Beacon Rock

Washington Oregon Columbia River Beacon Rock Lewis & Clark

Beacon Rock Washington State Park Columbia River

Beacon Rock, Washington State Park is about an hour out of Portland along the Columbia River heading east on highway 14.  This rock received its name from Lewis and Clark in 1805.  Hike up the rock for amazing views of the Columbia River or hike down a number of trails like the Hamilton Mountain trail.  It’s a great place for a picnic and just taking it easy.  Don’t forget to pick up your Discover Pass.

Origin of Pilgrims Progress Book

John Bunyan Pilgrims Progress

1915 Edition of Pilgrims Progress

Shankill Baptist Church 1915

Sunday School Award for Attendance

My collecting of religious books continues to fuel my imagination of days long ago.  One of my more recent acquisitions is a Pilgrims Progress edition published in 1915 London by The Religious Tract Society.  It has an attractive blue cloth cover with a nicely detailed and somewhat ornate illustration.  The wear and tear over the past 100 years is really not that bad.  There are some smudges and a few spots on the pages but that just helps confirm the book was actually read, consumed, and maybe used for the purpose it was written.

The most interesting feature of this book is a presentation label placed on the front of the first end page.  It reads:

First Prize
Presented to
Agnes Irvine
for attendance
Shankill Baptist
Sunday School 1914

My first search for Shankill Baptist Church sends me to the web page of a church by that exact name located in Belfast Ireland shankillbaptist.com.  The community started in 1895 as the industrial revolution was taking hold of the area and there was a great need for evangelizing.  Since the book was published in the UK and since everything I search with Shankill appears to be in Belfast, I’m thinking that may be where the book was presented to Agnes Irvine over 100 years ago.

I have since emailed Shankill Baptist in Ireland and await any information that may confirm the book actually originated from their church.

 

Auld Lang Syne

Mt. Rainier

Wishing all a happy new year.  May you enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in 2017.  Did you know that the popular New Year’s song of Auld Lang Syne comes from a poem?  A poem written by the poet Robert Burns?  That’s right, a Scotsman.  This is yet another contribution to civilization by the Scottish.  Robert Burns was considered an amazing song-writer and this is the most famous of his works.  Not only is it sung by English-speaking people on New Year’s eve but it’s also used by the Brits when they meet to revive or cherish old friendships.

Auld Lang Syne
by Robert Burns

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to min’?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wandered mony a weary foot
Sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidled i’ the burn
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine;
And we’ll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint stowp
And surely I’ll be mine;
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne.