The patrol car sits near the Falun Dafa group, facing them. Two officers lean against the car, also facing the group, chatting.
My heart is heavy with the violence in Colorado, a society that glorifies violence, that teaches our youth to revel in gory special effects
The blanket does not hide her soft-looking, manicured feet, her expensive-looking red T-shirt, or her shiny, well-cut and upscale-salon-colored hair.
Sometimes standing for peace means standing in peace while chopping vegetables and whipping up the best ever chocolate cake from scratch.
At first it appears to be a memorial service. Most of the men and women, even the children assembled on the sandy commons at Joseph L. Alioto Piazza are wearing black.
Young people brought to this country as infants and toddlers know the United States as their only home. They've grown up in our schools, speak English as their first language, and often learn they are not American citizens only when they head to college.
I find a spot to take my stand in the shade of a hospitality tent directly across from the south wing of City Hall. Gaily dressed and coiffed people come and go, gawking and being gawked.
How could we have known, in the beginning, that so many individuals and groups come to this very plaza week after week, for all we know, day after day, in quiet acts of peace?
Soon, the entire family was taking lessons from him, laughing and enjoying themselves.
It's impossible not to wonder how the symbolism of the red lotus affects them.