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September 2018 Archives

                          ARCHIVES SEPTEMBER 2018

                                                  Barbara Turk, Archivist

An affirmation seemed a great place to start our 2018-2019 spiritual year. So, from our hymnal, here’s #457, by Edward Everett Hale.

I am only one

But still I am one.

I cannot do everything,

But still I can do something.

And because I cannot do


I will not refuse to do the

   something that I can do.

Working together definitely fits us. After all, our middle name IS


Dr. Seuss put it this way:

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”

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In May 2017 Lou and I visited UUFKC friends, Victoria Tenbrink and Mike Hosford, in Baton Rouge, LA.   They attended the BR UU, and on its Sunday program was a photo of, “Our Peace Meadow”.

Theirs is a meadow of “Peace Stones”, a gift from Nagoya, Japan to the city of Baton Rouge, and dedicated 29 September 1996, and held, “in sanctuary as a memorial for all persons killed in violence”.

Soon, and with our St. Paul neighbors and others from the community, we will re-dedicate our own Peace Pole.  It was dedicated in 1998, but was nearly lost in the Pine Grove building fire of January 2011.

It has on it, ”May Peace Prevail on Earth”, in eight languages, six  spoken in our Basin over the centuries, plus the languages of Israel and Palestine, who were in a peace struggle.

Initially it was  a memorial for Baby Oliver Pike-Urlacher, son of Connee Pike-Urlacher and Robert Pike-Urlacher, and brother of Zachary.

We welcome it once again, and THANKS  to Rick for his repair efforts, at no fee—-a GIFT.  We are most grateful.


HAPPY 20th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY to Joan-Marie Michelsen and Gregory A. Holmes, currently of Grants Pass.

The couple were members of UUFKC, and married on the Pine Grove building lawn, under the massive cottonwoods, on 29 August 1998. CHEERS, kiddos!  (Photos & their beautiful ceremony words are in our Archives.)




June Church Chronicles

Call it a clan. Call it a network. Call it a tribe. Call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
(Jane Howard 1935-1996)

The June 19, 2016 Herald & News noted, ”…the first-ever Father’s Day was in 1910, and celebrated in Spokane, WA”, ironically my father’s hometown. He would have been six years old. I never knew his age when his father abandoned wife, son and daughter.

For all birth-fathers, and fathers-of-the-heart, in our clan, network, tribe, family…

On June 18, 2016, during an annual Klamath County Historical Society bus tour, I chatted with Sally Wenz-Etheson. I mentioned the UUFKC’s Pine Grove, “Goodbye Gathering” held June 12th, as the property was in the process of being sold.

Sally, a retired Klamath County teacher, shared the following (all new to me): The county transferred the 1910 two-room school house and property to non-school status when Pine Grove and Henley merged, but used Pine Grove as a community center.

In 1996, our fellowship (then building owner) hosted two reunions for former Pine Grove students and families. Some offspring remembered their parents voting in the “community center”.

Then a family, the Kenslers, lived in the former school house. (Their “ownership” was unknown.) Gordon Kensler, his wife, Barbara, and (maybe) two children lived in and remodeled it. The Kenslers were artists; Gordon was Art Supervisor for the city schools district.

When new to the fellowship, I heard artists had resided in the old school, but little more. That was 1994. The building’s kitchen cabinets took us aback with their very colorful paint combo—cocoa-brown, with orange trim. And they were very tall.

Eventually, UU’s Lynne & Dave LeBlanc replaced the cabinets with wood, at reasonable access; also new kitchen linoleum. Lynne, a county teacher (maybe mid-40’s), claimed she had housemaid hands and knees from scrubbing the WOOD floors of the two former classrooms. In 1994 Lynne, Dave, Phil Studenberg were the youngest UU members; Lou and I were up a rung at 55.
Look at our transition in 2018!!!


On May 20th while learning about, “Beloved Community” with Rev. Sarah Schurr, imagine my surprise when I learned she, too, attended Marylhurst University. I had graduated in 1961, when Marylhurst was a women’s liberal arts Catholic college.

Later, (still a Catholic institution), it transformed to a life-long-learning university. More recently Sarah’s taken theology courses at MU, and was working with the theology department on more ecumenical courses. WOW! Both Sarah and I bemoan the recent announcement of closing Marylhurst, by year’s end.


