Many of us find ourselves unable to find words that describe how devastated we feel about the devastating circumstances of the mass shooting in Charleston by a devastating individual who was simply existing in a body imitating a human being. He has no soul and only thoughts of devastation. We, as a nation, mourn as the tears continue to fall on our faces, for nine lives struck down senselessly.
As my husband and I stood at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston among the masses who visited – as we did – to memorialize nine people we now carry in our hearts, shed tears for them, send up prayers, as well as leave flowers. We overwhelmingly showed love and sadness for nine individuals who should still be living their lives – were it not for a young man who decided he had all the answers. Instead, America stands for civility in this nation where our humanity trumps anything he could affect.
Emanuel A.M.E. Church is indelibly a symbol in our hearts, our minds, and our souls, for a time when our nation cannot pretend to understand the horrendous act of a young man. The church will continue to teach love and forgiveness. The people of this great country seek understanding and peace of mind. Our hearts and our souls cry out for the nine worshippers who left home last Wednesday evening, June 17, 2015, to pray and to study – never to return. Mother Emanuel A.M.E. at 110 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC, will never be the same. Our homeland will never be the same.
A visit to the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia also provided an opportunity to reflect on the life of Arthur Atwater Kent, Sr., who was an inventor and radio manufacturer. Additionally, he patented the modern form of the automobile ignition coil. Interestingly, his manufacturing company became the largest maker of radios in the United States. He certainly contributed to tourism in Philadelphia by helping to organize and pay for the restoration of the Betsy Ross House. My husband and I enjoyed touring it and certainly recommend a visit. Visitors to this site can be thankful for the generosity of Arthur Kent.
Traveling just a few miles East of Wilmington, Vermont, my husband and I could not resist stopping at the Hogback Mountain Gift Shop. The store is a “must see, must visit” with an incredible panoramic view including dozens of mountain peaks. We had fun shopping for souvenirs and definitely purchased their famous maple syrup and maple leaf cookies. The store also features a natural history museum. An opportunity to experience Vermont at its best!
A visit to Boston was very enjoyable. My husband and I had an opportunity to take advantage of seeing three inspiring institutions – University of Massachusetts Boston, also known as UMass Boston; John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; and the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum – all in close proximity.