Monday, June 16, 2008

Recent Items of Interest (at least to some)

A few weeks ago I was having lunch with friends in a restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This gentleman (?), accompanied by his garden shears, was at the next table. I snapped a photo...he didn't see me, or at least didn't react. Would someone please tell me what is going on?

Last week we were in Stratford, Ontario for the wonderful world famous Shakespeare Festival Friends from San Miguel, Bruce Backer and Deborah Spilfogel, accompanied us.

We stayed at a fascinating place -
and saw three shows - Cabaret (not Shakespeare!), Loves Labour's Lost and The Taming of the Shrew.

My heartfelt thanks to Jamie and Denise Jacob, friends who told me about Mr. Dog,
one of their favorite restaurants in Stratford.

Not only did I have a wonderful meal there, but I discovered their hot dog source - a butcher shop called Cressman's.

We stopped at a grocery store in Stratford, where Linda took this photo of Bruce, me and an unidentified gentleman. This could be our future.

Finally, last Saturday I assisted a photographer friend, Dirk Bakker, who is illustrating a book on historic churches of Detroit (yes, it's true, you skeptics).

Detroit used to be known as the Florence of the United States because of its abundance of beautiful churches). This church had a beautiful painted ceiling (acoustic tile, we were told), Tiffany windows, and Pewabic tile floor ( A tragedy is that many of the churches have copper gutters, trim or roofs, and that vandals are stealing the copper. Afterwards, the roofs leak and damage the interiors of the churches. Usually there are no funds to make repairs, so in a few years, these lovely churches may be ruined.

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