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.
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.
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.
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)
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. Remember.
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.
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.
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.
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.