Doers

St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1205 West Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia

James 1:22-25
King James Version

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Dave Beckerman (1951-2021)

Dave Beckerman died yesterday. He was a thoughtful and gentle man. In addition, he was wicked smart, funny, among the best in whatever field he turned his energies toward. He was generous with his time, generous with other people, empathetic, open and kind. He was a talented writer and an excellent photographer. He loved the pulse of the City. I tried (and failed) for two decades to get Dave to visit Virginia. A missed chance for me. Dave’s bravery, humor, and mentation in the vise of physical calamity were inspirational, his was a difficult exit but he stayed observant and engaged. His departure is a great loss.
(E.83rd Street, 2002)

Sledgehammer

Meeting today with a neighbor who understands the Internet. Hoping, with his help, to get back in the good graces of Google. I am tempted by the sledgehammer. In 1978 I was breaking temporary constructions to reclaim lumber. The next owner of the farm burnt down the loved house in the background. Seemingly, because he could.

Lurtie Breedin and Scott Christian in the tall grass
Left, Lurtie Breedin. One of the CCC boys.