One of my most memorable experiences from my visist to Aspen in 2002 was the Sunday morning service at the
After the traditional service inside we all went outside for the dedication ceremony for the memorial garden. The highlight
of this ceremony for me happened during Mack Bailey's performance of 'Potter's Wheel'.
An eagle had been flying overhead for sometime. Then, at the end of the song a flight of doves was released and
they soared above us with the eagle still circling above them.
It was such a beautiful sight and I was reminded of the columbine, - Why, well the name columbine means 'like a
dove' , while the latin name for the flower, aquilega derives from the word for eagle.
I find it so symblic that this flower should be the state flower of Colorado. The home state of John Denver who so loved
eagles and so longed for peace, of which the dove is a symbol. I wonder if he knew.