Roger had no family and yet he was cared for because he was caring. He said he did not want to die alone, in the dark. The nurse who was with him said, "We all love you." That, to us, is the sign of a life well lived.
The LeVie-Hilton barn is just the latest in cherished places that have been lost; identifying what we value now will help preserve our remaining heritage for the future.
The crazy salad that is America is made of many distinct histories; we need the tools to claim our past in order to interpret our own experiences.
"Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum," said Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., a judge who might well have approved of the way kids at Altamont Elementary School assessed picture books.
Let's see the snowy owl as a harbinger of hope and change our ways before it is too late.
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