~ Converge ~


Come together, bring into focus, unity, connectedness


Memorial Chapel - Stanford University, Palo Alto California - Bruce Witzel photo


“Peace between countries must rest on the solid foundation of love between individuals”

~ Mahatma Gandhi ~


Two friends @ near Memorial Chapel, Stanford University - Bruce Witzel photo



Rodin Sculpture Graden, Stanford University in California


“The more we value integrity, the more securely we will find and keep a worthwhile civilization to set against prevalent abuse and ruin.”

~ Frank Lloyd Wright ~


Hanna House @ Stanford University (Frank Lloyd Wright design) - Bruce Witzel photo



The natural house - Frank Lloyd Wright's honeycomb house - bruce witzel design



Living room of Hanna House as seen from outside front window

 “We no longer have an outside and an inside as two separate things…

they are of each other.”


~ Frank Lloyd Wright ~  


Rodin Sculpture Garden, University of Stanford - Bruce witzel photo

“A human being is part of the whole called by us “the universe,” a part limited in time and space.  He (or she) experiences… thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

~ Albert Einstein ~


Hanna House fenestration - Bruce Witzel photo

Concluding Commentary:

On May 27, 2010 Francis and I had the privilege to visit Stanford University in Palo Alto California. Featured above are images of highlights including the Memorial Chapel, the Rodin Sculpture Garden at the Cantor Museum, and the Hanna House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

In the later half of the 1800’s, Leland Stanford  was a prominent Senator and railroad tycoon, who along with his wife Jane, co-founded the University that bears their name. The Stanford Memorial Church is located at the center of the University, and was commissioned upon Leland’s death in ‘93.

It was intended by the Stanford’s to be interdenominational. For more than a century the church has kept this ecumenical spirit.


Memorial Chapel -Stanford University - Bruce Witzel photo 


 Dedicated to all which is plundered and pillaged…

                     men, women & children

and Mother Earth herself…


~ Bruce ~


Weekly Photo Challenge – lines and shapes (and words and people) can converge in interesting ways


  1. I live right down the road from Stanford, but I’ve never been to Hanna House. I’ll have to go and check it out. I love the Rodin Sculpture Garden and always take visiting friends and family to it. When my daughter was four, she took a summer art class at the Cantor Museum and I kept the registration letter, which said, “Please drop your child off at the Gates of Hell at 9am…” :p

    • Wow… so neat, and quite the coincidence, Anne Marie. Really funny about the “Gates of Hell” registration letter… On the Hanna House, they only have tours once a month, if I remember correctly. You could certainly get a bit of glance from the outside anytime, I think. We really loved the week we spent in the Bay area., down to Salinas etc. I see how it would be a difficult decision to move back to Ontario. By the way, love your Zero-waste ethic!!!! And your lovely sense of humour that goes with that. Best regards… Bruce

      • I’ll have to add Hanna House to my visiting-Canadians tour. Yes, the Bay Area weather is incredible and I really do love living here. But Ontario has lots of perks too. Thanks so much for your kinds words Bruce 🙂

    • Annley – I am actually Bruce Witzel, a friend of Fr. Charles Brandt. I have created the Brandt Series on this blog, on Charles behalf. The series features photos and writings about his vocation as an ordained Catholic hermit. I am sorry for the confusion.

  2. This is only about 30 miles from my high school home, where my mom & siblings still live, but I’ve only visited once that I recall. My cousin went to school there. What a great place to wander with a camera! Maybe some day I’ll return…

    • The Rodin sculptures were a special joy for us, as was the Hanna House. That is cool you grew up near Stanford. Maybe if you’re able to travel back to see family… there is so much out in the world. It’s neat to broaden horizons, even if it’s via the blog-o-sphere….

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