Sunday, August 30, 2015

Arthur and The Poet

Andrea and I took Arthur to Meridian Park on a lovely summer afternoon.

 Arthur in front of the statue of the great Poet Dante Alighieri. As T.S. Eliot wrote, "Dante and Shakespeare divide the world. There is no third."


Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'Arc)

 This statue was a gift to the women of America from the women of France. Merci beaucoup!

Andrea listening to the drum concert, a weekly event in this DC park. 



Thursday, August 06, 2015

A Dream Come True

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

 Chris on Home Plate with Abe Cheering for her

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Exhibit at AU

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition

George in front of the museum

Christine in front of AU's Museum

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.