There are many great things about 2011 receding in the rear view mirror. It was just an awful year…One of the small good things (and yet…) was the end of the Postaday2011 challenge. I had given myself a number of “ropes and rules” that dictated how I would participate. They are now gone. That means that I can post two days behind reality if I want to. Post late in the day. Who knows, maybe I will put two days together sometime in the future so I can catch up.
I visited St John The Divine (aka St John the unfinished) today (1-9-12).
Continuing the unfinished theme…despite being The Peace Fountain, there is no running water.
It is one of the two well known houses of worship up here (the other being the Riverside Church). They are not nearly as famous as St. Pat’s, but they are both truly integral parts of the entire Morningside Heights community.
There is a school connected with St Johns which is behind the cathedral and The Bible Garden.
Despite appearances, I was not intruding on a counseling session. Out of sight behind the statues and hedges is a camera crew. Some of the school’s film students were shooting a movie.
One of the great events at St Johns is the blessing of the animals which is held every fall. We have seen everything from elephants to pythons, ferrets to gerbils, although dogs and cats rule. They don’t just talk the talk about animals though. There are a number of peacocks living on the grounds of the Cathedral. They scared Abigail no end when she was little.
I do still miss shooting the river everyday though.
Katherine asked me to go to Morningside Meeting with her today. It is held on the 12th Floor of Riverside Church. She never has asked before so I did. When we walked in we passed a Muslim Service occurring in one of the Inner Chapels and watched the choir lining up to head into the church for the 11am service.
If you have never been to an unprogrammed Quaker/ Society of Friends Meeting…it is a very different experience. Katherine is not, at this time, a member of the Meeting but is on the Hospitality Committee and attends as often as she can.
The George Washington Bridge, The Hudson River, Grant’s Tomb, and a corner of Riverside Church from The Quaker Meeting Room on the 12th Floor of Riverside Church.
Taken with my iPhone