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David’s Diary – 26 April 1971

Monday, 26 April 1971

Up about 8:15—Carol Lewis arrived to leave Chris here for the day—she was substitute teaching. I shaved, had breakfast—left for St. Mary’s. Went to the Post Office first. Spent my morning reading in Gray’s The Canaanites. About 11:40 I went to our church. The W.S.C.S. was holding an all day meeting—making things for the Fair—I just dropped in to say hello. Chatted with Winnie re: organist. Then about 11:50 went to the Congregational church for the Public Affairs Luncheon—the speaker today was Josiah Spaulding (he ran against Ted Kennedy for the Senate last year). He’s a very dynamic person; he spoke about Common Cause. [1] The luncheon was from 12:00 to 12:30, then the speech + discussion period 12:30–1:30. I was impressed by him—I hope he makes it to higher office someday. After the meeting was over, I chatted with Ed Nutting briefly until about 2:00, re: my discussion with Ernie Bailey yesterday. I went back to the Episcopal church, read further—but I got very sleepy. Came home and lay down for about 30 min. I tried to read after that, but didn’t get much done. After Carol picked up Chris, Bonnie went to the lumber yard, and Debbie was “on the loose” out of her room. Helped with supper, then read, 6:00–6:30. Watched CBS news, etc. Then read, played with Debbie, read, helped Bonnie put shelves in her closet in our bedroom. Prepared post cards to mail to Ad. Board re: May 5 meeting. Read, bathed, OBLO c. 12:15.

Tuesday, 27 April 1971

Up at 7:50  Shaved, had breakfast, made it to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer. Then read in Grays, The Canaanites. The league of women voters held a meeting—thus I had to use my earplugs to drown out the chatter—but when I finished Gray’s book about 11 o’clock I came on home. Bonnie + Debbie were away shopping. A record had been delivered by the mail man—guitar + mandolin music. Shortly after I got home, B + D arrived—I help get groceries out of the car, and helped with the preparation of lunch. During the noon hour, after eating I relaxed—played with Debbie on the swings. After Bonnie left for work (she gave her two weeks’ notice today) Debbie went down for a nap. I began Gurneys book on The Hittites, napped briefly. Don McGaw appeared at the door about 2:00—he was accompanied by the young man (layman) who does work with youth at Christ Church Lynn. His main purpose in dropping in to see me was to give me (rather Bonnie + the new baby) a painting (?—medium unknown) entitled “Circus Time”—appropriate for a child’s room. It had won first prize at their Arts Festival—and he wanted us to have it. He didn’t stay more than 15 min. Then I went back to reading in Gurney—for the balance of the afternoon. Fixed supper—we ate shortly after Bonnie got home. Went to the church to turn off the heat. Watched CBS news etc.—interrupted by phone call from Homer. I spent the evening—except for a doze—reading The Hittites. Found the moon fish dead—I’d been suspicious of his behavior for days. No bath OBLO midnight.

Wednesday, 28 April 1971

Up shortly before 8:00. Shaved, had breakfast, made it to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer. Read all morning, except for a conversation with Dick Bamforth and Ed Nutting. I left for home about noon. Debbie had played hard all morning, so when I walked in the door I found Bonnie trying to get her off to bed for a nap (she’d had lunch).  I took her to her room, got her calmed down (she didn’t like the word “nap”) and she went right to sleep. Bonnie and I had lunch. I then relaxed with Newsweek, then turned again to The Hittites—before napping for a while. About 2:45 Debbie awoke—and played the rest of the afternoon. And I continued with my reading—finished Hittites—at which time I began working on supper. We ate shortly after Bonnie got home. After eating I went to the church to turn off the heat, then came home, began looking over Saggs The Greatness That Was Babylon, watched CBS news, etc—then we played with Debbie for a while before she went to bed. Then I returned to reading in Saggs. A very good book—its not on my list, but on the revised list, which Beck gave me “for my information.” But I’ve decided it would be wise to read as much on the second list as possible. I will read only the first 153 pp. in Saggs, which deal specifically with the histories. About 9:30 I see Saggs aside, had a snack and coffee, and turned to working on the sermon for Sunday. Am preaching for the next 3 Sundays on the Lord’s prayer. Stopped to bathe about 11:15. OBLO 11:45  Θ

David’s diary, 28 April 1971


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

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David’s Diary – 23 April 1971

