APRIL 2016

Graphic of sun behind April showers.


  1. A Boston minister once noticed a crowd of boys clustered around a dog of doubtful pedigree. “What are you doing, my little men?” he asked, with fatherly interest. “Swappin’ lies,” volunteered one of the boys. “The feller that tells the biggest one gets the pup.” “Shocking!” exclaimed the minister. “Why, when I was your age I never thought of telling an untruth.” “You win,” chorused the urchins, “The dog’s yours, mister.”
  2. Little Tommy had spent his first day at school. “What happened?” his mother asked him when he got home. “Nothing, a woman wanted to know how to spell ‘cat’ so I told her.”
  3. A very conscientious man met a friend and said, “Say, I’m awfully sorry, but you know I told you the other day that Oleson was a Swedenborgian?” “Well, isn’t he?” asked his friend. “No, I found out that he is a Norwegian.” (I found this mild humor in a 1939 book. RL)
  4. A flying rumor never has any trouble making a landing.
  5. Physicians say that 50 million Americans are overweight. These, of course, are just round figures.
  6. The new playhouse is in critical condition. Foul play is suspected.
  7. A bird in the hand is bad table manners.
  8. “I was quite upset when Jack kissed me.” “Oh, dear me, hadn’t you been kissed before.” “Yes, but never in a canoe.” [Upsetting indeed!]


  1. One day last February I saw a red fox strutting through my backyard. He/she looked magnificent.
  2. And one day last winter while walking in my neighborhood on a cloudy, cold day, I looked up at a passing school bus. And there behind a window was Julia, my 15-year-old buddy, waving playfully at me. I responded in kind and that really bolstered my spirit.
  3. I wonder if when a gay man is in the world of spirits after death he would see a woman, recognize her as his conjugial partner and then exclaim, “Thank God, my nightmare is over.” A lesbian who finds her eternal male partner many have the same sense of liberation and joy. I just can’t imagine gay men acting as intimately as they do, to all eternity. For all gay people, I hope that their life style is only a condition for this world. Happy, divinely ordered days can lie ahead for those whose gay life style in the natural world was not of their free choosing. Most gay people are simply playing with the cards they were dealt, I believe. And who am I to judge their spiritual state? I don’t, but only wish that they regenerate like many/some heterosexual people choose to do and enter in a heavenly marriage someday.
  4. On Saturday, February 20, at 6:30 a.m. I heard my neighbor’s car leave his driveway. Later in the day I asked him why he went out so early. He told me that he took his daughters, Julia and Vita, to a high school science contest in Soudertown, Pa. which was open to all high schools in Montgomery County, PA. Both Julia and Vita came in first place in the contests they entered. I am very proud of them.


  1. On Wednesday, March 3th as Dorothy and I were strolling around Glencairn we saw three women approaching us. They were walking up a slight incline from the parking lot. It appeared that a very elderly lady was being supported and guided by a woman on either side of her. The elderly lady groaned in obvious pain with every step she took.

    Later on the parking lot I saw one of the ladies. I asked her how old the elderly lady was and she said that her mother was 98 years old. I said to her that she was a good daughter. Her eyes became teary and I asked how old her father was. She said that he had lived to age 98. Now I wonder if the elderly lady wanted to visit Glencairn because she had done so previously with her husband. All I know is that she had tremendous determination. What strength some women have!

    I am reminded of a 64 year old lady from Sicily, who said to me recently, “Men think they are strong, but they are not so strong as women.” She waved her hand in a manner dismissive of men. Yet she smiled playfully at me. I know that she appears to be happily married to a macho husband. She knows his weaknesses yet loves him dearly, I believe, even to the point of bringing a cup of coffee and a roll to him in his bed every morning after he wakes up.

  2. Last March I found a yellow pencil on the road in front of my home. It was a number 2, just like the ones I had when I was in third and fourth grades at Burns Elementary School in Erie, Pa. This pencil which I found had teeth indentations in it. And I could not help but remember how I loved to chew on my pencils long ago. I really loved the sweet taste of the lead which, I believe, lead to memory problems that I have had most of my life. Live and learn.


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was formed in 1958. When it first launched satellites it had primitive tracking devices so it happened, probably in the early 1960s, that it lost track of one of its satellites. The scientists just could not find it. But they did find Ken Rose. Maybe they contacted the astronomers at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia who certainly were aware of the space expert in Bryn Athyn, named Ken Rose. Anyway NASA contacted Ken and explained their problem of a lost satellite. Apparently he asked them about the mathematical calculations that they were using. He suggested other calculations they could try. Soon NASA contacted Ken again and said that with his guidance they had found the lost satellite.

My neighbor, Larken Rose, one of Ken Rose’s sons, told me this history. He said that very long ago he had heard this story and when he asked his dad about it, Ken said that it was true.


In October 1957 the Soviet Union stunned the world and especially the United States by launching an earth orbiting satellite for the first time, ever! The cold war suddenly took a left turn much to the consternation of the American Government and especially the military.

In spite of the political hullabaloo, the event sparked a gleam in the eyes of us; I guess today we would call ourselves “Techno-Freaks.” Science fiction was becoming real!

Ken Rose, true to his inquisitive and inventive nature, designed and implemented a rather simple but ingenious array of small telescopes on the roof of Benade Hall. There were about six or eight scopes all aligned in a row south to north. Each telescope had an inclination (altitude positioning) greater that its neighbor so that a great arc of sky from near the horizon to directly overhead was covered cumulatively by the array. For an observing session, all the telescopes were manned by volunteers at the expected time of a passing overhead of the new satellite. The session was recorded with an audiotape recorder while the time signal from some source (Probably the Naval Observatory in Washington) played from a radio receiver in the background.