Once fashionable social entertainment, picnics were a pleasure party, where all partook of a repast out of doors. Participants may bring with them individually the viands and means of entertainment, or the whole may be provided by someone who ‘gives the picnic’.
(Oxford-English Dictionary)
Echoing the French, let’s PIQUE-NIQUE!! See you JUNE 24th.
Then we’ll regather in September. Enjoy your summer.

Church Chronicles May 2018

by Barbara Turk


Call it a clan, Call it a network, Call it a tribe, Call it a family.
Whatever you call it, Whoever you are, You need one.
(Jane Howard, 1935 – 1996)

To the naturals and the mothering-moms
in our clan, network, tribe, family,
and all around the world as well,


I was blessed to have three mothers—my birth mother (so wise). While my parents worked my care-giver-mother took charge of me 24/5. She also prepared evening  meals, from shared ration books (it was WW II).  Every weekday evening we ate as a family.   Weekends I went home with Mom and Dad.  The next week the same, until I started kindergarten in 1943.
My caregiver’s daughter was 21 when I was born, so she became my third mother; AND at age 75, was my witness when Lou and I married (1993).
Wish I could sit down with each of you and hear your stories of Mother. I will share one unforgettable Mother’s Day service at our former Pine Grove site,  we heard about one mother from hell. No kidding!  Such is real life.
Enjoy your big and small  memories, even the hurtful ones. They’re YOURS, your possession, to deal with, and grow. Hopefully you’ll have many to cherish, with gusto.

In a March Inquirers’ Class it was noted (as always) UU’ism is a non-creedal church. (It is!)  Here’s a creed I think any denomination or belief system could agree:
Let me be a little kinder,
Let me be a little blinder
To the faults of those around me.      (Edgar A. Guest)

Labeled, “The People’s Poet”, Guest penned a hefty  11,000 poems. They were syndicated in 300 newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press, and collected in 20 books. He  was made Poet Laureate of Michigan, the only poet to be awarded the title.  My mother was a Guest admirer, but she just  dabbled in poetry.
Guest and I are Detroit kids, tho he was born in England in 1881, and moved with  family to Detroit in 1891.  (All a tad before my time!
His grand-niece, Judith Guest, also a daughter of Detroit, is a novelist and screenwriter.  She authored, “Ordinary People”.

Just learned a new poetry group, a “starter set”, includes our own Carol Imani, Sally Wells and Emily Strauss, plus UU friends Ron Crete, Nicole Sanchez and Charlie McGonigle.  Emily will be first to read poetry at Quail Park. Eventually, all will do so. Way to go, “Starter Set”!!

April 2018 Church Chronicles

                                APRIL   2018 ARCHIVES


HELLO one and all as we stride forward, and with great strength, into our  61st year as a UU fellowship. (Wish I could remember what it’s like to be 61!)

With Easter baskets of goodies, and grass strewn about as you read this, ever have a child, sibling, niece, nephew, or even yourself needing allergy testing??  At age 2 ++, my middle son (now 52) underwent testing. My caring (??) prayer was, ”Please don’t let him be allergic to chocolate”. We could handle eggs, nuts, etc. But NO chocolate—no way!!!   (His big allergies: horse hair and English walnuts.  What a combo!)

FYI, I recently learned chocolate  chip cookies and I both turn 80 this year.  They’re named for the Toll House Restaurant, Whitman, Mass. Anyone not like ccc’s??

Rev. Meg Riley of Church of the Larger Fellowship, recounted in a recent winter newsletter her summer flower and veggie gardens, await a final frost.  She shared: “Plants do us the service of letting us know in advance, whether we can count on a summer fling or, or long-term commitment. People are less predictable.”

Edwin Way Teale, an American naturalist (1899 – 1980), shared: “All nature, with bud and seed and egg, looks forward  with optimism.” In our own way I guess we do as well—most of the time.

I have a plaque: “Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain”.

The November 22, 2016 Portland Tribune had an article headlined, ”It’s time to learn to dance in  the rain”, by Rabbi Ariel Stone. (Remember where you were 09 November 2016; your reaction??)

Rabbi Stone suggested:  Look within for pillars of strength, aka ”wells of self”, and let them hold up.  She added a favorite folk saying: “Life is not about waiting out the storm, but about learning to dance in the rain.”   Hmmmm.

As a rabbi, and from an  ancient culture in which prayer may take the form of dance she wrote, “It inspires me to a vision of a dance that we can and must share. We must refuse to dance  our own community’s dance alone, and think to take care only of ourselves.

“While our specific strength comes from knowing who we are, we are strongest when we reach out to make others our allies”—as with our own Family Thursdays, and affiliations  with Blue Zones, Friends Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal; UU’s participating in Peace Readers, and so much more.