Friday, 23 April 1971

Can’t remember what time I got out of bed—after Θ. Shaved, had breakfast. My main concern for the day was to get my sermon finished. I got down to St. Mary’s, and devoted my time to the sermon. I was finished with the rough draft by about 11:30. Came on home, after stopping at Riverdales for bread. Ate when I got home. After lunch I set about fixing the door to Debbie’s room—bottom section had to be glued back on. Bonnie left for work, then I remounted the shade in Debbie’s room. The window isn’t finished yet, but the shade is needed. Then Debbie went down for a nap, and so did I. About 2:30 I got up, worked on the sermon for the balance of the afternoon—also put together a squash pie—I finished the sermon about 4:45. After Bonnie got home Debbie and I went outside. She had been asleep all afternoon. I set to work turning over the soil in the garden plot out in the yard—worked at this for a while. Got almost ¾ done on the larger plot. Debbie and I also played on the swings for a while. About 6:45 the Burtons arrived. We had supper, visited—it’s been over a year since they were up here, and they’re moving to Colorado in June. Larry brought me some Fritz Wunderlich records which I asked him to buy for me in Boston. So we listened to those, played with Debbie for a while. Spent a good amount of time recalling BU and church relationships. OBLO  c. 12:05.

Saturday, 24 April 1971

[Top panel: took pictures of Burtons, harbor from headlands]

Up about 9:20. We had breakfast, after which I shaved. It was a glorious day—warm, sunny—so we all went for a walk. We showed the Burtons the church—took a picture on the steps—then we walked down to St. Mary’s; I gave them a tour of it, too. From there we walked down to T-wharf—and out to the headlands. We headed home about noon. We parted from the Burtons in Dock Square. They wanted to walk down the Neck—and we were weary, especially Debbie, for whom it was proving to be a long walk indeed. When we got home Debbie had lunch, then went down for a nap. We relaxed, had lunch on the table when Larry + Mary Kay returned. After eating we had to prepare for going to the garden. Among other things this meant getting Debbie up out of a very sound sleep. We got to the garden about 2:15—the Burtons drove up too, just to see it—but then they left for Boston. It will probably be many years before we see them again. Then it was work. I took one of the roto-tillers, and didn’t let go for a full two hours—no breaks. About 4:20 I finally shut it off—joined the party for refreshments. We picked up Debbie at the Lewis’—where she had gone for a nap—but didn’t take one. We got home shortly after 5:00. I went to Gloucester for Kentucky Fried Chicken—since we were too weary to cook. Then flopped after eating—watched NBC news. Spent the balance of the evening working on service; made brief trip to the church; practiced sermon. Listened to music; bathed, read in bed. LO. 11:30.

Sunday, 25 April 1971

Up shortly before 8:30—we lost an hour due to the time change. Shaved, had breakfast. 3 showed up for my class. We began the story of Joseph. Got to the church about 10:40. Medium sized crowd. Preached on “A Formula for Coping.” Bonnie taught Sunday School today—as for the next few weeks—so she’s not in church. I was home by 1:15—got lunch going. I tried to read a while after eating, but was too weary. Napped, Θ. Got up about 3:45–4:00 —read for a while, then went down to the Universalist Church. They were having a 4:00–6:00 o’clock “tea” —in celebration of their 150th anniversary. It proved to be a negative experience for me—not that there was anything wrong with the tea itself—rather the conversation that I had—with Ernie Bailey, the Baptist minister. I had been given the task of approaching him regarding participation in the Joint Church Committee—the group trying to find out how local churches can cooperate. He’s a great ecumenist, but he has the theory that the Cape Ann area is the smallest viable unit for ecumenical work, and thus he doesn’t want to participate in strictly Rockport ecumenical effort. It’s a stupid theory. In any case his reaction was wholly negative—and I found the whole conversation very irritating and annoying. After I got home I relaxed, we had a late supper, then I spent most of the evening until 10:00 working on reading—Gray’s The Canaanites—snacked, wrote my weekly letter to Mrs. Myers (copy to folks)—puttered at this and that. no bath, read in bed briefly. LO 12:20.

