MARCH 2015

Sun with melting snow

QUOTATIONS

Yogi Berra’s answer to a question about what he would do if he found a million dollars: “I’d find the fellow who lost it, and if he was poor, I’d return it.”

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else.” - Yogi Berra

“Every man must get to heaven his own way.” - Frederick the Great, 1712-1786

HUMOR

From a courtroom exchange between an attorney and a witness as reported in the Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyer’s Journal:
Attorney: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse? Witness: No.
Attorney: Did you check for blood pressure? Witness: No
Attorney: Did you check for breathing? Witness: No
Attorney: So then is it possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy? Witness: No.
Attorney: How can you be so sure, Doctor? Witness: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Attorney: But could the patient still be alive, nevertheless? Witness: It is possible that he could be alive and practicing law somewhere.

VARIOUS ITEMS

1. One of my mother’s relatives, Anton Birger Soneson, left Halmstad, Sweden for the United States on May 23, 1887. No one knows what happened to him thereafter. So in the 1990’s I put a notice in REMINISCE magazine, and miraculously I got a response from a man in Oregon, as follows: “He lived here [Hermiston, Oregon] in the early 20s. He and my father were good friends. I remember him as a very jolly person, well-liked by everyone. He was a carpenter [and] had a little farm out of town. He was ‘Tony’ to everyone….”

I also received another letter as a result of my notice in the magazine and was informed that Anton helped built sidewalks in a town in Oregon. The sidewalks were made of wood and kept pedestrians above and away from dirt and sometimes muddy roads.

2. Recently I received a telephone call from a man who told me that I could avoid viruses in my computer if I just sat in front of it and did what he told me to do there to the computer. Sure I will and let him turn my computer into a clone for him! He ended our conversation with, “As you wish” as he accepted my refusal. Well better as I wish than as he wishes.

3. Also recently a man called me on the telephone, apparently wanting to sell me a home security system. He asked me what system I currently had and I responded in my gravelly voice, “I have a baseball bat and a bad ad-e-tude.” I suspect that he really did not want to sell me a security system but just wanted to know what system I had so that he could bypass it in an attempt to rob me. Perhaps

POETRY

So her life was full of sunshine, for in toiling for the Lord
She had found the hidden sweetness that in common things lies stored;
He has strewn the earth with flowers, and each eye their brightness sees;
But He filled their cups with honey for His humble working bees.

- Francesca Alexander

When over dizzy heights we go,
One soft hand blinds our eyes,
The other leads us, safe and slow,
O Love of God most wise!

- Eliza Scudder

COMMON PHRASES

Lock, stock and barrel This, of course, refers to everything. Its origin is from the major parts of old guns which are lock, stock and barrel.

Strike when the iron is hot This saying originated in the 14th century. It refers to a blacksmith hitting the metal of a horseshoe when it is red hot and then can be formed into a shoe for a horse.

The gift of gab This refers to someone who speaks well or easily. Gab is a variation of the word gob which is an Irish, British and Australian word for mouth.

EDITORIAL OPINION

Golden retriever dogs have friendly, gentle temperaments although when they are young, they have a tendency to bite people. My neighbor, Pat O’Brian has an older retriever named Dog which is pronounced D-O-GEE and a younger retriever named Finch. Finch had tried to bite my hand several times a few months ago but he is getting more mature each day, I hope. So on Saturday February 7th as I was returning from my daily walk, one of the dogs charged toward me. I called out to him and he run right into my legs. I pushed him around in a roughhouse style. He retreated and again charged toward me at full speed and we collided. Then I heard Pat’s son, Justin, call out to the runaway dog, “Finch, come here.” I was astounded to realize that I had been playing with Finch and not gentle D-O-GEE. I called to Justin, “Has Finch stopped trying to bite people?” “Sort of,” Justin answered. “Sort of” was not a very comforting thought. Still he did not try to bite me.

