Sometimes I think I have come into this life as one of the pain-bearers — not one who takes all pain onto herself, nor one who takes it from others, but who has the capacity to be with the pain of loss, of death. We are needed in this world because so many cannot. On days like today from the outside it seems I have created a life that invites it — a call because of a lost seven year-old son, and another for the mother of a five year-old girl. I will take these and along with white birds, with
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.
I took four doves to the River Rock Pond on a gorgeous fall morning for a memorial for a woman who was a nurse, a mother and grandmother. The nursing graduation pictures of her in her cap reminded me of Nurse Cherry Ames, of the pride and patriotism that were part of becoming a wartime nurse. A circle of chairs faced out over the pond and beautiful flowers and scattered fall leaves. It was an Episcopal service and her four granddaughters were the soloists in her songs. During the final reading of the "Song of Simeon"
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