Archive for December 2017

A Prayer for 2018   Leave a comment

Above:  My Writing Desk, December 28, 2017

Photograph by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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2017 has been a difficult year in several ways.  Storms, both political and literal, have made it devastating and depressing.  I have continued my retreat into science fiction and books about Lutheran history, for paying too close attention to current events has proven spiritually detrimental.  By “spiritually detrimental” I mean that my frequency (never high) of profanity (in private, with no other mortals present) has increased and I have become more proficient and creative in it.  This has alarmed me.  The less time devoted to learning of the news, the better my spiritual life.  The less news I digest, the cleaner my language.

The fact that this is true is sad.  Nevertheless, there it is.  Distractions ahoy!  How many series can I rewatch and how much can I learn about Lutheran history?  I endeavor to learn the answer to that question.

I pray that, in 2018, the reality of each person’s life will be God’s best for him or her.  I also pray that each of us will take seriously the responsibility to help others along the road to God’s best for them.  Furthermore, I pray that each of us will know what to do, when to do it, and how to do it, then do it, as well as when to stay out of God’s way.

May 2018 be a much better year than 2017.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 29, 2017 COMMON ERA

THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

THE FEAST OF THOMAS BECKET, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY

THE FEAST OF JOSIAH CONDER, ENGLISH ABOLITIONIST AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF AUSTIN FARRER, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND BIBLICAL SCHOLAR

THE FEAST OF JOHN BURNETT MORRIS, SR., EPISCOPAL PRIEST AND WITNESS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

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Calvary Episcopal Church, Americus, Georgia, December 24, 2017   Leave a comment

Above:  The High Altar, Calvary Episcopal Church, Americus, Georgia, December 24, 2017

All Photographs by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Above:  The Credence Table

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Above:  The View from Behind the High Altar

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When I visit Americus, Georgia, as I do a few times annually, I attend Calvary Episcopal Church, assuming that my time in town overlaps with a service.  The oldest part of the physical plant is part of the architectural legacy of Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942), a saint in The Episcopal Church.  Subsequent additions blend well with the Cram structure.

Below:  Cram’s Architecture at Night

Calvary Episcopal Church split in March 2012.  This did not come out of nowhere; the rector of the parish and a group of parishioners had even incorporated a rival congregation (not an Episcopal one) before the Bishop of Georgia relieved the rector of duty.  Since the schism Calvary Church has not been the same; it has certainly experienced financial difficulties.  The next priest, with the title of Priest-in-Charge, will commence his service in January 2018.

I pray that he and the parish will succeed, for the glory of God and the benefit of local people.

Unfortunately, the building is in peril of demolition, in the name of economic progress.  Next to the church building is a sunken railroad track, with a bridge (also in peril) over it.  The church building is priceless, however.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 25, 2017 COMMON ERA

THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS:  CHRISTMAS DAY

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Tallassee Shoals XIX: Another Stone Structure   1 comment

All Images Dated December 14, 2017

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

In the immediate vicinity of the structures above the headrace wall one can find this stone structure.

I wonder how long this structure has existed.  Anyhow, it is close to the Athens Loop and Mitchell Bridge Road.

Poss Creek and Ben Burton Park proper are to the right in this image.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 15, 2017 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XVIII: Structures Above the Headrace Wall   2 comments

All Images Dated December 14, 2017

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

Above you, O reader, see a view of the same two structures from a different perspective, from beside Poss Creek, in Ben Burton Park.  These structures sit atop the Headrace Wall, beside Poss Creek, seen below.

The bridge in the image is the entrance into Ben Burton Park.

One structure, beside the river, is stone.

Beside it is a concrete structure containing stones.

I wonder what function(s) these structures served.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 15, 2017 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XVII: Proximity   1 comment

Above:  A Stone Structure in the Woods Near Where I Live, December 13, 2017

All Photographs Dated December 13, 2017

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

The image above is of the same structure that is the topic of this post.  The seasonal deleafing of trees creates a different view.

Above we see the ruins of the stone structure from a different angle.  We see the clearing (that eventually leads into Ben Burton Park on the right) behind the structure.  We cannot see the apartments in the background on the left, where the blue sky is evident.  When I turn around 180 degrees I see the view below:

Notice the river and the stone wall beside it.

Cropping that image a certain way emphasizes the wall (probably from 1895 or so) nicely.

Autumn and winter are wonderful times to gaze upon these relics of the former Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 13, 2017 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XVI: Middle Oconee River   1 comment

Above:  Middle Oconee River, December 10, 2017

This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

Trails north of Ben Burton Park are wonderful places to photograph the Middle Oconee River.

Photograph dated December 10, 2017

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 10, 2017 COMMON ERA

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Tallassee Shoals XV: Headrace Gates in Woods   2 comments

All images dated December 10, 2017

This post is part of a series that began with this entry.

This massive stone structure is adjacent to the Middle Oconee River and north of Ben Burton Park.

Another headrace gate is immediately to the south of this one.

Here are some views from the other side:

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 10, 2017 COMMON ERA

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