Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Peace Activist and owner of Lafayette Crosses memorial dies at 86

Louise Clark, who owned the site where thousands of white crosses remind people of the cost of war, has passed away at 86.
It was she and Jeffrey Heaton who pioneered the memorial that inspired our crosses4peace movement.

May she know in death the peace she worked for in life.

War still going, crosses still standing

I received the following e-mail from the ever-vigilant, tireless activist, John Stephens:

"Lots of people still have their crosses up. I estimate about 30 are still left out of the original 80."

I've seen a few of them around town, John. It touches me.

For those of you who haven't been to see the crosses in Lafayette. You can see a street view on Google Maps. The address is 3596 Deer Hill Road. I'll try a link:,+ca&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x8085607ca3fa8f85:0xf928585d03e46927,Lafayette,+CA&gl=us&ei=iD9VTt-cKOvYiAKAjq3-DA&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=3&ved=0CCwQ8gEwAg

If you'll make the trip, I promise you won't forget it. There's no substitute for real (i.e. non-virtual) reality.

I lived in Lafayette about 20 (yikes) years ago. While you're in the area, you might want to reflect with a walk around the Lafayette Reservoir.* You could also fish or rent a row boat and enjoy a picnic lunch and bird songs. Or you may prefer one of the many restaurants near Golden Gate Way and a window-shopping stroll down Mt. Diablo Blvd.

*The daily entry fee to the park is $6.00. Discounts for seniors and disabled persons are available also. To save $6, you can park down the hill and around the corner on Risa Road, then hike up the hill, maybe a mile. It's 1/2 flat, 1/2 steep and all shady. Definitely easier than living in Kandahar or Baghdad or...