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David’s Diary – July 4, 1970

Saturday, 4 July 1970

Up by 9:00. Pouring rain! The garden will certainly grow wildly, weeds and all. I had planned to get my sermon half done, then go to Gloucester to get the bulletin inserts from Jim Bussey, but things didn’t work out that way. After breakfast I shaved, then went to Gloucester about 10:00; came back to Rockport, delivered the bulletin inserts to Epis. + Congre. churches. Came home, worked on the sermon with Eddie, Daniel, Christine, Debbie and Bonnie all carrying on in Debbie’s room. I got about ½ done when it was time to keep an appointment with Margaret Reilley—she’s in her temporary—an old barn—apartment on Drumlin [?] Road. We got there about 12:30—stayed til about 2:00. Then went to the garden—Margaret came along to see it. We picked sweet peas. Came on home, I went to see Lucy Patience briefly—took her some sweet peas. Came home, napped til about 4:15, then finished the sermon, typed my bulletin stencil; worked up til almost 6:00. We then went to Lewis’ for supper. We spent an enjoyable evening with them, drove to the party after supper, sat around chatting, planning banners to make for the sanctuary, listening to Jerry play the guitar + sing; came home about 10:45, ran off the bulletins, prepared the service. bathed; OBLO, 12:40.

Sunday, 5 July 1970

[Top panel:  called Beck]

Up about 8:30. Shaved, had breakfast, practiced the sermon. Arrived at church about 9:40. A small turnout—Communion Sunday; I preached on “Our Greatest Enemy” (i.e. apathy). As we were leaving the church a young couple came up to the door, wanted to go in and pray—I said—sure, go ahead. They left after about 5 minutes. I went on home, we fixed lunch. After lunch I tied up my tomato plants. I tried to get to reading, but was drowsy. So I napped in the middle part of the afternoon. Bonnie and Debbie went to the beach. I finally got a little reading done. When Bonnie + Debbie came home we left Debbie under the supervision of the next door neighbors, then went to the garden; we weeded, tended to the tomatoes—and picked a huge batch of snow peas. There’s still 1,000’s left. When we got home we fixed supper; I baked a Duncan Hines butter fudge choc. cake. After supper I got a little more reading done, called Dr. Beck to make an appointment to see him—I’ll go to Lexington on the 17th. I iced the cake; at 9:00 we went down to the Patriquins, had mug-ups—and a nice visit. We came home about 10:40. I then took my bath, and did further reading in von Rad. Certainly didn’t make much progress today, LO midnight.

Monday, 6 July 1970

[Top panel:  called Mass Council of Churches in Boston]

Up about 8:30. My morning was filled with errands and church matters. After a piece of cake for breakfast, I typed the stencil for a letter to the congregation on Peru—appealing for funds. I signed the letters, folded them; then I wrote two articles for the Eagle: one the regular church news, the other on the upcoming drug program. I took these over to the Eagle office, then returned home, shortly before 11:00. I then finished work on the mailing. About 11:45 I shaved, then went to the post office. Stopped at the church briefly, went to Richdales for yogurt, then came home in time for Bonnie to leave for work. I had my lunch, then after 1 o’clock finally got to my reading. Didn’t make much progress at first—Debbie napped in mid-afternoon. I called Paul Kenyon at the Gloucester Daily Times re: an editorial on behalf of the drug program; he informed me of Robert Carter’s death—a man in the play reading group. I worked on reading until late afternoon—then worked on supper. We ate about 6:00; watched CBS news. Tonight Bonnie went to the Community Chorus Rehearsal—I kept to the reading—still in von Rad—very good book—but slow going. Debbie went down for the night about 9:00. When Bonnie got home about 9:45 we had a snack together, then read further until about 11:15. Bathed, read further in von Rad, OBLO, 12:38.

