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Big Dog Train – Today is Nov.04/11

In Summation of my time in Czestochowa, Poland, for lack of time to write: Sisters’ Bridgettine in Poland and in particular, Sister Eli, abounded in grace and care for me and my mission. I was given a heater for my room (without my asking for one). Was given medicine and vitamins to fend away any [...]

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Kraków Afternoon – Nov. 04/11

Kraków, it has life. Beautiful like Praha – I am told this is called the second Praha. I say it is the first Kraków. Beautiful as Prague is, I choose Kraków. Regular people living well. Despite not having my directions to the hotel, I find my way with the help of an Information office. Snap [...]

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Kraków Day 2 – Today is Nov. 05/11

Scott and I have breakfast upscale on at the square. We talk art and concept, process and being. We part for our own pursuits. I hit the churches of old town. I look for photos on the way that I might remember the town. I take the same snapshots everybody else takes (as usual). I [...]

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Kraków Day 3 – Today is Nov. 06/11

Sunday  – this is a Catholic city. I head to the churches in Kazimerz and Podgorze, on the other side of Wawel Hill. I seem to hit a Mass no matter the time or place. Out of respect for the worshipers and the ceremony, I won’t shoot during a Mass from within the church. I [...]

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Kraków Day 4 – Today is Nov. 07/11

Game Day. Wawel Cathedral. It is a cold and foggy morning. It is a cold and foggy morning. Gloves required. I get up early and head to Wawel cathedral with lot’s of time – can’t see past the buildings ahead, fog is like pudding, I lose my sense of direction and start to panic, walking [...]

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Krakow Day 5 – Today is Nov. 08/11

An easy day out. Gathering Crucifixes. Staying with what I can find by foot. Picking up surrounding churches I missed. My total now stands at 33. I am told there are 120 churches in Krakow – but I don’t know where they all are located. I am content with what I have so far. The [...]

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Krakow Day 6, Auschwitz I – Today is Nov. 09/11

The day has come. We talked about this, months ago. Today Scott and I train to Auschwitz. We walk from the train station and enter the camp from the back. We enter the camp at the incinerator. There is Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II–Birkenau. Scott asks and is told by a guide that Auschwitz II–Birkenau [...]

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Krakow Day 7, Auschwitz II-Birkenau – Today is Nov. 10/11

Scott and I are on our way to Auschwitz II–Birkenau to continue our exploration of this “Death Factory.” I am plugged into Mars Hill Audio, issue 99, Paul A. Rahe, on “the heresy of Progressivism, which abandons vital convictions about human nature and political order and invites the advent of  ‘soft despotism’ “ – My [...]

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Catch-up & Brief Update:Today is 11/22/11

Eggs and Sausage and a Side of Toast…Friday Nov. 11/11 Krakow – I could live here! Catch up on blog working from an all you can eat breakfast buffet. Life is good in Krakow. Evening I run out from the hotel to see what I can find – grabbing photos of night life in Old [...]

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Grace – Today is Wednesday Nov. 24/11

Edit more images… it never ends. Coffee Rice Chex from the box – gluten free. Leave to photograph the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. Red Line to Clark and Division. Ascension is locked. I ring the bell. Disgruntled man opens the door. I explain what I am doing, “…documenting the churches of Chicago, may I [...]

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Thanks – Today is Thursday Nov. 25/11

Gary Drives me to the Loop so I can photograph St Peters but it is closed (as J.D. mentioned early he thought it might be on Thanksgiving) . Gary gives me a brief driving tour of Chicago –beautiful homes and drops me off in Boys town so I can walk to Wrigley field – how [...]

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Night Shooting the Loop – Today is Friday Nov. 25/11

Blog morning, coffee, bacon egg cheese sandwiches. I am off to St Peters taking the Red Line to Lake. St. Peter’s is open and restful. Photos on the EL Shoot some evening window shots inside the loop. Passing a street bum he insists I buy him a coke – he is a vet, “buy me [...]

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Satisfaction – Today is Saturday 11/26/11

Gary and I take Robert next door to Atonement and make Robert a start for his Atonement Robert Facebook Page (not really his page – the churches FB page, called Atonement Robert) Atonement Robert photos are a hit. I Blue line to church – Holy Trinity Polish Catholic church. Memories of Krakow and Chestohowa flash [...]

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Majesty: This is Sunday, Nov. 27/11

High Mass at Church of the Atonement. No cameras – I am here to participate in the mass. The organ and choir powerfully announce the procession, and it is majestic – incense and all. I almost weep – it is powerful and reverent and suggests that we are here to honor and worship and partake [...]

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FBA: This is Monday, Nov. 28/11

Train to Lake Forest for to meet with Pastor Brad Coleman and a few others working with the visual arts and worship. Good seeing Brad. He gives me a brief tour of Lake Forest – great place – no missing Laguna Beach ( I would imagine). Brad and Margie like it here. Meeting goes well. [...]

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Cali-bound: This is Tuesday, Nov. 29/11

Return to California after five weeks away – of the 5000 plus non deleted images, I bring home 2400 usable images from 61 new churches, a cemetery, and Auscwitz-Birkenau. Job well done.

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