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In September 2014 we undertook a multi-day hike along the Via  Alpina in the Bernese Oberland area of the Swiss Alps (arrangers: SwissTrails):


Professional Background: I retired in January 2010 as a senior staff attorney for the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education. In a quarter century with the agency, I worked in Washington DC, San Francisco, and for almost fifteen years in the Seattle office. If I were said to have a specialty, it was the prevention of disability discrimination by colleges and school districts but my caseload also included race, national origin, sex and age discrimination matters, from Montana to  (continue reading)

October Fish Jewelry (Pru)

Hawaiian Vacation Rentals (Amanda & Chris)

Blind Men Groping, (in progress):  My grandfather’s writings, annotated by my father and subtitled: A BIOGRAPHICAL AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES DURING THE 1920S – 1950S THROUGH THE WRITINGS OF RADICAL EPISCOPAL PRIEST AND EDITOR, BILL SPOFFORD, SR., with annotations and commentary from his son, Bishop William B. Spofford Jr.

Pilgrim in Transition (PDF) (coming soon to Kindle) William B. Spofford: a collection of meditations, sermons and poems written by my father in 1994, when he and my mother spent a year living, working, and studying in East Jerusalem to mark their 50th wedding anniversary

L-R: Bill Sr., Polly, Bill Jr., Dot
L-R: Bill Sr., Polly, Bill Jr., Dot

Bill Spofford (January 28, 1921 – November 5, 2013)

Polly Spofford (May 15, 1925 – October 9, 2008)

Bill and Polly snapshot gallery

In Fertile Soil: This 28-minute movie (posted with permission) was filmed by the National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1952 in New York, Missouri and various locations in Idaho.  It features my parents, in a barely fictionalized depiction of their decision to do town and country missionary work in the American west, in the roles of “Reverend Joe and Jean Hacker.” Shortly after the film wrapped, my parents, my 4 brothers, and I moved from Roanridge (also in the movie) to Payette, Idaho, where Dad was a circuit preacher serving small Episcopal parishes in Payette, Washington (Weiser), Cascade and Valley (McCall) Counties. See Episcopal archives


The members of our family have lived many places since then, including several years when Dad became chief chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, but from the filming of this movie and the family transition that followed, the northwest was home for all of us, the place we always came back to:  Boise (and Boise High School), Paradise Point at Payette Lake in McCall, Camp Sherman, Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, Bogus, and Meadows, and so on.  At this writing, 2 of my brothers and I live in Portland, one brother lives in Seattle, and one in Missoula, plus our parents lived in Portland until their deaths.  Let the publication of this movie to the internet be part of my thanks and that of my brothers to our parents for giving us the life that we were all so fortunate to have.

Please note that the quality of the film is not very good because of the many conversions it has undergone, from 16mm film, to 1″ videotape, to VHS, to DVD, to VOB, to MPEG4. The last few conversions were digital and fairly true to their donor formats, but the earlier conversions badly damaged the clarity.  Nevertheless, the film is still watchable and depicts a historic moment in Episcopal Church Town and Country work, and very accurately tells a major part of Bill and Polly Spofford’s life together.

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