July 5, 2020

A Highlight of the Summer of 2014

This is a summer with a lot of centennial connections for us and for the world.

  • We visited Monhegan Island the other day, off the coast of Maine. In 1614, John Smith was there, making this year the island’s quadricentennial.
  • We attended the celebration of our first church’s 200th anniversary. East Dover Baptist Church, East Dover, Vermont, was founded officially in 1814.
  • 2014 is also the centennial commemoration of the start of “The Great War,” World War I (1914). The “war to end all wars” unfortunately led to a century of conflict, the deadliest century the world has ever known. This past week, I briefly entertained the terrible fear that incidents like the shooting down of Malaysaian Airlines MH17 might be leading western nations toward a repeat performance.

Ah well, since we’re enjoying a final time of respite with Randy and Jill Thompson at lovely Forest Haven here in New Hampshire before we head home to Indiana, I’d like to focus on the positive today and commemorate this auspicious year by showing you some pictures from our day trip to Monhegan.

That’s a day I will long remember.

May these images breath a little Sabbath into your Sunday.

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  1. May you return refreshed!

  2. No fog! So that’s what Maine looks like.

    • And did you check out the art of the Wyeths (N.C., Andrew, and Jamie)? Well, how could you not?

      On our kitchen wall you probably noticed a knock-off of an N.C. Wyeth, painted by our middle daughter, of a fisherman just off the cliffs of the eastern shore of Monhegan.

      • I had a two-night visit to Monhegan in the early 70s and somehow ended up not noticing Jamie Wyeth, who was seated in the booth immediately across from us. (This was pointed out to me by my host after we’d left and were walking back down the path.)

        • at the little cafe, that is…

        • He’s a bit on the reclusive side. Used to paint inside a box while outdoors so people couldn’t see what he was doing.

          I like Jamie’s art very much. He thinks outside of the, uh… box. The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland often has some great exhibits of his work.

          • Yes, I seem to recall having read about his using a box/blind, and can’t really say I blame him – especially not now, with phone pics and more. I’m sure he gets pestered a lot by day trippers and longer-term summer people.

            Still, I have to believe that he isn’t (or wasnt) always quite as reclusive as he’s made out to be, seeing that he was out for lunch; also that he was so easily identifiable by npeople who spent the summer out there.

  3. Beautiful photos, Chaplain Mike! Thanks for sharing them with us.

  4. If the pictures are any indication I’m sure you had a wonderfully refreshing time.

  5. Christiane says

    Beautiful . . . a sermon in pictures . . . thanks Chaplain Mike

    “May these images breath a little Sabbath into your Sunday.” yes, the pictures were a blessing 🙂

  6. Monhegan – it’s quite a place, isn’t it? Thanks so much for refreshing my memory with these pics, and I’m glad the weather cooperated for you. : )

  7. Dana Ames says

    “The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the sea.” -Isak Dineson


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