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David’s Diary – 2 April 1971

Friday, 2 April 1971

Up about 8:30—after Θ. Shaved, had breakfast. Had several phone calls to make, then went off to St. Mary’s—got there about 9:30. My main concern for the morning was the sermon—and by the time I left for the morning I had the rough draft done. During a break I walked over to the Congregational church to borrow 2 reams of paper. About 11:15 Bonnie came by St. Mary’s with Debbie. She had been to the Congregational church to meet Nancy Bonne, but had found the place locked. So she came by St. Mary’s. We had a nice chat with Dick Bamforth and his wife. Home about noon; Debbie played outside while lunch was being fixed. After we ate, and after Bonnie had left for work, Debbie and I wandered around the yard for a few minutes, then she was willing to take her nap. I rested a while, read some in Life magazine—then turned to the sermon—wrote the final draft. Then without too much enthusiasm or energy turned to reading in Noth—and continued with this until I began preparing supper—allowed Debbie to come downstairs. We ate as soon as Bonnie got home. At 6:30 we took Debbie over to Carol Lewis—then went to Gloucester to see Little Big Man—a very good film—but how ghastly a chapter in American history. The slaughter of the Indians reminded me so much of our present conduct in Vietnam—and at one point I wanted to say outloud in the theatre: “We’re doing this right now in Vietnam folks!” We got to Lewis’ about 9:30—Jerry arrived from New Haven at just the same time! Came home after tea about 10:30—relaxed bathed. OBLO 11:53.

Saturday, 3 April 1971

Up by about 9:30—shaved, had breakfast. My morning was spent at my desk—I was rather lethargic. I made some head-way in the mountain of papers on my desk. Late in the morning I went to Mrs. Cooney’s to pick up some grape juice for taking communion to shut ins. Also went down to Richdales for bread. About 1 o’clock we got up the ambition to fix lunch. About 2 o’clock I started my afternoon’s calling—went first to see Ethel Leary—took her communion. She’s a hard-boiled, sharp-tongued old lady—very poor eyesight—she gets out for many things—but not for church, but probably understandably. So she doesn’t get to communion. About 2:50 I got to Hiltons, gave them communion also—and played Bishop Mathews sermon for them (sermon first)—and shared a dish of ice cream with them at their invitation. Got home about 4:00, then Bonnie, Debbie and I went shopping—went to Mals first of all—saw the free color photos of Debbie which we’ll be getting—very good ones. Got overalls, thermal undershirt (garden wear), and several other items (23 skeins of yarn!). Got home about 6:00—hurriedly fixed supper, since Bonnie had chorus rehearsal; she left shortly after 7:00—played with Debbie for a while, put her to bed—spent the evening preparing tomorrow’s service, practicing sermon. Using the long communion service for the first time. After Bonnie got home, about 10:00 went down to the church to check on how the band left it. Made 5-cup salad [1] after getting home; relaxed, bathed OBLO  c. 11:45  Θ

Sunday, 4 April 1971

Up a few minutes after 8:00. Shaved, had breakfast—my class arrived a few minutes before 9:30. We listened to sides 3 and 4 of Jesus Christ Superstar. Got to the church about 10:40. Had almost 40—communion Sunday. Alice Marr was in a very good mood; she complimented me on the service and on the sermon. We got along well in planning for the Wed evening program—i.e., her presentation of the Oberammergau [2] slides. We didn’t get home til about 12:45. Had lunch, then collapsed. We had planned—since the weather was warm (55°) and sunny—to put the swing set together—but we slept—brief naps turned out to be much longer. About 4:15 I began to stir—but not very much. I tried to get some reading done, but without too much luck. After supper I turned to desk worked—and sorting trash—i.e., deciding what could be placed in the paper recycling box—many things had been tossed into my waste basket which didn’t belong there. Bonnie and Debbie were with me in my study as I was doing this. About 7:30 Bonnie left for Chorus, and by about 8:00 I put Debbie to bed. Then I went back to work in my study. Drafted my Easter letter to the congregation—did a lot of mimeographing of Parish news papers. Snacked. When Bonnie got home I typed stencil for Easter letter, ran it off. Then folded, stuffed etc. Listened to the Fritz Wunderlich record—what a marvelous voice. Bathed about midnight. OBLO 12:25

[1] http://allrecipes.com/recipe/230038/5-cup-salad/ I definitely remember this as a staple from my childhood!

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

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David’s Diary – 30 March 1971

Tuesday, 30 March 1971

Up about 7:45. Shaved (2 days worth), had breakfast. Left the house about 8:35, went to the Post Office to mail letters to Mrs. Myers and folks. Then to St. Mary’s. Attended morning prayer 8:45–9:00. Talked briefly with Dick Bamforth about the youth hostel program our conference is trying to launch. He seemed interested. Then I went over to see Ed Nutting about the same matter—he seemed much more skeptical and cautious—but open-minded. I was back to St. Mary’s studying by 10:00. I stuck to the books til about 12:10—i.e. one book: started Martin Noth’s History of Israel. Turned on the heat at the church before coming home; had lunch. Bonnie left for work, Debbie went to her room, and was very shortly asleep. My afternoon was spent: reading further in Noth, napping briefly, reading the COCU assignment for tonight. Put a meatloaf in the oven about 4:30—was reading in Noth when Bonnie got home early about 4:50. Fixed supper. Finished about 6:00—read for about 20 minutes or so before CBS news. 7:30–9:30  the COCU group met—it was the last meeting. There is no great enthusiasm for COCU—not any great hostility either with most people. Rather skeptical for the most part—but there is an eagerness to pursue ecumenical affairs here on the local level. When the group had adjourned, Bonnie + I played with Debbie for a while. Then snacked read in Noth. About 11:00 I remembered that I hadn’t turned off the church—so I went to the church—almost had an encounter with a skunk! Bathed when returned home. OBLO c. 12:15  Θ

Wednesday, 31 March 1971

Up shortly before 8:00. Shaved, had breakfast. Got to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer. Got almost 40 pp. read before stopping about 12:30. Came home—after turning on the heat at our church—had lunch. Relaxed—read I.F. Stone’s Bi-Weekly—he carried Nixon’s absurd statement that he rates himself “a deeply committed pacifist!” Then turned to Newsweek—I really wanted to nap, but there were too many interesting things in the magazine. Carol Lewis arrived—with Chris. She and Bonnie had arranged to get together to go for a walk. About 3:00 I went out calling. Went to see Mr. O’Reilly—then went to see the Hiltons. He is in his mid-80’s, has a heart condition, and his recovery is very slow. He welcomed the idea of me bringing him communion—also told him I’d bring the tape of Bishop Mathews’ sermon. On my way home after this visit I stopped at the church and turned the heat off. When I got here, Carol was just leaving. After she’d gone we fixed supper—and were through with it by about 5:50. I went upstairs and lay down—read again—but tried to nap—unsuccessfully until 6:30. Watched CBS news, etc. Played with Debbie very briefly before putting her down for the night. Made a batch of tapioca, worked with the plants in the fish tank, tried to read in Noth—but too weary—wasn’t doing justice to the material. Took a long leisurely bath. Didn’t move at a very fast pace. OBLO  c. 11:15.

Thursday, 1 April 1971

Up about 8:00. Shaved, had breakfast, got to St. Mary’s about 9:10. Conferred with Dick Bamforth on a number of things. Didn’t get to studying until about 9:45. Read in Noth. I quit shortly before noon. Turned on the heat at the church on my way home. Walked in the door just at noon. We had lunch. Shortly before 1 o’clock we all got in the car to go on a shopping trip. We went down to Ann + Hope—first to Lechmere however. There I bought Judy Collins’ album, Whales + Nightingales and the In Memoriam Fritz Wunderlich album. [1] We went down to Ann + Hope; there we got many items—including Simon and Garfunkel album, Bridge Over Troubled Waters—and items ranging from carbon paper to cow manure. Also bought a swing set for Debbie ($25), which we brought home on top of the car. We got home shortly before 4:00—immediately I started putting supper together. Carol Lewis came over with Chris—Jerry is in New Haven on assignment with Fisks. [2] We had supper together about 6:00. Then watched TV together—one moment of excitement and alarm when Chris fell out of the porta-crib on his head. But he was behaving very normally within a few minutes after the crying died down. Carol left about 7:30—Bonnie went to a Sunday School teacher meeting at Nancy Bonne’s house. I listened to new records, put Debbie to bed, watched Ironside—very fatigued. I listened again to the Wunderlich record. When Bonnie got home after 10:00 I went to the church to turn off the heat; home again, relaxed, tried to get sermon topic. OBLO c. midnight.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Wunderlich

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._B._Fisk

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David’s Diary – 27 March 1971

Saturday, 27 March 1971

Up shortly after 9:00—Θ w/o. Shaved, had breakfast. I had recalled last night while falling asleep that I hadn’t written to David Watson in ages. So that was the first order of business. Also made up a quick order to Whittmores for envelopes. Late in the morning I left the house. I went to Ornes to get a check for the Whittmore letter. Then to the Post Office—mailed the letter to David Watson (75¢) + to Whittmores. From there I went to Gloucester—to Mals. I wanted to get Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Waters—but couldn’t find a copy that said stereo. I got a frame for my great grandfathers picture. Got some groceries at Stop + Shop, then headed home about 12:30. One of the highlights of the noon hour was Debbie breaking a dozen eggs that I’d brought home—all were salvaged. My afternoon was spent calling. First of all, about 2:15 I went to see the Hannibals, whom I hadn’t seen since March 6th. About 3:15 I went to see Lucy Patience—I took communion to her. I had planned to make a couple of other calls, but I dropped these, came home about 4:45. Helped fix supper. After eating I looked through several back issues of Playboy, looking for a review of some rock music—but with no success. Then turned to completing my final copy of the sermon—also prepared the service. Went down to the church to check that the boys had left the place in order; home again; listened to records; practiced sermon. Bathed, listened to radio  OBLO 12:07  Θ.

Sunday, 28 March 1971

Up shortly after 8:00—shaved, had breakfast, practiced most of my sermon before my class arrived. We heard more of Jesus Christ Superstar—got to the half-way point. Went to the church about 10:40. Average sided congregation; I preached on the meaning of the phrase, “Back to God.” Didn’t get home til late—about 12:45. Fixed lunch, then after eating napped. Bonnie was especially exhausted, and Debbie was so tired she actually asked to go to bed. I napped until about 2:30—at which time I had to get up to go to a meeting = C.A.M.P. at Wesley. I picked up Gladys Haskell on the way. Didn’t get home til about 5:00. Bonnie was in a lot of pain—as it turns out it was largely gas pains. We’ve been having baked beans for the last few days, and they’ve been causing trouble to all of us! About 6:00 or so I went down to Richdales for ice-cream for Bonnie. We ate when I got home—Bonnie’s condition improved. In the evening she went down to Patriquins so that Drue could give her a haircut. I stayed home with Debbie—I wrote a letter to Gary Myers—sent him some photos of Debbie. Wrote my Eagle article—and got some reading done. Not much, but some. Heard on the news that Mike Mansfield [1] sees Muskie losing some ground to McGovern—I hope so—Muskie isn’t that bad—but McGovern is great. This evening I transferred 14 baby guppies to B tank—so there are now 21 guppies in that tank; had snack when Bonnie got home; bathed c. 11:45   OBLO  12:20.

Monday, 29 March 1971

Up about 8:30 or so after Θ. Behind schedule, so I didn’t bother to shaved, had breakfast. First went to the Post Office to mail the letter to Gary Myers, then stopped at the church to change the wayside pulpit. Arrived at St. Mary’s about 9:45. No one there at all—so I studied in peace. Dick Bamforth dropped in briefly about 11:15 and we chatted. I arrived at my stopping point about 11:30. Came home; letter from mother which I read, then went to the Eagle office with the church news, which I’d written last night. Home about noon. We had lunch. Debbie slept through lunch. After Bonnie left for work I continued with my reading. When Debbie woke up about 3:00 I gave her a snack. But she was content to play in her room, so I continued with my reading—and began preparations for supper on toward 5 o’clock. We ate shortly after Bonnie got home. From 6:00–6:30 I did more reading. During CBS news and What’s My Line I clipped articles from old New Republics—Lt Calley [2] found guilt today—what a sideshow, a farce—thousands of U.S. servicemen are just as guilty as Calley—and just where is the dividing line between guilt and innocence. The taxpayers buy the weapons; the voters approve of LBJ or Nixon, who set the hideous policy—Nixon is just as much a war criminal as Calley. About 7:15 Bonnie left for Chorus rehearsal. Early in the evening I wrote to Mrs. Myers/copy for my folks; Debbie went to bed about 8:00; I spent the evening reading—finally finished Bright, History of Israel, relaxed, snacked, bathed  OBLO  c. 12:15.


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Mansfield

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

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David’s Diary – 24 March 1971

Wednesday, 24 March 1971

[photos at Virginia Bate’s birthday party]

Up about 8:00; shaved, had a hearty breakfast. Today was devoted to studying—and a little fun. I went to St. Mary’s to study. Got there about 9:10—left about 12:20—and got a lot accomplished, about 40 pp. in Bright. I turned on the heat for the rock group on my way home. Had lunch—glanced through Newsweek while it was being prepared. After eating I frosted the cake which Bonnie had made this morning—for Virginia Bate’s birthday party. About 1:45 I got back to reading. About 2:30–3:00 I napped. This refreshed me and I went back to reading—I kept at it til about 4:40 when we got ready to go to Virginia’s apartment. When we got in the hallway outside her apartment I lit the candles on the cake, then when she opened the door, the three of us went parading in, singing Happy Birthday. Most of the other invited guests were there too already, so they joined in. There were 8 of us altogether—we had supper and cake—and a good time. Virginia was genuinely surprised. And we all got a wonderful present while gathered there: Virginia got a phone call from a friend with the news that the Senate had voted down further funding of the SST by 51 to 46! Most of the guests (3) left before dark, but we stayed through CBS news. Came home, watched TV. 8:30 I went to the church to turn off the heat. Came home, read in Bright while Bonnie watched TV. Made very good progress today reading. Bathed about 11:15. Read more. OBLO  c. 12:20.

Thursday, 25 March 1971

Up shortly after 8:00. Had breakfast after shaving—prepared immediately to go to St. Mary’s. Got there about 9:15. Chatted briefly with Dick Bamforth [1] before beginning and during a study break. By the time I came home for lunch about 12:30 I had made decent progress. Dick Bamford handed me his recent letter from Alan Federick. I brought it home—read it to Bonnie during lunch. In the morning Bonnie had given Debbie a haircut, in preparation for having her picture taken at Mals this afternoon. After eating, I lay down for a nap—until about 2:00. Then I read briefly while Bonnie went for milk—when she returned I left for St. Mary’s again. Except for one break (strolled up to our church to confer with the rock group, but they weren’t there) I stuck to the reading until about 5:30. Came home, helped fix supper. After eating relaxed with CBS news, What’s My Line. Then returned to reading—I had planned to take a break to watch Ironside, but it wasn’t on tonight due to a ballgame—so I read all evening until about 10:15. Am compiling a list of  “most admired Americans”—the 10 most admired in the US today seem to be most well-known i.e., Nixon, Agnew, Billy Graham. But my list includes I.F. Stone, Ramsey Clark; David Harris (husband of Joan Baez), [2] Ralph Nader, Walter Cronkite, Jesse Jackson—not necessarily in that order. Bathed before 11:00. Relaxed, read; OBLO  c. 11:50.

Friday, 26 March 1971

Up shortly before 8:00. Shaved, had breakfast. I got to St. Mary’s by 8:45, joined with Dick Bamforth in morning prayer—he said that he usually was joined by someone—although no one came this morning beside myself. When this was over I retired to my little nook downstairs. I devoted my morning to writing the sermon. And by the time I had to leave for home shortly before noon, I finished. Lunch was on the table when I got home. After Bonnie left for work, I fixed the door in Debbie’s room—i.e., I put the strip along the bottom to prevent air-flow between her room and the back room—since the back room isn’t heated. Shortly thereafter Debbie settled down for her nap. I relaxed—I was pretty bushed. I looked through Life magazine, read the article on Walter Cronkite—then tried to nap. About 3 o’clock Margaret Reilly was knocking at the door. She didn’t stay, she just wanted to pick up Alan Federicks letter which she’d left for me to read; Fred was with her. I then got to work, writing the final form of my sermon. I didn’t get it all done by suppertime. Bonnie got home early, and we debated about what exciting thing we could do for the evening—but there were no good films. So after supper and CBS news etc, she read; I went downstairs and listened to the first two sides of Mozart’s Magic Flute—with the headphones. Then bathed; 9:30–10:00 watched The Odd Couple—then Θ+ —happy days are here again—Bonnie’s infection past. LO c. 10:30.

[1] https://obittree.com/obituary/us/maine/augusta/plummer-funeral-home/rev-richard-bamforth/2816028/  Turns out that Rev. Bamforth survived until 2017.

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Baez  Her relationship with David Harris, including marriage and divorce, is mentioned in this article.

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David’s Diary – 21 March 1971

Sunday, 21 March 1971

Up about 8:30. Shaved, had breakfast, greeted my class at 9:30. We got to Jesus Christ Superstar this morning, i.e., part of side one. Got to the church about 10:40. This morning I tried something new—lead the first part of the service from the middle aisle; preached on The Servant Church—mentioned the rock group practicing in our church—and some of them even turned out to church!—I had to depart from my prepared text to avoid embarrassing them. Got home about 12:30. I relaxed while Bonnie fixed lunch—after eating I had to leave for a meeting—at 1:30 had to be at St. Mary’s for JYF steering committee meeting. I left before it was over—about 2:45 to get to the Den-Mar. Picked up Kay, Winnie, Vicky, then went to the nursing home. Saw Esther Longley briefly before the service began. Then when the service was over—about 3:35 came right home. Kay took Debbie, and Bonnie and I went to the Congregational church for a program of brass instruments, 16th–17th century. We met the Fisks as we [were] going, so we sat with them. It was an opportunity for nice chat with Ann. The program was late starting—so we didn’t get out til shortly after 5:30. We picked up Debbie at Patriquins, then came home—exhausted. We prepared supper—but I didn’t have energy for anything afterwards. Til about 8:00 we were in bed—but not napping. I made a trip to the church to check if everything was in order for tomorrows WSCS meeting (i.e. band instruments out of the way)—read for a while when I got home; we bathed together about 10:00. OBLO, c. 10:35.

