|a carriage ride through downtown Marshall|
You know it's a small town by the parking meter prices, too. You can use pennies. Really. In 2012.
|one penny = six minutes|
Just take a close look at this meter as my sister puts in her pennies.
|That's right. Not only does a penny get you six minutes of parking, the meter doesn't even take quarters. I love Marshall (I seem to remember Kalamazoo also having some similarly astonishing prices a few years ago).|
|"antiquing" in Marshall, MI|
I've never been much of a shopper, but antique stores are fun. Strange, though, after Haiti...
|Marshall downtown shops - love the buildings, too|
There was some sort of consulting firm with a fish emblem. "Fish don't sleep," their door sign said. I personally think that's quite unhealthy (God gave us the sabbath because we really need that down time), although I can appreciate the marketing behind it. However, I loved the slogan in the window: "Think outside the bowl."
I wonder if we could take this and run with it for the church, given the symbolism. We would have to point out that even God rested on the seventh day, but we certainly do need to think outside the bowl. (Fish must do something... Any biologists out there?)
|Think outside the bowl!|
It began to get cloudy while we were there, but we were fortunate that the big storm had not yet arrived. It was just enough to break the heat, and we were safely in the hotel by the time the lightning show began.
|Marshall, Michigan - downtown shopping district on a cloudy Saturday|
Fortunately, today turned out to be lovely.
Dad celebrated and preached at both services, and I was asked to speak about Haiti at coffee hour, which I was more than happy to do. I also got to explain that there really are sisters in the Episcopal Church, and we really can be ordained.
|a beautiful Sunday afternoon showing off the interesting architecture in downtown Marshall|
It's been a good weekend. Now off to look at my to-do list before my sister and I head off on our next adventure. How many different sets of relatives can we visit in two weeks? You'd be surprised.