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David’s Diary – August 13, 1970

Thursday, 13 August 1970

Up about 9:00. Unfortunately I felt rather lethargic today—I had trouble getting down to my reading, especially since the reading assignment today was Ginsburg’s Studies in Daniel—a difficult book. I didn’t get much done in the morning. Bonnie went grocery shopping. I got what work done that was done in the afternoon—but once I dozed off. I’m going to have to go back over the material I’ve already read—it’s closely argued, complicated. About mid-afternoon I went to the dump, then later I went to the garden—got corn and squash. Then I did some more reading before supper time. We had supper—watched CBS news. I straightened up my study somewhat—played with Debbie for a while. About 8:00 David and Michele (?) Herlihy—our new neighbors arrived. We had a nice evening’s visit together. We watched Ironsides and Dragnet—then listened to parts of Tom Lehrer’s record That Was the Year That Was. They left about 10:30. I just sat doing nothing in my study for a while—contemplating having to make a concerted effort to conquer Ginsburg’s book. Then I packed my briefcase and prepared for my trip to Lexington and Boston tomorrow, bathed about 11:45—watched some of Johnny Carson.

Friday, 14 August 1970

Up shortly before 8:00. Shaved (2 days worth), had breakfast—then went to the garden to pick some beans for Dr. Beck. I took him also, squash + potatoes. Left the house about 9:10. Got to Lexington just a few minutes after 10:00. We had a nice long chat, until 1 o’clock—over a whole range of subjects—including dissertation topic. I asked about doing something on Song of Songs—and we opened up several avenues which we’re going to look into. Mrs. Beck served some food, so this was my lunch. Shortly after 1:00 I left for Boston. Went to Sears to pick up bras for Bonnie; then went to BU. I picked up a copy of Playboy, gave some books to the BUST library, checked on my fees for this fall. Then I drove down to the Copley Square area. Parked on Newbury Street, walked to Cokesbury, then to several other shops. About 3:30 I headed home; stopped at Star Market in Danvers [?] for ice cream and mellons. Picked up Bonnie at the hospital—had to wait a while. We got home shortly before six. Had supper; relaxed; 7:00-8:00 I took Virginia Bate (who stayed with Debbie in the afternoon) to the hospital to see her Aunt Amy. Got home, had dessert, relaxed, viewed early slides of Debbie—didn’t attempt to do any work. bathed about 10:00. Of(f) to bed Θ+ settled down by 12:00.

Saturday, 15 August 1970

Up about 9:00. Had breakfast, shaved. My hay fever, sinuses were in terrible state—to add insult to injury, Bonnie decided to vacuum the whole house—I went outside to escape the dust. I had planned to get some reading done, but that was out. I sat out in the yard. About mid-morning we all went to Gloucester, to pick up a sewing machine at Sears which Bonnie is to use while hers in being fixed. Then we went to Mals and Stop + Shop. We got home just about noon. While we were getting our lunch, grandma + Emil arrived. After lunch they went with Bonnie for a walk. I did the bulletins. After they got back I did some work in the yard. The tomato plants needed very much to be tied up—so I tended to that. Other than that, I did very little. It was a hot day—tho there was a slight refreshing breeze. About 4 o’clock I went down to the church—this evening was our annual chicken barbeque. I spent most of the time with Mrs. Lee, sitting out front selling tickets. Got home about 8:00, utterly exhausted—just sat around. I played with Debbie for a while, also practiced the sermon. Had a snack, listened to stereo radio: Beethoven’s 9th. Bonnie, Grandma, Emil played Scrabble all evening; bathed c. 11:00. OBLO  c. 11:30.

Sunday, 16 August 1970

[Top panel:  Debbie 2 years old!]

Up at 8:00. Shaved, had breakfast. Shortly after 9:00 I left the house. Stopped at the church to leave off the bulletins and to pick up my robe. Went to Wesley Church in Gloucester—pulpit exchange—I preached my sermon, “The Impossible God”—about 30 or 35 people in the congregation. I got back to Rockport about 11:45—was able to give Bonnie a ride home from the church. We then took a trip up to the garden—showed it off to Grandma + Emil, picked bean, squash, corn. We came home, got busy on lunch. After eating we got a call from the folks in Lafayette—they’d had a nice trip to Japan; wanted to wish Debbie a happy birthday. After lunch Bonnie and I busied ourselves with preparations for the birthday party. I went downtown to get some film, came back by way of the beach—saw Drue and Kay. Once home we sat in the yard til party time, shortly after 3:00. We took lots of pictures—as well as a movie. Virginia Bate joined the party—after it had died down we had a nice chat. After Virginia went, I tried to nap. About 6:00 we had a snack supper—Bonnie, G’m + Emil + Deb went to the band concert, I drove to Pigeon Cove to see Carol Lewis; she approved my latest banner designs; after watering my tomatoes, I worked on banners at church; home about 9:45, relaxed, bathed about 10:30—OBLO  Θ+

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David’s Diary – August 9, 1970