Tuesday, 7 July 1970

[Top panel: Life Art Book came—World of Bernini]

Up about 8:45. Had breakfast; then we all went to Mals in Gloucester—to get paint brushes, small ones for doing posters. Then we went to Bussey’s to pick up the copy of my doctrinal statement which I’d loaned them. We came back to Rockport, then I went to Hatfields to get poster paint; at the church I got set up for our making posters this evening. Came home—the house was full of kids, so I didn’t get much done—but I was rather weary anyway. It was almost noon, so I went about getting my lunch. When Bonnie left for work Debbie took a nap, so I had the afternoon to myself. I napped briefly, then got to reading von Rad. I finally finished reading it shortly before 5:00. Then I set about straightening up my study, which occupied me until supper time; we ate, watched CBS news. At 7:30 we went to the church; Jerry + Carol Lewis (+ Chris) joined us for making posters. At one point I made a quick trip to the Fisks to get my hammer. But we spent the evening making the banners. We made 2—3 X 8 feet. One on the theme, “Who is my neighbor?”—the other, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” We were finished about 10:30. Came to the house, had cake, then the Lewis left. We set a date for making two more. I took my bath; read in bed; LO, 11:45.

David’s Diary, July 7, 1970

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David’s Diary – May 21, 1970

Thursday, 21 May 1970

Today was a day for going to Boston. We got up about 8:15—ate breakfast, shaved, piled things into the car. We left Rockport shortly before 10:00. We stopped in Beverly to leave off the mimeograph machine to be serviced—went on into Boston—went to the Mass. Bible Society—Bonnie bought 30 copies of the TEV for the Sunday School. Then we went to BU—I tried to get my grades—but they aren’t out yet. Went to my mail box—found my course grade from seminar there: A- —I closed out my mail box. Went to the BU bookstore—bought the June Playboy. Then we went to Albee’s—arrived there about noon. We had lunch, sat around talking—Bryan got home from school, did his homework, then we went to a playground and let Debbie, Mark and Bryan let off steam. Late in the afternoon we went back to the apartment—fixed supper. Ned cooked hamburgers over charcoal. After supper Ned and I took Debbie and Mark to watch about a half hour of Bryan’s little league baseball game. Then we sat talking with Ned and Alice for about two hours—until 10:00—then we loaded up the car and came home—they gave us children’s books, plants, homed cooked foods. We got home about 11:30. Unloaded, watched some of Johnny Carson (Mayor Lindsay) OBLO c. 1:00 AM.

Friday, 22 May 1970

Was up early—shortly after 8:00. Bonnie was dressing when the phone rang—so I had to get out of bed to talk. Then I sat in a dull stupor for a while. Then had breakfast and shaved; I went to the P.O. to mail Walter Aufrecht’s books back to him, changed the wayside pulpit. When I got home Bonnie went to work in the garden. I find it difficult to be creative in the morning, so it was not surprising that I couldn’t push myself to work on my doctrinal statement. I read some articles, puttered at my desk. When Bonnie got home she tended to Debbie’s lunch. I had my lunch after Bonnie had left for work, and Debbie was down for a nap. My main concern for the afternoon was the doctrinal statement. And I was able to make progress on it—with a few breaks in the afternoon, e.g., to water the strawberry patch. Late in the afternoon I put supper in the oven—so that we could eat slightly early. We ate about 6:15 watched CBS news. After 7:00 we went over to see the Bussey’s. They showed us their vacation slides of the South West—we then had dessert. We came home about 10:45. I worked on my doctrinal statement. Bathed after midnight; more work on [arrow pointing to “my doctrinal statement” on the line above]; OBLO, 12:51.

