Thursday, August 21, 2008

Monks and Hairballs and Deformed Animals. Jennifer's Visit to Salem.

Jennifer came to visit me this week. I took her to a small museum located at a monastery in Mt. Angel, Oregon. I visited this museum with my parents when I was seven or eight. I saw things in that museum that remain etched in my mind:

A collection of hairballs from the stomachs of pigs.

Deformed Calf Number 1.

Deformed Calf Number 2.

We also saw real monks. They wore long black robes, and we think the two that we encountered may have taken vows of silence.

*Alex and Jess: This is where I wanted to take you during spring break when the museum was closed because of the construction on the bell tower.