Thursday, September 02, 2004


At Main Street Cigar where I hang out and write or chat or listen, a mahogany sentinel stands outside the shop. Or he used to. His name is Punch. He's not a cigar store Indian, he's a cigar store Italian. There's a picture of him if you scroll down a bit on Main Street's website.

For the past few weeks I've been restoring old Punchy as we affectionately call our wooden mate. His finger fell off and he suffered from a literally splitting headache where the moisture was threatening to peel him in two from head to toe. Dave puttied him up and I got to work. Painting him took several days and yesterday, I antiqued him. Soon we'll put a waterproof varnish on him and set him back outside to welcome patrons and visitors to "the shop" as we call this community.

I'll post a picture of him in all his newfound glory when he's back on duty. In the meantime, if you're in the area, stop inside and take a look. See, as a follower of Christ we might consider taking our redemption responsibilities very seriously. Punchy was old and worn, weatherbeaten and bleached out. But now he's dapper and ready to take on the world. Well, maybe not the world, but Main Street in Bel Air is a definite go. The owner, my friend Tony, is delighted.

So what have you redeemed in your community today? Did you get outside the Christian box? You can learn a lot out there.




Blogger Katy said...

I can't think of anything that sounds like more fun right now than a newly-resplendent cigar-store Italian!

I'm taking on a new thing, and I'm excited. I'm a compulsive baby afghan crocheter, only my baby is 19 and my oldest kid just got married. I give them to my nieces and nephews as they produce progeny, but still I have this backlog of a dozen or so finished blankies, with more being churned out weekly.

So I decided to stop hoarding them. An acquaintance of mine runs a ministry called Mercy and Truth--it's a kind of medical missions thing. She's adding an inner city birthing clinic for uninsured mothers. I offered my afghans for the new moms as gifts, and she pounced on the idea. But I can't just hand over the afghans, so that I don't get hurt. I've gotta go downtown and tour the center, maybe even get my hands dirty with a little remodeling of one of the birthing rooms! Maybe even get attached to a couple patients (many of whom, she says, will be high school students from the big school across the street).

I think I'm going to learn a lot out there.

September 2, 2004 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Lisa, I loved the story about the cigar store Italian and it was so cool to see a picture of your hang out and said Italian on your blog.

Thanks also for challenging us to get out of our Christian boxes.

September 3, 2004 at 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your thoughts on President Bushes speech?

September 3, 2004 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

Hi, Anonymous. When you stop being anonymous, I'll tell you what I think! Cheers.

September 3, 2004 at 1:43 PM  

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