David’s diary, 25 April 1971

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David’s Diary – 20 April 1971

Tuesday, 20 April 1971

Up just about 9:00. Shaved, had breakfast. I then had to spend some time working on the poems for the funeral—had to copy them out from books. About 10:45 I got to St. Mary’s—not much left of the morning, but it did give me time to make some progress. Came home by about 12:20. Had lunch. Debbie went down for a nap after Bonnie left for work. Shortly thereafter Virginia Bate arrived. The funeral director’s assistant called for me about 1:30. Took me to the funeral home—at two the funeral for Evelyn D. (Mrs. Thomas) Hendrickson—64 years old, dropped dead last Sat morning. The funeral was longer than usual, since I incorporated poems into the service at the request of the family. Also a soloist sang two pieces. And the burial was at Locust Grove—all the way over at Lanesville—the first burial over there that I’ve officiated at. Got home about 3:30—Virginia went home. I then did some more reading until it was time to put supper together—very simple, remains of a beef roast. We ate shortly after Bonnie got home. I read 6:00–6:30, then watched CBS news etc. Historic supreme court decisions today—unanimously upheld the legality of busing. Debbie was in bed about 8:00; Bonnie went to the executive committee meeting of community chorus. I spent the evening reading. When Bonnie got home she gave me a HAIRCUT. Read, bathed OBLO  c. 12:10.

Wednesday, 21 April 1971

Up by about 8:30—didn’t bother to shave, had breakfast. Bonnie and Debbie were preparing to leave for Avon. It was a beautiful sunny mild morning. Debbie and I played on the swings together for a few minutes, then I left for St. Mary’s. I was able to get Jones’ book, The Herods of Judea finished. Virginia Bate came in while I was there; she had come in to return some books she’d borrowed. After finishing my book I came home—about 12:30. It was so lovely out that I decided to do the roto-tilling at the garden. Some weather reports had indicated rain for tonight and tomorrow—and that might have made roto-tilling impossible on the weekend. So I got my lunch, relaxed with Newsweek—waiting to see how the weather was developing—there had been some sprinkles while I was eating—but the dark clouds moved out. I borrowed Herlihy’s car, went to the rental place in Gloucester, then headed to the garden. I roto-tilled without a break from about 2:30–4:30. I had to stop in time to get the machine back to Gloucester. I found to my dismay that my work gloves were in our car—i.e., in Avon. So I had to work without them, and after 2 hours at the roto-tiller my hands were a wreck—a few blisters—and itching, stinging. After returning the tiller—came home, thanked the Herlihys for their car. Collapsed with the newspaper. Had supper, watched CBS news, etc. took a walk to the church to turn off the heat, bought a copy of Playboy. Spent the balance of the evening working at my desk, watching TV. OBLO  c. 1:10.

Thursday, 22 April 1971

[Top panel:   called A. B. Dick]

I awoke about 7:00, but turned over and went back to sleep—and it’s amazing how late one can sleep without an alarm clock such as Debbie. I didn’t awake again until 9:45! I got right up, shaved (2 days worth), carried a glass of juice and some cookies to my study, and continued working on sorting, filing, getting things straightened up in general. I was still doing this at noon. About 12:30 I stopped to eat. But then completed work at my desk. I then did some stock-taking re: reading yet to be done for the next exam. I made two lists of things that have yet to be covered—one on history, one on archaeology. About 3 o’clock ? I went to the post office, then to the church. I’d forgotten to turn on the heat at the church—so I dropped in to see the boys—only 2 there. Then I headed home. I looked through the paper when it arrived—but then turned to working on my sermon. Didn’t even have a topic selected—so I had to do some hunting in my “sermon material” folder—old “sermon starters” from the Xn advocate. I finally settled on an idea that I’d jotted down long ago when I’d done some sermon planning. About 4:45 I started on supper—and Bonnie and Debbie arrived home. We ate about 5:30. After supper I helped Debbie with her bath. Relaxed, watched CBS news etc While watching TV I clipped old articles from New Republic. Watched a program on childhood; Ironsides. Then worked on the sermon further. Bathed 10:45. OBLO 11:10.

