He is Risen!

Easter Sunday 2011, the flowering cross outside Riverland Hills Baptist Church after the 9 a.m. service.

Flowering Cross

After church I cooked Easter lunch for Mom and Dad. The menu featured veggies from my first spring weekly share from my coop – Pinckney’s Produce. We had:

Spring Onion Soup
Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges

Baked Ham Slices

Cabbage-Celery-Cucumber Salad
Broccoli-Grape-Bacon Salad
Crispy Turnip “Fries”

Rolls with Butter

Angel Food Cake * Fresh Strawberries * Whipped Cream

Happy Easter, everyone.

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Trip to Savannah in words and pictures

This update is long overdue, but I’ve been busy.

Twenty years ago I lived in a garden.

Forsyth Park, Savannah
The main pathway into Forsyth Park, downtown Savannah

I lived in a garden with a city tucked inside it.

Azaleas in Savannah
The azaleas of Savannah in full bloom - late March, 2011

I lived in Savannah, Georgia, the place Margaret Mitchell described as “that gently mannered city by the sea.”

Gordon Street townhome, Savannah
The building where I used to live on Gordon Street. The Mercer House (made famous in "the book") is right across the street.

My stay there lasted four years. The last two I spent in the middle of the historic district, a space of centuries-old churches and homes, all surrounded by private gardens enclosed with fanciful wrought-iron gates, flowering azaleas and sturdy, gnarled live oaks draped with Spanish moss.

Wrought iron gate of leaves
Look for the bird perched among the iron leaves of this gate.

All too infrequently I leave the modern world of work, mortgage and 401(k) and return to the garden. The last time was at the end of March, when my Mom and I decided to visit.

Mom outside the Six Pence Pub's telephone booth
The Six Pence Pub on Bull Street imported its own red British telephone booth for even more character. Mom is happy to be on the trip.
View from the Crab Shack outdoor deck, Tybee Island
The view from the Crab Shacks outdoor deck, Tybee Island
Kitty waiting patiently for seafood, the Crab Shack
Quite a few of the Crab Shack patrons have fed this big kitty on the outdoor deck. Hes waiting patiently for more.

When I was in Savannah I attended Wesley Monumental Church. This beautiful church was built as a monument to John and Charles Wesley. Construction started after the Civil War and the sanctuary was finished in 1890.

Wesley Monumental Church, Savannah, Georgia
I used to attend Wesley Monumental Church when I lived in Savannah. This beautiful United Methodist church is on Calhoun Square downtown.
The interior of Wesley Monumental Church with the beautiful Noack organ.
The interior of Wesley Monumental Church showcases the 60-rank Noack organ.
Forsyth Park Fountain
Forsyth Park Fountain. The city fathers dye it green for St. Patricks.
Closeup, the Forsyth Park Fountain
The putti or water nymphs or satyrs - whatever! of the Forsyth Park Fountain.

It was a short trip – only 36 hours – and ended with an adventure. The car wouldn’t start. We got a jump from a gentleman who’d been a neighbor of mine 20 years ago. Once we got going, we took one last turn around the squares and then pointed the car toward Talmadge Bridge and the low county of South Carolina. As we reached the peak of the bridge we looked back for one last glimpse of Oglethorpe’s city on the riverbluff, of tall spires and steeples reaching heavenward through the green leaves, of live oaks in the town squares.

Just-in-time to just-in-case: another Tsunami impact

Glenn Reynolds makes a good point about the far-reaching disruption to the modern supply chain that a single disaster across the globe can have. From his article:

Japan’s earthquake was in some ways a triumph of preparedness: Thanks to strict building codes, not a single building in Tokyo collapsed. But the earthquake, and the tsunami it produced, have had impacts that go well beyond the immediate.

In particular, the damage is exposing the extent to which modern supply-chain management has produced a system that is so lean it lacks the reserve capacity needed to cope with disasters.

In manufacturing, plants have been idled around the world because Japanese factories — or often, a single Japanese factory — serve as the sole source for a vital component. With the factories sidelined by damage or power outages, the components are unavailable, and production has to stop.

… But the problem goes well beyond cars and subways. Lots of more important systems are similarly vulnerable. My wife takes a heart-rhythm drug called Tikosyn; if she misses a dose, she could die.