The scenes of devastation are disheartening, particularly in Queens where 80 or so homes burned. The photos recall post-bombing Dresden.
I will admit to being more than a little perplexed by the decision to run the NYC marathon. Bloomberg's statements that it will show NY is recovering or boost the morale of the people is ingenuous at best, and actually are closer to stupid. He seems to be speaking in bumper stickers and sound bites. I don't think anyone needs 40,000 spandex and nylon clad runners prancing through a devastated city. The tragedy is ongoing, it ain't over. The lack of priorities on the part of the marathon organizers is appalling.
Obviously the leaves are off the trees. This is my favorite time of the year. It is cold, crisp, aromatic and stark. I much prefer the woods when the leaves are down. The skeletal appearance is somehow soothing.
The photos below come from the "left" sacristy at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit here in Campion. A few weeks ago a friend wrote that he envied my access to "HOW's" (Houses of Worship). It is unfettered. And I can get to places that other people can't. Photos of everyday objects are among my favorites.
The trees are about 100 yards away across the front lawn and Concord Road.
The final three show the mundane part of a sacristy, scattered objects drying and some currently unused glassware. One of my big projects come the new year is to organize and clean the sacristies, one of which has way too much stuff stored in it.