The volunteers manning the several small telescopes were instructed to gaze at their assigned sector of the sky and report any shining dot appearing to traverse their field of view and announcing the event by hollering “HO!”

The idea, of course was to pinpoint as accurately as possible the position of the object in the sky AND the time of the occurrence, thus aiding in the calculation of Sputnik’s orbit. So far so good!

One evening, being a mere senior in High School and not having been invited to participate as a volunteer, I nevertheless attended a session on the roof. At the approximate expected time, a shining dot did indeed appear in the sky traveling in about the expected direction. Everyone was hunched over their respective telescopes and a grave-like silence descended so as not to interfere with the audio recording.


As I looked at the thing in the sky, my then much sharper vision noticed a small red light blinking on and off next to the object. I could not help myself! I blurted out loud and clear: “IT’S AN AIRPLANE!”

The next day Mr. Rose passed me in the halls and remarked: “Airplane huh?”

It turns out that at this time I was right, and the whole night’s observations were unsuccessful in finding Sputnik.

Isn’t science wonderful!


April 28, 1955 The new building development, known as Pine Run Park, at the southeast corner of Buck and Byberry Roads was developed as a New Church Community by the West Chelten Corporation.

January 12, 1956 Mr. Jussi Jalas, conductor of the Helsinki Opera and a son-in-law of Sibelius, spent part of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays at the home of Richard Yardumian. Mr. Jalas went caroling with the Nova Hierosolyma carolers….

February 23, 1956 The celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Borough of Bryn Athyn….Dr. Wm. Whitehead as the toastmaster….President Edward C. Bostock spoke on “The Growth of Bryn Athyn.” He gave the history of the founding of Bryn Athyn and listed twenty or more names which had been discussed for a year or more as possible names for the Village that is now Bryn Athyn Borough. Some of the names were Gwynmont, Rothlyn, Hillcrest and Ridgemont.


  1. A young minister, in the first days of his first parish, was obliged to call upon the widow of an eccentric man who had just died. Standing before the open casket and consoling the widow he said, “I know that this must be a very hard blow, Mrs. Vernon. But we must remember that what we see here is the husk only, the shell – the nut has gone to heaven.”
  2. Will Rogers, acting as toastmaster at a dinner one evening, was annoyed by the lengthy talk of the man he had just introduced. The long-winded bore finally ended his oratory and Rogers arose and said, “You have just listened to that famous Chinese statesman, On Too Long.”
  3. One Sunday after President Calvin Coolidge had returned to the White House from church, where he had gone alone, Mrs. Coolidge inquired, “Was the sermon good?” “Yes” he answered. “What was it about?” “Sin” “What did the minister say?” she asked. “He was against it.”
  4. Whistler, the painter, was at dinner one night when an awful bore came up to him and said, “Do you know Mr. Whistler, I passed [by] your home last night.” “Thanks” said Whistler.


Let bygones be bygones.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.


  1. In 1981, the Cathedral Operating Committee, with Lachlan Pitcairn as the chairman, was dissolved. One good thing that I can say about Mr. Pitcairn is that he never did anything to harm the Cathedral. Why was he thus dismissed from service? He was a victim of dirty politics.
  2. Also in 1981 the Cathedral Curator was forced to retire after 15 years of faithful service to the use of curator. Why was he cast out without being given the opportunity to respond to any criticism? Dirty politics
  3. The Cathedral Curator was as it were thrown into the street and abandoned. The thought to give him a job at Glencairn was considered later, but he never was asked to work there. (This subject has been reported on in a previous issue of Sunshine.)
  4. Since the early days of Bryn Athyn, for decade after decade, vehicles for personal transportation have been repaired at a garage located at the intersection of Huntingdon Pike and Buck Road. Many thousands of residents of Bryn Athyn have taken their vehicles there to be inspected and repaired. Often they walked home then; later to return for pick-up. Going to the automobile garage seemed as natural a part of our life, and almost as needful, as going to the family doctor or dentist.
    About fifteen years ago this use was terminated. Why? Dirty politics

Note: I find some fault in the persons who brought a charitable business, which they loved deeply, to the location. But I find fault primarily in those persons at the Academy who apparently fell under the sway of money and personality when they gave permission for our beloved garage to be destroyed. They are guilty of hurting many people in BA, who continue to suffer from this deprivation even until today.


  1. Heaven is a great big hug that lasts forever.
  2. A magazine article stated that the way to achieve inner peace is to FINISH things that I have started. Today I finished four bags of potato chips, a cherry pie, and a small box of chocolates. I feel better already!
  3. Two things I have learned: 1. There is a God. 2. I am not Him.
  4. What do you get if you cross a dinosaur with a dog? A very nervous mailman.
  5. What do you call a scared tyrannosaurus? A nervous rex.


  1. When you are in trouble and worried and sick at heart – And your plans are unset and your world falls apart – Remember God’s ready and waiting to share – The burden you find too heavy to bear – So with faith, “Let Go and Let God” lead your way – Into a brighter and less troubled day.
  2. The priceless gift of life is love – For with the help of God above – Love can change the human race – And make this world a better place – For love dissolves all hate and fear – And makes our vision bright and clear – So we can see and rise above – Our pettiness on wings of love.