The Granary

The Granary

On This Date: Photo taken 10/15/2005

Our mid-October weekend is generally committed. We usually visit CraneFest of Saturday; we nearly always visit Joan’s family’s farm on Sunday. The family gathers at the farm to celebrate Alec’s birthday.

The next few days’ photos are full of both events. You are warned.


Yep. Two pix today….

This makes the fourth appearance of this now-vanished building in my On This Date project. I probably miss it, though the henhouse Dave built in its place also makes a pretty good photo subject.

Number of pix taken on various October 15ths: 294
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 3
  • 2 Stars: 36
  • 3 Stars: 136
  • 4 Stars: 102
  • 5 Stars: 17

Paul

Paul

On This Date: Photo taken 10/2/2005

Joan’s brother, at a reception given by their parents’ church to honor their father.


Generally speaking I’m a poor portrait photographer, and I’m even worse at photographing people during events. I don’t do either regularly, and haven’t practiced the skills those types of photography require. But from time to time I get lucky.

Number of pix taken on various October 2nds: 203
Year of oldest photo: 2004

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 15
  • 3 Stars: 128
  • 4 Stars: 55
  • 5 Stars: 5

Jolli

Jolli

On This Date: Photo taken 9/3/1991

After Dad passed away, Mom established a routine of renting a cottage at Jolli-Lodge, where they’d often vacationed. Mom would schedule this vacation for the week before Labor Day, and she’d invite us “kids” up for the holiday weekend. We’d sight-see, do a bit of shopping, and celebrate Debbie’s birthday at Leland’s Bluebird. But mostly we’d relax, perhaps walk the beach, and watch Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands.

After Mom’s death we talked a bit about continuing the tradition, but it never happened….


While our family tends to think of Jolli-Lodge as being at Leland, it’s address is actually Lake Leelanau.

Number of pix taken on various September 3rds: 554
Year of oldest photo: 1991

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 3
  • 2 Stars: 40
  • 3 Stars: 405
  • 4 Stars: 102
  • 5 Stars: 4

Lutheran Church of the Savior

Lutheran Church of the Savior

On This Date: Photo taken 8/27/2006

Taken on the day my sister was ordained as a Lutheran pastor. I got some good pics of Debbie, many poor photos of the ceremony, and some excellent images of the church’s grounds. I like this one best.

Kalamazoo, Michigan.


Number of pix taken on various August 27ths: 830
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 7
  • 2 Stars: 226 [!]
  • 3 Stars: 506
  • 4 Stars: 86
  • 5 Stars: 5

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

On This Date: Photo taken 8/24/2003

Odd how a movie set can become sort of a shrine….

I first read Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe when it was new, and it was magical. The movie based on the book is differently magical. Both are among my favorites.


After a career spent running and programming computers, my sister enrolled at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque. In late August we’d help her move from wherever she’d spent the summer, then we’d play tourist for a day or two. We took a river cruise, explored city parks, visited Galena, and found our way to Dyersville’s movie set.

Who “we” were varied. I travelled to Iowa with my mother, my brother, and with Joan. Not all such trips were made in August.

Number of pix taken on various August 24ths: 624
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 56
  • 3 Stars: 369
  • 4 Stars: 170
  • 5 Stars: 27

Three Lakes

Three Lakes

On This Date: Photo taken 7/7/2014

Mixed memories today….

Three Lakes is south of Richland in Kalamazoo County. This is the central lake of the three, none of which have individual names.

A homeowner on the easternmost lake used to rent rowboats and sell bait. Dad and I would catch bluegills and sunfish, and an occasional perch….


My brother’s nursing home was north of Galesburg, and I’d drop in on him a couple times a week. The lakes were on my most common route to the facility, and I’d occasionally stop for photos on my way to visit. This pic’s from one of those stops.

Number of pix taken on various July 7ths: 286 [three are by Richard]
Year of oldest photo: 2005 [2000 if you include my brother’s pics]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 12
  • 3 Stars: 190
  • 4 Stars: 72
  • 5 Stars: 10

Dick’s photos were of a balloon ascension, taken in Battle Creek, and are quite delightful.

Revision History:

Borgess Hospital

Borgess Hospital

On This Date: Photo taken 7/1/2014

I’m not sure what brought me into Kalamazoo on this date, but it was likely an appointment for my brother. Richard was in and out of the hospital throughout 2013 and 2014.


When I was young I lived two blocks from Borgess Hospital. This building’s inhabited my memories as long as I’ve had memories.

Number of pix taken on various July 1sts: 580
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 48
  • 3 Stars: 453
  • 4 Stars: 74
  • 5 Stars: 3

Revision History:

St Matthew’s, Fernando

St Matthew's, Fernando

On This Date: Photo taken 6/4/2007

Since we were already in Minnesota for my class reunion, we visited my sister. Debbie, a Lutheran pastor, was serving churches at Winthrop (Bismarck) and Fernando.


Number of pix taken on various June 4ths: 396
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 9
  • 2 Stars: 40
  • 3 Stars: 256
  • 4 Stars: 84
  • 5 Stars: 7

The Barn and the Picnic Table

The Barn & the Picnic Table

On This Date: Photo taken 5/29/2016

The barn, it’s getting old….


Joan and Dave picked rhubarb, and asparagus, and Joan chatted with their mom about old times and new. Rosie–David’s dog–looked on.

I took photographs, and pretended to help with the asparagus.

Number of pix taken on various May 29ths: 1195
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 35
  • 2 Stars: 61
  • 3 Stars: 1014
  • 4 Stars: 71
  • 5 Stars: 14

Revision History:

John O’Donnell Stadium

John O'Donnell Stadium

On This Date: Photo taken 5/19/2003

Josh Hill of the Quad City River Bandits pitches to a West Michigan Whitecaps batter.

While my sister was in seminary we regularly visited Iowa–to help her move, usually, but a couple times just to visit. In 2003 we followed the Mississippi down to Davenport and watched a ballgame.

The Whitecaps lost, but we had a good time. And enjoyed the extraordinarily scenic ballpark.

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This ballpark’s now known as Modern Woodmen Park, and was originally Municipal Stadium. But for most of its life it honored local sportswriter John O’Donnell; I prefer to call it JOD.

I’ve recently reread Pat Jordan’s memoir of his minor league career, A False Spring, which I heartily recommend to anyone interested in minor league baseball. It’s a painful and frustrating book, largely because the author and his subject have blind spots (yeah, the same guy, but separated by a dozen years or so). It’s also fascinating.

I was intrigued by his discussion of this stadium, where he pitched in 1960. He calls it “a vast, roofless warehouse”–not my impression at all, but perhaps Pat’s memory’s influenced by the ballpark’s facade.

Jordan’s comments on the facility don’t mention Centennial Bridge. An odd omission.

Number of pix taken on various May 19ths: 261
Year of oldest photo: 2003
How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:
. 1 Star: 0
. 2 Stars: 17
. 3 Stars: 179
. 4 Stars: 54
. 5 Stars: 11