Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day

Lovely Father's Day for me Sunday.

Hiroko and the Children were kind, loving, and generous all throughout the day.  I was touched and moved.

After a lovely breakfast in together we took a stroll around the neighborhood.

Here are a few flowers we saw:

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Flag Day 2010 in Sunnyside, NY

Over the years, lots of my friends visited me in my home town, Sunnyside, NY.  The rest endure my tales and stories of "the 'hood."  I hope plenty more will visit as time goes by, but in the mean time, have a look, Sunnyside in a nutshell.

Flag day.  God bless America.  Mom and apple pie.  Here's what Flag Day looks like in Sunnyside.

(Included in the pictures is my pastor, Father Joseph Jerome. He offers the prayer.)

Flag Day 2010 Sunnyside, Queens from Frank Kaufmann on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Visit to Dublin

On June 5, 2010 I received the Visionary for Peace Award from the Interfaith Roundtable of Ireland.  A report about that award, the conference, and a link to my paper presentation can be found here.

But before the conference began, I was graciously received and welcomed with generous hospitality by Geoffrey Ross, brother of my long time friend Peter, together with Geoffrey's friend and colleague Brian.

Geoffrey fetched me from the airport, fed me lunch, and created for me a mini-tour of the fine sites of North Dublin.  I saw the childhood home of the Ross family, and the old Guinness estate in Phoenix Park.  I saw the residence of the president of Ireland, and the point from which Pope John Paul II offered mass to over a million faithful.  There too I saw the residence of the ambassador from the United States to Dublin (a job I'd gladly accept in my next incarnation).

At last we had a short night out at the Angler's Rest in the Liffey Valley.

Here are a couple of pictures from my visit: