Slice of Life

The Peace Tree – Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC
     The New Year’s Eve concert for peace at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine has become a Smith family tradition for some years now.  Harry Smith (just fired from CBS) and Judy Collins are the mainstay in an evening of music and poetry and songs of peace.  This year it seemed as though the crowds were much bigger than in years past – even though we arrived 45 minutes before the doors opened, we were not able to get seats.   Instead, we found steps and created makeshift  seating to one side of the  sanctuary – along with hundreds of other New Yorkers.  The blizzard, the yet uncleared roadways and sidewalks had not deterred anyone from venturing uptown to participate in this memorable event. 
     The tone for the evening – somber, melancholy and wistful was set by Judy Collins’ “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  Harry Smith reminded us of this, the tenth year of our nation’s war in Afghanistan – the suffering and sacrifice so far away.  We don’t really talk of this as a nation – there are nights when it does not even come up on the news, days when there is no mention of war on the front pages of newspapers. 
    The magnificent choir treated us to Joseph Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War” – the prayer for peace sounding especially powerful.  We held our candles and sand a song of peace in response – a quiet, candlelit offering to the powers that be for peace in the world and at home.
Plaque in honor of John Lennon , outside of the The Cathedral of St. John the Divine at the Peace Fountain, which reads:

“Some may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.”


4 thoughts on “Slice of Life

  1. Reading your entry is like peeking through a window – that is something so wonderful about this "slice" work. Like an advent calendar of little windows all year round – thanks for sharing this little window today. PS, I love your word, I'm trying to figure out what mine is going to be, I'd better stop reading everyone elses and just call it out of me!

  2. Ruth – peace to us all in his new year!Onesunflower – that one word exercise was so much fun! It really forces you to think.Bonnie – It's a special evening – one that gives me hope for the future.

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