I am inclined to think that often we have had unpleasant experiences with people somewhat like when Finch used to try to bite me. Our memories of those experiences of the past may remain unchanged in our minds until, perhaps through ignorance, like me mistaking Finch for D-O-GEE, until we actually have fun with our former enemies. Enemies may be too strong a word, but you know what I mean. But as life goes on, sometimes we enter into service with them for a common use and our former adversaries may now seem like good buddies and we actually enjoy working together. I guess that we would be wise not to cement in our minds, our views of our neighbors. They may change and we may change for the better as regeneration transforms some people.

FROM RICHARD LINQUIST’S BOOK ON THE CATHEDRAL – Louis Ewald

Mr. Ewald (1891-1988) inscribed the words on two framed documents that are hanging on the walls of the Michael Tower. One document is the Charter of the Bryn Athyn Church. The other document is a letter from Raymond Pitcairn, officially giving the Cathedral to the Bryn Athyn Church. It is dated October 5, 1919.

Gunny commented during my taped interview with him, “Incidentally, the lettering on the Charter was done by Louis Ewald….He worked here for several years….Mr. [Parke] Edwards designed the frame (made of monel metal) and the men made it down at the shop. These are little interesting facts that people don’t know about.”

Mr. Ewald came to Lower Moreland in 1919 to work on the Cathedral. He was hired as a designer, decorator and modeler. He was assigned to paint plaster models and to make schemes for the religious symbolism of the Chancel.

He had attended the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art now named The University of the Arts which is located in Philadelphia. Samuel Yellin was a member of the faculty in this school at the time that Mr. Ewald was a student there. Mr. Yellin probably was one of his teachers. While there, Mr. Ewald won the Wrought Iron Award.

His hometown was Minneapolis, Minnesota. However, he lived and had his studio in Fetter’s Mill in Lower Moreland for 55 years. He lived there with his wife and family, finally leaving in 1975….Between 1916 and 1972 he painted murals and did polychrome and gold leaf work in 85 churches in the Eastern United States.

QUOTATIONS

“A kind face is a beautiful thing.” - Martin Tupper (1810-1889)

“A gift with a kind countenance is a double gift.” - Ibid

“Who by aspirations throw a stone
At the head of others, hit their own." - George Herbert

On appearances: “Thus ‘tis with all; chief and constant care
It to is seem everything but what they are.” - Oliver Goldsmith

“No sense so uncommon as common sense
Plain sense but rarely leads us astray.” - Edward Young

IDEAS

Divide and lessen your grief by sharing it with a friend.

Live your life is such a way that it does not harm the happiness of others.

Be a problem solver.

You are never too old to learn.

Time often dilutes anger.

If you lie so as not to hurt someone, it is still a lie.

BRYN ATHYN HISTORY FROM BRYN ATHYN POST

July 3, 1940 The parade will assemble at the “Point” (known as the Inn Point except that the Inn isn’t there anymore) and will begin at 10 a.m.

THE ASSEMBLY ….The frivolous side of life was by no means ignored….A singing telegram “Happy Banquet to you” was delivered by a militant and unabashed Western Union boy in a post-graduate falsetto. Miss Aven Hyatt taking a test for a driver’s license told the Inspector that it took two feet to stop a car going fifty miles an hour – one for the clutch, the other for the brake. The occasional showers were spoken of as a rain of terror. Wise-cracking ditties and just plain wise cracks went the rounds continually. And the nightly session of informal dancing livened the evenings most acceptably.

Mr. Ariel Gunther has agreed to supervise fishing for the youngsters at the Pond every Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Sept. 12, 1940 The Pond season once again closes with a perfect record. No one was drowned. There were no notable accidents, no epidemics, no riots.

Did you notice the ordinance recently published in this paper, prohibiting parking on the south-east side of Alden Road? Signs will soon be erected.

Mr. Kenneth Simons will have a liberal education in civics this fall. He has been entrusted with responsibility for the public address system on Wendell Willkie’s campaign tour, and will spend the next couple of months within earshot of the Candidate.