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David’s Diary – 15 March 1971

Monday, 15 March 1971  

[Top panel: Bonnie called Grandma]

Up about 9:15. After breakfast I turned my thoughts to some phone calling and also preparing my Eagle article—had a long phone conversation with Gladys Haskell. About 10:45 I went to the Eagle office, had a chat with the editor—came on home. Bonnie had flopped back into bed, so I stretched out too—only with a book—got some reading done—and a few minutes of rest before we prepared lunch. Margaret Reilly called while we were eating—she’d just gotten back to Rockport (been away for a few days) and found a letter waiting from Alan Fedrick. He’s back in England—living with his folks, but desperately wanting to get back to the U.S. He had flown to England on impulse around Xmas time after a big argument with Maria! After Bonnie left for work Debbie played in her room, and I turned to organizing my Playboy magazines. Bonnie had voiced an intention to clean closets, so I want them neatly tied and arranged. After that task was completed I turned to reading—and this was my pursuit for the remainder of the afternoon. I had supper on the table almost when Bonnie got home. After eating I went to Tuck’s pharmacy for a prescription for Bonnie. Came home in time for CBS news. Clipped articles from old New Republics while watching. Bonnie went to Chorus rehearsal, I read all evening. Snacked when she got home—bathed. Read OBLO c. 12:30.

Tuesday, 16 March 1971

[Top panel: pictures of Debbie, breakfast table + outside, pussycat on outdoor fireplace]

Up at 8:40—shaved—2 days worth, had breakfast. Today was Debbie’s 2 year 7 month birthday, so we took pictures, some at the breakfast table, some outside. What a beautiful day it turned out to be. Temperature up in the 60’s. After the picture taking, I turned to reading—finished Albright’s FSATC—about 11 o’clock. I then quickly wrote two letters, one to Mrs. Myers, one to my folks—about 12:00 I walked to the Post Office—also to the church to turn on the heat for the rock group—also had a chat and a stroll with Ed Nutting. Got home about 12:30—also after having chatted with Kay at the school playground. After eating, Bonnie left for work. Debbie had been playing hard outside, both before and after Sesame Street, so she was exhausted—went right to napping. I read the assignment in the COCU plan of union, first part of chapter 8, for tonight’s meeting. Then I turned to reading in Cross’ book, The Ancient Library of Qumran. About 100 pp. of it should be read as review for next exam—and also to prepare more adequately for my lecture on Thursday. This kept me busy til about 4:30 when I prepared supper. After Bonnie got home I went to the church to turn off the heat, then to Richdales for bread. We ate when I got home, then I relaxed, read. CBS news 6:30–7:00. Thomas Dewey [1] died today. Watched part of What’s My Line?  7:30–9:45 COCU study group met. I perhaps upset some with my strong ecumenical views. 10:00–11:00 watched “60 minutes”—taped portion on Tonkin Gulf Incident.[2] Watched news, weather. Relaxed, read briefly, bathed  OBLO  c. 12:30.

Wednesday, 17 March 1971

Up about 9:00. Had breakfast—Bonnie was preparing to go to Avon with Debbie—I didn’t get started on studying til after they’d left. There were too many interruptions, including phone call from Homer. But by 10:30 they had left. Then I got down to studying—until about 12:00, at which time I went to the Post Office (mailed a roll of black + white film to Mail-a-way) and to the church to turn on the heat for the rock group. Came home, fixed lunch, then got back to studying. At 3 o’clock I went down to the church to see the boys again—this time to pick up the money they’re paying us for heat—they gave me $32.00. Changed way-side pulpit, then walked to the Building Center—they had the window which I’d ordered last week. I carried it come, sized it up in the window, then got back to reading, until about 5:00. Finished the reading in Cross’ book which I had intended to read. Went to the church and turned off the heat. Came home, fixed supper. Then I went to work on the window—during CBS news, What’s My Line and Men at Law I worked on it—got much of the work done—can’t finish it because I still need some material from the Building Center. Turned to reading again, in Milik’s, “Ten Years of Discovery etc”  Had snack about 10:00—did some outlining and sketching of Sunday’s sermon. Cleaned up some of the mess connected with the window; read; bathed about 11:45. Read in bed; LO c. 1:00 AM.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_E._Dewey

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_of_Tonkin_incident

David’s diary, 17 March 1971


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David’s Diary – December 27, 1970

Sunday, 27 December 1970

Up shortly before 9:00. Had breakfast, shaved, dressed, practiced sermon. Went to the church about 10:30—Had moderate sized crowd; preached on “The Younger Generation: a reason for Hope”—mentioned the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Home shortly before 1:00. We had lunch immediately. Bonnie had a bout with nausea, so Grandma and I cleaned up the kitchen. Had a chance to relax—also made the very brief preparations for the Den-Mar service. Left about 2:40; Emil went with me. Saw Esther Longley; we were somewhat delayed in starting because we couldn’t find the hymnals—but after they were located we had our half-hour service. Had a chance to relax after getting home; also half dozed in Bonnie’s chair in the living room during the Boston Pops concert. We had supper about six—we had the left overs from last night’s Chinese dinner which we’d brought home. After supper Bonnie had me bring her sewing machine to the living room so that she could work on new chair cushions and still socialize. With the same objective in mind I decided to make the list of our record library which Bob, Lea + John have requested. Turned out to the quite a list. Bonnie and I discussed our record needs and possible switching to a tape system in a couple or three years; bathed c. 12; OBLO c 12:30.

Monday, 28 December 1970

Up before 9:00. Had breakfast, shaved; then turned my attention to writing my article for the Eagle and my weekly letter to Mrs. Myers. When the mail came I spent some time with it. Then I took the article to the Eagle office after stopping at the P.O. Stopped then for gas. As I was driving into our driveway, Virginia Bate was coming up the street—she had lunch with us, then kept Debbie for part of the afternoon. Right after we ate, Bonnie, Grandma, Emil + I got in the car; we left Bonnie off at work, then headed for Avon. No problem with traffic—went through Boston. We arrived in Avon about 2:15. For the next 45 minutes I helped Emil clear their driveway of snow. We used the shovels and snowblower. About three I headed for Boston—didn’t get there til about 3:40—I checked at the graduate school re: date of registration and bought a copy of Playboy. Then headed for home; I was at the hospital to pick up Bonnie just at 5:00. We went to Patriquins to pick up Debbie—Virginia had taken her there in the middle of the afternoon. We came home, had supper, watched CBS news; the evening I spent at my desk—looking at Playboy and plowing through a mountain of neglected paper work. Stopped about 11:30 for bath + snack; OBLO 12:20.

