Friday, April 30, 2010


It's pretty fun. I've never seen so many women throw themselves at so many sailors. The best song is right at the beginning, but it looks like they repeat it at the end.

Great seats

We treated ourselves to fabulous seats. So far we have run into seven people from St. James! I guess everyone wants to spend the evening in NYC.

Before "On the Town"

It seems appropriate to go out on the town before going to see "On the Town." I'm having a caramelappletini. One of those classic drinks, like James Bond's martini.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Glad to be back

It's so sunny and nice here. Not like Portland, where it rains every single day.

At the rest stop

The rest stops along I-5 are a unique blend of free coffee, bathrooms, and pristine Northwest forest.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Still at Michael's

He has a whole collection of cartoons, variations on the theme. I liked this one. Also the one next to it which shows a bishop running after the Holy Spirit with a butterfly net.


After dinner we went to the home of Michael Prendergast for drinks and dessert. He is a gifted musician/liturgist and his home was exactly as I imagined.

Pan-seared oysters

They finally arrived! Yay!

At Jake's

Humphrey Bogart ate here!!! These FDLC people are really serious about dinner.

Cathedral of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception

"But we just call it St Mary's," Sister Jeremy said. Here's an outside view.


They have three lovely icons by Brother Claude Lane OSB. Along with a lot of art that is interesting but not necessarily lovely. The murals behind the altar are like a poor man's version of Sacre Coeur.

At the Cathedral

When I got to the Cathedral it was locked up tight. As it has been almost every time we've come. It must have been open at least once because I know I've been here. "A mighty fortress is our cathedral," joked the cantors who were waiting outside.

This is one of the original windows, donated by the Very Rev. Father Fierens, the Cathedral Pastor of yore.

Only in Portland

At Peet's

It was so crowded in the Powell's coffee shop that I came to Peet's instead. Believe it or not I didn't find anything I wanted at Powell's so I am reading "The Woman in White" on my Kindle instead. Ho hum.

Still at Powell's

Ah, Misty of Chincoteague... The kids' book I always had but never read or knew how to pronounce.

Public transit

I am taking the "MAX" to Powell's. I just couldn't face another four hours of meetings to plan a conference I will probably not attend since I hope to be on vacation at the time.


Today's presentation is almost identical to yesterday's, as you can see from the declining caliber of my note-taking.

Field trip

Yesterday we had non-stop meetings, and considering that we also had lunch and dinner together we were looking at each other from 8:30 in the morning until 8:45 in the evening. Today we're at the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Portland. As we were going through the breakfast line, one of the priests said, "so the Archdiocese was able to retain this building in the Chapter 11?" Depressing.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The detritus of conventioneering

Lunch break

We spent the morning talking about culture but every time he opened it up for questions, the Roman Missal became the topic.

View from the elevator

The best thing about the hotel is the elevators.

In Holladay Park

Our hotel is right next to Holladay Park, named for Mr Holladay, Portland's railroad tycoon. M is riding the train back today. I'm going to meetings about cross-cultural liturgy.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Ah, the delights of conversation

I'm glad someone is having a good time.

View from Room 669

This is a mammoth hotel. Our room is probably about 400 square feet. I really hope the conference is more interesting than the view.

When we checked in, the girl opened a drawer and took out two warm chocolate chip cookies with warning labels saying, "Common side effects include: happiness, warming of the heart, and an exceedingly strong desire for milk.". It's almost enough to make you not want to eat the cookies.

In Centralia

We are en route to Portland and are taking a break for lunch. The Country Cousin restaurant was packed for some reason, so we came to Denny's instead. M is starting the new year right by writing in her new moleskine notebook. "White... A blank page or canvas. So many possibilities."

There's all kinds of excitement at Denny's today. The lady at the next table and the guy at an adjacent table are also celebrating birthdays today. I had no idea April 26 was so commonplace. Another lady nearby was calling the other Denny's on her cell phone. "I think we got our Dennys' mixed up... Is there an older heavyset gentleman with a cane there, eating alone?"

The perfect card

This is the perfect birthday card for M. I looked all over Pacific Place and couldn't find anything I liked.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

39 candles

Ah, the glow of candles on a birthday cake. Now that we are 39 the cake actually serves to illuminate the whole apartment.

At the Convention Center

I'm on my way downtown to do some secret shopping. The Northwest Watercolor Society is having its annual show. There's also some sort of beauty convention going on.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A new pastime

I found a new way to waste time at the American Girl website. It's the Russian Doll game. After you complete each level, you are rewarded with a saying, like "Listen to your heart" or "Have the courage to act."

Friday, April 23, 2010

Les Crepes Lewis

Everything is so delicious. Like everything Kathy makes.

At an SNJM gathering

Last night we went to an evening of reflection about Earth Day.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

At the Blood Drive

Today the POC has been converted into the PSBC. This is the view from my cot.

Morning in Paris

....Except that the lattes here are even better. Not that I wouldn't rather be drinking a grande creme with my pain au chocolat.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

At the movies

Tonight we went to the movies with mom. We saw "Date Night." It's not a subtitled, foreign sort of film; but we thought it was pretty funny (***). On the way out we spotted these housebreakers who were advertising AT&T, for some reason.


In books, drawbridges are exciting. There's usually a duel going on, a romantic tryst, or an army of orcs trying to get in, or something like that. Real drawbridges are not very interesting.

From the tulip fields

I didn't go myself, but someone must have.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sunset over Gotham City

This is the view from Skyline. Nice...

Six degrees or something

There has always been a family story that we were related to James Monroe, the 5th President of these United States. As we discovered on last night, the story is true!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Still life in the Rectory Kitchen

The close-up feature on my new BlackBerry is really pretty neat.

Those Ryan girls

It has been fun preparing for Sister Judy's 50th Jubilee celebration (May 16 at Noon). M is scanning old photos for a display in the Hall. Here are the twins on the day of their first communion, and dressed up as Holy Names Sisters for a school play.

Garden of art in the Chapel

Yesterday a collection of drawings was hung in the Cathedral Chapel. They are all inspired by the Song of Songs. Also gives me a chance to try out the close-up feature on my BlackBerry.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

At Tamarind Tree again

It was a good day for Pho. I really tried to pronounce it correctly. I told Sister Ly I wanted Phuh. She looked blank. Then I pointed it out on the menu. "Oh, phuuh," she said.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Cathedral by twilight

Our trusty porter broke his ankle so we are locking up these days. The only good thing about it is seeing the Cathedral without any electric lights.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Moleskineing at the Museum

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Big news... you can take pictures of the art! And you can pay whatever you want for admission! It's just like NYC!

Back at work

Hammering man is hammering again. And on a Sunday, too.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

In West Seattle

We went to enjoy the sunset in West Seattle but it was so bitterly cold...

Still at the rally

Everyone is listening to Bishop Elizondo now. There is a woman leading the rally chants (Si, se puede!) with a voice like a saw cutting through metal. She is like Bloody Mary without the singing talent.

At the Immigration Reform Rally

The last rally we walked into was at St John Lateran in Rome. It makes a difference knowing what it's all about. Not at the moment, however, since someone is speaking in Burmese.