Thursday, September 25, 2008

Dancing, Sam Malone, Arthur Fiedler and a Weeping Willow

We arrived at South Station yesterday, not sure what we'd be doing. As soon as we entered the building, we heard very temping dance music and saw ballroom dancers on a makeshift dancefloor. John thinks they were promoting a dance school. Whoever they were, I sat for almost an hour watching them. (I love dance.)

Of course, when the band started playing "Chattanooga Choo Choo," I wasn't about to pass it up! John started dancing with me, much to the delight of three Amtrak porters. My mom often used to tell me about dancing to that, and other Big Band hits, in her youth. Okay, I'm well past my youth, but I can now look forward to telling my nieces' children how I danced to it!

John had heard that the Bull & Finch Pub (the bar that inspired the TV show "Cheers") was wheelchair accessible, so that was our next stop. It's right on Beacon Street, not far from the Commons. As you can see by its shingle, it's now commonly called Cheers.

We asked some tourists to go up to the Cheers Gift Shop at the Hampshire House Restaurant (called "Melville's" in the TV show), and they sent someone to help us up the lift and then down the elevator.

The staff at Cheers was very friendly and helpful. And the bunless burger with Ceasar Salad (including tomato and artichoke hearts) was excellent. Those reading this blog who live in the Greater Boston Area probably think I sound like the Phantom Gourmet. You can tell WBZ I'm willing to apprentice!

After lunch, John wanted to explore, and just two blocks from Cheers we found the Arthur Fiedler Pedestrian Bridge, which took us to the Esplanade. We crossed a footbridge, and saw an enormous (and interestingly executed) bust of Fiedler (who, for 50 years, conducted the Boston Pops).

John also took a beautiful photo of the Longfellow Bridge. Usually, I edit his photos by straightening, brightening, adjusting saturation, or perspective correction, but all this photo needed was a frame:

It was getting cool by the water, so we returned to Boston Common via the Public Garden. I saw one of the willows, and asked John to take it's picture. I now have the picture on my computer desktop--a reminder of a wonderful date with my wonderful husband!

Monday, September 22, 2008


This past weekend, John and I rented Facing the Giants from Netflix. It was amazing to learn that Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany Georgia (who's ever heard of Albany, Georgia?) produced this film, which was very successful at the box-office.

This coming Friday, Sherwood Pictures will release it's latest film, Fireproof, in selected theaters. I don't see movies till they go to DVD because my doctor has taken popcorn off my diet, so smelling it is just too tempting. But I'd strongly encourage each of you to see it if possible. Tell Hollywood that Christians make movies that actually sell tickets! (Those of you reading this blog through Facebook should click on "view original post to see the trailer).

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hello Dolly!

A friend encouraged me to do a digital painting of her Boston Terrier, Dolly. I love Boston Terriers, and wish we could have one, so it was fun doing this project. I learned a few tricks, too! Hope you like my finished product:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Does He Look Bigger?

Currently, I'm reading Prince Caspian, the second book in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series. The other night, I read the chapter in which Lucy was reunited with Aslan. One short passage in that chapter captivated my attention:

"Aslan," said Lucy, "you're bigger."
"That is because you are older, little one." answered he.
"Not because you are?"
"I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me

Although the Narnia books aren't intended to be allegorical, Aslan is clearly representative of Christ. So when I read this dialogue, I recognized a dynamic that's in my own relationship with the Lord. As I grow in Him by reading, understanding, and applying Scripture, I'm more aware of His immensity! He never gets bigger, but I see more of Him. This concept encourages me to keep growing.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A Miracle

Ps 113:4-64 The LORD is high above all nations,His glory above the heavens. 5 Who is like the LORD our God,Who dwells on high, 6 Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in the heavens and in the earth? NKJV

When I read Psalm 113:4-6 during my Quiet Time this morning, the Holy Spirit rivited my attention to the amazing idea that our great God actually humbles Himself to give attention to His creation! Sometimes...okay, most of the time...I take His love for me for granted. But this passage reminds me that He is far greater than I could ever begin to imagine, and that His choice to love me requires Him to condescend (though not in a way that insults me). How miraculous that such a great God cares for His creation!

Friday, September 5, 2008

John's Birthday Adventure

Even though John's birthday is really today, we celebrated yesterday by going back to the Museum of Science. To reach the Museum, we took the Red Line to Downtown Crossing, than the Orange Line to North Station (which has bigger elevators) and then the Green Line to Leachmere. Coming back, we drove our chairs to North Station, took the Orange Line to Downtown Crossing, and drove our chairs to South Station where we caught the Commuter Rail back home.

We went to the 3-D Theater at the Museum of Science, and saw an animated movie about three flies who snuck onto the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. We wore special 3-D glasses, and it really looked like we could reach out and touch things! It was pretty amazing!

We had the camera with us, but really didn't have an opportunity to take photos. After the 3-D Theater, we visited an exhibit on human development from conception to birth, which really didn't seem appropriate for picture-taking. But it was thought-provoking as I think about all the young women who abort their babies, thinking they're just blobs of tissue. And I was amazed to see how babies develop.

I know I'm thankful for John's birth! I love celebrating his birthday because each of his birthdays remind me of how much God has blessed me with this wonderful man. What a privelige to be married to him!


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