Deborah playing with blocks, December 29, 1970

Tuesday, 29 December 1970

[Top panel: two photos of Debbie in her room with building blocks]

Up about 8:45. Shaved, had breakfast—worked at my desk, read in St. Paul until the mail arrived; then I went out on errands: took a load of papers + trash to the dump, went to the P.O., then to Ed Nutting’s office to confer on mimeographing the libretto of “Jesus Christ Superstar” for a public playing of the record. I then went up to Hannibals. Rip had agreed to address envelopes for me for the COCU mailing since Mrs. Cooney is away. I got home about 12:30. Bonnie + Debbie were having lunch—and Bonnie had just vomited. But she left for work anyway. Debbie went down for a nap. By 1:30 Bonnie was home again; the lab wasn’t busy and she still felt lousy. She tried to nap, but didn’t have any luck, so she got up—walked downtown to get some Phillips Milk of Magnesia + a book from the library. I gradually got around to studying—the latter part of the afternoon I read downstairs in the living room while Bonnie tried to nap upstairs. In the late afternoon I fixed supper—Bonnie came down the table, but felt so lousy she went back to bed; Debbie and I had our own suppers; I cleaned up the kitchen, watched CBS news; gave Debbie her bath; took the car to Roy Lee for him to take in for service tomorrow; he brought me home; worked on COCU letter. Had snack; then more reading; bathed c. 11:15 read briefly in St. Paul  OBLO, c. 12:00.

Wednesday, 30 December 1970

[Top panel: took picture of banner]

Up about 8:00; shaved, had breakfast—studied until Bonnie and Debbie got up and came down for breakfast—I had a cup of coffee. Studied then until the mail man came, then I turned to working on the COCU letter. I’d finished writing it last night, so I cut the stencil and ran it off—then we got lunch. Bonnie is feeling lousy—upset stomach. This definitely seems to be a harder pregnancy than the last one. Early in the afternoon I finished all that had to be done with the COCU letter, also ran off copies of the Parish Paper Service. Then I went to the P.O. with the COCU letters, stopped at the church to change the wayside pulpit and take a picture of banner. I spoke to the Kramer boy about the heat—trying to reach a compromise; he and his friends use the church to practice for their rock group. Came home, tried to study, but dozed in the chair. About 5:00 put together a simple supper. Bonnie couldn’t eat much. We watched CBS news. We were going to watch Storefront Lawyers as is our habit, but a CBS special was on about seals and walrus—very interesting. Near its end Roy Lee arrived with the car—I took him to Pigeon Cove. Rest of the evening I spent reading in St. Paul and Eissfeldt; bathed; watched news, part of Johnny Carson. OBLO, 12:30.

David’s diary, December 30, 1970

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David’s Diary – December 23, 1970

Wednesday, 23 December 1970

Up about 9:00; had breakfast—was occupied at my desk for a while; the mail man came early—as he has been recently—more Xmas cards, plus another New Republic, which I spent some time with. Late in the morning Bonnie prevailed upon me to mimeo my poem, “Christmas Is All Very New” onto the Paul Klee UNICEF Xmas cards which mom had sent us. She has a list that she wants to send them to. I caught the noon weather forecast and the snowstorm headed this way for tomorrow threatened G’ma + Emil’s trip up. So we called them and offered to come and get them—they accepted. I would have gone, but Bonnie insisted that she do it. We had lunch, I made a quick trip down to the neck to do some final shopping, then came home so that she could go. She left about 1:30. I did some wrapping, played with Debbie—but most of my time was spent preparing tomorrow night’s service—also did some shoveling of snow. Late in the afternoon I prepared supper. Unfortunately the snow situation was worsening—and Bonnie and G + E had a very treacherous trip. Didn’t get here until about 7:00! And they left Avon at 3:30! We had supper when they arrived; I cleaned up; went to Richdales for kitty litter—but the rest of the evening was spent relaxing, visiting—started on the stencil for tomorrow night’s bulletin; 11 o’clock news; bathed read in I Corin. OBLO  c. 1:30.

Thursday, 24 December 1970

Up about 9:00. Had breakfast, then made bread—looked over the mail when it came; ran off the bulletin for tonight’s service. Then watched noon news—for weather report mainly—storm still raging. After lunch I shaved, then headed off to do some errands; went to the church to get things set up for tonight’s service. The Kramer boy + his group were practicing—at very high volume. Lois Clapp came in to refamiliarize herself with the organ. Before going to the church, i.e. my first errand had been going to the P.O. to mail the Xmas cards which Bonnie decided to send out! From there I dropped in to see Virginia Bate—gave her a couple of books for Xmas—also saw her aunt Amy for a few minutes. After getting home from the church I had a while to work on tonight’s service—then a few minutes before 4:00 Bonnie + I went to St. Mary’s for the Sunday School Service. Home by 5:00, fixed supper. Then I worked further on the service. Left for the church about 7:30. A miserable turnout: only 10 in the congregation; 2 major goofs: I planned too much and it had to be cut short, and Lois played the wrong processional! We got home about 9:15, then had our gift exchange—until about 10:15; Debbie played Santa Claus—very nice gifts all around. We watched 11 o’clock news; read a while in bed; LO 12:30.

Deborah Christmas 1970

Friday, 25 December 1970

[Top panel: called Lea 365-6195]

Up about 9:30 after Θ (a nice Christmas present to each other to start the day!)  After breakfast I turned to shaving—but before breakfast—just as we were preparing to start, a phone call came from mom + dad—we had a nice chat. I was prepared to work on my sermon today—but that kept being put off. Early in the afternoon, after lunch we called Lea—mother told us she’s had another mis-carriage, so we wanted to cheer her up if possible—so we had a nice long chat with her. My new Christmas clothes (4 ties, 4 pairs of trousers) sparked interest in my wardrobe, so the early part of the afternoon I spent going through it all—and threw some things out. In the middle of the afternoon I started to put supper together; I still hoped to get started on my sermon, but just too lethargic = to back up—around the noon hour Dr. Beck called to wish us Merry Christmas and we had a nice chat with him too—it was really great of him to call. Late in the afternoon I dozed in my chair—made a slight beginning on the sermon—and fixed supper—Bonnie feeling pretty lousy—as she was til later in the evening. After supper CBS news. Then I made progress on sermon; we showed 1970 slides to Grandma + Emil. Then more on the sermon; watched 11 o’clock news; bathed; worked further on sermon; OBLO 12:50.

