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Lake Tahoe, Nevada,
May 04
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Middle School
Nearly 30 years in the middle school biz...hope to graduate one of these days! Have taught English, choral music, drama, computer applications and just about anything else you can imagine. Oh, and how can I forget publications...I'm responsible for the yearbook and the school newspaper. Also did a stint as the librarian. Wide ranging interests and a long-time Salon addict. Two kids, two grandsons and a dog round out the picture! Originally from Marin (go figure) but 32 years at Tahoe has definitely spoiled me. To quote Nora Ephron, "I feel bad about my neck."


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JULY 28, 2008 12:45AM

Dust to dust

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 Dog detail

I know that travel photos are supposed to appear on Monday, according to the rota, but since today is Sunday, I thought these would be appropriate.  I have a thing for churches.  I don't know if it's a past life memory or what, but I seem to be drawn to them, especially in England.  It doesn't matter if it's a grand cathedral or a simple village parish church - they all seem to fascinate me.  My traveling companions good naturedly put up with my burning desire to explore every church I see  and wait patiently while I suss out the lights and shadows, mysteries and realities (think churchyard - where we will all arrive one day).  These are a few of my favorite photos, taken on my last trip to England in 2006. 

Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest spire in England.  It is a truly awe inspiring (pun intended) sight as you come up over the rise and see it dominating the horizon.  I arrived just in time for Evensong which was, of course, heavenly.


 The light streaming in through the old tracery windows fascinates me.  It is so amospheric and you can see the dust motes dancing in the soft rays of the sun. 

Leaded glass 

If you listen carefully, you can hear echoes of the past whispering in the shadows.


 The churchyard beckons through an open door...

Through the door 

One is reminded how much the English love their dogs. They take them everywhere - in restaurants, in shops and, yes, in churchyards.

Dog notice

 A sleepy churchyard on a bright summer day.  When the sun shines in England, it is truly glorious.

 Sleepy churchyard

 From the English Burial Service. Adapted from the Biblical text, Genesis 3:19

"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."



But there is always comfort to be found, sitting with the sun on your face on an old wooden bench...

Psalm 121

1  I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.


I suppose it's not politically correct, but as Tiny Tim would say, "God bless us, one and all!"

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Having never visited Salisbury Cathedral, I enjoyed seeing your photos and reading the accompanying story. Regarding the sign for the dogs, I always like the way they phrase such signs--a lot more interesting than "curb your dog."
I like to visit churches, too. Way back when, I took a grad school level class on Gothic Cathedrals. After that, I was hooked on the intricate details of the most interesting buildings. I enjoy the simple forms, also. Thanks for sharing!
Lovely photos, thanks for sharing.
The tracery window photo is award-winning stuff. Thanks for sharing these and thanks for Psalm 121. It was one of Mom's favorites. :-)
Literate dogs, too! You've taken me back thirty-five years. Beautiful.
Thank you all for your kind words. Psalm 121 is also one of my favorites. As for the pictures, having had to cut the resolution due to the size restriction, they aren't as vivid here as they really are, but they're evocative none the less.
Really beautiful, sierrasong. Salisbury and Tracery Window are both A+ work. Thanks for taking us there.