Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy All Hallows' Eve Eve

I'll let you guess which of us carved which pumpkin.

Friday, October 29, 2010

A lovely evening

The sunset in the poplar tree in our yard was lovely. And they predicted rain and clouds on the I-Phone weather app.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

As I was walking through the Convention Center...

Someone could write a haiku about how the rain glues the leaves to the sidewalk, so that the leafblowers blow in vain.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

At the Library

I'm here doing some research on bishops. The library is as weird as ever.


New kneelers

This giant crate contains our new kneelers.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

At Sugar

I'm not really into Halloween, but I do think the themed cupcakes are pretty fun.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Farewell to Marian Hall

We stopped by one of the Holy Names residences on Capitol Hill, which is being sold. They did some nice renovations, removing carpet and the dividing walls that turned the bedrooms into cells. If you want it, it's 1.25 million.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Family night

Everyone came for dinner and a game of Apples to Apples. Here's Johnny holding my winning cards. I came up with a theory that everyone wins the adjectives that describe them best, but I abandoned that theory after looking at my cards.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Battle in Seattle

We got the WTO riots movie on Netflix. It's as bad as the reviews indicated. If you want to see some really bad acting, check it out.

At the Arctic Club

We got up early for the Fulcrum Chairman's Breakfast.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Skyline redux

I forgot to post this art shot of the carrot-ginger soup M had at Skyline on Monday. We had a lovely dinner there with Mrs Forte, a lovely parishioner and former Beaconian (that's what we Beaconians call other people who live on Beacon Hill).

Saturday, October 16, 2010


The cuteness makes it all worthwhile.

At the Vietnam Dinner

This year they are having a dessert dash where your table bids on various desserts. If you bid high, you get luscious marionberry pie or fruit tart. If you bid low, you get Twinkies.

Friday, October 15, 2010


Some friends came into town unexpectedly and we got to have coffee with the three of them - Jason, Bethie... and Charlotte! The latter is due on January 4. With a name like that she is destined to be the heroine of her own life and many others as well (cf. David Copperfield, page 1). It was fun to catch up with the whole family. We have such cool friends. Who would have thought it???

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

An afternoon excursion

We took the car for a much needed bath at Brown Bear Car Wash. We got the Beary Best, which included all kinds of special features, including "Simonize Teflon," whatever that means.

Friday, October 8, 2010

A short stay in Dallas

I am on a very short layover in Dallas. There is a baseball game playing on 25 TV screens at once. They don't have the sound up so the captioning is on. It's full of baseball lingo - "two away," "30-pitch inning," and various other tidbits.

At the Arna Bontemps home

We got to see the poet's typewriter.

The big reveal

At tonight's banquet will be the international premiere of the video M and I put together inviting people to the next national meeting, Portland 2011. We tried it out this afternoon.

Last day

Now it's starting to get interesting.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Southern fare

We went to a restaurant located on the banks of an alligator-infested lake. I ordered the snapper and shrimp stew, served (and apparently cooked) in a brown paper bag. It was good but I had already filled up on alligator and deep fried pickles.

Cotton fields

We are on our way to a restaurant in the midst of the cotton fields.

At the Art Gallery

Somehow, this ceramic work entitled "Louisiana Bayou Man" is exactly what I expected to see in the Alexandria Museum.

No one home

One of the chief attractions of Alexandria is the Arna Bontemps birthplace. He was a great poet of the Harlem Renaissance, baptized at the Cathedral of St Francis Xavier. Alas, no one was home.


I'm doing a little tour of the principal attractions of Alexandria. This is the Bolton House, located at the corner of Main Street and St James Street. Nice address.

Another day

It's finally Thursday. My question is, why isn't it Friday yet?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The power brokers

Tonight is a Q and A with the members of the Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship. They don't have very many answers.

In the South

We are on our lunch break. I walked along the Red River after the jambalaya. At lunch we exchanged horror stories about the hotel. One lady went into her room and there was a man asleep in the bed. Another lady woke up and found a foot of water in the bathtub. The other story is too indelicate for this rated G blog.

Time for discussion

An interesting set of rules for the open and free discussion of ideas in our small group sharing.

Wednesday begins

It's another glorious day to catch glimpses of between sessions on the new Roman Missal.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

More meetings

She just announced that the work of the Roman Missal Implementation Committee is complete. Seeing as how it won't be implemented for more than a year, that is pretty quick work.

Meetings and meetings

I'm in the fourth meeting of the day. I wonder why they feel obliged to invent prayer services for these big conferences.

On the banks of the Red River

It's a lovely day. I just left a discussion with members of the North American Forum on the RCIA. The priorities are somewhat different in that room. "This Roman Missal - it's really not that big a deal," said one, who proceeded to speak with passionate intensity about the year-round catechumenate and the order of the sacraments of initiation.

The first session

I went out this morning and got a "latte" at the "coffee" shop. No, actually, it's pretty good. I also got a hairbrush. This is the fourth time I've forgotten to bring a hairbrush on a trip. The other places were Helena, Rome, and St. Augustine. Rome was the most expensive place to replace the hairbrush (16 euros). St Augustine was the most difficult. We had to go into about 25 shops and ended up with a souvenir parrot with hairbrush attached.

Conference tote

I'm sure I'll be getting a lot of use out of this over the next couple of years.


The Cathedral is not the most innovative liturgical space I've seen. Adding to the aura of yesteryear were the young priests sporting cassocks. Hmmm...

St Francis Xavier Cathedral

There's a lovely statue of Notre Dame des Victoires in the courtyard of the Cathedral, placed there after World War I. She is one of my favorites.

Alexandria in the morning

Here's the view from my room by the dawn's early light. They ring the Angelus at 6am here. Given the proximity of my room to the bell tower, it was about ten times louder than my alarm clock (set for 7:15).

Monday, October 4, 2010

At the Alexander Fulton Hotel

The room has a great view of the Cathedral. But the carpet is disgustingly spotted. I have to stay here for 4 nights????

In the Middle of Nowhere

There's a grand portico welcoming you here. As we landed, the man next to me muttered, "it looks like we're landing in the middle of nowhere. What is this, some farmer's field?"


I made it to Dallas Fort Worth Airport. Now I'm waiting at Gate B4-A for my flight to Alexandria. The first flight wasn't too bad. I'm reading "Dombey and Son." I'm really enjoying it. The great thing about the Kindle is that you're not distracted by the immense amount of book you still have to get through.

Still at Seatac

It seems odd that there is a garbage can dangling from the boarding ramp. Also that there is a large mailbox attached to it. Probably some obscure FAA regulation.

Did you know the wi-fi in the airport is now free? But you still have to pay for the food on the flights.

Back at Seatac

This week I am attending the FDLC National Meeting in Alexandria, Louisiana, which, according to Wikipedia, is not a very interesting place. For the uninitiated, FDLC stands for Fire Department of Lackawanna County. Actually, it's the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. You can guess what we're going to be talking about.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Apple pie

Can you even believe we made this delicious-looking apple pie by ourselves? With the apples from our yard?!? Yes, we have become thoroughly domesticated.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Still at Camelot

Scott dedicated the show to Max and Kathy!

Camelot. Camelot.

We're at Scott's production of Camelot. Because in Camelot, that's how conditions are.

At the SAM

We came down to the museum to see the Picasso exhibit. We soon found out it doesn't open for another week. So we are reduced to looking at 19th century American porcelain.