Saturday, 26 December 1970

Up by 8:30—another snow storm raging. After breakfast I turned to the sermon. I.e., writing out the final draft from the rough draft. I got a large part of it done in the morning before we got lunch. I shaved after eating, then went back to working on the sermon—got the bulk of it finished. Then Bonnie, grandma + I set off for Mals—we did some shopping—bought yarn to make an afgan for Bonnie (G’ma will do it—she even bought the yarn!) I looked at trousers, but the only ones in my size were expensive; one pair which we got the other day doesn’t fit well, so we’ll exchange it—the exchange line was too big today. We got an electric clock and I bought the stereo music score from Alice’s Restaurant. We also bought groceries at Stop + Shop. After coming home I went up to see the Hannibals for about 45 min. Home about 5:00, then we went to China Port restaurant in Gloucester and had a great Chinese supper—s + s duck! When we got home we all relaxed, listened to Alice’s Restaurant, Marion Anderson, Joy Is Like the Rain [1] also took down the Xmas tree—very dry + brittle. I worked on the sermon—completed it; did the bulletins. Took time now + then to socialize. Bathed about 11:30. Prepared service; practiced sermon. read in bed, LO. Θ c. 1:00 AM.


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David’s Diary – November 29, 1970

Sunday, 29 November 1970

What a full, full day! Up about 9:00, had breakfast, shaved—left for the church shortly after 10:00—got things set up for the baptism, arranged banners—fair sized crowd turned out—Baptized Jennifer Lee Sullivan; preached on “Forgive Us Our Xmases.” Home about 12:45; mom had lunch all ready. After eating I dashed off a letter to Mrs. Myers—then took mom + dad up to the garden. After I brought them back I set out to finish taking the roll of black + white film that was in the camera—took photos of areas Esther Norwood would be interested in seeing. I got back in time to take the film out of the camera, re-load with color and take two pictures of mother. We left here shortly after 5:00. Drove to Logan airport—traffic rather heavy at times. We got to Logan about 4:15—I left everyone off at American Airlines, then parked the car—then rejoined them. We stayed with the folks until they boarded the plane shortly before 5:00. Debbie was very upset to have them go. We then drove down to Avon to see grandma—again through heavy traffic—she hadn’t been able to come up for Thanksgiving, so we wanted to see her. Merle was there; we had a small supper, and then visited for part of the evening. But by 9:30 we got on the road again; traffic had subsided substantially; we got home about 11:15—then OBLO 11:35.

Monday, 30 November 1970

[Top panel:  one photo of Debbie asleep in her room on the floor, called treasurer in Boston]

Up about 9:50. After breakfast I worked on preparing my article for the Eagle; when the mail came I spent some time with it—there was a long letter from Pat Harry in England—a very chatty and cheerful letter—it was good to hear from her. After reading her letter I took the article to the Eagle office, then stopped at the church to change the wayside pulpit—I found two insurance inspectors there looking over the building. I got home shortly after 12:00. We had lunch, Bonnie went to work, Debbie played in her room til she finally ran out of steam and fell asleep. I became involved in figuring out the 1970-1971 figures for apportionments and benevolences—finally called Terry Thomason in Boston for enlightenment. About 3:30 Margaret Reilly came by—I’d been expecting her; she read Pat’s letter, we had tea and she did me the favor I’d asked—gave me her opinion of the rental value of the parsonage (which I have to include in a report) $300-350 per month. Shortly after she left I put supper in the oven, read the paper til Bonnie got home, then we had supper. After which relaxed, watched CBS news. Bonnie left for Chorus rehearsal, I put Debbie to bed, spent some time on the phone, then spent the evening reading on OT problems. Trying to get into the swing of concentrated study again; bathed about 11:00; read more  OBLO, midnight.

Tuesday, 1 December 1970

Up about 9 o’clock after Θ, did desk work, then set out on some errands. I went to St. Mary’s—left off COCU pamphlets, then went to Ed Nutting’s office—gave him pamphlets too—and he signed the petition re: money for project NUVA. Came home, Bonnie then went off on errands, then when she got home about 11:45 I went back to St. Mary’s; Bamforth was out of conference, so could sign my petition. From there I went to the Dangerfield residence on Marmion way; she’s involved in the League of Women Voters and will help get signatures on the petition—several league members at her home at the time signed. Came home, had lunch—Debbie played in her room, and I turned to studying after attending to other details. Yesterday I read the article by C. R. North on Pentateuchal criticism in Rowleys OT and Modern Study volume. I’ve been concerned with rereading it with great care, taking notes today. About 4:45 I stopped with this and worked on supper. We ate when Bonnie got home; then from about 6:00–6:30 I read again; 6:30 watched CBS news. At 7:30 I went to see Roger Smith re: apportionment figures; home about 8:15; worked on reports to be given to DS tomorrow. Then turned again to reading. Bonnie found enough energy to bake a squash pie, which we had as a snack; bathed about 11:00; read a while; OBLO 12 midnight.

Wednesday, 2 December 1970

Up about 7:00—ugh! Shaved, had breakfast. Left the house shortly after 8:00—picked up Jim Bussey outside Wesley Church in Gloucester. We went to Broadway Meth. Ch. in Lynn—for a pastors’ meeting with the D.S. Had a chance to see Don McGaw for a while. The D.S.’s main concern was to communicate “bread and butter” issues—i.e., info about pensions, insurance, church matters relating to money. There was an opportunity for a lot of discussions and questions. This meeting didn’t break til almost noon. He also covered special matters which he wants us to pursue, and the upcoming charge conferences. From there I went to Christ Church U.M.—Don gave me some pledge cards—then Jim + I headed back to Cape Ann. I left him at his house, then went to Norman office supply for envelopes. Came home, relaxed had lunch. Then I set off on errands; delivered envelopes to Mrs. Cooney for addressing; spent a while conferring with Homer + Sadie, then went to see Carol Lewis—she gave me the sour dough starter. Came home, worked on pledge letter, looked at paper. Had supper after 5:00—worked some on pledge letter finished it before 6:30 watched CBS evening news and other TV until 8:00. Took stencil of pledge letter to Homer, then to Roger Smith for signatures; picked up NUVA petition from Mrs. Dangerfield. Came home, made—or began process—sour dough bread; bathed, then tried to study for a while; too weary; OB, read; LO, 10:45.

