And who could have blamed me if I decided to pass on going to church? When I looked at the Weather Channel icon in the corner of my laptop screen, it showed 6º F. outside. But, just before 10 a.m. Susie and I trundled to the bus stop on High St. It was cold, but the sun was shining and there was no wind, so it was bearable. I even had to remind myself to put on my gloves!
There was nothing to deplete my physical or mental energy during or after the service. Last week required emotional and cerebral energy, because during coffee hour in Fellowship Hall, the young people of the church (Susie included) danced in a flash mob in honor of Dr. King's birthday. (They danced to DJ Casper's "Cha Cha Slide.") It was exhilarating to watch, even though I knew about it beforehand, both from Susie and from the Religious Education Director's parents' blog.
Susie's wearing the yellow shirt. Stationary pictures
don't do a flash mob justice, but my Kodak Easy Share
is not that wonderful for motion pictures.
Once the pandemonium around the flash mob subsided last week, I sent Susie home alone on the bus so I could hear a talk by my friend Don Rice, "Art with an Attitude." He was displaying part of his massive collection of underground and alternative newspapers and publications of both the Left and Right, when the radical politics of the 1960s and 1970s coincided with cost-effective and less labor-intensive methods of printing. He hung mounted and framed front pages from many magazines, and displayed a potpourri of newspapers, pamphlets, and journals from all political persuasions.
|Don didn't display any publications from the Flat Earth|
Society, but he did present a cross-section, everything
from the High I.Q. Bulletin to The Objectivist, the Holy
Writ of Randroids worldwide.
|Don cleverly published a digest of readings from the ultra-|
Left and -Right literature printed by small presses in the U.S.
He called it The Agitator, and it is visible at the top left, near
an issue of Gerald L.K. Smith's The Cross and the Flag.