Books, Portland, Walks with the dogs

Otium sine litteris mors est

07.27.08 | Comment?

Recent books read:

We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Warden, by Anthony Trollope

Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires, by Selwyn Raab

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume II (Modern Library Edition), by Edward Gibbon


Today is muggy and I am logy but I still took the dogs (both the Resident Dogs and the Guest Dogs, in two shifts) for a walk earlier this afternoon.  Seeing as how it is Sunday I attempted to keep them from urinating on church walls and landscaping.  There are a lot of churches in the neighborhood, however, so one must be  ever vigilant.  The following is a sampling of houses of worship in the area.

In honor of my cultural and ethnic background, the local Catholic church: 


Church, no steeple

Church, no steeple

This church, despite the Korean writing, is now used by a Romanian congregation:

A Coptic Church reminds one of how old the religion is:


There are far more churches we walk past, but I’ll save them for future posts, so as not to clutter up your browsers.  

They say diversity is vital to cultural understanding, and it is true.  Our Sunday walks have led me to understand that Russian and Ukrainian young women dress, when they are going to church, like really classy, high-class hookers.

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