Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Some lighter fare

Having to try to digest all the doings of General Convention and The General Synod of the Church of England, and what is generally depressing news for traditionalists, makes one weary of all things churchy (but not weary of The Faith concerning our Lord, of course). Even the hot, humid weather combined with lower Church attendance (8am being up, but not making up for the lower 10am service attendance) adds to the sluggishness of mid-July in Metro Detroit.

But as a diversion, I had a nice week of from work this past week. Actually, the diversion began last week (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) when I went with Sam and Andrew and my father-in-law to Grandparents University at Michigan State. Of course my mother-in-law was supposed to go, but Laura had her baby down in Georgia, and she was down there. We lived in the dorms, ate in the cafeteria, and went to classes. I escorted Sam, and enjoyed classes in Chemistry, Astronomy, Archery, Air-rifle, and the care and management of horses. Andrew took astronomy, personal economics (budgeting), a class on bugs, crime scene investigations, and two other classes. We also had time to explore the nearby woods, and hang out on campus.

This past week we went to Chatham, Ontario to a place called Wheels Inn ( http://www.wheelsinn.com/ ). It is a hotel with an indoor amusement park, go-karts, pool with a huge slide, putt-putt, etc. We enjoyed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday there. Thursday, Friday and Saturday we enjoyed some time around the house, a shopping trip to the new IKEA store here in Metro Detroit, doing overdue projects (thorough cleaning of the bbq, replace leaking garden hose, weeding the brick patio, etc.). I also had a chance to do my lap swimming as Andrew had his swim team practice.

I ended a good vacation Saturday night by slipping on the stairwell to the basement while carrying a load of laundry, jamming my left shoulder. It is a close draw between the pain of my shoulder, and the pain of the bruised ego for doing something so stupid! It looks like I won't be swimming freestyle, or throwing the baseball the next few days!