Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Place of Honor

I recently read Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. As often happens, these stories resonated with me on many levels. It's why I love to read. Both novels are steeped in the waters of WWII. Both literally and figuratively broke apart and reassembled my pitifully spotty knowledge of war and its aftermath. The seed mosaic that resulted is A Place of Honor, borrowing a phrase from the last page of Chapter 28 in Part Three of Broken For You.
"The next time you break something, consider the action that might not immediately come to mind: Say a prayer of thanks over what has been broken. Then give it a place of honor. Build it a shrine."

A Place of Honor
Honey locust and redbud pods, redbud and
black alder seeds, sycamore bark
22" x 21"