Rabbi Stone concluded, “…Strength does not derive from  exclusion or rejection of others”; also, “Lend the support you also need to receive”.  (SO true!)

Finally,  something archival. On April 4th, at the Alliance luncheon/meeting of Portland’s First Unitarian, the speaker will be Kim Stafford, son of the late William Stafford (former poet laureate of Oregon). Kim is a teacher, author, and husband of Perrin Kerns, daughter of our founder, Ben Kerns.

Dear Ones, it’s April showers time. Come, let’s dance!!!!  

“We are all we”.  (Thanks David Hedelman.) 

Church Chronicles – December 17

                                                          “CHURCH CHRONICLES”

FIRST, our UUFKC family offers condolences to Joyce Wagner and Family, on the loss of her mother in October, and Jaye Weiss and Family, on the loss of her mother on Veterans’ Day weekend.

SECONDLY,  we offer our hope for a hasty recovery and good health for Penny Hamilton and Kerry Tingley.  Our good friends from St. Paul’s,  these ladies ALSO are “worker bees” for St. Paul’s Food Bank, AND they “sling hash”  2x/week for free dinners at First Methodist Church.  Ladies, be well!!!

Bob Millard, also works St. Paul’s Food Bank, and stepped-up with Kiwanis pals, when Penny and Kerry’s health issues arose. THANKS, Roberto and Kiwanians. May I add their  Klamath Falls Kiwanis chapter  offers Mrs. See’s holiday candy as a fundraiser  at Diamond Home Improvement, from November 24th  (Black Friday) to Christmas Eve.  Great gift ideas, AND profits STAY in Klamath Falls to help local organizations serve local folks.

CONGRATULATIONS to our own Marilynn Sutherland on the naming of,  “Sutherland Trail”,  adjacent to the county public health office on Vandenberg. This may be a FIRST for a UU having a public space named for them.  (Phil, a clarification??)   Tree planting will follow the trail opening, most likely in Spring. Why not a UUFKC tree donated to honor Marilynn and her trail??   

WELCOME  to  our November 12th new members: Doree Larson, Ruth Carter, Annica & Jamie Palmer, Dawn Albright, Franny Howes and Nac Payne.

“A SPRINKLING” gathering on November 18th, welcomed Katie Johnson & Baby Boy Raelond.  “Cards and warm wishes” were shared.  Sally Wells hosted.

HANK EDWARDS spoke with us from Sierra Vista, AZ where he’s settled for winter, (or longer??).   He shared SV temps this Fall were all low 80’s. He’s still painting. His latest: an oil of a sloop he & his late Corinne once owned.  On December 2nd he goes on a cruise.

May this joyful season of dark and light create great memories for your holidays!


                                                                                               Barbara Turk, Archivist

November Archives

Barbara Turk

In November 2017 Death With Dignity is celebrating 20 years since Oregon voters affirmed the nation’s first Death With Dignity Act. What an achievement!!
Shortly after moving to Klamath Falls in 1994 I learned of Death With Dignity from Jim Kerns. I’ve been a member ever since. Jim had lost his wife to a lingering, unquieted cancer. He was brother to Ben Kerns, a UUFKC founder, and gave long-time financial assistance to the Fellowship. RIP Jim and Ben.

LET’S CONSIDER— “The rockets red glare”, the Rockettes of NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, or THE Rocky Mountains. And now the UUFKC ROCK, to allay fear (even if only to subdue or reduce intensity or severity); to make quiet FEAR!

On October 8th, Rev. Patt shared a, “Story For All Ages” and brought with her, from the hills of the Cascades, a rock to demonstrate to the children in attendance (also adults) to turn to the rock, lay hands on it, and release any/all fear to it! Primitive?? Maybe, but putting all in touch with that from whence we came, Mother Earth.

Our chalice represents TRUTH and LIGHT. Our Rock is LETTING GO, a form of meditation, and that’s healthy for spirit and body.

RECENT CALL—Had a quick call from Summer Cloud Ayers. She spent a few days in KF, and was preparing for more time in Georgia with daughter and granddaughter, now five! Summer and her mother (in California) are going to GA, via Florida, where an aunt of
Summer’s lost everything to a hurricane. Hopefully they’ll find a resettlement for her; and the sisters will have a great gab-fest.

WELCOME—Let’s all offer a big “HI” to Dawn Albright, who recently signed our membership book.

