Tuesday, June 12, 2018



This is me when I met Inge in Taize (France) @ 1973 when I was a newly ordained priest stationed in Somerset. 
We were in the same prayer group at Taize with her future husband, Bernd.  
Oh, the ravages of age! 

Doug and his mother, Bea Beard, from Columbia, Kentucky, came up for a visit. Doug's father knew Inge and Birgit's mother and father, when he was stationed in Germany during the Second World War.  They brought old pictures of visits to Germany in the past.  Such a small world! 


Our Lady of the Woods Chapel at Bellarmine University where I used to be chaplain for fourteen years!


All gassed-up and ready to drive to Nashville to visit the grave of Johnny Cash in their ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR! Now all they have to do is meet up with my friends, Phyllis and Jan. 

Seeing them off on their road trip to Nashville. 
Phyllis, Birgit and Jan (Inge was taking the picture). 

Birgit is a fan of Johnny Cash. Here she stands at the foot of his grave in Hendersonville, Tennessee, on their way to Nashville. 
His wife, June Carter Cash, is buried next to him. 

A Johnny Cash and his fan from Germany, Birgit, finally meet. 

"Thelma, Louise and Company" find a free lunch at a music festival somewhere in Nashville.  They are all seasoned tourists for sure! 

I knew I should not have let them go to Nashville alone. Now they will never want to go home! 
They had a great time! 


I took Inge and Birgit to meet my friend, Patricia (Tafel) Kirchdorfer, at the Episcopal Home. Patricia invited us to a nice lunch where we talked about places in Germany they both knew about. 

After lunch, we stopped in to see Anne and Tim Schoenbachler, old friends of Inge, Birgit  and their parents. They have visited several times here in the States and once in Germany. 

In the evening, we stopped at Daniel and Nell (on the left) Allgeier's house to watch the Triple Crown horse race from New York.  Donna, a neighbor, is on the right. Nell is the daughter of Phyllis who belongs to our "coffee shop group." Pictured below are Mark, Jan and Gary who also meet up regularly at Sunergos Coffee Shop on Preston. Phyllis put the pizza party together for us after the horse race. 

Sunday morning, I presided at Mass with Inge and Birgit in the front row. 

At Elaine Winebrenner's condo on Tuesday night. 

At Sunergos Coffee Shop with Mark and Phyllis.

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