Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesdays at Trinity

Trumpets sound from the rear.

Tuesdays at Trinity

Great ranks of pipes on each side of the choir loft.

Tuesdays at Trinity

The organist today is Trinity's own Casey Cantwell

Monday, September 29, 2008

Old Tulsa Central High School

I did my practice teaching here in 1963. Some years later it was closed as a school due to declining enrollment and offered for sale. Fortunately, Public Service Company bought it and handsomely remodeled it for their offices.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Christ Church Episcopal

Our lovely garden.

Christ Church Episcopal

Deacon Nancy reads the gospel.

Christ Church Episcopal

Acolytes come in all sizes.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Kairos Team Meeting

Vince made some great stew.

Kairos Team Meeting

Getting ready for the Kairos weekend at Cimmaron Correctional Facility at Cushing Oklahoma to be held October 30 to November 2, 2008.

Friday, September 26, 2008

First Presidential Debate

We had friends over for dinner and to watch the debate between John McCain and Barack Obama at Old Miss in Oxford Mississippi

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New/Old Office Building

This mixed use office space at 21st and S. Utica is about 2 years old but has a nice old world look that I find very attractive.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

At the Doctor's Office

Just a routine checkup from Dr. Sanders.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tuesdays at Trinity

The organ is a Moller Opus 9606 built in 1961. It has pipes from 1.5 foot to 32 feet, four full manuals and 2 1/2 octaves of pedals. The sound is magnificent.

Tuesdays at Trinity

Organist Susan Panciera of Boston Avenue Methodist Church. As the organist sits on the far side of the console she is not visible while she plays.

Tuesdays at Trinity

Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Tulsa offers a series of free noontime music recitals every Tuesday from September through May.

Arkansas River at 8:30 AM

Looking North at about 66th street.

Rivertrail at 8:30 AM

Looking South at about 56th street.

Monday, September 22, 2008

First Day of Autumn

Some leaves are just beginning to turn. Among the first are dogwood and sumac.

Two Videos You Need to See

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin (SNL)

Matt Damon on Sarah Palin

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Christ Church Episcopal

One of the windows on the South wall of the nave.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Stewardship Dinner

Fr. Rick and lovely wife Dee.

Stewardship Dinner

The Douthitt's lovely family.

Stewardship Dinner

Bob and Susan do a lot of good work.

Stewardship Dinner

Christ Church Episcopal has its annual stewardhip dinner. Delicious!

Kairos Team Meeting

Sharing the noon meal.

Kairos Team Meeting

The Kairos Prison Ministry uses teams of about 35 volunteers to conduct a 3 1/2 day weekend retreat for groups of 42 residents at medium to maximum security prisons in 32 states and 6 foriegn countries. Kairos is a multi-denominal Christian ministry patterned after the Cursillo movement.

We are preparing for Kairos #10 at the Cimmaron Correction Center in Cushing, Oklahoma. After 8 training sessions we will be ready to conduct the Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon event over the weekend of October 30 to November 2, 2008.

Read all about it at: Kairos Prison Ministry

Friday, September 19, 2008

Looks Like New

The car wash at the Rocket Lube is $14 but that's a lot less than a new car.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tulsa Mansion

Tulsa has some magnificent old estates. This one is at 41st and Lewis.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Daddy's Little Helper

Mike says Gavin's not quite ready to push it himself.

Little Drummer Boy

Gavin is getting big -- 18 months.

AA Retiree Breakfast

Once a month retirees from American Airlines/Sabre meet for breakfast at Mimi's on 71st.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Across the River

Here is downtown Tulsa from the West bank of the Arkansas River. The past several days have been sunny and mild -- a welcome relief after all the rain.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Downtown Tulsa at Night

The Philtower

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Rose Window at Christ Church

A large round stained glass window in a church is called a "rose window" regardless of the design. Ours is a beautiful descending dove.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Signature Symphony

Horacio Gutierrez was featured tonight as guest pianist. The performance was outstanding. The concerts are held in the VanTrease Performing Arts Center on the campus of Tulsa Community College.