ON BELOVEDNESS— “I believe”. “I belong”. “I become.” “How important, how foundational a message is that. What we believe informs our ability to engage with one another in the kind of vision
and action that brings true societal transformation”.

Thanks to Jan Musgrove Elfers, Exec. Dir. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. She found those words on signs in front of a school.

PASTORAL CARE—-“Nuturing the Village”, is the way Rev. Patt put it at the October board meeting. Patt is always available for major life events, but maybe our future holds her caring for our flock for a  period, say at noon the second Saturdays, when she travels to be with us. Let’s not be shy about asking the board for enactment of this.

DOORS CLOSED—Having experienced our terrible 2011 loss of our home of 50 years to fire, let’s cooperate with St. Paul’s and respect their insurance overage, which states any/all doors are to be CLOSED when an area is not in use.


“Who will protect me?” “Who will witness my life?” “Who will value what I love?” “Where will I find respite?” “Where do I take refuge?”

And from Dr. Ysaye Marie Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock: “Would you harbor me?” Food for thought from Rev. Meg Riley,
UU CLF Senior Minister


(Words have power) Pierce County (WA) Library


October 2017 Archives by Barbara


In upcoming services we’re reviewing the seven UU principles.  Personally, I’m starting with #7.

Try to imagine our shock when recently we went to a Portland recycle center we’ve often visited with plastics and items our waste collector won’t take, and,  “what to our wondering eyes appeared”??  NO BINS for anything, except glass.

I phoned METRO, and learned no one is accepting plastics at the moment.  Seems China is currently refusing plastics. Overload??  Sanctions??  Who knows the answer??


Thanks to our Site Committee for the woo-hoo changes in our site.                                              ***

Just learned Elizabeth Winslow has returned to Colorado, apparently a good career move for her.  CO shared her with us for one year.  She brought the Taize meditation to us, and we hosted services last winter and spring.  Good wishes Elizabeth.


Last June’s UU General Assembly brought us a new national UUA  president, Susan Frederick-Gray, of Phoenix, AZ.  This was the first time the UUA voted entirely electronically.


There’s a new minister, actually a duo, at Rogue Valley UU Fellowship (aka, “Ruff”) in Ashland. The Rev. Sean Parker Dennison and Rev. Theresa Soto (Mrs. D) started September 10th.


Lou and I drove Mitzi  Asai Loftus to Ontario, OR for her sister’s 94th birthday, and for a time were  literally unaware of the eclipse.  TRUE!!  (We did savor 100% totality in the sky!)

After the  somewhat-publicized solar event, all of us went to the Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum in Ontario.  It represents the four cultures living in the area: Native America, Basque/ European, Hispanic, Japanese. Our hostess, Mika Asai Hiuga,   has volunteered as a docent for decades, sharing her Tulelake internment camp memories. By the way,  the WW II camps are a very visible aspect of the center.

During the visit one couple overheard Mika and Mitzi sharing their stories, and soon were totally engrossed. They were Frederique (native of France), and  Jeff Sugarman, visiting from the Bay Area.

We spent time sharing stories of France, ours and Frederisque’s. And we invited them to a future trip to K Falls, as Jeff last visited Crater Lake when he was six. Add four or five decades to that. (Jeff took this photo.)

The center/museum share facilities with neighbor, Treasure Valley Community College. Ah, the togetherness of Ontario. Togetherness akin to ours with St. Paul’s, Blue Zones, others.


From Rev. Jack Mendelsohn:  “You can’t, ‘sign on’ to spiritual development. Your signature (in membership book) affirms

commitment to an open minded, inclusive, reasoned, seasoned, compassionate and contemporary approach to life”.


October 24th is United Nations Day, and a time to remember the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (signed 10 Dec.1948).


The Rev. Meg Riley, Senior Minister of  the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship (“Church without walls”), put it this way: “Active engagement in our world.”  LET’S KEEP IT UP.

Barbara Turk, Archivist



September Archives by Barbara

ARCHIVES SEPTEMBER 2017 by Barbara Turk

Condolences to the Ganong family on the loss of Guy A. Ganong.
Condolences to Sue Graves and Trish Seiler, and their families, on the loss of Mary, their sister.
Condolences to Chuck and Sally Wells on the loss of their brother-in-law.


“Get out of the silos. That’s not a covenantal relationship. So what is that? It’s the
hallmark of our UU theology and historical narrative.”

That from Rev. Nan of the Rogue Valley UU Fellowship.