David’s diary, 22 April 1971

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David’s Diary – 17 April 1971

Saturday, 17 April 1971

Up about 8:00, after Θ. Shaved—2 days worth. Had breakfast. As I was about to leave for St. Mary’s to study, got a call from Mrs. Bamforth asking if Bonnie and I could be witnesses to the signing of their wills this afternoon (Dick witnessed ours)—at 3:00, at Starretts—I said “yes.” Then I went to St. Mary’s—had to come back home, because I forgot my book!—i.e., it didn’t get into my briefcase. But once I got to work I made progress—reading in Meek’s Hebrew Origins. Came home about 12:30. Relaxed and read after lunch. About 1:45 I went to see the Hannibals. I took the tape of Bishop Mathews’ sermon. This was over just at 3:00—I then left, picked up Bonnie and Debbie and went to Starretts. We witnessed all the signings—also stayed to watch a play worked up by Starrett and Bamforth children. We got home about 4:00. I walked down to Richdale to get milk, but lay down for a nap when I got home—and got some helpful rest. About 5:30 I got a call from the funeral home—Mrs. Thomas Hendrickson died suddenly this morning, funeral to be on Tuesday. We had supper, then I returned to reading—About 7:45 I went over to see Thom Hendrickson—many of his family were there—I stayed til about 8:30. When I got home Bonnie went down to Patriquins—Kay just returned home from California. I worked on tomorrows service, practiced the sermon, but then returned to reading in Meek for a while, bathed. OBLO  c. midnight.

Sunday, 18 April 1971

Up shortly before 8:40. Went downstairs, read in Meek til shortly after 9:00. Dressed, shaved, had breakfast, practiced my sermon. Got to the church about 10:30. The “post Easter slump” was definitely in evidence—about 25 in church, including the choir! I preached on “God’s Reputation”—home before 12:30. Ate, relaxed—but had to be at St. Mary’s by 1:30 for a Joint Youth Fellowship meeting. Ernie Bailey didn’t get there til 2:00 (he had to be called, he thought the meeting was at 3:00)—we didn’t break up til sometime after 3:00. The main thing discussed was the apparent favorable response from the Universalists and RC’s on being asked to join. After the meeting I stayed on at St. Mary’s to study. Finished Meek, made a very small beginning on Jones, The Herods of Judea—but came home about 4:30 because I was so weary—I napped until about 6:00—at which time we had supper—at 7 o’clock I had to be at the Congregational church for the final C.O.C.U. sum-up session. The attendance was pretty slim—and we broke up about 8:30—a committee will draft a final report for the Rockport effort as a whole—and of course individual evaluations will be sent in. I got home about nine. Bonnie had made some bread pudding and cookies—so we had a nice snack. Then I read in Jones—about 10:30 I stopped this—wrote an article for the Eagle, then wrote letter to Mrs. Myers/copy to folks/ no bath/ OBLO 12:10.

Monday, 19 April 1971

Up about 9:00—seems hard to get going on Monday morning—shaved, had breakfast. Didn’t get to St. Mary’s until about 10:15 or so. Read for about an hour. Then drove over to the Eagle office with my article—from there went over Stop + Shop to get chicken livers. Carol was invited to supper tonight, since Jerry was out of town—and I was planning our new dish with chicken livers and coconut milk. Today being the holiday, [1] many of the stores were closed—so I had to buy the livers at two small shops in Gloucester. Got home shortly after noon. Relaxed after lunch, tried to find a suitable poem for tomorrow’s funeral. About 2:00 I got back to St. Mary’s. Read for the afternoon—in Jones, Herods of Judea. I came home about 4:45—Carol was here. She and Bonnie chatted and supervised Chris + Debbie while I worked on supper—and I think it can be judged a success. I varied the recipe somewhat from last time: more curry—no peanuts—except those sprinkled on top. Relaxed after supper, then watched CBS news, etc. As I was preparing to go to the funeral home, Carol was gathering up Chris to go home. I stayed at the funeral home about 1½ hours. That is not very usual practice—but after seeing the family, I got into conversation with the new owner of the funeral home, Mr. Greeley III—35 years old—quite a change from Mr. Mackey. After I got home I went to work searching for suitable poetry again. This took quite a while—didn’t get back to reading as I had hoped. Bathed. OBLO c. 12:20 Θ+


[1] Patriots Day, in Maine and Massachusetts

David’s diary, 19 April 1971

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David’s Diary – 14 April 1971

Wednesday, 14 April 1971

[called General Theo Library, Boston]