Signature Symphony

This year is the 30th anniversary of the various orchestras led by Dr. Barry Epperley. In 1978 he created a chamber orchestra called The Little Symphony. The orchestra grew and in 1985 began a series of pops concerts at the Brady Theater under the name The Oklahoma Sinfonia. When Tulsa Community College built the state of the art Vantrease Center in 1995, the orchestra took up residence there as The Signature Symphony and continued the popular series of Pops concerts, complementing the Tulsa Philharmonic's classical performances. When the Philharmonic folded in 2002, Epperley added a classical series and presents 5 pops and 5 classical performances each season.

Tonight's program:

David Pettit - The Eagle (Premier performance)
Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5, "The Emperor"
- Intermission -
Modest Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (Orchestration by Ravel)

Conducted by Barry Epperley

Ed and Lois's 50th Anniversary

A beautiful cake -- and tasty too.

Ed and Lois's 50th Anniversary

They have a large family, many friends, and are very involved with their church and charities. Ed does Kairos Prison Ministry and Lois does Meals On Wheels. They are a blessing to many.

Ed and Lois's 50th Anniversary

We are pleased to attend a 50th wedding anniversary celebration for our dear friends Ed and Lois Minich. Ed and I have been in prison together many times.

Ike Comes to Tulsa

The leading edge of Hurricane Ike has reached Northeast Oklahoma and the rain is pouring down. It will get worse before it gets better. Pray for the people who lost everything.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering 9/11

Trinity Episcopal Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma

This year the service was comprised of prayers, music, and readings. The choir combined a number of Tulsa churches, and the readers included Christians, Muslims, and Jews. The choir and readers entered in a silent procession, and likewise recessed in silence. In years past I have been moved to tears by the requiem and was equally touched by this service. One of the readings was the poem "Remember" by Joy Harjo which begins:

Remember the sky that you were born under,
know each of the stars' stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
. . . .
Remember that you are the universe and that this universe is you.
Remember that language comes from this.
Remember the dance that language is, that life is.

And this hymn sung to the tune of Sibelius' Finlandia

This is my song, O God of all nations,
A song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home,the country where my heart is;
here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
but other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

Remembering 9/11

We drive downtown in the morning rain to Trinity Episcopal Church for the September 11 Remembrance service. On the first anniversary of 9/11 many cities participated in what was called the Rolling Requiem, a performance of Faure's Requiem by combined community choirs. Tulsa has maintained this tradition longer than most cities.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Rain, Rain

The wet weather has finally reached Oklahoma. It has rained all day.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Journey in Faith

Susan leads a study group on Tuesday evenings at Christ Church called Journey in Faith. We adjourned for the summer but resumed this evening.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Downtown Tulsa

Looking North on Boston Avenue toward the Williams Center Tower.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

The occasion for our visit was "Reunion Sunday" to invite former members to come back for a visit. Of course, there was a pot luck.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

Fr. Bob Taliaferro celebrates the eucharist.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

We visited St. Peter's this morning. Sue's first husband was the priest here for 13 years. After he passed away, we met and married at St. Peter's. Although we have since transferred to Christ Church we still have a lot of old friends here.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

We are in the nosebleed seats - the top row of the upper balcony of Tulsa's Performing Arts Center. The acoustics are superb and season tickets are $30 per seat.

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

Tonight is the first performance of the 2008 - 2009 season of the TSO. On the program:

John Estacio - Spring's Promise
Igor Stravinsky - Pulcinella Suite
- Intermission -
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

Alastair Willis conducting

Friday, September 5, 2008

City Veterinary Hospital

Smokey had a benign growth removed from his elbow and is fine, but the anesthetic left him a bit droopy for awhile.

Built in 1942 in an art deco style, this veterinary clinic was designed by Joseph R. Koberling, Jr. It is a one-story, buff brick building with rounded streamline corners, and large, full curved glass block windows. It has a flat roof with a banded parapet and a curved, smooth metal-faced canopy above the entrance. The interior features a lobby, several examining rooms, an operating theater and boarding facilities, all with terrazzo floors. It is still in use as an upscale vet clinic. I took Smokey there for some minor surgery this morning.