Also from Nan: “Ministers only play a part—but you are the ones you have been
waiting for”. We’re not messianic, so pick a principle. (Your Worship Committee
will share UU principles in services, September to April 2018.


Tho we held no services in July and August, folks hosted weekly activities at the
hall, and many participated in various Basin summer parades and events.
THANKS to all!!!
Certainly no silos for UUFKC folks!!
“Oh brave new world that has such people in it!!” ( From THE TEMPEST, by guess who)


Sixty years ago we began our journey as a Unitarian fellowship. Our confirmation
letter, on letterhead of the American Unitarian Association, was dated April 1957.


In 1961 we became part of the Unitarian Universalist Association, post merger of
the two organizations.


Our 2017-18 calendar was organized in July by Worship Committee, with Chair
Julie Jackman, Marilyn Sutherland, Anne Prouty, Sandi Gear, Rev. Patt Herdklotz,
Sally Wells, Barbara Turk. Their efforts are not “in stone”. Suggestions or
comments are always welcome. Thanks to committee luncheon hosts Sally &
Chuck Wells.
A. Powell Davies, UU minister, wrote, “When you find a church or fellowship which
expresses the outlook and values you yourself hold as vital, you are depriving
both yourself and those values of needed strength…if you fail to identify yourself
with that church.” Your strengths have value for all of us as well, our



A recent Herald and News front page reminded me of Mark London. Mark had his
jewelry store on Main Street, but he just moved to California. (Diane will follow
after house sells.) Years ago Mark was our fellowship treasurer. About that time
he talked with the H&N about ditching the negative front page stories. Be positive!
Be it Mark or a corporate decision, generally there IS a positive piece on page
one. On July 16th a photo at page one TOP was U of O student, Vanessa
Matheson, daughter of our own Doug Matheson. That photo had a 5-column
inside article about Vanessa having been selected First Runner-up for Miss Teen
USA. She has participated in presentations at UUFKC, sharing the work of
Klamath Basin Youth Without Borders (KBYWB), which Doug helped organize.


CONGRATULATIONS to our “Little Libraries” creators and winners, Anya Kawka,
Emily Strauss, Jaime Palmer, and Annica Palmer. So much creativity and
sharing with our Basin community!!


In June I promised a UU saint article. Not forgetful, just too much to share this
This Fall we say FAREWELL to John Harrison; also Linda and George Orth.
June 2018 picnic at our adopted Sugar Pine #61, Hwy 66, MP 28.3. (September
2017 came up TOO fast.)
Beginning September 8th, in the Herald and News each Friday’s FAITH BRIEFS,
our Sunday services will be published, through June 2018.


“The past is our only real possession in life. It is the one piece of property of
which time cannot deprive us; it is our own in a way that nothing else in life is. In a
word, we are our past; we do not cling to it, it clings to us.” (Grace King, 1852 – 1932)
Archivist Barbara Turk

June Archives by Barbara


OUR PAST: Once upon a time we became adoptive parents, and recently were

reminded of that history by long-time members, Anita and John Ward. The

UUFKC adopted a Sugar Pine on 05 June 2000. Our certificate reads, “Adoptive

Parent of a branch of “The Community Tree” Pinus Iambertiana Sugar Pine, # 61,

MP 28.3 Hwy 66, Ashland”. Early Fall how about a picnic by our adoptee??

CUTE: How about the Wall Street, “Defiant Girl” statue staring down the Wall

Street bull, wearing her pussy hat, hands on her hips, and put in place to

encourage financial institutions to hire more women to thrive ABOVE that glass

ceiling. She’s in league with Rev. Patt’s Queen Esther Story-for-All-Ages last

March 12th.

ANCIENT HISTORY: UU’s have a singular “saint”, and his name is Michael

Servetus. In fact, a Vancouver, Washington UU church bears his name. But,

more on him another time.

MENTOR: It seems, “RIFF” was predominant in scripts of recent months’ news

programs. Our fellowship had one, many, many years ago (we’re NOT saints!).

Interestingly, one of the candidates for UUA president, to be chosen this month at

General Assembly in New Orleans, is Rev. Jeanne Pupke.* She came to Klamath

Falls as a mediator to understand our, “disunion”, then sooth-over our very painful

schism. * (See UU WORLD, Spring, 2017, pg. 61.)

At the conclusion of her research in 2005 she wrote, “Your willingness to share

your stories (sides) has fostered learning and so, even your trials and tribulations,

you have served UU’s of Klamath Falls. There can be no better definition of being

a UU, to give, even when one has been hurt and marginalized.”

