Planted in 1963, Our Family Christmas Tree

A friend drove over from Morristown to Morris Plains (New Jersey) today. It’s where I spent a decade of my growing up.

Photographed this evergreen for me. Sent me the photo. Between 40 and 50 feet tall now. Wow!

I was wondering if it was still there after all these years.

We had a live tree with the roots encased in a burlap sack just that single year. I remember how we watered it and of course it was really heavy to get out of the living room.

Usually we’d get a cut tree, close to Christmas Eve. You know the ones- sometimes hard to get level in the metal stand or the base of the trunk is too thick so you get a metal bucket and some rocks, the fresh trees that drop needles before Epiphany, or you grab the trunk and are dripping with sappy gum. These real trees evoke Christmas of yesteryear with the pine fragrance. Not a candle or soap or air freshener. True woodsy clean fresh pine along with a tangerine peel says Christmas to me.

This Christmas tree was planted behind St.Paul’s Church in Morris Plains where our dad was the rector. We lived in the Rectory across the street.

The photographer prefers anonymity to a photo credit but I’m grateful for the effort and can’t wait until my brother and sister see this magnificent tree. Thank you.

Happy memories.

The Hendricks Family Christmas (1963) Tree today. 2-10-19

Artist Bill Pfahl’s Paintings in Ohio

Looking around the walls of Mark and Erika’s home, I see several paintings by Pittsburgh artist William Pfahl.

He has a painting on the wall of the Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office, too. 

Here is the latest addition to their collection of Bill Pfahl’s art.

St. Boniface on Northside where Anna, Michael and Jack were baptized Immaculate Heart of Mary – Mark and Erika’s Wedding.

August 17, 2002. Polish Hill Central Catholic High School- Mark class of ’94

View from the Quad

Here’s a photo I took at Bill’s art show in Sharpsburg.

And here is he is painting the 16th Street Bridge

Bill was part of the People at Work Show at Panza Gallery July 2018

Here is his palette 

thanks Bill for commemorating the important Pittsburgh landmarks that mean so much to Mark and Erika and their children.

Stained Glass Light by Guest Bloggers Team

Maura:
“Dad, we could be guest bloggers if this light idea works.”

(Photos by my son Mark- assisted by Michael and Maura )

I’d say the light idea worked just fine.

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St. Patrick Church – Columbus, Ohio

 

Silent Sunday

Reverend Father Dave Urban

American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese
St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church California Avenue
Pittsburgh

http://orthodoxpittsburgh.com/

Lights in the Darkness

Flickering candle flames are mesmerizing. It’s hard to avert your eyes.

They cast a flattering light.

The sound of the strike of a wooden match. Tapers on a dinner table. The evening’s about to begin.

Lighting votives in the alcove of a church offers comfort when there’s really nothing else one can do.

Skinny candles on birthday cakesthe smell of wax and smoke after you make your wish, blow them out.

Everyone’s getting those battery operated, remote control, waxy but not real flame candles these days. No carbon marks on paint behind picture frames. No danger of setting the house afire.

I’ve got a set on the mantel right now. Need a load of double AAs. Make them glow again.

The wavering lights of true flames, hypnotize me.

Create shadows on the walls.

Light up a winter night.

H.B.T.Y.

Night Walk in Bloomfield

Neighborhood.

Steve and I were walking around Bloomfield Monday night. We grabbed a bite at Lot 17.

Bus on Friendship Ave in front of West Penn Hospital

Once I photographed this duo in the snow.A little Christmas tree with lights.

Did you ever play ItalyOpoly?Merante’s Store on Liberty Ave

Unretouched Photo of formerly St. Joseph Church now St. Maria Goretti . How about that pink?

Wooden bear outside Green Market carved by George. A Vietnam Vet.

A Face in the Crowd

This week’s challenge was just that- a challenge.

A Face in the Crowd. Or two or three or four……..

Austin TXPNC Park tailgate/ Wedding

Wedding -Fredericksburg TX

Zion Apostolic McKeesport PA

Panza Gallery, Millvale PALion Dance Strip District Pittsburgh Marathon

First Communion Columbus OH

Below-Kennywood Amusement Park Pittsburgh Plunge

New York City

Swim Meet Columbus OH

Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium

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