Saturday, 23 May 1970

Up about 9:30. Had breakfast. Bonnie left to go to Beverly to pick up the mimeograph machine. I stayed at home to work on my doctrinal statement. With the morning’s work on it I was nearing the end. I took time in the morning to go through the mail and read the newspaper when it came. Bonnie didn’t get home til late—about 12:30—she’d had other errands to do. As soon as she got home I went up to see the Hannibals. I got back home about 1:30. We ate lunch, then went to the garden. Worked from 2:00–4:30. Bonnie worked in the squash and cucumber patch. I put out the row of Italian green beans, which involved putting in stakes. Debbie was well entertained by the neighborhood kids. When we got home Bonnie was exhausted, and sacked out. I had the energy to work on supper—so I did this. I woke her up about 6:30. We ate, watched NBC news. Then I set about doing the bulletins. It was marvelous to be doing them on a repaired machine that works so well. When I got them done I worked on the service, then practiced the sermon—it’s the one I wrote for ordination and have yet to put in final form and send in. Did Sunday School lesson, bathed about 11:00; OBLO, c. 11:40.  Θ+

Sunday, 24 May 1970

Up about 8:30. Shaved, had breakfast, prepared to meet my class. Both Karen and Billy showed up. We broke up about 10:30. I went to the church; preached the sermon that I wrote for ordination—on the role of the clergyman. Home by 12:30. Had lunch—then in the afternoon did a variety of things. First of all I worked out several different pulpit exchange schedules for Jim, George and myself. I worked the soil in the strawberry patch and watered it, then in the latter part of the afternoon I worked on producing a first draft typed copy of my doctrinal statement. Got about six pages typed, then I left for the church—got there about 5:40. Dr. Beck drove up just about 6:00. The turnout for Methodist men was not spectacular—it’s a good thing we invited the ladies to come—or the crowd would have been very slim. I had a chance to chat with Beck—we walked together down to St. Mary’s and back—talked about theology—he’s to let me know if he can be at my ordination. We had some hymn-singing after the supper—then I introduced Dr. Beck. He spoke very eloquently about the mid-East crisis; by about 9:30 all was over—we went to Patriquins for Drue’s birthday party—came home about 11:00; very weary; OBLO 11:20.

David’s Diary, May 24, 1970

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David’s Diary – January 8, 1970

Thursday, 8 January 1970

We stayed in bed rather late; Θ before getting up. I got up about 9:45—the first thing I did—even before breakfast, was level the new refrigerator so that the doors close automatically. After breakfast I re-arranged the front bedroom to make room for Debbie’s gym. The morning was rather short since we got up so late, but I did some desk work (.e.g figured out the phone bill for Bonnie, ordered a saw from Sears in Boston). We had a late lunch; I helped William Sesto get his car started—i.e., he used my battery with jumper-cables. I got a HAIRCUT from Bonnie, then shaved. Went down to the P.O. and church, changed the wayside pulpit; then went to visit Lucy Patience. Was there with her for about hour and a half. Came home, relaxed with paper, tended to more desk work (Bonnie was napping)  Then I started working on supper about 6:30, watched CBS news. Roger Smith called—gave me the financial report—indicated that there could be no raise in salary—hardly a surprise. The evening was spent at desk work, telephoning, playing with Debbie, and repairing my briefcase—trying to reattach one end of the handle. By the end of the evening I had accomplished several things I’d been wanting to do for a while—my desk is relatively clean. Bathed. Off to bed, lights out, about 1:00 AM.

Friday, 9 January 1970

Up about 9:00. Finished fixing briefcase. Had breakfast, shaved, and went to Dr. Clapp’s office—got my new glasses. Came home, prepared to leave for BU. Caught the 11:15 train; read some New Republic articles on the way in. Bought the January Playboy at N. Station. Went directly to Sears, picked up the sabre saw, then went to BU. Had lunch in Oxnam lounge. Then went about registration procedures. Picked up the materials; had a 2:30 appointment with Dr. Beck; saw him about 2:50. We had a chance to chat about several things; I arranged for him to come to speak to Methodist Men in May. After seeing him I completed registering; then caught the trolley. Was able to make the 4:55 train. Read Playboy on the way home; looked over my sabre saw. Got home about six; looked through two boxes of slides which came in the mail. We put them on the scene briefly before CBS news. Supper wasn’t ready—at 7:30 I went to Home Ornes for a finance committee meeting; I got a small raise: $90; the church is in a tight situation; conference claims are up and the side of the church needs painting. Got home about 9:30. Had supper, looked over saw, did some cutting; Bonnie + I bathed together, OBLO Θ by 12:00.

