Monthly Archives: December 2007

Visit to the National Cathedral – Washington DC – Photo 1

After we left the Franciscan Monastery last Saturday, I took Nora over to the National Cathedral. We only stayed about an hour and didn’t take the tour. It was rather crowded.
Since I only took a handful of photos of exterior of the National Cathedral, I’ll post them all.
One day, we’ll return and take the tour. Then I’ll probably get some more photos.
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Jackson Orrell – Christmas 2007 – Photo 6

Here is a photograph of our grandson, Jackson Reverdy Orrell, taken at Christmas. He turned one year old on 20 December and took his first steps on his birthday.
As you can see from this series of postings (12 days; 26 Dec 07 – 6 Jan 08), he has plenty of expression.
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Crucifix From Nora

CrucifixChristmas2007.jpgHere’s a photo of the crucifix Nora bought me for Christmas. It was made in Medjugorje.
While you can see some of the detail from the photo, it still doesn’t do justice.
This is not a lightweight piece of jewelry. It is rather heavy. The cord necklace works much better than a gold chain, considering the weight and size of the crucifix.
This was by far, my favorite Christmas present this year.

Basilica, Washington D.C. – Photo 6

Here is a photo taken on Saturday, December 22, 2007, when Nora and I visited the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The series of 59 photos begin on December 26, 2007 and end on February 22, 2008.
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Jackson Orrell – Christmas 2007 – Photo 5

Here is a photograph of our grandson, Jackson Reverdy Orrell, taken at Christmas. He turned one year old on 20 December and took his first steps on his birthday.
As you can see from this series of postings (12 days; 26 Dec 07 – 6 Jan 08), he has plenty of expression.
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Busy Day

This has been a busy day. I went through all of the photos taken on Saturday. I added a few more Basilica (DC) photos to the series that is currently posting. When we were having breakfast there, I noticed some outstanding stained glass. I grabbed my camera and took about five shots. They will be posting at the end of the Basilica series which began on December 26th and will now run until February 22nd.
I also had quite a few photos from the Franciscan Monastery (DC), National Cathedral (DC), Basilica (DC) St. Phillip & James Catholic Church (Baltimore), and Baltimore Basilica to get ready for the internet. It takes quite a bit of time to go through and weed out poor or duplicate shots. Then I have to resize for the blog, along with adjusting the color of each photo. Finally, I must ‘save in web format’ to provide for faster loading.
It took a long time to prepare the various blog entries which will post in the future. In all, I probably did close to 70 blog entries today.
I’ve spent about six – seven hours today working on everything. I’m about finished. I only have to do another shot series on the Baltimore Basilica and I’ll be finished.

Yesterday

Yesterday’s trip to the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C., didn’t go exactly as planned. We left about 5:40 AM in the morning, which should have provided plenty of time to arrive for 7 AM Mass. However, the Baltimore – Washington Parkway was blocked at one point. We jumped off and followed the cars, figuring they knew a short cut how to get down to the next exit to jump back on. We were wrong.
After wasting about 1/2 hour, we got back on track, but didn’t arrive until about 7:30 AM. The Mass was letting out. I took some photos of the grounds and also some inside shots. We left about 7:55 and drove to the Basilica arriving just in time for their 8 AM Mass. Afterwards, we had breakfast at the Basilica, then headed back to the Monastery.
I was able to get some excellent photos of the inside and outside. Along the outside wall are the Stations of the Cross. The light wasn’t that great, but I did manager to get some good photos. Unfortunately, I didn’t record exactly what each station was.
We took a wonderful tour of the Monastery and saw both the upper floor (main church) and the catacombs. The lower level (catacombs) was not well lit and it was difficult to get many photos
The series of 52 photos begin on February 22, 2008 and end on April 13, 2008.
We intend to go back. I need to remember to grab my tripod the next time we go to WV and bring it home. It would have helped on several shots. Also, I need to remember to bring my cane. I think that might also help. My hip, lower back, and left knee were hurting by the time we left. On our next visit I intend to photograph the outside gardens. We will change our schedule and go in the afternoon being there for the 5 PM Saturday Mass.
Also, I neglected to purchase a book about the Monastery that would have helped describe the photos I’m putting on the blog and website. I also need to revisit the Basilica to get their book.
We left D.C. and drove back to Baltimore.
Other entries this week will describe what we then did. We had a very full day.

Dr. Frederick K. Price & 20/20 News

Looks like Dr. Fred Price was raked over the coals by 20/20 News.
Here is the actual quote from the 20/20 program:
“The givers are very confident that they will. One parishioner told ABC News that “when I give to this church, I know that my money’s being put to excellent use. Without one question.” While her pastor, Fred Price of Ever Increasing Faith Ministries, does support inner city programs with donors’ money, she’s apparently not bothered when he also boasts that “I live in a 25-room mansion, I have my own $6 million yacht, I have my own private jet and I have my own helicopter and I have seven luxury automobiles.” At least he tells his parishioners about all this wealth, but many preachers don’t advertise how well they live.”
Obviously his supporters are up in arms about the comments and are banging the doors down at ABC. They are claiming the above is entirely false and that he doesn’t own any of the above and was only using that comment as a fictional observation that God wants the best for you.
His supporters might be correct in their concerns.
However, I have watched Dr. Price for years and must admit I’ve heard him make some questionable comments I remember him once saying something about his gold watch and Mercedes. Yes, he said it in the context that God ‘wanted him’ to have those things. I believe he also said they were gifts from supporters.
Just as my own observation, he could have declined those gifts or said something to the giver like, “I’d glady accept the $25 Timex – gift the rest to charity” or “I’d accept a cheaper car – contribute the rest to the needy.”
It didn’t sit well with me that he was flaunting these things. I didn’t like that at all, especially coming from a minister.
With that being said, all in all, when I watched his program on a regular basis (which I did for years), I thought he gave a good message and was always one of my favorites. However, with that said, I haven’t watched him the last few years.
Of course, we know how biased the news media is. It is very possible they took everything out of context.

Basilica, Washington D.C. – Photo 5

Here is a photo taken on Saturday, December 22, 2007, when Nora and I visited the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The series of 59 photos begin on December 26, 2007 and end on February 22, 2008.
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Jim Bishop’s Books On Christ

JimBishopBooksOnChrist.jpgJim Bishop wrote “The Day Christ Was Born” and “The Day Christ Died”.
I read both of them about 25 years ago. I’ve just ordered both of them for Nora to read.
Mr. Bishop also wrote “The Day Lincoln Was Shot” and “The Day Kennedy Was Shot”. I’m pretty sure I read the Kennedy book.