Commerce & Picnic

Steph, Susie, and I joined Pat, Tanya, their kids, and another homeschool family for a picnic early last evening in Whetstone Park.  We ended up in one of the rear stone shelters, complete with “666” and inverted pentagrams on the floor in charcoal, and penises drawn on the benches in Magic Marker.  Lots of good food to satisfy all dietary tastes–the key lime pie ended up being pudding, since it didn’t set up all the way, and I had pasta, chicken, and bacon.

This morning, Steph, Susie, and I went to the Clintonville Farmers’ Market to buy produce, including some honey and pastries.  We wanted to go into Karen Wickliff’s Books, but there was no way Steph could navigate through it, because her scooter just could not make it through the narrow aisleways and around the stacks of books piled on every flat surface.  (Karen used to have a bookstore in a space just north of Hudson, right by our place on Duncan, but she moved north 2-3 years ago.)  We also bought a few homeschool and leisure-reading books at Cover to Cover.  (I saw, to my dismay, that Go Ask Alice is still being marketed as non-fiction.  I remember when I was in junior high school, and it was always in demand at the library as being “a real diary” about “sugar and spice and everything nice and acid and smack and no way back.” and several New York Times book reviewers and columnists revealed that the book is bogus.  Informationally, it’s about as accurate as Reefer Madness.)  Cover to Cover is one of the best children’s and young adults’ bookstores I’ve ever been to.

Now none of us will lack for reading material in the shower.  We bought bottles of Dr. Bronner’s soap.  (I’m partial to the peppermint flavor, which is great except when it gets into your eyes.  You have the added bonus of going through the day smelling like a stick of Doublemint.)  What truly makes Dr. Bronner’s Magic “All-One” Castile Soap fascinating is the extreme-of-consciousness writings on the label, which takes up 95% of the sides of the bottle.  Some of it sounds totally loony, but there is enough that is beautiful and visionary that you can cut loose some of the zanier stuff.  It is more pleasant to read than the non-stop lunacy of the Book of Revelation.  Go to to sample some of the wares.

We were planning to go swimming tonight, but the sky has alternated between pleasant (as it is now), and gray with spitting rain.  Steph was arranging a ride home from the pool on Project Mainstream, which requires four hours’ notice for cancellations.  Not wanting to gamble on the weather, and knowing that keeping the scooter out in the rain is never a good idea, she cancelled the ride, and we’re hoping for more dependable weather manana.

Susie and I are at the Franklinton library, picking up reserves for all three of us, and I’m working on the blog now because I may not have the chance later.

We haven’t been to First UU since about Memorial Day, but Steph (and possibly Susie and I) plan to go in the morning.  (Summer services there are a mixed bag.  Almost all are lay-led, and they’re either very stellar or they suck canal water.)  In Marietta, I was used to having the entire summer off, since First UU in Marietta went on hiatus from June until after Labor Day.  A Baptist friend asked me why that was, and I told him it was because Unitarians were the only denomination God could trust out of His sight for three months.


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  1. Summers aren’t completely “off” now – FUUSM does the same mostly-lay-led services in the summer, and all in the basement with the air conditioning! Mostly I’ve seen really good services, with a few lukewarm ones.


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