Take the time to let it soak in. Write in your journal, take a nap in the forest, follow a beetle’s wanderings. Grand Canyon is truly one of the wonders of the world, and we’ve seen a bit of the world.
Ignore the politics of war this one day. Here is my Memorial Day tribute to veterans: like this prickly pear cactus, they are tough and beautiful.
When I was growing up in rural West Virginia, what we now call Memorial Day was Decoration Day. A few days before, the family went to the community graveyard (no fancy names then) with mowing scythes, rakes and grass clippers. We’d tidy up all the family grave sites, clean the moss from the stones, and then work on any abandoned graves, try and remember who they were.
One of (Obama’s) promises, the one he is delivering on consistently, was to be pragmatic