MEMBERSHIP BOOK: Rev. Jack Mendelson, a UU minister (1918-2012)

reminded us, “Inscribing your name in the Membership Book does not transform

you into an instant born-again UU. Our religious way of life is not so much an

arriving as a becoming—an on-going process of thought and life experience”.

Rev. Patt recently shared that Starr King, where she studied for the ministry,

purposely WANTS minister-candidates with LOTS of life experiences. That’s one

reason she chose it for study. Interesting.

ESSENCE: What is ours?? Well, how many people are actively participating at

any moment / hour, and there you have it. It’s not location, location, location, but

by person, by person, by person.

OUR COLLIER CONNECTION: Early May I had a brief visit with Janet Larson.

Her mother is Carolyn Collier Larson (96). Carolyn’s father had the first cold

storage building in K Falls. Then there’s the Collier Logging Museum (park) north

of town, etc., etc.

Carolyn’s house sits on the hillside right above our old Pine Grove site on Hwy

140, and she and UUFKC friend, and architect, Nina Pence designed Carolyn’s

lovely abode. Nina passed in 2016 at 92, and was recognized this past March as

one of Outstanding Basin Women for Women’s History Month-2017.

Carolyn was sister-in-law to a UUFKC founder, Ben Kerns. Ben served in the

army during WW II, and post-war, repatriated remaining Nazi death camp

internees to hospitals (or morgues). Upon returning from his military service, he

spent some time in NYC for school, and he found a “good fit” with the then-
Unitarian Church.

Carolyn had experienced the devastation of refugees’ lives doing post-war work to

relocate them from their war-torn homelands.

Once back home, she and Ben were joined by others, and so in 1957 we became

the Unitarian Fellowship of Klamath Falls. After the blending of Unitarians and

Universalists in 1961, we became the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of

Klamath County, or UUFKC.

In the 2011 fire we lost our original, “UNITARIAN FELLOWSHIP” sign. I think it

was handmade, but I don’t know by whom. Also lost was a lovely lectern and PA

system that had been donated by Carolyn and her family.

Janet was pleased to visit the UU’s in, “our new place”. She was happy to see the

seeds her mother, Ben and others planted after the horror of WW II have found

continued strength and still share the UU message with this community. PLUS,

the chalice remains lit, and the door remains open to ALL.

Did you know our chalice symbol is also a WW II story?? (I could go on, and on,

and on…)

So, here we are at the close of my message. In July and August we do not hold

regular Sunday services, and no newsletter (tho emails may abound). That does

not mean our spirits are not, “out ’n about”, and actively living our UU principles.

Full speed ahead on that matter! And do enjoy your


And, HELP!! Does anyone know where my PBS / Ken Burns SHARPS’ WAR

book is hiding??

If you’ve finished with it, please return it to the lectern. I think the Worship

Committee may find it interesting for Fall 2017 service(s). Thanks!


Barbara Turk

May 2017 Archives


Barbara Turk

In a shop I see a card and think of someone—friend or family member. In late 2016 I realized I had collected a stash of three assorted cards for one December birthday of a high school chum. (Indeed, a special friend.) In another recent shop I found a card that stated:

Call it a clan, Call it a network, Call it a tribe, Call it a family.

Whatever you call it, Whoever you are, You need one. (Jane Howard, 1935 – 1996)

To the naturals and the mothering-moms in our clan, network, tribe, family, and all around the world as well,


Note: Mothers get one May Sunday; fathers one June Sunday. Check on-line May honorees, beside Mom and Cindo de Mayo. There’s something every day! And look what gets a full week: bikes, nurses, wildflowers, police and Emergency Medical Services. Well, those are deserving.

And check what gets a full month!!! Barbecues? Oh, older Americans and foster care. The latter two are also deserving.

But, Date-Your-Mate-Month, Hamburger, Salad, Blood Pressure (well, THAT’S IMPORTANT!), and Bike Month?? Wait, first Bike Week and now Bike Month?? May is also Oregon Wine Month. (Mom would have approved.)

Mom, unfortunately it will be the same for Dad in June. Miss you both so much.


A Happy Mom-Daughter trip to California was savored in April by Joyce and Justine Wagner. Prior to that Justine experienced a second extremely high heart-rate, (following her December episode). She’s doing well, and this time no four-day hospital stay! What could beat a Mom-Daughter getaway (Joyce found great rates), plus catching up with long-time friends, and of course shopping. Way to go ladies!