little tree... In the Cathedral courtyard!
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Monday, April 20, 2009

At Pacific Place

Deconstructionism ± retail sales = pure ugliness.
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An Easter Walk

'Tis another beauteous evening.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

At the SAM

We decided to take a longer lunch and see the American show at the SAM again. We are eating lunch in the Taste cafe. The bisque is pretentious but delicious.
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Monday, April 13, 2009

At Celeste's

On one side Celeste has a lovely view of Puget Sound. On the other, the Space Needle in her neighbor's backyard.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

At the 10

Mom, Johnny, and Dana at the 10. They got really good seats. (There have to be some perks.)

Friday, April 10, 2009

After the Passion

After the Good Friday liturgy, people came up to venerate the Great Cross, with the relic of the true Cross attached to it. At Notre Dame today, they had the "Veneration de la Couronne d'Epines," the crown of thorns.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The guts of the organ

Most of us didn't even realize that the organ blew a fuse on Sunday during "All glory, laud, and honor" at the 10 o'clock Mass. First the combination action went out then the stop action went out. So today Joseph replaced a fuse. Here he is removing the brains from the organ. It's a delicate process.

M pointed out that Dr Palmer had his fatal stroke at the organ on Palm Sunday, 1935. Curious...

Monday, April 6, 2009

'Tis a beauteous evening, calm and free...

...As Wordsworth wrote, so we're out for a little evening walk.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Palm Sunday

I suppose in Jerusalem there was quite a bit of chaos, what with people waving the branches they'd cut in the fields and scrambling to lay their cloaks in the road. Peter's plans didn't work out. Really, Jesus was the only one who was prepared for Palm Sunday. He knew where the colt was tethered and where the room for the Last Supper was arranged.

At least we had good weather.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New BlackBerry

It even does movies! I don't know if it will work, however. You'll soon find out. Becky told us how to sell items on "Amazon Marketplace." I listed a few books that we're fairly certain we'll never want to look at again. For example: "Oblomov" by Goncharov; "Sagas of the Icelanders" translated by Jane Smiley; and "The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature." The question is, will anyone else ever want to look at them?

Friday, April 3, 2009

At Peggy and John's

We got to meet Leia and Dash. They are the canine inhabitants of Peggy and John's house. This is one of Peggy's quilts-in-progress. It's called a sudoku quilt. If you are smarter than me, you will be able to figure that out by studying the patterns. Two of Peggy's quilts are going to be featured in a book!!!!

Chrism Mass

I couldn't get an unblurred picture of the chaos in the sacristy last night. I guess most chaos moves too quickly to be photographed. Will this do? M and I are putting together an album of the Chrism Mass for the new-and-improved Cathedral website.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Near Holy Names

This is the grand rear view of Holy Names Academy.
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New Blackberry

My BlackBerry died yesterday. As it turned out, my warranty had already been dead for quite some time. So I had to buy a new BlackBerry. I tried out an I-Phone while I was waiting. It took forever to connect to the New York Times, so I wasn't that tempted.
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