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The Blog Brothers

Two Black-Irish-American brothers from the mythical city of Albany, New York ponder their 20th century adventures from either side of the Pacific Ocean; Bob in Kyoto, Japan and Mick in Santa Barbara, California.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Across the Street from Heaven

Bob, just to add another touch of celestial glory to your story, I present these images of the very sights you and I would have beheld 1) on our way into St. James Church on a Sunday morning, our minds and hearts lifted up to God, and 2) the florist shop directly across the street from the church, whose magnolia blossoms beckoned us toward the bakery a few doors down, where we would celebrate our faith with largesse that never made it into the collection basket. In the background is the Delaware Station firehouse.


Blogger Robert Brady said...

Wow, Mick! That's the same magnolia tree! The florist Had a different and grammar-school-boy-inscrutable name back then, as I recall... Magnolia House or something like that, name gave no clue as to what it was... a gift shop? It was there for years and years and I never went inside... and it's still there! It's almost as though you just now walked down Delaware Avenue, and you're in California! You got a foto stash I never saw? And that statue up there, that loomed over all those times... I held a lily of purity beneath that statue... That was before I met Lily...

6:41 PM  
Blogger Mick Brady said...

Remember how we used to dig for treasures in the old Albany landfill (we used to call it 'the dump')? Well, I seem to be gettin' pretty good at rummaging around in the Google landfill. Never know what ya might find in there.

Let's see if I can dig up the name of that gift shop......

7:20 PM  
Blogger Robert Brady said...

Yeah the dump was where McCloskey HS was moved to after its brief life on pre-Albany Mall Elm Street.... many fond memories of that very educational landfill... to be herein detailed, all in good time...

7:45 PM  

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