Oysterville Daybook Archives

The View from Across the Street

The View from Across the Street

Tucker's photograph of our house taken through the Sunday School window across the street has immediately gone right to the top of my all-time favorite images!  It was among the many photos he took to accompany my article for the Chinook Observer...

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Getting Ready to Gussy Out in Oysterville!

Getting Ready to Gussy Out in Oysterville!

It's Spring!  The calendar tells me so.  If it weren't for that, I'd have thought that we'd skipped a season and leaped directly into summer.  It's been sunny and warm – no make that hot! – all week here in Oysterville.  On Tuesday, it was 80° in...

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Hoping for Hip! Hip! Hooray!

Hoping for Hip! Hip! Hooray!

When it comes to old structures like our house or the church across the street, I am in favor of repairing (if possible), restoring (if necessary) and replacing (never!)  I know there isn't always a choice, but I love the old workmanship and, if it...

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More Than Meets Eye and Ear

More Than Meets Eye and Ear

Yesterday's carol singing at the church sounded fabulous as it always does!  And I don't think it was just the acoustics, although almost every musician who comes to Oysterville to play or sing in that little historic building comments on the...

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Concerning Roses and the Oysterville Church

Concerning Roses and the Oysterville Church

In Act II, Scene II of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" young Juliet says:  What's in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet.  I think of those words now and again when things near and dear to my heart are not...

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Never-ending Entertainment and Inspiration

Never-ending Entertainment and Inspiration

The church across the street is what I'm talking about here – a constant source of pleasure!  And, this time, I'm not talking about what happens inside it's hallowed walls, either.  I don't have to set foot over the threshold to be mesmerized by...

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Picture Pluperfect!

Picture Pluperfect!

Adj plu-per-fect.  more than perfect; utterly perfect. "If I had a dollar for every photograph taken of the church…"  I can still see my father shaking his head in amazement at all the attention the little Oysterville Church began to receive in the...

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The bar is set high in Oysterville!

The bar is set high in Oysterville!

"I'm going to get a petition started.  Will you sign it?"  The speaker, a long-time Oysterville friend, approached me yesterday as I was helping gather up the hymnals after Vespers. Ordinarily, I might have had a question or two, but my response...

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Ready for the Next Million Plus

Ready for the Next Million Plus

I'm not talking dollars here, although that would be nice.  I'm talking feet – as in pedestrian foot traffic in and out of the Oysterville Church.  Although math has never been my strong suit, I think that over the past forty years, many more than...

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Church Work in Oysterville

Church Work in Oysterville

When we say, "There's a lot of church work going on in town," it's a literal statement.  We aren't referring to the faithful going door-to-door spreading the Good News. Nor are we talking about church ladies slaving away over hot stoves so their...

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Lost Days and Missed Opportunities

Lost Days and Missed Opportunities

The worst part of being sick is all that time that has simply gone away.  Days and days of limbo which is described by my dictionary as an uncertain situation that you cannot control and in which there is no progress or improvement. That is an...

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Christmas Vespers in Oysterville

Christmas Vespers in Oysterville

If you count a generation as twenty years, the Oysterville summer vesper services have spanned two of them!  By now, if you say "vespers" to anyone who lives in the area, they automatically think of music and the little historic church across the...

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