Monday, June 4, 2007


What would happen if a group of people just started laughing spontaneously? The three of us at work today tried this, and within less than a minute there were honest-to-god tears flowing. So now there is a rule that we must do this every day. (I give full credit to Melinda for the moniker.) Ha! Ha! Ha!
We paint glass and we peel "resist" from glass and we dremel glass and we file glass and we scrape glass and we dot glass and we bake glass and we polish glass and we pack glass and finally, we ship glass out. We do not blow glass or carve glass or knit glass or knead glass or hunt glass or read glass or embroider glass or untangle glass or spin glass. Occaisionally we break glass (and gas!) with regret. Always we praise glass. Is there a patron saint of glass?


  1. Jakob Griesinger, better known as Blessed James of Ulm, is the patron saint of glass painters and stained glass window workers.

    Born 1407 in Ulm (Germany)
    Died 11 October 1491 in Bologna (Italy)
    Beatified 1825 by Pope Leo XII

    In 1432 he was a mercenary in the Neapolitan army and later worked as a lawyer's secretary.
    In 1441 while pasing through Bologna, he stopped to pray at the tomb of St Dominic. He found his true vocation and asked to be admitted to the order as a lay brother with the Dominican monks there in Bologna. He would have been living in the same monastery with the renowned Savonarola. [Savonarola must have been some sort of Renaissance cooking oil.]

    He spent most of the next 50 years immersing himself in the art of stained glass.

    Most of his work has been lost but some can still be seen in the cathedral of San Petronio in Bologna."

  2. It's good to know that Blessed James of Ulm immersed himself in the art of stained glass, not Renaissance cooking oil.

  3. Yes -- he might have drowned.