Monday, 22 March 1971

Up about 9:00. After breakfast I got to work reading in John Bright’s History of Israel. The main thing on Bonnie’s agenda for the morning was to take Sully to the vet. He has been urinating and having movements various places in the house—and obviously is having difficulty doing it—i.e., his behavior is quite abnormal. So she took him in—and the verdict was cystitis—he got two shots and has to have pills. I read while Bonnie was gone—and while Debbie was tied up with Sesame Street. Long letter from my mother—Lea is planning to come out to help when the baby arrives. We had lunch during the noon hour. Margaret Reilly arrived on foot to be given a lift to the hospital where she does volunteer work. Debbie napped most of the after[noon], and I read in Bright—although there was one major interruption—a young man called here, wanting money—a story about a lost wallet. I sent him to Rev. Bamforth who has a discretionary fund. And I let Bamforth be the judge as to whether it was a legitimate case or not. I was in the process of getting supper when Bonnie arrived home. After eating I helped with bathing Debbie—During CBS news, etc. I worked further on the window in Debbie’s room. We gave Sully his pills. Bonnie went to chorus rehearsal—I read in Bright after putting Debbie to bed—and after chatting on phone with Margaret about a letter she’d received from Alan several days ago; snack when Bonnie got home. Wrote to Mrs. Myers (carbon to folks) bathed; read OBLO 12:50.

Tuesday, 23 March 1971

[First day to study at St. Mary’s]

Up about 8:00; shaved, 2 days worth. Had a glass of juice, but had to get down to the church about 8:45 to show off the banners: i.e., the 4th grade from the Tarr school (there were 28 youngsters), for their art class. This took only a few minutes. About 9:00 I walked down to St. Mary’s. I had told Dick Bamforth a long time ago I might want to study there sometime—and so I went specifically to find out about that. He had a nice cozy little place to offer me. I came home, had breakfast. But Bonnie wanted to go to the Building Center, so I was delayed in my departure. And even after she got home there were several delays—so I didn’t get to St. Mary’s until about 10:45. I read til about 12:10. Stopped at our church on the way home to turn on the heat for the rock group. Had lunch when I got home. In the afternoon, after Bonnie left for work, Debbie napped most of the time. I read the C.O.C.U. assignment for tonight, also I. F. Stone’s BiWeekly which arrived in the mail this morning. But I also napped a while. But most of the afternoon was devoted to Bright’s History of Israel. I didn’t start supper til Bonnie got home, because she brought the meat. During CBS news I clipped old New Republic articles. The C.O.C.U. group met 7:30-9:00—after the[y] left I set up the recorder by the TV. Read for a while, then 10:00–11:00 taped CBS documentary rebroadcast, The Selling of the Pentagon—ran out of tape, so couldn’t record Laird, Atair [???] or Agnew—too bad! Watched news (part), snacked, read Bright briefly. No bath OBLO  c. 12:35.

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David’s Diary – 18 March 1971

Thursday, 18 March 1971

Waking up between 9:00 and 9:30. Phone got me up at 9:00, but I wasn’t ready to get up—I sat up in bed finally and read for a while. Then about 10:00 I went downstairs, got something to eat, then returned to reading. I got to the stopping point that I had intended in Milik’s book. About 10:30 I turned my thoughts to the window again. I went to the Building Center for the necessary wood pieces, also bought a window catch. Came home, worked on this. But about 12:00 I cleaned up the mess and fixed myself some lunch. Then tried to relax. Shortly before 1:00 I shaved, then prepared to leave for the Congregational church. Stopped by our church first to turn on the heat, then to the Cong. Church. I spoke to the women’s group—gave my slide-lecture on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Generally favorable response. Got home about 4:00—very weary. I just got all stretched out for a nap when Bonnie and Debbie got home from Avon. They had all sorts of interesting items purchased on shopping sprees. The most important of which was a tricycle—which I put together immediately. Then relaxed with the paper for a while before beginning supper. After supper I went to the church to turn off the heat. Came home, watch CBS news. I had planned to work on the sermon tonight, but I was utterly exhausted—so just vegetated in front of the TV—Flip Wilson, Ironside—after which I took my time reading and getting a bath. Read briefly  OBLO  11 o’clock.

Friday, 19 March 1971

Up about 9:15. My main concentration today was on the sermon. After eating, about 10 o’clock, I got to work on it. I had made a good start by noon, in fact about half way done. About 11:30 I let Debbie play out in the driveway on her tricycle. We ate shortly after noon, then I went down to the church to change the wayside pulpit—i.e. put up my sermon title—I’d taken the letters off a couple of days ago. After I got home Bonnie left for work, Debbie retired to her room for playing and napping—mostly napping. I made good progress on the sermon. Finished with the rough draft by about 3:00. I made a selection of records (5) from Pub. Central Bureau catalogue. The latter part of the afternoon was spent writing out the final draft of the sermon. When I stopped to work on supper I was a little over half-way done. Bonnie got home, we ate. Between 6:00–6:30 I went to see Virginia and Aimee briefly (Aimee hasn’t been very well lately), stopped at the P.O. with my record order. Went to Richdales for milk, picked up a copy of Playboy at Cooney’s market. Home by 6:30. About 6:45 the Lewis’ arrived with Chris—we kept him while they went to an organ concert. After CBS news, etc, I looked through Playboy, then returned to working on the sermon. 9:30–10:00 watched The Odd Couple. Then baked a cake and did further work on the service. Jerry + Carol got here about 12:30. We chatted for a while before they departed. I bathed; OBLO c. 1:25.

