January 04: Hello from Western New York, where my wife
and I enjoy messing about in the many boats that I have built.
of the photos, and all of the text, cartoon logos, web design
and webpage maintenance are my work. The
Reverend, as I affectionately call my wife, is
the photog when I'm the subject of a pic on this website.
also from our fine old cat, Miss
Sparkie, whom I affectionately call The Skipper.
Reverend and I serve Presbyterian churches in Buffalo and Niagara
Falls. Miss Sparkie is a sleep/play/eat specialist going on
13 years of human age.
Our Town, Our Values
than a hundred different buffalo sculptures adorn our
wonderful as boats and boating are, life is even sweeter.
life in Buffalo,
NY, is especially sweet.
has lots of water to mess about on in boats,
extensive neighborhoods of fine old houses, wonderful public
Law Olmsted-designed parks. Frank
Lloyd Wright designed five homes and an office
building in Buffalo.
expresses our joy of place.
to My Friends
boats keeps me on an even keel. My Letters are a log
that charts the waters of my spirituality.
to My Friends archives my monthly letters to the
members of the church that I serve.
I am pastor of Pierce Avenue Presbyterian Church in Niagara
As a Presbyterian, I seek to avoid Presbyopia.
The root meaning of the Greek word that both Presbyterian
and Presbyopia come from literally means an
old man. And ... reduced ability to focus caused
by loss of elasticity.
But Presbyterian also evokes the wisdom of
the wise. Elders, we call them, Ruling Elders (lay folk) and
Teaching Elders (AKA Ministers of the Word and Sacrament).
Sparkie, our Skipper
Sparkie doesn't know about boats, being an
indoor cat, but she would be the Skipper if she were to
board one of our boats. Never mind that one of the many
pet names I have for her is an occasional Little
aside: You well may be wondering why I have mentioned
the divine Miss Sparkie higher up on this webpage, complete
with photo, and here she is again, complete with another
why: Variations on "catch the new pictures
of my cat (dog, sloth, aardvark, etc.) that I posted to
my webpage" account for what was once, in the early
days, the second-most popular use of the Internet -- pet
appreciation. The most popular use of the Internet from
its release to a general audience has to do with a different
Basic Urge (and I'm not talking about food or shelter, either).
I have tried to emulate the spirit of the Blog
our joys gives us more joy, and the gift culture of the Internet
gives us an immediate way to share my building of boats and
the enjoying of our boats.
I am especially proud of the slowly growing Contributors
section, because community and relationships are gratifying
and important on our