Edith Roller – August 16, 1976 – Monday

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I slept until 9.00.  The room I was in was so dark I couldn’t see anything.  Dor and Eddie were already up.

I had some cantaloupe and Sanka.

We spent most of the morning talking.  Dor told us of Paul’s wedding.  The bride was Polly Williams.  Dor had some snapshots.  It had been a simple wedding conducted by a Unitarian minister in the garden of the parents’ house in New Jersey.  Polly’s father is well-to-do.  Paul has his own business designing buildings.

Dor’s chief topic was her affiliation with Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s atheistic group.  She still dislikes the Temple’s identity as a church, though she is not bitter about the incident in Chicago summer before last.  She fears the object of Jim’s “occult” abilities.

Both Dor and Eddie warned me to avoid discussion of Jim and the Temple with Mabs.  They are concerned about her mental condition.  They think she is drinking too much, believe she has too few interests.  They think she should get rid of her house and do not understand her reason for keeping it.  He financial situation is not good, but not desperate.  I promised to be careful in discussion with Mabs.

Eddie has rented the downstairs portion of her house, bedroom and kitchen to a new teacher at her school, a young woman.  The arrangement will give Edna [Eddie] more security.

The three of us went for a short walk with Eddie’s three dogs.  The weather was ideal.

We had a light lunch.

Eddie wants to retire in perhaps another year.  She will get a pension from her school administration.

We drove to Denver, stopping at a shopping center on Wadsworth to make a few purchases.  I got some zippers for my 2 dresses with Eddie’s advice.  Denver was very hot.

Eddie drove through Barnum where we had lived as children and we looked at familiar sights.  She and Dor remembered them better than I did.

We had dinner at Stouffer’s Restaurant on Colorado Boulevard near the [old] airport.  We had salmon.  We thought too much attention had been given to surface embellishments; the food was not extraordinary.  Prices were high.  We paid $8.50 for the entree alone.,  Dor paid for dinner.

At 8.00 we picked up Mabs at the airport.  We found her right away although we had not been certain of the airline nor flight number.

Mabs was in a good mood though her complexion seems muddy and she has gained weight.  She was happy because Miranda had just taken a job in Washington with some experimental agricultural project of the government, starting in October,  The climate in Montreal is hard on her.  Tagore is five.  He suffers from allergies and has to have a restrictive diet.  She says he has a hot temper.  He looks like Matthew.

Mabs is still smoking heavily.

We spent some time in getting out of town as Eddie took the wrong road.

We went to bed at 11.00.  Mabs slept in the same room as I.

I slept soundly the first part of the night, woke at 4.00 and couldn’t get back to sleep.  Mabs slept rather restlessly.

I got up at 5.30, made some Sanka, thought I would make journal entries.  But Mabs joined me and we sat talking until Eddie and Dor got up.

We had toast and eggs for breakfast.

When we had dressed we went in the car with Eddie driving us to see several of her friends in the locality, to her school to meet her principal, whom she likes very much, to the vet with one of the dogs who was limping on one foot.  We had hamburgers for lunch.  Mabs and I shopped for food for tonight while Dor and Eddie went to the beauty salon and had their hair done.

From what conversations I have had with Mabs, she is not as opposed as Dor to believe in some form of spiritual power, but she does not think highly of Jim Jones’ extra sensory perceptions.  However, she is very concerned about social issues and agrees with me about the harmfulness of the present economic system.

On our return we visited another of Eddie’s friends.  I had 2 glasses of Scotch and was very tired.

I slept for an hour and a half.

Took a shower while Mabs told the others of some of her relationships.

Eddie borrowed a projector and showed the films I had given Dor, of her, Paul, Mabs, Edna, Miranda, Matthew, Mother and the ranch.

We had dinner which Edna prepared: t-bone steak, baked potato, mushrooms, tomatoes.  I had paid for the food.

Mabs told of the trial and sentencing of the man who attempted to rape and murder her.  He “copped a plea” was sentenced to seven years of which he served two.  She does not think he was rehabilitated.

Mabs told of some of her experiences doing home teaching.

We looked at the films again.

The others went to bed.  I made journal entries.  I then read a few items Dor and Mabs had saved for me including an article about folklore written by Matthew.

I went to bed at 1.30.