Today I paid a visit to Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church VA. It was a service associated with this church that provided caregiving when my mother broke her hip and had surgery in 1997 while I was moving to Minnesota for a job transfer.
This was the classic, formal service at 11:15 AM.
A bit of the prelude (orchestra, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”.
And Advent wreath lighting.
The improvistory sermon by Dr. Baucom started out with some jokes about Christmas customs (including how most people really don’t like to eat fruitcake that much – I don’t, but “fruitcakes like fruitcakes”, an unfortunate metaphor) before admitting that faith in Grace and in a savior was not completely logical, and counter to what we view as intellectually sound behavior everyday – but necessary because we are broken – for quantum effect reasons. Reproductive life, after all, exists to counter entropy in the universe. And consciousness, leading to free will, directs it all.
Another quote: “The birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.”
A short day trip to MGM Grand in National Harbor, on the Potomac River, just south of I-95 (really 495), the Beltway in Prince Georges County, MD,
I visited the “rooms” of the Hotel, the District, the Parlor, all kinds of places that belong in another Clue game.
and then the outdoor deck
The parking lot was very crowded (but free) but I finally found parking on P4 mid-day weekday. (The number-of-space counters are misleading.) The crowd indoor was moderate on a weekday, but there were lines in all the eateries.
In the “lobby” atrium, the Hotel tower looks a bit like Freedom Tower in Manhattan.
Does Oprah own some of this? I thought she had an interest in bringing MGM back to its former glory.
Kristin Beck (author of “Warrior Princess” and subject of the CNN film “Lady Valor”) spoke tonight at the Christmas party for the Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance. I see that I have footage from her speaking to AGLA at the Arlington VA library Nov. 25, 2014, too.
Here are the clips. I have to admit my attempt to wide-screen them on the cell phone backfired. Later I’ll figure out how to rotate them in the embed statement. For now, just play in YouTube and rotate the smartphone 90 degrees/
(Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 9:30 PM EST)
I made a trip to “another” Greenberg train show today, at Dulles Expo, near Dulles Airport, VA, 20 miles from DC in the Virginia Piedmont.
I had to park at Wal-Mart and go in and get a winter hat. There was a Salvation Army Bell Ringer putting on his act. Salvation Army has a past record of anti-gay policies, and the current situation seems uncertain and needs another look soon.
The show was very crowded, but had only three large train layouts.
Here are a few clips
Here is my video from the Cato Institute forum “Free Speech in the Age of Trump”, at 6 PM EST on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Kat Murti moderated. Danish publisher Flemming Rose, from the Jyllens Posten cartoon controversy (the book “The Tyranny of Silence”) and Reason magazine editor Nick Gillespie spoke.
7 I ask a question as to whether “state of war” against civilians (from ISIS) could justify clamping down on free speech
Last four were on cell phone
(Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 10 AM EST)