These flowers were on the table of a reception for a man who passed recently who was the epitome of tolerance.
His name was Don Clay. He was a black man who was a military warrior at one time but after retirement became a Pacifist, a man of tolerance and a Buddhist. At least that is what our many conversations have led me to believe. All has been corroborated by his many friends.
Don was born in 1930. Raised by a single mom. You and I know that it couldn't have been easy either on the streets of Philly or in the Navy and then Marines!
But, Don transcended race, totally. I had such amazing conversations with him, sitting on the wall in front of the Parroquia many times. He was especially compassionate and calming during my daughter's time with cancer. Have you ever known someone who had an aura? Don did.
I will miss him and the world will be a less tolerant place.
On that note, I have received two of the most venomous emails this week from former friends who discovered by reading the blog that I voted for Obama. I'm shocked at the lack of tolerance. I think everyone has the right to their own views and to vote for whoever they wish.
I certainly would never tell someone they couldn't possibly be a Christian. That they probably had murdered their own children. That IF I voted for Obama how many handouts did I live on? And on and on and on. It has really shaken me up. Not the words, but the divisiveness of so many people and their intolerance. Holy moly.
Each of us is so much more then who we vote for! This seems to be the lightening rod, however, for this intense hatred that I felt in both emails.
All I can say is "Peace". I hope that somehow this divisiveness will heal and all the people in the USA can work together instead of attacking each other for their differences.