Up about 7:20. We had to be ready to take Chris Lewis—Carol got a call to substitute teach today, so since we are on her list of prospective sitters, she called us—this was arranged yesterday. After I had shaved and had breakfast, they arrived. Carol was running late, so she left hurriedly. I naturally was able to make it to morning prayer at St. Mary’s since I was up so early. But the preparations for the rummage sale were still in full swing, so I went to the congregational church. Studied in one of the Sunday School rooms. About 10:30 I went to St. Mary’s for coffee—got involved in looking at the book table—bought several books. Went back to the congregational church—read for a while, then came home about noon. Bonnie was finding it taxing to care for two kids, especially since Debbie wasn’t in a very cooperative mood. She has been displaying jealousy toward Chris—very possessive of some toys. After eating I read a while, but was pretty pooped, so lay down for a short time, then got back to reading. Carol got here shortly before 3:00—she’d had a bad day, no discipline in the class—we went over to Gloucester to get surplus food. Bonnie stayed with the kids. After getting home we relaxed, I read while B + C chatted. Fixed supper about 5:00; made trip to church to turn off the heat (which I’d put on at noon) watched CBS news, etc.—Men at Law—a great drama tonight slamming the Vietnam war. Read the rest of the evening—bathed about 10:30  OBLO c. 11:15  Θ

Thursday, 15 April 1971

[Top panel:  called Burtons]

Up about 7:45. Shaved, had breakfast. Made it to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer—then went to the Congregational church to study. About 10:35 I went to St. Mary’s for coffee break, but returned to study about 11:00. Read until coming home about 12:15. Had lunch, relaxed, but read too. About 2 o’clock Carol Lewis arrived—she and Bonnie went to St. Mary’s to look at rummage sale goods. Debbie went down for a nap before she left, so I had was able to work. After finishing C. R. North’s book, OT Interpretation of History, I turned to writing my sermon. Bonnie and Carol got back by about 3:15. At which time I went back to the congregational church—continued to work on my sermon—by the time I headed home about 5:30 I had it about 75% done. I stopped on the way home to turn off the heat at the church—which I’d put on at noon. Ate supper as soon as I got home. Relaxed after supper, watched CBS news. What a remarkable break in Chinese-American relations has come with the ping pong match! [1] I just hope that Nixon will have the sense to respond in full—make every effort possible to open up relations. Between 7:30–8:30 I worked further on the sermon. Helped put Debbie to bed—playing the role of the “cookie monster”—she hides in the closet, then gets on my back—and I dump her in her bed. 8:30–9:30 watched Ironside. 9:30–10:00 worked on sermon—finished rough draft. 10:00–12:00 watched Academy Awards while doing other things—mimeographing parish letter service. Also called Burtons—who were supposed to come tomorrow. They’re coming out next weekend. Watched news after Academy awards. OBLO  c. 1:00 AM.

Friday, 16 April 1971

[Top panel: took several pictures of Debbie—inside the front door; called Moody; called Bob + Lea]

Up shortly before 8:30. Didn’t bother to shave, since I was somewhat behind schedule. Had breakfast, then went to the Congregational church to study. Got there about 9:20. I read all morning—no coffee break—didn’t go to St. Mary’s because of the rummage sale in progress. I started on Theophile Meek’s Hebrew Origins—read it several years ago, but must be reread. Got home shortly after noon. Bonnie and I had lunch—Debbie had gone to sleep about 11:30. In the mail was a letter from Lea asking about her coming out this summer to help with the new baby, etc. When Bonnie left for work I got to work reading—also dozed. Debbie awoke about 1:30 and I spent some time with her. About mid-afternoon I gave her a snack. But I turned my main attention to writing the final draft of my sermon—and I got it all finished by supper time. We had a roast for supper, so I had supper all ready by the time Bonnie got home. After eating, I read for a while in Meek before CBS news. How strange it was to have the opening list of reporters topped by the one in Peking! The films were very interesting. 7:30–9:00 I read and took time to play with Debbie—“cookie monster” and bean-bag. About 9:00 we called Lea to gladly accept her proposal. At 9:30 we were all set to watch The Odd Couple—but it was preempted—as last week!—by a basketball game—how infuriating—read after watching TV for a while—bathed, read in bed briefly, LO. c. 12:20.


