Framing the Dialogue

Travel Treasures and Travails

Travel Treasure – Byzantine Seminary Press

I travel a little and often come across unique places.  Many are duds, some are interesting, but some are stunning and cool.  This series is about the stunners. 

I didn’t have to travel very far for this one.  I first discovered it after my Father passed away in 2004.  I was looking for some mementos for my children to remember him by and to commemorate his life.  He was always proud of his Byzantine heritage (yes we are Catholics too) and I wanted to get each of them a cross to be blessed by his priest during the memorial services.  Our Byzantine cross is different from the one used in the Roman Catholic church in that it includes the place where Jesus’ feet were and the sign that was hung mocking him (see photo – the Byzantine cross is on left).  Most religious stores do not sell these crosses. 

Taking A Toll

My daughter decided to attend a college that is around 250 miles from home.  It’s not a terrible trip a majority of it is highway and most of that is the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  The Turnpike leg is nearly 170 miles unless I take a scenic route and get off early.  The last trip turned out to be a real muse as I had several ideas for posts…including this one. 

Cleveland Rocks

The Mini Getaway series is about some of our mini vacations of no more than a long weekend:

Being from Pittsburgh we have many nicknames and jokes about Cleveland or the Mistake On The Lake.  When my wife first suggested a trip to Cleveland I wondered what she had been drinking and how much.  We had been there a few times for my son’s high school crew races, but we were in and out and didn’t really do any sightseeing.  It was one of the nicer races for spectators.