Saturday, 20 March 1971

Hard time getting up this morning—didn’t make it up til about 9:30. Shaved the first thing—two days worth. Had breakfast. After looking through the paper, I went to the church—to check on how the boys left the place—went then to Tucks pharmacy to buy a new jack piece for the headphones. Was home again about 11:30. Shortly thereafter the Sestos arrived. We visited, had lunch, listened to records—mainly Jesus Christ Superstar. About 2 o’clock I took the tape recorder down to Virginia and Aimee, along with the tape of Bishop Mathew’s sermon. I left it with them. I then went to the leather shop on dock square and purchased some houseshoes or slipons—$11.00. Came home shortly before 3:00—then Bonnie and I left the Sestos and went to the garden meeting at Lewis’—we came home about 4:30. Just relaxed with them for a while, then we had supper about 6:00. Debbie and Ezra bathed together—one moment of excitement when Esten fell into the tub with them! After supper and baths were all taken care of, we viewed 4 boxes of slides. Then the Sestos prepared to return to Brookline. They left here about 8:30. I then went to Virginia’s and Aimee’s to pick up the tape recorder. From there to see Jerry Lewis. He repaired the jack piece on the headphones for me—stopped briefly at the church, then came home; worked on details relating to tomorrow—a busy day coming up. Today was rather hectic with 3 kids underfoot. Bathed—read sermon.  OBLO c. 11:53.

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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

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David’s Diary – 12 March 1971

Friday, 12 March 1971

Up at 9:00. Shaved—2 days worth. Ate breakfast. I worked briefly on the order of worship to be used Sunday. Then before 10:30 I went down to the church. I knew that the heat would be on—for Lois Clapp to practice, and I wanted to get the banners tied—they are on the wires with hooks—just setting on the wires really, and if someone brushes against a banner, one hook can come loose, so the banner swings, hanging at an angle on one hook only—very unsightly. So I tied up all the hooks to the wires. Also got out a lot of old hymn books, dusted them off—placed them in the pews along with the new ones. I got home shortly before lunch, looked through the mail until lunch time. We ate, Bonnie left for work about the usual time. I measured the window in Debbie’s room, which is an advanced stage of disintegration, and ordered a new one by phone from the Building Center. For most of the afternoon I read and baked—i.e., another chocolate cake. Also late in the afternoon began preparing a pizza for supper. We ate as soon as Bonnie got home about 5:30. Relaxed with the paper. Worked more on the order of worship. Watched CBS news, etc. I had intended to mimeo the bulletin stencil, but decided instead to read in Albright, which I did. Took time out 9:30–10 to snack and watch The Odd Couple—an especially funny episode tonight—what a great show that is; Tony Randall [1] is a great actor. Back to reading. Bathed about 11:30. Read—OB; LO 12:30.

Saturday, 13 March 1971

[Top panel: photos of Debbie (black + white) in her room]

Up shortly after 9:00. Shaved, had breakfast. The preparation of the bulletin for tomorrow morning proved to be very time consuming. Very slow going because I departed from the normal ritual—and quite a few things had to be put into the bulletin itself—affirmation, confession, responsive scripture. I had the stencils ready by lunch time. After eating Bonnie went off shopping—to Gloucester to get a turkey for Sunday. I ran the bulletins on one side, then washed the kitchen and bathroom floors—too strenuous for Bonnie. Got phone call from Bishop Mathews—confirming his visit tomorrow, wanting to know driving time, location, etc. After Bonnie returned I finished the bulletins. I went down to Tuck’s pharmacy to buy recording tape, dropped in to Ed Nutting’s office to fold the bulletins on his folding machine—then to the church. I spent some time setting up the tape recorder and getting details tended to. Came home, fairly pooped. Bonnie was putting a casserole together for supper. 5:00–6:00 we tried to get some rest. About 6:00 we had supper. Bonnie spent the evening house cleaning after getting Debbie to bed. We played with her for a while—I took some photos, so that we could get some color film into the camera for tomorrow. I spent the evening working in my study: cleaning up my desk—restoring order all over the room, also prepared the service for tomorrow. Late in the evening relaxed, listened to radio, bathed  OBLO 12:35.

Sunday. 14 March 1971

[Top panel: several photos, color, wayside pulpit, Bishop Mathews, etc.]