David’s diary, December 2, 1970

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David’s Diary – August 17, 1970

Monday, 17 August 1970

Up about 8:30—had breakfast. Grandma + Emil left as soon as breakfast was finished. It was raining hard. I then prepared my article for the Eagle, got the film (movie + slides) ready to go. Shortly after 10:00 I went to the Eagle office, then to the P.O. Then I went to the church. I worked further on the banners. I put on the Hebrew lettering—not the best job in the world—a good scribe [would] cringe!—but good enough. I got home about 12:15. Had lunch with Bonnie before she left for work. It pretty much was a lost afternoon. I was very lethargic. I looked through some books which came—one a volume on The Louvre. Also I did some tying up of tomato plants. About 3:15—just when I was finally forcing myself to work, Debbie woke up. I gave her some lunch—then put her to playing in her room. I tried to work again—dozed off almost. Then I looked at the paper when it came. About 5:00 I started working on supper. We ate about 6:00, then watched CBS news. I did get a little work done early in the evening, but shortly after 8:00 we went to the Patriquins—Drue + Sully were there—for another birthday part[y] for Deb. She got several gifts—I took pictures. We came home shortly after 10:00. I got some reading done—Debbie went to bed surrounded with toys! —bathed. OBLO  12:20.

Tuesday, 18 August 1970

[Top panel: Started new roll of colour film—photo of tomato plants. Picked first tomato from our patch—had it for supper.]

Up about 8:30. Had breakfast—my main concern for the day was to get Ginsberg finished—a tedious book. I was able to make progress in the morning. Shortly after 11:00 I arrived at a stopping point; I then went down to the church—took 3 or 4 photos of banners, finished up the roll of B + W 36 which I started on Sunday—Debbie’s birthday. Also I attached one wire for new banners. Went to the P.O. with the roll of film, then came home by c. 12:15. Had lunch, Bonnie left for worked—Debbie was asleep. She’d been up late last night—very excited over her new toys—she went to bed with all six penguins!–but she was up this morning early, was very cranky, tired, so she needed her nap. I worked on Ginsburg. Finished it by mid-afternoon. Had phone conversation with Jim Bussey. About 2:30 or 3:00 gave Debbie her lunch, after which she played in her room. I started Frost’s O.T. Apocalyptic—although I dozed off—no fault of the book, which is quite good. Then read some more. When Bonnie got home from work I went to the garden—saw Lewises on short bypass to give them cucumbers. Came home, fixed supper, watched CBS news. In the evening I made progress in Frost; two breaks, to play with Debbie and later to have a snack. Read until about 11:15—stopped to bathed, read briefly in bed; LO midnight.

Wednesday, 19 August 1970

Up about 8:30 after Θ. I had planned to make this an all-study day, but it didn’t work out that way. Yesterday evening Ann Fisk remarked about tomatoes rotting on the ground—which was a broad hint that some tying up needed to be done. So after a hearty breakfast I went to the garden. And the tomato section was indeed a veritable jungle—weeds and vines all over the place. I worked from about 9:15  til 12:30—and got one row tied up and weeded. After 11:00 I strolled over to Lewises for a cold drink and to call Bonnie (no answer), but then worked some more. I got home about 12:45. Had lunch. I was pretty pooped—and so napped, dozed, after eating, until about 3:00. But I didn’t get to reading until almost 4:00. I read for an hour, then went to the church to put up the second wire needed for this week’s new banners—also did a little more painting on them (the green boarders)—got home shortly after 6:00. We had supper, watched CBS news. I went down to the church again to spray the flies—very annoying working on the banners with them all around—hanging around since Sat’s barbeque. I did some erasing of penciling on banners; came home, played briefly with Debbie, turned to reading, which I gave up to bathe about 10:30; then I read for a brief time in bed; LO, 11:55.

Thursday, 20 August 1970

Up at 9:00. Shaved (2 days worth) had breakfast, went downtown for milk and thumbtacks. Shortly after 10:00 Carol Lewis arrived; Bonnie took care of Chris while we went down to the church to work on the banners. We got them finished and hung—the two that hang at the front of the sanctuary, based on the theme: What Does the Lord Require of You, but to do justice, to love mercy, to walk humbly with your God. We got back to the house after 11:30. We had lunch about noon. Carol went off shopping, Bonnie sat with Chris, I went over to see Gladys Haskell re: teaching Sunday School—she declined. I came come, dozed, napped for a while. Carol got back, then she and Bonnie went over to Mals—gone about 30 min. I stayed with the kids, read. After they had returned and Carol left, I read some more. After 5:00 I went to Pigeon Cove—to Lee’s to pick up a toy—Sue wasn’t home. I went to the garden, picked lima beans, corn. Walked to Lewises to buy some honey. Came home, helped on supper, watched CBS news. I got some reading done before we went to Patriquins about 8:30—watched Ironsides + Dragnet—had “mug-ups”—thunderstorm, heavy rain. Came home about 10:30—read until about 11:15—then bathed. Read further for a while in bed; LO, 12:15.

David’s Diary – August 20, 1970

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David’s Diary – July 28, 1970

Tuesday, 28 July 1970

Up shortly after 8:00. Shaved—two day beard. Had breakfast. My main concern for the day was reading. I was able to devote most of my morning to it. But when the mail came I read I.F. Stone’s Weekly—plus an article on Stone from the Wall St. Journal which Virginia Bate sent me. I then went about getting some announcements ready to send to the Administrative Board re: next week’s meeting. Addressed envelopes, had lunch, finished preparing the mailing. Bonnie went to work, Debbie played in her room; I read. I reached a stopping point and was ready to go to the P.O. with Debbie when Barbara + Hazle Lord called—they’re moving to Maine tomorrow! By the time I was off the phone, Debbie was asleep—so I read—finally finished Mowinckel at about 3:15. Then relaxed a bit. Debbie was waking up, so we went to the P.O., then to the church—I changed the wayside pulpit. Home again, read paper, relaxed, watered the tomatoes. Then began getting supper ready. We ate as soon as Bonnie got home from work. Got packed and ready. Dropped in to see the Lords’—6:50–7:30—then headed for Avon. Arrived here at 9:00. Had a nice visit—also some ice cream—Debbie showed off her growing vocabulary. Hot, muggy night; bathed; OBLO 11:20.

Wednesday, 29 July 1970

[Top panel:   97.8 day!]

Up about 7:30. Shaved—had breakfast. Left for BU before 8:30. My main concern for the day was to get some reading accomplished. It was very hot and humid; I had worn shoes because I was afraid my feet might get cold in air-conditioned Mugar Library. But the air-conditioning had been shut off because Boston is having problems with water. I went back to the car to get my sandals—which I happened to stick in—just in case! I decided to try to do some studying at the School of Theology library. I ran into Hobart Farrell—whom I hadn’t seen in a long time. We had lunch together out on the lawn in back of the School of Theology. In the afternoon I was able to make the most progress—I read straight through until about 6:15—got up to p. 104 in Lindblom. Then I headed back to Avon. Arrived about 7:15—Bonnie fixed me supper, then we sat out on the back lawn, trying to catch some breeze. Debbie went running around the lawn, playing in the bird baths, etc. Later in the evening we moved into the screened in porch—played cards—then had ice cream—came in about 10:00. Relaxed, bathed. Read, OBLO, 11:25.

