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Old Ship Church—Clears My Mind And Helps Me Focus

I’ve been reading American Visions–The Epic History of American Art by Robert Hughes.

In this book there is a picture of the Old Ship Church in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Above is the interior of this building (Picture by Michael Carter.) Below is the exterior. (Picture by Timothy Valentine.)

Old Ship is the oldest church in continuous use in the United States. It was constructed in 1681.

Here is some history of Old Ship from the official web site of the church.

Take from that history whatever you wish.

What strikes me about the place in the antiquity of the building—at least in the context of the United States—and the minimalism of the place.

Old Ship has been at the same location and serving the same purpose for over 300 years.

Just looking at a picture of Old Ship clears my mind and helps me focus.

I think there are places and things that have a helpful impact for us, and that these places are probably more common than we realize.

You’ve just got to keep an active mind and look around.

July 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

KTRH 740 Is A Terrible Radio Station—No News 740

Above is the 740 KTRH SUV I saw today in my travels around Houston.

KTRH can afford that car in the picture and they can afford to paint it all up, but they cannot afford a real news operation.

The car says “NewsRadio 740.” However, what they should really now call this station is “No-News 740.”

KTRH recently dumped longtime morning news hosts Lana Hughes and J.P. Pritchard.

Instead, KTRH now has even more right wing talk for the morning hours.

KTRH is now so bad, that even the misguided folks at Blog Houston say it is bad.

KTRH is just another dime-a-dozen Clear Channel station that cares a lot about money and nothing about the towns and cities where Clear Channel stations can be found.

Even if you are on the right politically, why would you listen to station that does not care at all about where you live?

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