Up about 8:15. Had breakfast, shaved, was busy with details, final preparations etc. Went to the church about 10 o’clock. Choir rehearsed in the few minutes before the service. Bishop and Mrs. Mathews arrived about 10:20. It was a marvelous service. Over 200 in the congregation—what a long line of people to shake hands with—the response seemed to be overwhelmingly favorable—so the Joint Church Committee shall have to do some concrete planning in that direction. We were back to the house between 12:15 and 12:30. We rode up to the house with the Mathews. Shortly after we got here the Bamforths and Nuttings arrived. We had a big turkey dinner together—and a nice visit; the Bishop had warned that they couldn’t linger long—but they didn’t really rush off. It was a very enjoyable visit. But I do feel sorry for them—Both he and Mrs. Mathews seemed weary—the “bishop grind” must be frightful—always in demand, always on the go—they left about 2:00 I suppose—we took some photos. The Bamforths and Nuttings stayed until about 3:00. After they’d left I went to the church to get the recorder—the recording is pretty good. Came home, exhausted—but not able to rest. Picked the turkey clean. Relaxed, listened to radio and tape of the service. At 7:00 I went to the church—took the altar plant to the Ornes, visited with them. Home by about 8:20—we went to Patriquins—games and “mug-ups” until about 10:30. Came home, relaxed. Bathed, read briefly in Albright. OBLO, c. midnight.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Randall

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David’s Diary – 9 March 1971

Tuesday, 9 March 1971

Up at 9:00. Had breakfast, shaved. I was on the go for most of the morning. I went to the church to pick up the music for Lois Clapp to practice for Sunday. Then went to Ed Nutting’s office. Picked up the advert. he had made up for Bishop Mathews visit. Lois was at the organ, I gave her the music. After chatting with Ed for a while, I went to Gloucester. Went to the Gloucester Daily Times office—I arranged for the two adverts on Wed and Friday, also spoke to Peter Olson about getting an article about the Bishop, as well as pictorial coverage. Went on to Norman Office Supply, and from there to Mals and Stop + Shop. When I got back to Rockport I stopped at the church and changed the wayside pulpit—picked up some milk, arrived home about 12:15. Bonnie had lunch on the table. After eating, Bonnie left for work, Debbie and I played together briefly. I lay down briefly. Call from Bishop’s office, with the word that he and his wife will probably join us for lunch—also sermon title and scripture. I read the COCU paper for tonight. Also wrote my weekly letter to Mrs. Myers; then turned to reading in Albright’s FSATC. Getting into an interesting section, dealing with ancient man, stone age etc. I had supper ready when Bonnie got home. Relaxed with the paper after eating; watched CBS news, clipped more articles from Old New Republics. 7:30–9:30 C.O.C.U. meeting here—a good group. Mostly old people—but most of them open minded—I hope it rubs off on my members! Snacked, read; OT Ez 41  Luke 11; OBLO c. midnight  Θ

Wednesday, 10 March 1971

Up about 9:00. One of the first things to attend to was the heat—or rather, lack of it—at the church. Even before eating I went to the church, went to the basement to read the fuel gauge—it appeared to be empty. When I got home I called the Building Center—they said they’d look into it. Had breakfast. Later got a call from them; fuel had just been put in yesterday—so they’ll send a service man—within the hour. Bonnie went to Gloucester to pick up one month’s supply of surplus food; I shaved. Bonnie came home empty handed because distribution wasn’t to start til 1 o’clock. Just as we were finishing lunch, the service man arrived, and we went to the church. A minor fault in the thermostat which he corrected easily. I was able to devote part of my afternoon to reading in Albright. We fixed supper about 5:00 (Bonnie had succeeded in getting the food early in the afternoon), then prepared to leave. We left the house, all three of us, about 6:20. Drove to Lynn, to Don McGaw’s house. He had invited us to come hear his Lenten concert-vocal recital. We got to his place shortly after 7:00—sat around for a few minutes. He had arranged for a sitter to stay with Debbie—who arrived just as we did. The program at the church lasted from 8:00-8:45. But there was a sit-down reception following. We didn’t get back to Don’s house until about 10:15. We stayed for a while, relaxed, listened to a tape of the concert—part of it. Left about 11:30. Came home, went straight to bed. c. 12:30.

Thursday, 11 March 1971

Yesterday evening had been strenuous, so didn’t make it out of bed til about 9:30. Started bath water, and also started working on the letter to the congregation re: Bishop Mathews’ visit—it was all written, but I began typing the stencil. But I bathed, and then finished it. Also typed two stencils with facts on the Fund for Reconciliation—for both sides of one sheet. Didn’t finish all the mimeographing until about 12:30. Went to the church to turn on the heat for the rock group to practice. Came home, had lunch—Bonnie had to leave about 1:15 for her regular doctor appointment. I tended to getting Debbie away from the table and down for a nap. Then I sat at the dining room folding table, stuffing, sealing, stamping—getting the mailing ready to go out. When I finished that I read for a few minutes to relax, then went to the Post Office—and stopped in to the church briefly to look in on the group. Came home, got back to reading until about 5:00. Then began working on supper. We ate about 5:45 or 6:00. Read through the paper—Both in the Times and in the Eagle there was good coverage of the Bishop—both printed the pictures which I’d given them. Good articles too (I wrote the one in the Eagle!) watched CBS news, etc—did straightening on my desk while this was going on. Read until 8:30 when Ironside came on; watched it, snacked; then back to reading—all reading today has been in Albright FSATC. Read til about 11:15—in bed—LO c. 11:15 Θ.