[1] http://www.history.com/news/ping-pong-diplomacy

David’s diary, 16 April 1971

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David’s Diary – 11 April 1971

Sunday, 11 April 1971

Had trouble getting to sleep last night. Got up about 12:30, read until about 1:45—slept downstairs, to avoid disturbing Bonnie with my tossing and turning. Up about 8:30 this morning, had breakfast, then shaved (2 days worth). Practiced sermon again. Got to the church by about 10:30. Had a crowd of about 70—preached on “trust”—after the service was over we went to Lewises for lunch. They had been in church, and Vicky had taken care of Chris along with Debbie. Carol had prepared a delicious beef stew. After eating we did a lot of relaxing. Toward the middle of the afternoon I made trip home to get the flash attachment so that Jerry could take pictures of Chris (we were celebrating his first birthday today, since Jerry has to be in New Haven on Wednesday). Also stopped at our church and St. Mary’s for music that Bonnie + Carol wanted for practicing guitar + singing. When I got back to Lewises, I then joined Jerry at the garden—exploring a huge rock in the middle of the garden—after much digging we found it too large to be taken out. We (D, B + I) came home about 4:30—utterly exhausted—napped—all three. I really didn’t get to sleep. I still have sore throat, and a lot of drainage with it when I’m lying down. Up about 6:30. We were to[o] stuffed to have supper (after returning from the garden, we’d had a delicious cherry cheese cake). We gave Debbie some supper. Then about 7:15 went to the Hardy’s for play reading. Took Debbie along—she went right to sleep in her crib in the bedroom. The play was hilarious—“The Last Analysis” [1] by Saul Bellows. Got home by 11:30. Bathed  OBLO 12:25.

Monday, 12 April 1971

Up about 9:15 after Θ. Had breakfast, then set to work preparing article for the Eagle. About mid-morning Bonnie left with Debbie on a walk—to the drug store and to see Drue. I went to the Eagle office. Also drove over to Stop + Shop and to First National looking for ingredients in the special dish which I wanted to prepare for supper. I got home about 11:45. Shortly thereafter Bonnie + Debbie arrived home. We fixed lunch. After eating Bonnie left for work, Debbie went outside to play on the swings. She’d been going strong all morning, however, so she didn’t resist when I shortly suggested that it was time to go in to nap—we went to her room, and built a “tower,” i.e., with building blocks—at the top of which we prepare a “room” for the puppets to “go to sleep”—then she went down for a nap. I returned to reading—started Sat. in Bright’s Early Israel in Recent History Writing—was continuing with this. My taxing weekend had taken its toll—very weary still—with several aching muscles. So I napped to[o] for a while. Then back to reading—and began preparing supper: chicken livers in coconut milk. It was a surprise for Bonnie. We ate shortly after she got home; we rather liked it, but thought of ways that it could be improved. Bonnie needs the liver for her anemia. Read briefly after supper. Watched CBS news, etc. In the evening I read in Bright, but also took time out to write to Mrs. Myers (copy to folks) and David Watson. Read further; bathed about 11:30. OBLO 12:05.

Tuesday, 13 April 1971

[Top panel:  called Dr. Beck]

Up at 8:30. Shaved—2 days worth. Had breakfast. Then prepared to leave the house. Went first to St. Mary’s to leave my briefcase (and 2 packages of mimeo-paper to return to Ed Nutting). I discovered that preparations were under way for the Friday rummage sale, i.e., no peace + quiet for studying. I went to the P.O. to mail letters to Mrs. Myers, Folks and David Watson. Then stopped at the church to pick up the congregational screen. Stopped at St. Mary’s to pick up my briefcase + the paper. Went to congregational church—and found a room to study there—until about 11:45. Headed home; stopped in briefly at St. Mary’s, saw Carol Lewis. Stopped at our church to turn on the heat. Home for lunch. After eating Debbie + I played on the swings, but then as Bonnie was leaving for work, she consented to come in for a nap. She slept most of the afternoon, after we’d built a “tower” for the puppets to nap in. I turned to reading, finished Bright’s Early Israel etc—after dozing. 4 o’clock called Beck. I turned briefly to read in Rowley’s From Joseph to Joshua before fixing supper. After eating I walked to the church to turn off the heat, went to Richdales. Watched CBS news etc, then returned to reading. I changed books—Rowley’s book is largely on archaeology—so I’ll take it up when I turn to that subject in earnest. Began on C.R. North OT Interpretation of History. About 9 o’clock snacked. Then read further. Bathed about 10:30. In my phone conversation with Beck I set May 4 to go in to consult. Read after bath—OBLO 11:30.


