Friday, April 10, 2015

This American Life

In the aftermath of this week's shooting in Charleston, it is impossible to live, breathe, and write about Charleston without pausing to reflect on the tragedy. As our children head off to school clutching newspaper headlines and class discussions are held, we wonder how they can possibly wrap their minds around the events that unfolded in their birth city, the city they are so proud to call home.

As fate would have it, the day before the incident occurred I happened upon this podcast produced by This American Life entitled Three Miles (link here) that chronicles the racial divide between a private school and a public school set three miles apart from one another in the poorest congressional district in the Bronx, NY. I urge you to take the time to listen to the story of the lives depicted here and the outcome that might surprise you. It is a timely and emotionally charged piece that feels important to absorb right at this moment.

I offer up this re-post for the weekend of a peaceful, contemplative space in the heart of downtown that reflects the deeply rooted cultural history of our city. We pray for the families affected by recent events, peace for our fine city, and peace for our nation. 

Hampton Park


 One leafy, green patch of Charleston offers shade and beautiful spaces to exercise and play all year round. Located in the center of downtown Charleston, Hampton Park offers over 60 acres of maintained walking paths, a running and biking "track" that rings the park, benches in the shade of beautiful live oaks and many other species of trees, and a pond with a fountain centerpiece. Free from the worries of traffic, this is a boundless play space for children of all ages. 

  • Be sure to visit the gazebo surrounded by a garden of roses.
  • Read this article about the statue dedicated to Denmark Vesey, a historical figure in Charleston with a controversial story. The statue is located near the gazebo and can make for an interesting part of a scavenger hunt.
  • Make time to find the bridge over the pond - kids love it!
  • Pluff Mud Kids highly recommend taking a picnic. There are endless perfect spots to have a snack in the shade here.

Click here for Charleston Parks Conservancy's map, details, and directions

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