The Newnan Times-Herald


Open letter to the beloved community of Newnan

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Feb. 07, 2020 - 6:27 PM

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The New York Times article about the art display has touched your spiritual brothers and sisters in Wakefield, Rhode Island. At the weekly gathering of our Buddhist Clear Heart Sangha for meditation and instruction, participant Richard Friday read the article aloud to us. Our Dharma teacher, Joanne Friday told us she knows the photographer, Mary Beth Meehan, from some years ago when there was a similar event in Providence, Rhode Island.

I am moved to admire the courage of your town’s leadership who support the project and I’m inspired by the citizens who welcome it. I am also moved by compassion for the people who experience fears for themselves and their way of life that seems to them to be endangered. The focus of the portraits on “ordinary people” gives me something to think about and be grateful for. Richard referred in the meeting to Aaron Copland’s masterpiece “Fanfare for the Common Man.” These people represent each one of us who labors, studies and suffers – unknown but honorable.

I believe this story about your actions is prophetic. It is an example to all of us who want to side above rancor, to leave darkness and live in the light, to approach loved one and strangers alike with our hands not in a fist but open and unafraid.

Thank you. Thank you.

Enid Flaherty

Wakefield, Rhode Island