[1] http://www.nytimes.com/books/00/04/23/specials/bellow-playanalysis.html

David’s diary, 13 April 1971

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David’s Diary – 8 April 1971

Thursday, 8 April 1971

Up at 7:45. Shaved, had breakfast. Made it to St. Mary’s for morning prayer—then got to reading in Noth. There were some distractions—Dick’s Bible class met today instead of tomorrow, and he played a tape which was rather loud. I studied upstairs. Came home about 12:30—after turning the heat on at the church. After eating lunch I got back to reading. Bonnie had a 1:30 appointment with Dr. Stelluto. After pacifying Debbie in her room, I read. But when Bonnie returned (she brought the news that Stelluto will allow me to be in the delivery room, not just at the door), I went on an errand. I took the plant down to Esther Longley at the Den-Mar. It’s the plant that we purchased to go on the alter March 14 when the Bishop was here. It’s lasted all this time. When I got back from the Den-Mar we set to work getting the swing set assembled. Bonnie had been enthusiastic about what a nice day it was—the wind had died down etc. But what a cold job it turned out to be—and windy! After that task was completed I read for a brief while, then fixed supper. Before eating went to the church to turn the heat off. After eating watched CBS news, etc. Then back to reading. Ed Tuck was here about 45 minutes talking about stereos (he dropped by to pick up JC Superstar librettos); read until 9:30. Then worked on sermon. Bathed about 11:20. Then dressed, left for St. Mary’s. Chatted briefly with Dick Bamforth upon arrival. Kept the Vigil of Prayer for Peace 12:00–12:30. Home immediately OBLO  c. 12:45.

Friday, 9 April 1971

[Top panel: took pictures of Debbie on swing, Chris at window]

Up shortly after 9:00 after Θ. Shaved, had breakfast. Study progress did not come easy today. I didn’t go to St. Mary’s because the choir was to be gathering there by 10:30. Shortly after we finished breakfast, Carol Lewis arrived to leave Chris with us as she went off to visit a woman who has a loom. And Debbie was eager to play on the swing set. Bonnie was occupied in the kitchen, so I had to keep an eye on the kids. Finally about 11:30 I retired to my study and read for about 45 minutes—then we ate lunch. Carol was due back at noon to have lunch with us—but she didn’t get back til about 1:15—after Bonnie had left for work. I warmed up the soup for her. She expressed a desire to go grocery shopping without Chris—so since he appeared ready for a nap, I agreed to keep him while she went off. Debbie napped all afternoon. But Chris slept for less than an hour—and I had to change him and give him his bottle—which he took by himself. All in all, however, I did get reading done. Carol returned and departed about 4:00. I read, fixed supper. 6:00–6:30 also got reading done after eating—watched CBS news, etc. Then I turned to reading again. I have been fighting a sore throat all day, with sulfa and salt gargles tonight—feeling pretty exhausted. In the first part of the evening I finished rough draft of sermon—but was to[o] weary to work on it further; read in Noth. No bath. OBLO 11:45.

Saturday, 10 April 1971

[Top panel: 2 pictures of Debbie in new purple sweater (Bonnie finished it last night—9th)]

Up about 9:00 I suppose. After breakfast I tried to get to work on the final version of my sermon, but there were distractions. My sore throat had not disappeared by any means. Homer dropped by to recommend an item for the bulletin—finally, in the final hour of the morning I got down to work, and finished the sermon about noon. After lunch I then turned to reading Noth—had only a few pages to go, and finally finished it. Then turned to typing out a sample copy of tomorrow’s bulletin. About 1:45 we got ready to go to the garden—arrived a few minute after 2:00. I had debated whether to go or not, but it was a thoroughly pleasant day, temperature in the 60’s, sunny sky, little wind, so I couldn’t resist going. And it was a strenuous afternoon—picking up rocks wasn’t hard, but running the roto-tiller was—and I did quite a bit of it. That machine has a mind of its own. Late in the afternoon Jerry Lewis began digging up a large rock, small boulder—about the size of a large hassock. He had to pull it out of the hole with a rope attached to his Saab—with others throwing smaller rocks into the hole to keep it from rolling back. Triumph was celebrated by Si Fisk taking pictures! We came home about 5:15—too exhausted to go out to supper as we’d planned with Jerry + Carol late in the afternoon. (They were too tired as well.)  After supper I made a trip to the church + to Richdales—relaxed, read. Then turned to doing my bulletins for tomorrow; then prepared the service, practiced the sermon. Bathed about 10:45. Listened to radio; practiced sermon again. OBLO c. 11:30.

