This weekend in the United States, we take an extra day off work to honor those who died in military service. "Memorial" - the name calls out our intention to use our memories in this way. Memory looks backward, brings the past into the present, brings those lost into our immediate awareness, and makes them … Continue reading Our memories of this time
Day of Remembering
Some thoughts on Memorial Day, service, loss, and peace.
A couple of weeks ago, as my partner and I walked down our alley toward home, our neighbor called a hello. He beckoned my partner over to where he sat in his big blue Dodge truck, and invited him to listen to something. The "something," it turned out, was a CD our neighbor's son had made from an … Continue reading Remembering
On Memorial Day we are asked to pause and remember those who lost their lives in service. I spent last weekend with a man who has lost much of his memory. As a member of ROTC and the Los Angeles police force in his younger days, his service credentials are well established. His mind is … Continue reading Memories Day
Memorial Day reminds us all of some of the more important qualities of memory. I attended a reading by author and Honorary Consul General Helen Szablya recently; she and her family escaped Hungary as the Soviets were crushing the people's uprising in the 1950's. The terror of their escape still present in her eyes, Mrs. … Continue reading Memory, Today