We are back on this lovely rock where we have come at the end of each summer for the last half dozen years.
Our rented house is nothing fancy, but big enough to sleep members of the family that come and go over the week and a front porch with a view of the pond and the ocean that is priceless.
Tomorrow we will find a good spot to watch the eclipse with the approved glasses Anne was smart enough to purchase online several weeks ago.
Tuesday night we will go to the town library to watch a movie about the peace activist, Daniel Berrigan. The library has an exhibit about Berrigan that will be there through October.
This from The Block Island Times:
“Seeking Shelter from the Storm” is a documentary film that evokes the life and faith of Father Daniel Berrigan and William Stringfellow on Block Island. The documentary will make its debut at the Island Free Library on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Known internationally as theologians, poets and peace-makers, Berrigan and Sringfellow found respite — shelter from social and personal storms — on Block Island. Using interviews, photos, writings and island footage, the viewer is immersed in 1970s and ‘80s Block Island, Berrigan and Stringfellow’s writings and actions, and the Block Island community. Sue Hagedorn, Jim Reale and Seedworks Films (www.seedworksfilms.org) paint a portrait of Daniel Berrigan and Bill Stringfellow that reflect on the history and beauty of island life that inspired and included these revolutionary thinkers and poets.
“Seeking Shelter” features Island residents and visitors John Gasner, Nancy Greenaway, Jim Wallis, Mary Donnelly, Jim Reale, Patrick Cobb, Keith and Kay Lewis, Ann Tickner, Frances and Gordon Smith, and Martha Wilson, and was assisted by Pam Littlefield Gasner and the Block Island Historical Society, Martha Ball, Amy Jaffe, and Missy Conant. Funding included grants from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the Roosa Fund. The film was made in the context of the creation of the “Seeking Shelter from the Storm”exhibit, coordinated by Denny O’Toole, that is on view until Columbus Day at the Island Free Library.
In 1968 Berrigan was part of a group that burned draft records in Catonsville, Maryland in protest of the War in Vietnam.
Convicted, Berrigan fled and hid in the Block Island barn of two locals who provided him space.
“We have chosen to be branded peace criminals by war criminals,” Berrigan famously said while a fugitive of justice, days before his arrest by FBI agents in a barn on Block Island.