David’s Dairy – February 17, 1969

Monday, February 17, 1969

Up about 8:30. Got to work immediately at my desk. Completed a Conference data form, wrote letter to Bob + Lea about being legal guardians of Debby in the event of our deaths. Wrote letter to members of the nominating committee. Wrote in response to a letter from Bill + Sue Kaster, made up the of classes at Cambridge to be approved by BU, filled out my Ph. D. plan of study for BU faculty. I stopped for lunch after the Kaster letter, but finished the others about 2:30. I had some coffee, sorted some more books to be taken out of the library, and finally got to work on the French article for the Messiah course. I stopped this about 6:20, had supper, watched CBS news. About 7:30 got back to my desk, worked on French. About 9:00, I switched to German, worked on this until Bonnie got home. We bathed, had a water fight! Off to bed shortly after 11:00. Tickling match.

Tuesday, February 18, 1969

A very busy day; up shortly after 8:00, shaved, breakfast; Bonnie took me to the train station on her way to leave Debby with Hazle Lord for the day—Bonnie + some others went to two mills. I studied German on the train, which was about 30 minutes late into Boston. So I got to Klugmans apartment a half hour late. Left there about 12:15, got back to BU about 12:40. Had lunch with Charlie Whitford. Between 1:15 and 2:00 I tended to seeing Schilling (handed in my course of study at Cambridge), getting some articles on Psalm 110 xeroxed. At 2:00 I had archaeology seminar; we examined Late Bronze Pottery. 4:00 – 6:00 had course on Isaiah. During the 5 o’clock break I went to BU Bookstore for paper, happened to see Tom Lehrer’s record, That Was the Year that Was. Bought it. After class, caught 6:40 train, home about 8:20. Supper; looked at cloth Bonnie got—some for 2 more coats for me; listened to the new record; typed sermon for tomorrow; bathed; off to bed 12:30.

Wednesday, February 19, 1969

Up shortly before 9:00, but didn’t get too much accomplished in the a.m. Got news together for C.A.M.P. newsletter,  cleaned up the desk, practiced the sermon for this evening. Glanced through Newsweek when the mail arrived. Jim + Becky Bussey dropped by about noon to borrow the turkey pan; we played our new record (Tom Lehrer) for them, they had lunch with us. While they were here I shaved, and shortly after they left, I left—for Harvard to get an article in their library. Xeroxed, then on to BU—several errands attended to before class at 4:00. Out at 6:00, got book from library, headed for Riverdale Church—arrived about 7:25. Went over the service with the other clergy; I preached the sermon on the parable of the Prodigal Son; home by about 9:45—picked up Debby at Patriquins, home, had supper, relaxed, bathed; off to bed at 11:10.

Thursday, February 20, 1969

Up about 9:30—Bonnie and I had a talk trying to resolve some misunderstandings… Late in the morning, after a small breakfast, I got to work at my desk. Began writing a letter to the Official Board about next week’s meeting. Small lunch about 12:30. Back to work on the letters. About 1:30 I went over to Alan Frederick’s apartment to go over difficulties I’ve been having with my French translation. Home about 2:30—finished the letters, put them in envelopes, went to Post Office—home again. Shoveled ice + snow away from front door. Had snack; Barbara Lord dropped in for a visit; I worked on the Bible lesson for tonight. Fixed supper about 6:30. Watched CBS; Virginia Bate arrived early; Bible class 8:00 – 9:30. Discussed Jer 44; Nahum; took Virginia home; back home; bathed, relaxed; off to bed, θ+; up to read—to bed at 1:00 AM.

Friday, February 21, 1969

Finally got up about 9:30. Had breakfast, went to the church to change the Wayside pulpit. My main preoccupation today was preparing the sermon. I worked on finishing Trueblood’s book, The Humor of Christ. It has some merit to it—but he seems to press his point too far. About 1:00 I stopped to fix lunch. Bonnie was preoccupied working on a multi-colored patch quilt for Debby. After lunch shaved; went over to Rev. Greenwood’s home to pick up a box of books he was giving me; only a few worthwhile books in the lot. Worked rest of afternoon on Trueblood—finished late in the afternoon. Napped 6:00-6:30. Watched CBS news—back to sermon at 7:30. Bonnie went to the Patriquins. I worked on sermon all evening—then did the bulletins. Then straightened up my desk. Bonnie—after getting home—worked sorting Life magazine. Bathed; off to bed, read, lights out 1:55.

Saturday, February 22, 1969

In view of our late hour for getting to bed, I slept late—wasn’t up until 11 o’clock! Worked at my desk, looking at material on new church structures. We had lunch at 12:00. Shaved, then more work at my desk. I did calling in the afternoon. Bonnie went to Gloucester to shop + see Becky Bussey, so I made some calls—took Debby along. Saw Ellie Martin—just home from the nursing home; Ethel Leary; Grace Harris + Louis Rich. Home about 4:00. Rather fatigued. Relaxed for a while, Bonnie got home, showed me her purchases. I took a nap—didn’t get up til after six. Fixed supper. After supper I practiced the sermon and prepared the service. Worked on German. About 9:30 we went down to Patriquins. Showed our slides—didn’t leave til 11:30. Home, bathed; off to read, study German, in bed. Debby is now appreciating peek-a-boo; lights out about 1:00.

Sunday, February 23, 1969

Up about 9:30—small breakfast, shaved, dressed—off to church. Crowd of about 35—preached on the humor of the Bible. Home by 12:30—we had lunch after 1:00—a delicious turkey. Sleepy after lunch, napped; at 3 o’clock Alan Frederick came by to discuss the sermon + biblical humor. We had tea and listened to some of the Tom Lehrer record. He went home after four. We took some pictures of Debby on the multicolored quilt that Bonnie made. We saw her make her first actual crawling movements. From 5:15–6:00 I worked on German. 6:00–7:00 we watched TV (21st Century + news) and I took the meat off the turkey. At 7:00 I went to the Riverdale Church for Meth. Men meeting: Rabbi Geller gave strong pro-Israeli talk. Home about 9:30. Worked on German; bathed; German; θ+; fixed us a snack; read; lights out 12:45.

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1 thought on “David’s Dairy – February 17, 1969

  1. davidmadison1942

    “Tom Lehrer’s record, That Was the Year that Was.” Brilliant satirist. His stuff was very funny.

    “Trueblood’s book, The Humor of Christ. It has some merit to it—but he seems to press his point too far.” Duh.

    “Went over the service with the other clergy; I preached the sermon on the parable of the Prodigal Son…” Must have been Ash Wednesday.


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