One of the most appreciated practices I've had in my releases has been the sharing of a white flight feather, something for people to hold in their hands and remember. Now I frame them with an illuminated and calligraphed card, personalized for the event. It's a lot of detail, something to be treasured or handed down. I love doing the painting and the lettering, handling the inks and gilt and pens. It's peaceful work, and it's business, but it is also an act of love.
We are people in need of still moments. In our hurried world, it is deeply important to mark the events that connect us with a simple, joyful symbol of love. The sight of a pure white dove ascending, with home in its heart, is an unforgettable moment that transcends words. It can be a part of your ceremony.
The "Respecting the Sacred" tolerance celebration and dove release were the top story in the 9/13/10 Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Lovely picture of the circling flock on the front page! See the electronic version in the link to the right. Now I need to put together a guest article or letter to the editor as the article didn't mention they are homing pigeons and were home safe before I was. Note to self: make sure this gets in the next article right away.
This afternoon in front of the Bozeman Public Library gathered members and leaders from Bozeman's Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, humanist, human rights advocation and other communities. In response to the threatened burning of Qurans and the rise in feelings against American Muslim communities, leaders spoke in turn both in English and their own languages. Music and singing, cheers and laughing and learning and children running in the sun. At the end a flock of white doves flew. I held one white dove, and said, "I have been raising a flock of a white strain of
This weekend, weather permitting, I am going to release my flock of white doves at two public events -- the first one at 7:30 am on Saturday at the Central Valley Fire Department in Belgrade, releasing 21 doves to honor and remember all who died in the attacks on September 11th nine years ago. The second release will be at 2:00 on Sunday in front of the Bozeman Public Library as part of an event supporting tolerance and diversity sponsored by the Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association and to the Gallatin Valley