Monday, August 8, 2016…Donna starts our day with baked goods.

A nice way to wake up…the combination with that coffee smell wafting up the stairs is an elixir.  Sun is rising bright again, too.  Sunny & 80 today.

IMG_4582  Thanks to Donna.

Off to see Reverend Long at 9:15…up the hill on our bikes for a bit; then mostly level to the Amphitheater. On the way, we must find the Chautauquan Daily newspaper boy.  Here he is in his knickers; and Butch is excited to have his paper.

The crowd, instead of the 3,000-4,000 for Sunday’s service is a 250-350 today.  But, the choir is singing, the organ is loud and the Rev. is in good voice, too.

Here we are…ready to pray together.


IMG_4585  a bit closer shot of the Schuberts.

The organ is a world-renowned setup here and fills the area with music.                               We love the look of it, too.


The morning’s featured speaker is an anthropologist from Penn State – Nina Jablonski.  Don’t know what we were expecting our anthropologist to look like, but she’s pretty, colorful and animated…a surprise for me.  And, she took us through slides for 7 million years of our Homo Sapiens development from the African Genus Homo from whom we have come.

She says we were all Olympic athletes way back then…we needed to run all day to catch our prey; or to escape our predators.  And, we spent time in small groups, intimately relating to one another in a personal & rich communication.

An important point in her presentation is that we not forget this skill today.

So, church service, then major speaker calls for a food break. We then head to the art museum area for lunch…they also serve on their porch.


There are two museums here and both are architectural gems – inside and out.

Here’s my favorite installation today.


We split up for the afternoon and Donna, Nancy and I headed for the 2PM at the Hall of Philosophy…it’s a 1906 structure reminiscent of ancient Greece.  The speaker is about “transhumanism”….none of us have any idea what that means…but, we are curious, right?

The place holds 400 people inside and there are 1,000 spilling over the quadrangle in folding chairs outside.  It looks down on Chautauqua Lake beyond.

We spend about 10 minutes listening – understanding not a word among the 3 of us – and, with a nod, off we go.  Kind of rude, but everyone else stays, so we’ll read his wisdom in tomorrow’s Daily.

As we wend our way out to the north end of campus here, we pass by North Lake Drive and I peel off to get a lake shot or two.  It’s 22 miles long and beautiful with the Miller Bell Tower as the landmark symbol of the Chautauqua Institution to be seen from the water for miles.  There is a paddle-wheel boat, too…but, I missed it today.

We do some porch-sitting.  Every house here has a porch, so that people can gather to discuss what they just heard and either clarify or disagree (mildly, of course) about the meaning and usefulness of our new information.  I’ll take some porch photos and do a piece on them later this week.

Donna gets busy again and starts the evening meal – steak, Caprese Salad fresh corn-on-the-cob.

I’m trying to figure out my new iPhone 6s…I think I got a video of the steaming corn and meat on the serving board, but I can’t get it out of my phone into this computer right now.

After dinner (and before Donna’s Tiramisu dessert with strawberries…she was a home economics major, you know) we went to visit the open house where the artists-in-residence had been working all summer.   Another building with fabulous architecture and some interesting art, too.  Those photos are to be shown later, as well.

I will finish with some more of our artwork from today.  The last could be my hand waving G’nite.




Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (1 in college/1 working). We are helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education. Helping to lead Captiva's Chapel by the Sea.

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