Saturday, 10 January 1970

We were surprised to find ourselves still in bed at 9:45. I got up immediately, had breakfast, then got to work on my sermon—did some phoning. Interrupted by Ed Nutting, [1] who brought over some bulletin inserts—then the mail man arrived, and I looked through Life magazine. Then it was back to the sermon while Bonnie went shopping. Shaved. I went ahead and had lunch when Bonnie didn’t get back—and prepared to set out on calling when she returned, which I did. Went to see the Hannibals, then to Hazle Lord—Barbara was taken ill to the hospital last night; then I went to see Esther Longley. Got home about 5:00 and set to work on the bulletins. I got the stencil prepared, but then had to drop everything to get ready to go to Lewis—due there at 6:30. We had supper with them (Debbie went along), and had a pleasant evening visiting and getting to know them; then we got ready to go about 10:30. When I got home I ran off the bulletins, then got to work on the sermon again—finished about 1:20—stopped to write this; then worked on the service; didn’t bother to bathe; OBLO, 2:10.

Sunday, 11 January 1970

Got up about 8:30—felt my lack of sleep. Small breakfast, practiced sermon, shaved; Billy Elwell again was my only pupil. We read Genesis 27. I left for the church about 10:35. Only about 30 in church; I preached on “Treasures in Earthen Vessels” (or: “What Is Prophecy?”). After we got home and had lunch—shortly after one Jerry and Carol Lewis dropped by—Jerry and I went to their home to get the youth bed which they are loaning to us. We got it all set up in Debbie’s room. After they had gone, we put Debbie down for a nap in her new bed, and settled down for naps ourselves—but she fell out of bed, cut her lip and was pretty upset. I got an ice cube for her to suck on. At 3:30 I had a steering-committee meeting for Joint Youth. This lasted til 5:30. When I came home found the neighbors here watching TV football. After they left we had supper. Then I went over to Addison Gilbert hospital to see Barbara Lord. As soon as I got back, shortly after 8:00 we went down to the Patriquins—showed them our latest two batches of slides—had “mug-up”—relaxed and visited. Came home after all—very tired—bathed. Off to bed, lights out 12:10.

Monday, 12 January 1970

Up at 9:00. Had very little to eat and got to work—a great deal of desk work to get done today. One of my main concerns was to get the C.A.M.P. [2] questionnaire under way. Also, late in the morning (11:30) I went over to see Cathy Arvilla about helping with the Joint Youth Group for $15 per week. Then I went to Gloucester to buy 1.6¢ envelopes for the C.A.M.P. mailing—got cash from Homer Orne. Was back home by 12:30—Bonnie went to work. I had my lunch, then spent the afternoon at my desk. Debbie played by herself then napped. About mid-afternoon I popped 3 batches of popcorn—for the birds. I took one photo through the front window. Late in the afternoon I began work on a stencil. When Bonnie got home about 5:30 I went to Gloucester to take the envelopes to Mrs. Rust (Riverdale). She will address the Riverdale mailing. Then I came home, had supper; watched CBS news. At 7:45 I picked up Virginia Bate. She sat with Debbie while we went to the “splash” part[y] at the Tuchs. We had to pay—fund raising for the community chorus. We got there about 8:30. Didn’t swim for more than an hour—but it was fun. Bonnie did wrench her back however. After swimming there was eating + visiting; home by 10:30; took Virginia home; home again—B + I bathed together, OBLO 11:35.


[1] Nutting was pastor of the Congregational Church.

[2] Cape Ann Methodist Parish

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Extra! Extra!

My friend Dan was very busy this weekend; he finished editing his brand new show Discovering Your Past. The show is all ready and it premiered this morning on YouTube. He conducted an interview with me for the first half of the show, and then I sent him out on a genealogy treasure hunt. Each episode of the show will be about 30 minutes long. In each episode, he will discuss different research problems and our adventures trying to find answers.

So sit back and enjoy the first episode!