May 27th, 2012

oregon, willamette, 1 proxy falls

Memorial Weekend

It is a weekend to remember and honor and give thanks.

Rachel Carson wrote, "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."

Thanks to her writing and work, we have more beauty in nature to contemplate.  Brown pelicans are prolific.  The shells of their eggs are no longer thinned by DDT.  

War on the earth - war against each other - when will it end?   

Perhaps this weekend we pause to consider - person by person, step by step, word by word, and action by action.

The Golden Gate Bridge is 75 years old today.  It's hard for me to believe that it was 25 years ago that my son Chris and I got up early and were among the first to cross the bridge.  We got a piece of the ribbon and met people coming from the other side.  We walked to the ferry building and took the ferry back across to Marin.  We were surprised to see the bridge was flat.  There were so many people on it that it literally flattened out.   That won't be allowed this year, so the bridge will be closed tonight to set off fireworks for a hour, some from the bridge.  They are warning people away because traffic will be a nightmare.  It seems an odd way to celebrate.  We are giving a party, but don't come.  Perhaps, it is for each of us to appreciate what it took to build this marvelous bridge 75 years ago, and each celebrate in our own way, just as we give thanks to those who've given their lives for what we now share.

Peace and gratitude today and every day.  May we each pause and place our hands together in gratitude and our own personal version of prayer.