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David’s Diary – 6 March 1971

Saturday, 6 March 1971

[Top panel: called Sesto]

A busy day—on the go—once I got started. Up about 9:30 after Θ (w/o o.) Shaved, had breakfast, went to the church to work on banners. Got two news ones put up: “O Magnify the Lord with Me” and “Let Us Exalt His Name Together”—got home shortly after noon. This was the day that the Sestos were scheduled to come, so since they weren’t here yet, we called—and they’d forgotten all about it—so they’re coming in two weeks. After eating I set off on an afternoon of calling. Went to see the Hannibals. Met their daughter Janice—also saw Rip, Jr. and his wife. I showed them the letter from Alice + Alex. Rip and Florence were horrified. From there I went to see Bertha and John Wicky; had a pleasant visit. Then about 4:00 I went to see Charles O’Reilley—he had lost some fish—same problems that we’d had; it simply take patience and determination. Came home about 5:00. Had supper, then lay down for a nap. Didn’t actually slept, but I did feel somewhat refreshed. About 7:00 I went to the church to finish banners. This took me til about 9:30. I finished the two: “By Him we are called to hear his word” and “By him we are called to do his will.” Rearranged the banners, cleaned up all the banner making mess. 9:30–10:30 did the bulletins after getting home. Then mimeographed Parish News Service; + new set of rules for the rock group; prepared the service. OT: Ezekiel 38; NT: Luke 8. Bathed about 12:45. Practiced sermon. OBLO 1:25.

Sunday, 7 March 1971

Up about 8:00—snow had been predicted, but there wasn’t anything coming down yet. Shaved, had breakfast, practiced part of the sermon before my class arrived—3 came. I went to the church about 10:30. This was the morning the banners were supposed to be taken down according to the Marr ultimatum—so I guess we won’t get their $50.00 for the paint fund. I preached on the 6th commandment, You Shall Not Kill—and devoted about 3 pages to Vietnam, stressing our guilt in killing that is done in our name and which we help to pay for. Both Alice and Alex were visibly agitated. Got home about 12:15. Bonnie drove Linda Cameron home—she’d stayed with Debbie (she hadn’t been to SS class, but came when we called to ask her to—Vicky is sick). After eating we all went down for a nap. Θ sleep. About 4:00 or 4:30 we were awake—there was a ring at the door. I dressed hurriedly—it was Homer with our check which he’d forgotten to give us. We had a long chat with him. Then not too long after he left, Dick Short paid a call—he’s running for selectman—election tomorrow. After he’d gone we fixed supper, then went over to see Aimee—Virginia wasn’t there. I had agreed to let Aimee see a copy of my sermon. Got home about 7:15. Left Debbie at Patriquins, drove to Rapps for play reading—Private Lives (Noël  Coward). Bonnie had the lead. To Patriquins about 10:30. Home about 11:00; OT: Ezek. 39. NT: Luke 9. Relaxed, tried unsuccessfully to find an old article on Vietnam I’d written. OBLO c. 12:40.

Monday, 8 March 1971

Up shortly before 9:00. Had breakfast, then got to work at my desk. I wrote a brief article on Bishop Mathews, going on the fact sheet which his office gave me. Also wrote my usual article of church news. While I was doing this Bonnie went to vote, Debbie was occupied with Sesame Street. When I finished my articles, I shaved. The mail man came just before I shaved. A letter from Busseys. They seem to be getting settled alright in Arizona—they mentioned that Paul and Marty wrote them inquiring about Arizona. So, who knows, perhaps P + M will end up going out there. The climate is certainly better. After shaving I drove to the Eagle office with the two articles, then went to vote. Voted for Dick Short for selectman; Eleanor Hoy, school committee—voted against Hazel Bell Brady. Got home just about noon. We had lunch. After Bonnie left for work, I napped a short while—Debbie was already down for a nap too. Don McGaw called—re: how much the rock group charges—their figure of $125-150 was far too much. The remainder of the afternoon I spent backing and reading. I baked a loaf of anadama bread [1] and a chocolate cake. Had supper all on the table when Bonnie got home. I frosted the cake after we ate. John Ingerman called and offered to pay $20.00 more if the rock group can practice on Tuesdays as well—I agreed. Watched CBS news etc. Bonnie went to Chorus rehearsal. I read, put Debbie to bed after a play session. OT: Ez. 40. NT: Luke 10. Spent a good part of the evening reading in Albright FSATC. Snacked when Bonnie got home; read; bathed. OBLO shortly after midnight.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anadama_bread

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