Archive for Spirituality

Memorial Day: Elephants in the Cemetery

On Memorial Day, an elephant and her calf are shaded by trees as ducks and geese waddle by the pond at Milton Cemetery.  The life-size topiaries are covered in ivy, and the symbolism of their deep family bonds and long memories are the reasons for their art installation in this place of remembrance.  Elephants never […]

Diver Ed O’Brien: stewardship of the oceans

(The Alvin carried aboard The Atlantis at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, photo taken by Suzette Standring) We toured the Atlantis and the Neil Armstrong, research vehicle ships, at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (www.whoi.edu) in Massachusetts. The men and women who work  toward the health of our oceans reminded me of Psalm 107: 23-24 inscribed […]

Easter: Jesus appears first to a woman

[Painting, “Mary Magdalene at the Crucifixion” by Francesco Hayez] For Christians, Easter is a miraculous promise of love kept, because Jesus resurrected, as foretold, three days after his undeniable death by crucifixion.  Yet, as if coming back to life isn’t enough, here’s an added kicker for me. Jesus chose to appear first to a woman. […]

Cambodia: Angkor Wat at Dawn

In Cambodia, David and I stand among teeming crowds to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat, a 12th century temple.  It’s 6:00 a.m. and already onlookers line the edges of a moat filled with blooming waterlillies.  I hear a woman say, “I thought if I came early, I’d have the place to myself” and […]

Vietnam: the healing effect of anti-war protest

I am in Vietnam where Americans are warmly welcomed.  Odd.  I’m 62 and I recall TV images of brutal jungle warfare. From 1964 to 1973 about 2 million tons of American bombs were dropped. As a teenager, I learned about napalm and Agent Orange.  Most of all, I remember the anti-war protests.  Apparently, so do […]