Sunday, 9 August 1970

Up about 8:15. Had breakfast, shaved, went to the church. The two banners were up in the sanctuary—so I preached on the two sayings—“True peace is not merely the absence of tension, but it is the presence of justice and brotherhood” (Martin Luther King) and “Love is the most universal, formidable, and mysterious of cosmic energies” (Teilard de Chardin). Early in the afternoon, after lunch, I napped for a while—at least tried to. Then I got to work reading—still plodding away with the intros to the prophetic books in the IB. During the afternoon Ruth Robinson dropped by to pick up two books which she’d called about yesterday—we had a chat with her for a while. By supper time I had finished the IB intros—and the intro to Daniel. We had supper, then went for a walk. We walked down Bearskin Neck and back. We stopped to talk with a portraitist—Dr. Beck wants info on portraits. But we also talked about a portrait of us—we’ve been thinking about having a charcoal sketch of Debbie done for both Bonnie’s folks and mine. On our way home from the walk we tried to get Debbie to recognize the moon. We got home shortly before 9:00. We’ve been trying to communicate our feelings frankly to one another the last month—we had another session re: sex. We were in bed by 11:00. Θ

Monday, 10 August 1970 

Up by 9:00—but can’t recall exactly when. Had breakfast, shaved. Wrote my article for the Eagle. After 10:30 I took it to the Eagle office, stopped in briefly to see Esther Longley at the Den-Mar (I had to return a copy of Guidepost which I borrowed from her on Saturday—it had an article by Walter Cronkite), then went to the church; changed the wayside pulpit. When I got back the mail was here: there was a birthday card for Debbie, a Japanese card from the folks in Nagasaki. I got some reading done before we had lunch. My main concern for the rest of the day was reading: Jeffrey’s exegesis on Daniel in the IB. I made progress. Bonnie was at work and Debbie was asleep or entertaining herself. When Bonnie got home from work about 5:45 I went to the garden and picked several ears of corn—came home, helped with supper. Watched CBS news. After this I was able to get some reading done before we went to the show about 8:45. Mora stayed with Debbie and did her laundry. We went to see “Z”—a drama—yet a documentary about the politics leading to the military dictatorship in Greece. We got home about 11:30. This excellent film touched off a discussion with Mora until about 12:30. She left, we bathed, OBLO c. 1:05.

Tuesday 11 August 1970

Θ about 7:30 or 8:00—slept again. Didn’t get up until about 9:30. Had breakfast. My main concern for the day was to get reading done in Jeffrey’s exegesis of Daniel in the IB. I devoted what was left of the morning to this; went down to Richdale’s shortly before noon to get bread. We then had lunch. Bonnie went to work. Debbie napped, played in her room. Early in the afternoon I shaved. Also did calling to parents of our Sunday School children asking whether they preferred Sunday or Wednesday. About 2 o’clock Homer Orne came by to pick up 15 tickets for the chicken barbeque. He reported that Bob Mezzof (?) had been seen in town yesterday—had stopped in to see the church and was impressed by our new banners. After he (Homer) left, I got back to reading—but I gave in to drowsiness and had a nap in the middle of the afternoon. But then I got back to reading—which I continued with until Bonnie got home. We had supper, watched CBS news. In the evening Bonnie went with our new neighbor David Herlihy to the traffic meeting—so I read all evening until they got back shortly before 10:00. Right after Bonnie left I played with Debbie for a while. She’s trying to say “truck” —but it’s coming out a very clear “fuck”! David H., Bonnie + I chatted for a while when they got back; I read more, relaxed; we bathed together; read, OBLO, c. 12:30.

Wednesday, 12 August 1970

Up about 9:00. After breakfast I turned to my reading—plodding on with Jeffrey’s exegesis of Daniel in the IB. I kept to this pretty steadily until lunch time, which was about 12:30. I shaved after eating, then got back to work. I finally finished Jeffrey about 4:10. I wanted to start in Ginsburg, Studies in Daniel, but really didn’t have the ambition. So Bonnie and Debbie and I—along with Mora + the kids—spent some time out in the yard. Bonnie didn’t feel like cooking supper, so the three of us, shortly after 5:00, went over to Gloucester, got some Kentucky Fried Chicken dinners, then drove over to Mount Ann Park. We had driven by this spot hundreds of times in the last 2½ years—but never stopped. It really is quite lovely. We climbed all the way to the top—had our supper on the open flat rock area. We got home about 6:45. Had time to change clothes, relax. I had a meeting at 7:30 at the Episcopal Church—the Joint Church Committee. We made further arrangements re: the joint Sunday School. Home about 9:00. Relaxed, tried to read, but Ginsburg will take real concentration; iced the cake—we had a snack then, watched 11 o’clock news; bathed together. Sat out in the yard watching meteor shower; OBLO c. 12:30  Θ+

David’s diary, August 12, 1970

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David’s Diary – August 5, 1970

Wednesday, 5 August 1970

Up shortly after 8:00. Had breakfast. Then reluctantly turned to reading—I’m tired of reading—but I have to push on. I was alone (Bonnie and Debbie were off shopping), so I did make some progress. I also designed 2 more banners to make in a couple of weeks—looked through the mail when it came. Bonnie got home, we had lunch. After eating I bathed—I wanted to bathe before Bonnie left the house (I don’t like to be in the bathtub when no one else is around to answer the phone); she left on more shopping (took Carol Lewis and another gal [?] this time left Debbie at home. I shaved, then got to my reading again. Debbie woke up about 2:00. I gave her lunch—then she played in her room the rest of the afternoon. I read half-heartedly. When Bonnie got home I went to the garden. Came home, we had supper, watched CBS news. At 7:30  [we] had a special Administrative Board meeting—at the church—to consider the proposal for joint Sunday Schools (with Epis, Cong.)  It was approved—no real opposition. But we had a long discussion about the church and its problems. We got home about 9:30. Then we had a long visit with Mora—she was babysitting with Debbie + doing her laundry—we had coffee together. She left shortly before 11:00; read in bed.

