A Miracle On Cottonwood Street

The lobby of the 1900 theater is…in rough shape. But, it is restorable, and we plan to do just that. Since this image was taken we have cleaned out the lobby and added bracing to the sagging beam.


While cleaning, we were careful to sift through the debris looking for important bits. We did find a brass light fixture which hung from the ceiling. Later, we found a glass fragment, likely the shade to the brass fixture. Was the fragment large enough to source a matching replacement shade? Perhaps, but the odds of actually finding a matching shade seemed astronomical. But…scroll down…



















Again, the fragment.


As you can see, it is an exact match.


What are the odds of this?

There are a million white glass shades out there, and in hundreds and hundreds of different styles.

But, late last night, looking on eBay, this shade came up, newly listed. Looking at it, something tugged at my brain. I just kept staring at the shade. Why did it seem familiar?

Then, a rush went through my body. Could it be? Could it match? No! This seemed impossible!

Quickly, I pulled up the blog post from 2017 to check out the fragment.

And then I knew. Miracles do happen.

Now, let us all pray that the seller packs well!






  1. Derek Walvoord on October 20, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    The patterns in our brains! Amazing. Great find!

    • Ross on October 20, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      I know, Derek!

      I’ve not thought about the broken shade once in over three years. Yet, somehow, somehow, by brain recognized a small pattern!

      Brains are wild! I’m still gobsmacked!

  2. Paula Haas on October 20, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    How lovely and amazing! Gives me shivers!

  3. Dan Goodall-Williams on October 20, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Absolutely amazing. Some things are just meant to be. Great score.

  4. Barb Sanford on October 26, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Wow. This is amazing! I’m so glad you have an eye for detail — and an inexhaustible memory. Bravo!

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