I first blogged this in 2018 after then Senator John McCain died. “I like funerals better than weddings because the odds of success (i.e. being in a better place permanently) are greater, and participants generally speak only well of the deceased. Today’s ceremony in Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral was spectacular! They say perfection is an illusion, but this meticulously planned event was the best memorial I’ve attended in my 73+ years. It was both a history lesson and a deeply felt reminder of spirituality for me both musically and biblically. It brought tears many times, especially as I witnessed his widow’s own at the magnificent heartfelt solo of “Danny Boy, ”and his daughter Meghain McCain’s eloquent passage on America’s greatness, and I witnessed the diversity and youth of choir members from the Glee Club of the Naval Academy, not to overlook the other gospel singers. All of this gave me hope, (acronym for ‘Hold Only Positive Expectations’) for future election cycles. May the red and blue unite and an invisible flag of lavender unite us all. From now on.”
It was flag day yesterday. I don’t have a lavender flag to share, but with 600,000 deaths from the coovid-19 virus far too many family and friends have had to create their own services while they wait for in ground burial and even cremation. This is sad and makes me mad. Jane Fonda after letting her hair grow white is channeling her energy at 83 to environmental organizations like Greenpeace. What will you do instead of dancing on these graves as was an old custom?