Thursday, 6 August 1970

Up at 8:20. Had a big breakfast. I had hoped to get reading done in the morning, but Bonnie wanted me to go along to the garden to dig potatoes—so we all three went—picked—rather dug—60 lb of potatoes. We got home around 10:30 or 11:00. This kind of wore me out—but I did get some reading done in the rest of the morning—although there was a lot of noise from the Garcia kids. After lunch, and after I fixed some potato salad for supper I shaved. Then we went to Gloucester—to take Bonnie’s sewing machine in to Sears to be fixed—then we went to Elliots to get a mattress. But their advertising in the paper had been deceptive, so we didn’t find what we’d expected. So we came on home. The remainder of the afternoon I made some, but not much progress—I had to keep fighting off drowsiness. I helped with supper. After eating I did more reading, watered the tomato patch. About 8:15 we went down to Patriquins to watch Ironsides, but it wasn’t on tonight. But we had a nice visit and “mug-ups”—we came home shortly after 10:00—I got more reading done—finished the article on Ezekiel; bathed; read briefly in bed; LO midnight.

Friday, 7 August 1970

Up by 8:30. Had breakfast. My main concern for the day was to get the sermon ready. But I didn’t have great ideas—although I knew my general direction—also, feeling rather lethargic. I read an article in a back issue of Newsweek on Billy Graham—sickening. Also Bonnie wanted suggestions on a letter she’s writing to Ann Fisk re: traffic problems.  Late in the morning I went down to the church to get titles of anthem + choral anthem—and picked up my discipline;[1] took pictures of the two new banners. Came home and by lunch time had a few paragraphs written on the sermon. We had lunch, Bonnie went to work. I devoted the afternoon to the sermon. Debbie didn’t nap, but she played by herself all afternoon in her room—she was very contented—my main problem was, as always, the neighbours; if they’re not on one side of the house, they’re on another. I finished the sermon late in the afternoon, then I typed the bulletin stencil. About 5:45 I began working on supper. Bonnie got home late and tired, so I did supper. We ate, watched CBS news. My evening, apart from a brief cat-nap in my chair, was spent reading IB intros to Hosea, Joel and Amos. Stopped to prepare for bed, bathed, about 12:00. OBLO, 12:50.

Saturday, 8 August 1970

Up about 9:00. Had breakfast; then got to my reading. I went ahead reading the introductions to the prophetic books in the IB. I kept to this in the a.m. Bonnie spent the morning collecting signatures on Hale St. re: getting the one way direction reversed. We had lunch about 12:30. I shaved, then did some more reading. About 2:00 I went up to the garden, picked vegetables to take to Lucy Patience. Then I went to see her. From there I went to the Den-Mar nursing home to see Esther Longley. I got home again shortly after 4:00. Mora was here—along with all the kids. We had a coffee break together—I with my 7-up in view of the hot day. About 5:00 I went back to my reading. But I got drowsy, so I napped. Bonnie called me to supper about 6:30. We ate, watched NBC news. Then I prepared the service for tomorrow, watered the tomato plants. At 9:00 we went to see MASH at the Little Arts Cinema. We enjoyed it very much. Mora stayed here at the house with Debbie, doing her laundry. We got home about 11:00—we exchanged observation with Mora on the film—it was well done. Relaxed, read for a while; bathed; OBLO 12:10.

[1] Namely, a book called The Discipline, which defined church policy in great detail.

David’s Diary, August 8, 1970

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Newest Grandchild

“Cape Ann births,” Gloucester Daily Times (Gloucester, Massachusetts), August 1968, p. 8


Rev. and Mrs. David A. Yegerlehner of 17 Hale Street, Rockport, announce the arrival of a daughter, Deborah Ruth, on Aug. *, at the Addison Gilbert Hospital. She weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces.

Maternal grandparents are Rev. and Mrs. Eugene McGraw of Penang, Malaysia. Maternal great – grandparents are Mrs. Emil Sandwen of Avon and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver McGraw of Centerville, Ind.

Paternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. R. S. Yegerlehner of Lafayette, Ind.


[Editor’s note: I wrote about my birth for the Book of Me project four years ago. Read it again here.]

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Wordless Wednesday – Fisherman’s Wharf

Yegerlehner - 1972-05-06

Fisherman’s Wharf, Rockport, Massachusetts
May 6, 1972

Photograph from the private collection of Deborah Sweeney.
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