Thursday, 30 July 1970

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Up about 7:20. Shaved, had breakfast—got on the road to Boston shortly after 8:00. I made good progress during the morning—but I knocked off about noon. I took the trolley to Boylston—planned to eat my lunch on the Common or Garden—but it was too too hot! So I made the return trip to BU. Tried to find a shady spot—ate one sandwich—wasn’t too hungry, so I got right back to reading. About 3:15 I took a break, had my second sandwich and banana—then read again until about 6:00. I wanted to go further, but I had reached the point where I wasn’t getting much from the reading. So I knocked off and headed back to Avon. Arrived shortly before 7:00. Bonnie made my supper. The evening was spent relaxing for the most part—in front of the TV. Watched Ironsides—that was the main concern—then there was a ½ special on the East Coast’s current pollution crisis. Between 10:00 and 11:00 I tried to get some more reading done—had some luck—but really didn’t get very far. 11–11:30 we all watched Nixon’s press conference—his usual evasions, half-truths, doubt-talk. But he performed well and no doubt satisfied most of the public; bathed; Bonnie and Emil engaged in a prolonged game of scrabble; read psalms. OBLO c. 12:30.

Friday, 31 July 1970

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Up before 8:30. We had breakfast, packed the car, and were on the road by 9:30. We decided to take the through-Boston route—it was slow, because of road repairs, but we got into Rockport just about 11:00. We took time to get unpacked, look over the mail, look over the tomato patch. Then we had lunch. Debbie played in her play-yard after we got home until lunch time, so after lunch she was eager to have a nap. Bonnie left for work. I relaxed. I tried to get to work on my reading, but my heart really wasn’t in it. But by mid to late afternoon I did get going. After Bonnie got home from work, I went up to the garden—got a big batch of Italian beans, 2 cucumbers, 3 squash. Came home; we fixed supper. Watched CBS news, at the end of which Walter Cronkite noted the retirement of Chet Huntley—and Chet suddenly flashed on the screen to bid goodbye + goodluck to Walter! We then watched NBC news—and saw Huntley’s last performance. I then read briefly; Bonnie gave Debbie her bath—then we went for a walk to the headlands—T-wharf —art galleries. Home about 9:00. Then read for about an hour—still in Lindblom. Bathed. OBLO c. 11:00  —Θ+

David’s Diary, July 31, 1970

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David’s Diary – March 27, 1970

Friday, 27 March 1970

Up about 8:00. Shaved, had breakfast—got a call from Alan’s father that Alan was taken to the hospital last night. Id’ been planning to go to Thurston Point anyway—so I just speeded up. Arrived there about 9:00. Stayed and talked with Mr. Federick until about 10:40. We went through some of Alan’s papers. Then I returned to Rockport at 10:45—had to be at the Burgess + Mackey funeral home at 11 o’clock to read the funeral service for Louise Bailey. Not a member of the church—but she had stipulated a Methodist funeral. After this I returned to be with Alan’s father for a while, but then returned home by 12:45. Had lunch, Bonnie went to work. I was weary—and spent the first half of the afternoon—until about 3:00, on the bed. Debbie was playing in her room. Got up, did desk work, did some jotting for my sermon—?—finished with this when Bonnie got home, but I helped with supper about 6:00. We had supper watched CBS news. About 7:30 I left for the hospital. Saw Alan. His friend Bill Matheson arrived. After visiting hours, Bill, Mr. Federick and I spent about 2 hours at the Capt Courageous restaurant, discussing Alan. Home about 10:45, Bathed; watched a few minutes of Johnny Carson. OB Θ+ LO.

Saturday, 28 March 1970

Another chaotic day—thanks to Alan Fedrick. Up about 9:00. Had only a small breakfast—went to Gloucester, to Wesley church to tend to a few details—since the Busseys are leaving on vacation tomorrow. After getting home I shaved, had phone call from Alan’s father regarding a hospital in Waltham which Dr. Mann was considering for Alan. Delivered bulletin inserts to Baptists + Congregation. We had lunch about noon. Grandma + Emil arrived shortly before 12:30. I worked on sermon while they went shopping with Bonnie. Got a call from Ed Nutting—needed more inserts—I went down to his office. Shortly after 3:00—at least before 3:30—Bonnie called—Mr. Fedrick wanted me immediately, Alan was leaving the hospital. I rushed home, then rushed to the hospital, Alan + his father had already left. I then went to Alan’s home. His father had reached the breaking point. Alan was abusive, offensive—entirely unmanageable. He left to go get groceries. His father and I left came home, made phone calls—between 6:00-7:00 I typed my stencil. At 7:00 we left for Logan airport. Got there shortly after 8:00. I stayed with him til he boarded his plane. I left Logan shortly before 10:00; did bulletins at Wesley church on way home. Arrived home, relaxed, bathed, returned to writing sermon—worked on it til 2:00 AM—very weary, OBLO 2:00 AM.

Sunday, 29 March 1970

Got out of bed about 8:00—feeling rather lousy. Had breakfast, then worked on the service, practiced sermon; left for the church about 10:20. A huge crowd. It started snowing during the church hour—a storm that had developed into a howling nor’easter during the day. We were home about 12:30. Had lunch, then I made a trip over to Alan’s. I had to give him the house-keys (which his father had accidentally carried off), and a 50 dollar bill. I stayed less than 5 minutes—I told him never to call me again—and not to show up here at the house with Maria when she comes to retrieve her things. Came home, tried to nap—was on bed til about 3:30. Had a call from Alan’s Brandeis colleague Bill Matheson. I went downstairs, had something to eat, then spent the late afternoon playing cards with Bonnie, grandma + Emil. We had supper around 6:00. The evening was spent in leisurely fashion. We took a roll of movie film, to send to Bonnie’s folks. We took some footage downstairs, and some in Debbie’s room. Then after Debbie was down for the night we showed our slides taken since Christmas. Then I showed my slides on Qumran—but I raced through them since Emil didn’t seem to grasp. Prepared for bed with storm still howling; OBLO c. 10:45.

