Another dear old friend came to town. Pam and I go way back. We have been friends since second grade. She and her husband were here to celebrate Thanksgiving with their son Will. They invited me to a wonderful dinner at the Willard Hotel. Very special!
Will, Pam, and Bob
Pam, Chris, and Bob
The restaurant had photos of many famous people, especially politicians. Here I am with one of my favorites, Hubert Humphrey (D-Minnesota).
We had a very nice Thanksgiving dinner at Marcello and Michelle's house. Michelle prepared a magnificent feast as usual. Michelle's mother Sylvia was there (and worked hard in the kitchen, too) but Nonno Andrea was not feeling well enough to join us. We all missed him, of course. But Arthur and I did bring him home lots of delicious food.
Twenty-one members of the DC Sons of Norway lodge met at the KC Cafe at the Kennedy Center for dinner before the concert by the great Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. A special guest in our group was the mother of the pianist. After the performance we were invited backstage to meet him. A huge thrill!
Betty, Marie, Mette (first three on the left) and Elizabeth, Janet, Chris, and Denise (on the right)
Sissel, Leif's mother, (on the left) and Kristin (second on right) with her friend from Hampton Roads, Sissel's friend
I met my friends Joel and Barbara at Teaism near the Navy Memorial for dinner before going to a Smithsonian presentation. Author Stacy Shiff gave a very interesting talk about her new book, Witches: Salem 1692.
Joel and Barbara
Barbara and Christine
The wonderful mural on the wall in the Ladies Room
My sister and I had the great good fortune of seeing Juliette Binoche perform in the title role of "Antigone" at the Kennedy Center. I am a huge Binoche fan and she was fantastic. In fact, the production was truly incredible.
To celebrate his birthday, I took my friend George to one of my very favorite DC restaurants, Founding Farmers. It is owned by North Dakota farmers and serves fresh, local food. Outstanding!
We had a delicious lunch. For appetizers, George ordered fried green tomatoes and I ordered corn bread, the very best I have ever eaten! For the main course, George had trout and I had butternut squash mascarpone ravioli that were out of this world.
Our very dear friend Anne was born on September 27. Barbara and I contributed the altar flowers in her memory on Sunday, September 27, this year.
After the service, Barbara and I received the flowers with the following card:
These flowers have been in the sanctuary of St. Christopher's. They have heard the hymns that have been sung, the prayers that have been offered, and the sermon that has been preached. And now they come to you with our love
I was delighted when my old Japanese friend Masanori came to Washington with his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. I met them in their hotel one afternoon. Unfortunately, they were here for a very short time only. But it was wonderful to see them I hadn't seen Masanori and Yoshifumi for seven years.
Masanori is on the right. I am standing between him and his son Yoshifumi.
Yoshifumi is in the middle with his lovely wife and adorable son.
The proud father and grandfather is on the right.
Here I am with Yoshifumi, Masanori's remarkable youngest son.
I have always been very envious of the children who are given the opportunity to run around the bases after Sunday games at Nats Park. Why not seniors, too? Well, seniors *were* offered this opportunity and I took advantage of it, of course. One of the rules,however, was: No running!
My friends Barbara and Joel and I went to Nats Park yesterday. We saw a great game in which the Nats beat the DBacks 8-3 and then we strolled the bases. What a thrill to stand on the bases! (I had no idea that they were so hard!) The Presidents were on the infield and greeted us warmly - except for Calvin Coolidge. He was rather quiet. No surprise there!
Below you can see some photos from this very special occasion.
Barbara and Joel
Chris and Barbara
The Stroll began immediately after the game
Chris on the Field
George Washington is on First and Teddy is bouncing around all over the place
Chris on Second Base with Calvin Coolidge behind her
George and I went to an exhibit at American University that was very painful to view. It was the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the attacks.
The exhibit included 20 artifacts collected from the debris of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and also six large folding screens that showed scenes of the event.
There was also a wonderful exhibit of children's drawings. All Souls Church Unitarian in DC had sent drawing supplies to a school in Hiroshima shortly after the bombings.The children drew pictures that were then sent to the church where they have been on display ever since.
"These drawings present a story of hope and reconciliation."
They were very colorful and upbeat drawings and showed happy children and adults.
These drawings were very different from the ones I saw when I visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in 1991. The pictures I saw were drawn shortly after the attacks and were scenes of the terror and destruction. They were horrifying pictures. My visit to this memorial was very painful, particularly because I went with my two dear Japanese friends, Yoko and Yukiko. I felt uneasy because I was American. What had my government done?
George and I found the drawings at the AU exhibit very beautiful but we had trouble looking at the artifacts and the graphic black and white photos of the destruction. In fact, at a certain point we both felt rather queasy and opted to leave to go out into the sunshine. This is not an exhibit that we plan to visit again. We did not regret going, however. It was informative and thought provoking. It was an appropriate way to commemorate this awful anniversary.