The Gift That Makes A
Difference in People's Lives.
Sometimes a gift can be for everyone
and yourself at the same time. The garden I've planted/created for the people
in our building (and now the whole complex of 3500 units) is like that. It
helps give people joy, peace, serenity and cultivates a sense of wonder.
Yes, it's spiritual: to the gardener
as well as to the residents. It eschews secular meaning - humanist, yes, but
not secular humanist. Not just a garden of pretty flowers and plants, but a
space that draws the soul away from the rest of the world, closer to the
Creator, into another, less troubled place.
Loving Where You Live
ParkMerced is a unique space in San
Francisco with unique attributes - as well as unique problems. It is not
considered "San Francisco": it has no "painted ladies", no
hills, no homeless, no landmarks, no bars, no touristy attractions. Built in a
1948, it is a combination of small mock-Regency (read 50s) town homes set among
minimalist concrete towers over 108 acres. It's "shopping center" is
a strip mall consisting of one grocery*, a sports bar, a taqueria and a
Oh, and a papa johns pizza.
It is bordered by Lake Merced, SF
State University and the freeway and because if its position, it is
unfortunately tethered to MUNI's M metro line (M for "miserable").
Perched high enough for upper tower apartments to have a magnificent view of
the ocean, the largest housing project west of the Mississippi touts its
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Rev. Dan Vojir is has been writing/blogging on religion and politics for the better part of ten years. A former radio talk show host (Strictly Books " Talk America Radio Network) and book publisher, Dan has connected with some of the most (more...