July 27th, 2004

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Sister Seagull

"Just remember the world is not a playground but a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday but an education. One eternal lesson for us all: to teach us how better we should love"--Barbara Jordan

I got many tasks done on Monday and Tuesday, although I count my days in terms of tasks yet to do. I find that in such times, I sometimes not only work more, but also read more, spend more time on the telephone, and e mail more. But it's hit and miss. I want to do more. I want to be more. I want to solve all my personal dilemmae. I want to learn to show real care, and not fail in the forms so often.

I'm going to tell a story tonight that is not particularly obscure, nor particularly illuminating. But it's a generous snippet of a life, and sometimes I find these snippets quite interesting.

On my way from the Crescenta Valley to work in downtown Los Angeles, for many years, I would drive down the Glendale Freeway to Glendale Boulevard and then on into downtown L.A. On my path, I'd pass the Angelus Temple.

The Angelus Temple is by Echo Park, a little park lake where people walk around the lake and sometimes fish for catfish. It's a nice park, which the neighbors recently more or less took back from drug dealers, unless the years have reversed the balance of power yet again.

In the Angelus Temple a religious evangelist preached. Her name was Aimee Semple McPherson.

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