By Charlie Johnston
I figured I would share a few pictures and notes from my travels today. Right now, I am in Manchester, New Hampshire, preparing to head out to the Albany area, where I will speak tomorrow night (Wednesday, June 19) at 6:30 p.m. at the Knight’s Hall in Queensbury. For info contact Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the picture at the top, from left, are our own Doug, me, Steve BC, and Frank who is visiting Doug and Jacki. In front is Anne, Steve BC’s mother. This photo was taken just before Mass last Sunday and Jacki (who we usually call Lambzie) had left early because she sings with the choir. That is why Doug is holding a little Lambzie – to
represent Jacki. Anne is the four time women’s champion at her local country club down on the Cape. She also taught me how to eat a whole lobster. Steve and Anne provide me with my favorite workspace in the whole country – inside a bay window looking out on Nantucket Sound. It is always beautiful there, even if it is stormy.
I stayed in an RV while at Doug and Jacki’s gorgeous property – and it had the most comfy bed I have ever encountered in an RV.
A video of my presentation in Wadena, Iowa is now up on the site. Videos, as they become available, can be found by clicking on the “Menu” button at the top right of the site. From the drop-down menu that appears, click on “Travels With Charlie,” and it will show you my updated schedule and any videos that are available.
I wore my red, white, and blue tie in Wadena in honor of my hosts, Gary and Pam, two of the most patriotic people I know. They have a beautiful place and the little shrine-like spot you see at the beginning of the video is a Rosary Garden they put up on their property.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker wrote a wonderful article about the situation with David Daleiden. It really delighted me because it got most of the details right – which is rare in either establishment or conservative media in these very complicated legal battles. David has a GoFundMe page up – which is doing well enough to send the signal to Planned Parenthood and their favorite judge, William Orrick, that they aren’t going to be able to bankrupt David to get out of this.
This is a window from a Chapel in Chicago. I noticed some years back, while I was praying there, that the depiction of Gabriel in this is the closest I have ever seen as to how he appears to me. Not the clothes, or even the way he wears his hair, but the lean, lankiness and the face – though the color of the hair is about the same (a little lighter, perhaps). While I was going through Chicago, I was visiting someone at this site and got the opportunity to snap this picture for your (and my own) edification. It was years ago when I noticed it and, in great enthusiasm, told the Priest I was visiting that, “That’s him! That’s Gabriel the way he appears to me!” And to be clear, this does not look like a good representation of him: this is him as he appears to me, though usually dressed and with his hair done a bit differently.
I have some other photos from Syracuse, Solon (Cedar Rapids), and Jackson. But I am a bit clumsy at getting things uploaded, so I will have to put them up in another post. I will leave you with an old photo of Mick and her family. She had to leave on a family matter a little early so was not in the Jackson team photo, but I know you all want to know what Mick looks like. She is to the far right of the photo, with her husband, Chris, holding the then baby Anne-Marie at the center. It was so cool that, when I first saw them this time, Anne-Marie reached out enthusiastically with a great smile for me to take her.