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I am looking forward to a visit to St. Louis in June.  It looks like the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France is near my hotel.  Looks beautiful.

This will be my first visit to St. Louis, so… any recommendations for things to see/do?


I’m going to Sarasota, Florida at the end of August.  As always, when visiting a different city, I like to plan ahead of time where I will attend Mass.

So, does anybody know of any good churches or chapels in Sarasota?  Is there anything I need to know about the local Church there?

I thought I’d ask for personal feedback before investigating on my own.


See them all here!

Here’s one from the Basilica of St. Lawrence:

Basilica of St. Lawrence sanctuary

… but my brain seems to be a bit stuck in vacation mode.

I loved Asheville!  It’s a very charming little city with some spectacular architecture!  And any place that has hills and mountains will automatically win my heart. The population is very eclectic.  Lots of young bohemian/hippie types.  Also lots of retirees.

As expected, I loved the Basilica St. Lawrence.  It was more beautiful and impressive than I could imagine!  I attended Mass there on Saturday evening, and it was wonderful.

I did take pictures, but many of them did not turn out well.  My hands are not as steady as they used to be.  :(  I got a few good ones, though, and will post some soon!

Will try to get up to speed with blogging soon.

As you may know, I am a librarian, and next month, I will be in Asheville, NC for a professional conference.  I will be there during a weekend, so of course I wanted to scope out local churches.

It just so happens that my hotel is close to the Basilica of St. Lawrence.  This is cool for a few reasons.

First, St. Lawrence is just awesome.  He was cooked to death on a gridiron, but legend says that he was not very perturbed by that; he declared to his executors, “You can turn me over now, I’m done on this side.”  Or something to that effect.

Second, St. Lawrence is a Patron Saint of librarians!

Third, just look at the place!

I’m relieved.  I think I’ll like this basilica.  I look forward to being there in person!

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