Monday, 30 March 1970

Θ about 7:30. Bonnie got up about 8:30, when we heard Grandma + Emil up—I didn’t get up til about 9:00. We all had breakfast together. They left immediately. I got their car out of the snow and turned around. My main concern for the day was to make some progress on my lecture for tomorrow night. But I was still pretty weary from the ordeal with Alan. I began reading II Isaiah. Late in the a.m. Bonnie went shopping. We ate lunch about noon when she had returned home. She left for work about 12:45. I was able to finish II Isaiah during the afternoon. About mid-afternoon I got supper going, then I napped. About 5:30 I got up, looked through the newspaper—Bonnie got home, we worked on supper. Watched CBS news. In the evening Bonnie went to Community Chorus. I looked over the calendar for next month—it’s hard to believe that the last seminar is only 3 weeks away. Played with Debbie also. But she was sleepy and wasn’t anxious to drag out playtime. I did some reading on II Isaiah, then turned to making notes for the lecture. Did about 4 pages. I had hoped to be done with the lecture by this evening—but I just wasn’t able to push myself today. Stopped to bathe about 11:45. Watched the first 45 minutes of the tonight show—it’s great on Maria’s color TV! OBLO, c. 12:30.

Emil and Grandma, holding Debbie, 1968

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David’s Diary – March 31, 1969

Monday, March 31, 1969

Slept late—wasn’t up until about 9:30. Had only a small breakfast; talked for several minutes with Alan Federick on the phone. Got to work writing my report on the Late Bronze Age Level at Tell Beit Mirsin (Stratum 6). This took me longer than I thought it would. Wasn’t ready to start typing until supper time. Bonnie still not feeling too well. I fed Debby at noon, cleaned up the kitchen. After supper, watching news (Eisenhower funeral) I finally got to work typing—after consulting with Alan again on the phone about a sentence in Latin in Coppens article (Psalm 110). I didn’t feel rushed in my typing, but I suppose I should have—didn’t finish, and get my briefcase all packed until 1:00 AM! Stopped to bathe. Called in morning, Rev. Bamforth about COCU Sunday; he seemed cool—I have little patience with people who are so confident about how to worship! –off to bed; lights out 1:28.

Tuesday, April 1, 1969

An exhausting day; up at 8:00; shaved; had breakfast, looked at my German lesson briefly, left for Boston by car about 9:40—made very good time. Was on Storrow Drive 45 minutes later. Stopped at a bank drive-in window for $5 worth of quarters. Went to Klugmans. Worked on German until about noon, headed to BU. Had lunch with Walter Aufrecht and Charlie Whitford. Went to do xeroxing, had to do about 20 [?] pages, five times—took quite a while, then I had to arrange, cut, bind; 10 minutes late to class. Archaeology class from about 2:20 til 4:00—presented my paper on Debu [?]. Isaiah class from 4:00 til 6:00. As dull as usual; left class a few minutes early, left for Rockport; home at 6:55. Had supper, relaxed, tried to work, but too exhausted. Bonnie went to Patriquins. I napped; bathed about 10:30. Went to bed 11:00. Bonnie came home; θ+, snack, off to bed again 12:30.

Wednesday, April 2, 1969

Up shortly before 9:30. The first order of business was to get my Easter letter to the congregation done—stencil typed, mimeographed, folded, put in envelopes. Bonnie helped with that. Looked through Newsweek when mailman arrived. Shaved about noon; ate lunch, watched some of the Eisenhower funeral. Caught the 1:15 train to Boston. Was at BU by 3:00. Did some preliminary investigation on messiah paper due next week;  went to class (messiah in Anc. Israel) from 4:00 to 5:45. Left for North station, caught 6:40 train, worked on sermon on train; home by 8:00. Had supper; invited Alan + Pat over to watch Arsenic + Old Lace. Also showed them our slides. Their visit lasted longer than expected; after seeing slides we listened to our Tom Jones record. And then to a little of Tom Lehrer. They didn’t leave til about 1:30! Off to bed then; lights out 1:53.

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Debby and the family cat, March 1969

Thursday, April 3, 1969

Didn’t get up until 10:40! A slow start. Prepared news for C.A.M.P. newsletter. My main concern today was to get my sermon done—as I go to bed it is largely done—needs a conclusion—and a page or two remain to be typed. Didn’t drive myself today.  Took a picture of Debby on the floor looking into a small round mirror. Bonnie went shopping in the afternoon, but Debby slept, so I made progress with sermon. Late in the afternoon I turned to preparing for the Bible Study: Obadiah + Jonah—and a few comments on archaeology. Had supper, which I helped fix. Watched CBS news. Bible class from about 8:00 until 9:20. 8 in attendance (not including Bonnie + myself) After the class was over had a snack, worked on the sermon some more. Trying to preach a sermon to inspire a vision of what our church can become; using Ezekiel 37. Stopped about 11:00 to bathe, typed some more; off to bed; lights out 12:00.

Friday, April 4, 1969

A long day; up a[t] 7:00; had breakfast, left about 8:00 for BU—stopped for gas here in town; changed the wayside pulpit—was in the library at the school of theology studying by 9:30. In the morning I did more work on Tell Beit Mirsim. In the afternoon worked on my assignment in the Pseudepigrapha. In the morning chatted briefly with Donovan Roberts—who is back from England; he said they went $4000 into debt to make the trip—18 months. So we are reconsidering our course. Left BU around 4:30. Stopped at Jordon’s on the North Shore to buy shoes. Was home by 6:00. Helped with supper, relaxed, gave Debby her bottle after her bath—Bonnie took a couple of pictures—and I didn’t shave today! In the evening I worked on sermon, wrote Dr. Beck, did the bulletin—Bonnie spent later part of evening with Becky Bussey—miscarriage threatening; bathed and off to bed; lights out c. 1:00.

Saturday, April 5, 1969

Hard to get up—finally out of bed about 8:45. Shaved, had breakfast, went to the post office. Home by 10 o’clock for worship committee meeting: Karen Haskell, Sandra Dawson, Sue Lee. Meeting over about 11:30. Relaxed. We were just getting ready to fix lunch when Bonnie’s grandmother and Emil arrived. We had lunch, visited, took pictures—I napped in the afternoon—later in the afternoon went to the church to practice my sermon—want it to go well. Later I rigged up a board to attach to the pulpit. Fixed supper, while Bonnie visited. After supper—steak by candle light, we showed them our slides, set up our tent, I went back down to the church to rig up the pulpit. Home by 10:00; worked on the service; feeling rather tired—not getting much school work done; off to bathe about 11:10; then off to bed; lights out c. 11:45.

Sunday, April 6, 1969

120 in church

Up about 8:30. Shaved, had breakfast, dressed off to church about 10:00. Worked on the service for a while—had a good Easter morning crowd—over 100. Preached on Ez. 37, “The Valley of the Dry Bones”—tried to suggest that resurrection is possible for our church. Home by 12:45, had a nice big turkey dinner with G’ma + Emil, relaxed afterward, tried to nap. About 2:30 Bonnie + the others went for a walk, then G’ma + Emil left for Avon—I worked at my desk while they were out for the walk. Talked with Jim Bussey on the phone—Becky seems out of danger re: miscarriage. About 3:30 Alan + Pat came over to bring Bonnie an ash tray! (For Alan to use when he visits us) Alan + I surveyed the yard and picked out a spot for a garden. We all walked to the post-office—Debby on my back. Bonnie, Deb + I came back home. I tried to study, but too bushed. We all 3 napped until 7:00! Had supper, got to work c. 8:00 on Debir + Jerusalem. Bathed about 12:30. Off to bed. Lights out 1:05.

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David’s Diary – December 23, 1968

Monday, December 23, 1968

Up about 7:40. Shaved, breakfast. As soon as we could get ready, we left for Ipswich to see Pamela van Twuyver + take baby gifts to her. We got to her place about 9:20. We had about a half hour visit—then headed for the big Sears store in Saugus. Did Xmas shopping. A tiring morning. We got back home around 2. Ate lunch, I relaxed a few minutes; a little after 3 we turned on the TV and saw the live television pictures from Apollo 8 of Earth as seen from c. 200,000 miles away. We all went over to Busseys, took the cat over to stay with them while we’re gone. I went to see Mrs. Martin in the nursing home. Picked up Bonnie, went home. Did some desk work, helped fix supper; had to be off to the church at about 7 for the Sunday School Xmas program. Home about 8:15. Alan Frederick + his lady friend from England came over for the evening; left after 11; desk work; bathed. Off to bed at 1:05.

Tuesday, December 24, 1968 

Christmas Eve.            Debby’s misfortune                           Apollo 8 orbiting moon

Not a very happy Christmas Eve: Bonnie tripped with Debby walking up the stairs at church. Debby’s head hit the stair, she got a concusion. We took her to the hospital, where the doctor examined her. At this hour (2:00 AM) apparently everything is going well and we’ll be able to get her in the morning. We had to postpone going to Avon until the morning. What a climax to a hectic day. We got up at 9:30 today—phone call got us up. Took down Xmas tree, breakfast, many errands + odds + ends to tend to: went to the dump, visited Patiences + Hannibals. Had to prepare the service for the evening; had to get the car ready. After supper did some packing of the car—had to give some attention to putting my study in order. Left for church around 7:30. Got all the candles lit; had a nice crowd—maybe 50 to 60. After the rush to the hospital + our stay there, we came back to the Lords for a while; home again; Bonnie sewed, I worked at my desk. At 1 AM watched Apollo 8 program; they’re heading back to earth; bathed; lights out at 2:15.

Wednesday, December 25, 1968

Christmas Day            Called Malaysia

Up about 8:30 or 45. Finished packing the car, changed wayside pulpit—picked up robe + brief case at the church—call from Dr. Kline about 9:30, telling us to come + get Debby. We had a small breakfast with the Lords and then went to the hospital; Debby had to have some blood work done, so we couldn’t go immediately. We finally left about 11 o’clock and headed for Avon. We arrived here about 12:20. We had a large Christmas dinner. About 2 I decided to take a nap. Didn’t get up til around 5. We had a small supper shortly thereafter. Watched CBS evening news. Started trying to place a call to Bonnie’s folks. We finally got through about 8:30. Bonnie did the talking—we held it to about 3 minutes—ran slightly over. Evening spent goofing off—playing scrabble + cards. Watched the 11 o’clock news. Off to bed. Debby seems her normal self; laughing and playing. Off for Indiana tomorrow; lights out about 12.

Thursday, December 26, 1968

Up about 8:30, eager to get started for Indiana; but that was not to be. We had breakfast, got the car loaded—but it wouldn’t start. Temperature only – 9º (below 0º!) I ruined the starter motor. Emil pushed me down the hill, tried to start, but no luck; pulled into service station. They set to work on the battery at 10:10 – at 11:15 they told us (on phone) that it wouldn’t be ready til afternoon; in afternoon we found out that it won’t be ready til tomorrow. We went to the VW place for parts. This delay was our main preoccupation today; when not attending to it, we were here at Grandma’s playing cards + goofing off. She + Emil took us out to eat—then we went shopping; arrived home, watched TV, played cards, watched more TV. A very leisurely day, but also frustrating. We had planned to be in Ohio by tonight. We’ve had a chance for a long visit here; car to be ready by noon tomorrow. Bathed around 10. Off to bed ISN—watched weather report—lights out around 11:20.

Friday, December 27, 1968

Up about 8:30. Had a big breakfast. About 10 the garage called—the car was ready. While I shaved, Bonnie walked down + picked it up. By 10:40 we were all loaded up and on the road—just about 2 days behind schedule. The roads were dry and clear. I drove all the way to the Stoners in Schenectady. We arrived there at 2:30—200 miles from Avon. We had lunch + visited with them. We were on the road again at 3:55.  Bonnie drove the next 170 miles. We changed drivers so that she could nurse Debby. We changed about 100 miles east of Buffalo. The road conditions deteriorated. Snow, then sleet. Windshield was icing up badly. About 50 miles from Buffalo we stopped for supper shortly after 9. Fed Debby too. Back on the road a little after 9:30. Road slowly improved. Stopped for the night just inside Penn. Bathed; off to bed ISN—by about 1 AM.

Saturday, December 28, 1968

Up about 8:15 – 8:30. Our rest was disturbed by other guests at the motel getting up + leaving. But we were rested. Started right off without breakfast—on the road by 9:05. We were able to bypass Cleveland; took 270 (?) to turnpike to 71 to Columbus. We ate lunch just before getting on turnpike. It was mild when we got up; from Cleveland to Columbus went through several rain-squalls. I drove to within about 45 miles of Columbus then Bonnie took over. We ran into snow in Columbus. Weather worsened as we made progress westward. After we got back on interstate (rt.70) I drove again—on into Centerville. Wind was terrific and slowed us considerably. We arrived there in Centerville about 6. Debby was in a good mood and charmed her great grandparents. Grandpa will be 94 next month. After supper I napped. Got up about 9:30. Visited; watched news. Off to bed. – at 12.

Sunday, December 29, 1968

Up around 8 or 8:30. Breakfast. Didn’t do much in the morning. Just sat around, watched some TV. Didn’t go to church. The old folks are avoiding crowds to avoid getting the flu—so none of us went to church. We had lunch about noon, then I napped briefly. We then went over to the Arboretum in Richmond. First we dropped in to Marthas + Chick’s house. Grandpa was with us—Debby went to[o]. Chick gave us a tour of the arboretum and the small museum on the place—very interesting. We left there about four—came back on to Centerville. Martha + Chick arrived for supper around 6. After supper we showed our slides from the last four years. They went home about 9. Paul called during the evening; they’ll be in Lafayette tomorrow. Watched TV after Martha + Chick left; bathed; off to bed at 12:40.

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David’s Diary – November 25, 1968

Monday, November 25, 1968

Up about 10 am. Talked with Lucille Cressy on the phone about advertising for our film next Sunday. Mail came, letter from Smythes in Colorado. Typed up + mimeographed letter to Cape Ann Clergy about the film. Lunch after 12. Typed letter to Mrs. Myers—sent her some more pictures. * dropped pie on floor! At about 2 Homer Orne came over. Bonnie went to WSCS—we left Debby with Hazel Lord. Alan Frederick had the VW, so Homer took me to post office—mailed away more film to be developed. We went to deliver letters to Forrest Clark, saw Ellie Martin at nursing home; saw Walter Raymond at Hosp. Back to church by 3:30. I borrowed film projector from Congregational church. Came home, relaxed. Previewed some of the film before supper. Supper about 6:30. Bonnie spent evening at rehearsal; I previewed more of film; studied some Greek; phone calls. Bathed. Off to read in bed at 10:40.

Tuesday, November 26, 1968

Letter from Home today; mother against idea of camping with Debby outdoors next month. Lights were out last night at 11. But we were up again at 12 because we couldn’t get to sleep. Bonnie knitted and I studied Greek—and she made some pudding. Off to bed at 2 AM. I got up at 6. Bonnie was so out of it that she didn’t even hear the alarm. I got breakfast, fixed a sandwich for lunch. Left to pick up Bussey at 6:40. We got to BU around 8. I wasn’t good for much of anything—did get some books for Jeremiah paper. Greek class, 11:15 – 12.  Headed home—I had eaten lunch before class. Was home before 2. Napped from 2 to 4. Before supper, checked over my old stereo system which I’m selling to Barbara Lord. Visited with Hazel + Barbara. Fixed supper since Bonnie was so tired. Finished previewing Gospel Acc. to St. Matthew. Didn’t have ambition to do much this evening—to weary. Bonnie is in the same condition; baths over by 10. Bonnie feeding Debby—I read in bed, previewed reading for next week; lights out at 10:35.

Wednesday, November 27, 1968

Up around 8:30. A very busy day. Had a big breakfast; shaved; took projector back to Congregational church; changed Wayside pulpit; home again; worked on getting bulletins ready for tonight’s Thanksgiving service. This took much more time than I had anticipated. Lunch was late, not until after 2, but I still didn’t have the bulletins finished. I asked Hazel Lord if I could borrow her flowers for the altar. Went to the church about 4. Had to set out black hymnals, arrange chairs, tack down wire and get light fixed up. Made trip with Homer Orne to get items for lighting. After I got home, finished folding + stuffing the bulletins. Had supper about 6:45. Arrived at church about 7:35. A good service, with cellist, violin, harpsichord—c. 175 in attendance. Home around 9:30 after putting sanctuary back in order. Alan Frederick was here. We visited, played Victor Borge records til after 11; desk work; bathed; off to bed; lights out—12:25.

Thursday, November 28, 1968


Up around 8:30. We had a large breakfast, loaded the car, and headed for Avon. We took the cat along, and, as usual, she was uneasy. We arrived at just 11 o’clock. Emil’s son and family were there. Passed the time with a card game before Dinner. We ate after 12. A huge meal, left me feeling very sleepy. I don’t know where the afternoon went. Napped, dozed—didn’t do a single thing! After 5 we had a small supper, then we showed slides, mainly of Debby. After this was over we headed home. We drove home in the rain, arriving here shortly after 8:30. Called Homer Orne to let him know we’re back in town. We had a snack of pie + coffee. I worked on trying to get a sermon idea, and succeeded—made outline. Fiddled for a while with the tape recorder—might use it on Xmas Sunday. Didn’t get any German done today. Bathed, off to bed; lights out at 12:10.

Friday, November 29, 1968

Up at 8:15; immediately went down to the church and changed the wayside pulpit. Came home, had breakfast. Desk work; worked on German. Stopped when mail man came. Letter from Harrell Beck, with encouraging information. Glanced through Newsweek + Life. More German. Took a break to do the church bulletin for Sunday. Was finished with these around 4. Got back to the Deutsch. Didn’t stop on this until about 6:15. Had supper, watched CBS evening news—interrupted by phone call from Homer Orne. After supper was watching Debby in crib; she turned herself over from back to stomach. This is the first time I had seen it; she was able to get her right arm out from under herself successfully. Becky Bussey came over to visit Bonnie this evening. I finished the Review lesson in the German Book; now ready for chpt. 6. Wrote most of sermon—bathed. Off to bed at 11:40.

Saturday, November 30, 1968

Up at 8:15. Big breakfast. Took Bonnie and Debby over to the Bussey’s. They and Becky went over to the mill in Lowell—also to Whitford’s. I came home and worked. Finished my sermon, then turned to German—but not too enthusiastically. Interrupted by mail man, during my coffee break. Some photos from Mail-away came—more that we’re giving as Xmas presents. I studied for a long time a not-too-legible post card from them asking more money for a recent order. Had my lunch, began reading in Funk’s book, LHWG. Bonnie and Debby arrived home. Bonnie had bought 11 pieces of cloth, most brightly colored, 15 ½ yards. I went to Cape Ann Nursing Home to see Ellie Martin, then up to see Rip Hannibal. Home before 5:30. We went next door, visited with Barbara + Hazel Lord, came home, studied briefly; supper; back to work in Funk—a difficult book. Bathed, worked on service; read Funk for 20 min; off to bed at 12.

Sunday, December 1, 1968

Up around 8:30. Big breakfast; worked on the service, practiced choir numbers. Off to church around 10:35. Preached on “Forgive Us Our Christmases”; 55 in attendance. Home again shortly after 12. Straightened up my desk, had lunch. At 1:30 Pat Crowell and Gary Holmes arrived to talk about their wedding. They stayed until shortly after 3. They want to write their own service—I have given them complete freedom to do what they want to make a memorable service. Back to my study after they left. Busy work, back to work on Funk’s LHWG. Dozed off; Bonnie called me to supper. Got read(y) to go to Berman (?) school for film. Hazel Lord arrived about 6 to babysit for Debby. Alan Frederick arrived too; he went with us. We arrived about 6:30. Bonnie sold tickets, I collected; crowd about 75—we lost money, but film was very good. We were home by 10. Had snack, bathed. Read briefly in Funk. Off to bed at 11:30.

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