David’s diary, 10 April 1971

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David’s Diary – 5 April 1971

Monday, 5 April 1971

Up about 8:15. Had breakfast—left the house about 9:00, went to the post office with the Easter letter to the congregation. Stopped at the church to change the wayside pulpit. Then headed to St. Mary’s—as usual there was no one there on a Monday morning. I studied there until about 11:30—with some unexpected interruptions by the puttering janitor. I hadn’t planned to come home so soon, but the heat wasn’t very high—and I was getting very cold. When I got home I found that Debbie was down for a nap. So there was quiet, and I did get more reading done. We had lunch about noon. Margaret Reilly arrived about 12:40 for a ride to the hospital with Bonnie—she also agreed to our suggestion that she come home with Bonnie, stay for supper, then sit with Debbie while we go to the community concert. After Bonnie + Margaret left Debbie was finishing her lunch—I shaved. Then Debbie + I went upstairs, I got her occupied with building blocks—then came downstairs, read until about 3:00. Then I began preparing supper. After getting this underway, I wrote my weekly letter to Mrs. Myers/copy to folks. Then turned my attention again to supper. Bonnie + Margaret got home by 5:30—we had supper. Relaxed after supper. Watched CBS news. 7:00–7:15 wrote a letter to Larry Burton asking him to buy me some records in Boston—Bonnie left early for the concert with Homer. I left about 7:30. Took the letter to Larry to Ruth Robinson, who will take it to BU. 8:00–9:15 at the concert, at Lady of Good Voyage. Took Margaret home; came back, snacked, read. Bathed c. 11:15  OBLO 11:50.

Tuesday, 6 April 1971

[Top panel: Igor Stravinsky died last night]

Up at 7:45. While shaving, heard on the 8 o’clock news that Igor Stravinsky had died last night. Had breakfast, got to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer at 8:45. Dick Bamforth had also heard about Stravinsky’s death—included prayer of thanks for Stravinsky’s life and talent. 9:10–12:15 spent reading, with a coffee break spent chatting with Dick. He told me of his embarrassing moment many years ago when reading from Luke 2. Instead of babe “leaped in her womb,” he said “wooped on the leem”—and then corrected it to “weeped in loom.” Turned on the heat in our church on the way home. When I got here I found a package of records waiting: 4 records, mainly 4 hand piano, also one brass. Bonnie and Debbie were already eating when I got home. Debbie went down for a nap even before Bonnie left for work. I spent my afternoon reading—first read I.F. Stone, which had come in the mail, then got back to reading in Noth—this I pursued for most of the afternoon with time out for a nap. Fixed supper about 4:45. We ate about 5:30. About 6–6:30 I read in Noth. Then watched CBS news. Prepared to leave for meeting. 7:30 went to our church, turned off the heat, went then to St. Mary’s for the Joint Church committee—about a dozen or so people there. The main outcome of the meeting: try to get Baptists included, pursue publication of join calendar of events, pursue collective buying. Got home about 10:00. Snacked, did some outlining of my Easter sermon. Also listened to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring—what a powerful piece it is. Bathed OBLO  c. 12:05.

Wednesday, 7 April 1971

Up at 7:45. Shaved, had breakfast. Made it to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer. Read then in Noth until about 10:15—when I went over to the congregational church to get their movie screen for tonight’s program; took it to our church, set it up. Went back to St. Mary’s. Before noon I got a call from Bonnie. She and Debbie were over with Carol Lewis—were staying for lunch. So when I stopped studying, and got home about 12:30, they weren’t here. I fixed a simple soup lunch, read articles in Newsweek. Just about 1:30 when I was going to start reading in Noth again, they got home. But they both wanted to nap—so I read—until about 3:00. Bonnie went grocery shopping. I then set Noth aside and took up the challenge of assembling the swing set that we purchased for Debbie at Ann + Hope last week. Of course, the whole thing can’t be assembled until it can be put up outside and today is too cold and wet for that. So I put together as much as could be done in the house, which was considerable: slide, skyride, part of the lawn swing. Then relaxed with the paper for a few minutes before fixing supper. 6–6:15 read in Noth, then rested until CBS news. 7 o’clock prepared to go to the church—for Mrs. Marr’s Oberammergau program—rather mediocre—home by 9:00 in time for Nixon’s Vietnam speech—he lived up to his tricky Dick reputation. Then I turned to working on my Easter sermon. Made good progress. Got more than 1/3 written before bathing. OBLO c. midnight  Θ

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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

David’s diary, 4 April 1971

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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

David’s diary, 1 April 1971

 

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