Thursday, October 05, 2006

Hometown Paper for Washington and Lee shows GW

Well night a month after the Labor Day visit to campus, the aide to GW returned to Washington and Lee University, named for the two rebel Generals related by a marriage of a great granddaughter, on Monday, 2 October a.d. 2006 after a visit to Washington, DC to meet President George W. (and hear a few words from him, "You don't look like you know how to operate that thing." as I tried to shoot him with a digital, spy sized camera owned by an Air Force Flight Nurse)...

...and Washington, VA to see where George W. surveyed the town in a.d. 1749, and to visit the great and good folks the Longyears at their Fairlea Farms Bed and Breakfast, ...

... this visit to Washington and Lee was after the Labor Day visit of "GW" to the lovely Lee Chapel on the beautiful campus of Washington and Lee University which was when and where GW had the privilege of making the acquaintance of Mrs. Margaret Samdahl in the Book Store and Gift Shop of the Lee Chapel,...

...and the pleasure of introducing her to the local author, Frank Grizzard, Jr., who by Divine Providence he and GW were brought together while standing outside the Chapel, so to ask her to carry Mr. Grizzard's book on Washington's Prayers in her book store, "The Ways of Providence: Religion and George Washington". She now has the book for sale in her nice book shop.

(See an entry below for a lengthy book review of his book on GW's prayers, but a friend at church, Dean Stone, summed it up well, "Tell people to read the Appendix essay by Rev. Burk FIRST, next read Grizzard's opinions, and finish by reading Washington's prayers that are in the middle. Then decide for yourself whether Burk or Grizzard is right, whether the Prayers are in the penmanship of Washington." Pretty fine advice (even if a bit elaborated by the aide to GW), thank you Dean, I will do, and have now done, as you advise, with such wise advice, maybe you ought to be a Dean at Washington and Lee or other university. By the way, might Dean also advise that you go to college for knowledge, and as GW did, go to God in prayer for wisdom?)

(And you might want to take a day trip to go by the Washington and Lee campus, the Lee Chapel, and her book store to meet the fine lady Mrs. Samdahl and buy Mr. Grizzard's controversial but beneficial book, or call her at 540.458.8095 to purchase over the phone.)

Anyway, the very helpful Mrs. Samdahl mentioned that the local paper had a photo of GW in an issue on the Labor Day Parade, so as the loyal aide to GW, I went by to buy one.

While the photo in the Roanoke Times and the Washington Post showed GW with George Allen, Senator and former Governor of Virginia, this scan of the newspaper page shows GW with Governor Tim Kaine, former Mayor of Richmond, where there is a statue of Richmond inside the capitol by Houdon, and outside the capitol, on a horse high atop a monument column. Look for the video of the GW presentation at the Library of Virginia on George Washington's Birthday, and that has a portion showing the "equestrian statue" of Washington.

And in the photo above, General Washington is speaking with a One Star and a Four Star General, but in a.d. 1976, Congress passed a law that makes Washington now a Six Star General, so GW outranks both Generals, COMBINED! (smiles).

Good thing the photographer Jonathan McBride knows how to operate HIS camera so you can see the photograph above of three generals greeting one another at the Labor Day Parade.

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