So the HH took notice of a news story a year or so ago, when the renovated St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Albany installed eight new icons, including one of Dorothy Day. The icons were written by (that is the correct term to use for icons) the painter and iconographer Christine Simoneau Hales.
I saw a small notice in Friday's Times Union about a program, "Feed My Sheep", to be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany. The program was to include organ music and an exhibit of icons written by the Saint Luke's Guild of Iconographers, which just so happens to be led by Christine Hales.
We decided to check it out, after first arranging to visit the other church, St. Vincent's, near The College of Saint Rose, to see the icons we already knew a bit about. The gracious Betsy let us in there and gave us a tour.
With some time to fill before the evening program, we stopped for a walk in Washington Park.
Like the plants, I was getting a little thirsty and so I made my way toward a water fountain. As I stood in front of it, a sweet chocolate lab bounced up to me and stood there expectantly, making very direct eye contact.
"Aren't you a pretty thing", I said, and then bent to turn on the water.
And then this happened:
She's shameless, he said. The dog has learned this trick of begging people for water and now runs off whenever anyone approaches a water fountain. Well, that's a lab for you, clever water-lovers that they are.
No harm done, but I did pass on using that fountain. (I had left a bottle of water in the car and waited to use that instead.)
After some Indian food on Lark Street, the HH and I strolled over to Westminster Church.
Peace be with you.