Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Tommie absolutely could not stay away from the Polish liqueur cake we served our Polish lunch guest. She jumped up about 14 times and finally had to go in the other room for a time out.

Monday, January 28, 2013

At a funeral reception

Today we had the funeral for a wonderful parishioner, a real Renaissance man, as witnessed by his library which is organized in sections - philosophy, religion, architecture - and his organ. Which he built. (!!!)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Friends in high places

Guess who was in Washington for the big event last week? Jimmy, of course.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

On Hill Street

We had dinner with the Unger family - wild Ella and gentle Julia. When Anna handed me Julia, Ella announced, "my baby. My baby!" We assured her that Julia was still her baby.

Another DIY

Pretty cool fancy-duct-tape-light-switch-covers, eh? Thank you, HGTV magazine (yes, we subscribe).

Thursday, January 24, 2013


We visited the new MOHAI at South Lake Union. We contributed our two cents in the interactive media pod.

In the mail

A Holy Names snow-globe card! So clever. Well done, E!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Listening to the Baby Einstein channel on Pandora and taking pictures of Zizi. What could be better?

Babysitting, Take 2

Zizi screamed for a while when mommy and daddy left. But now she is happily asleep in her swing while I read her poems.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Keep Calm and Hairy On

Sometimes I think Hairy knows exactly how adorable he is. (Credit to B for the new and improved title.)

In Hillsboro, Ore.

Yesterday was Becky's birthday so we drove down to see the cute place she and Matt are renting. We saw Penny the sad-eyed golden retriever who welcomed us as if we were her long-lost best friends. We met Lucy, the kitten who is trying to take over the house and the world. And we stopped for gas in Toledo at a gas station with an amazing view of Mt St Helen's and Mt Rainier.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Birthday dinner

Little Mrs B is 27 today.

Becky's birthday

Happy birthday, dear B! (And thanks for the tip about the Phoster app to make pseudo-posters.)

Saturday, January 19, 2013


We just saw "The Hobbit." I think Tommie looks a little like the white warg.

Celebrating MLK

This morning we had our annual Mass honoring Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Here's the pantheon of African and African American saints and saints to be.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Tom and Hairy

I have been home sick for a couple days. Tom and Hairy are taking good care of me.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Twins Abroad in 1928

Can you believe this old book Maria found? The girls go from Naples to Florence to Paris to London to Scotland and then back home to New Jersey.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Santo Niños

My office is full of Santo Niños these days.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A mournful Seahawk

Here's Jess's latest creation on the sacristy computer. We suggested that he add a few tears trickling down the beak.

At a march and rally


We joined some Cathedral folk in a march to the Seattle Center in support of gun control.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A game of "Five Crowns"

Gentle Tobias seemed to feel the game had gone on long enough.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Les Mis

We went to see Les Misérables. It was fantastic. Two thumbs up. 


M got me a present that makes my iPhone even cooler than it was before. (Thanks for the tip, Karen!)

My desk

...one of my favorite places to be, even when it's piled high. It's good to be home.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Last morning of the conference

Father Barron was our last keynoter. "There he is," whispered the people behind us. "I bet he can't go anywhere without being recognized."

(P.S.  It turns out our tour of the Temple was big news--see an article in the Deseret News here.)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

At City Creek Mall

At the Mall near the hotel they have a fountain which alternates jets of water and fire.

Back among the Catholics

We went to the evening Mass at the Cathedral again. The magnificent choirs sing every evening. Tonight, it was the boys. Here they are singing "Alma Redemptoris Mater" at the end of Mass.

The Great Salt Lake

Salt Lake City can have really bad air pollution - this is smog, not clouds! We couldn't see much of the lake at all.

More from Temple Square

Two young "sisters" on mission accompanied us. One was from Germany, the other from South Korea. They were enthusiastic and well-informed. They knew all the stories depicted in the gallery of scenes from the Book of Mormon. The paintings are by the same artist who designed the sets for "The Ten Commandments." (!!!)

A tour of Temple Square

This afternoon on our excursion we had a tour of Temple Square. We paused by the statue of Joseph Smith which our guide described as life-size. (He was kidding.) We saw the new convention center which seats 21,000. And the rector from NYC helped the tour guides by telling the story of the seagulls who came and devoured the crickets who were devouring the crops of the first Mormon settlers. They are called Mormon crickets and they are quite large, as the guide demonstrated.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

More from Salt Lake City

The Temple by night... The Cathedral... And Father Ryan keynoting this morning.