More important this week were other matters. I've had a few cultural experiences this past week that have been enriched by a mind full of the arts. Monday and Wednesday were film screenings. Thursday evening was a Blues Jam Festival in Spanish Fork. Saturday morning was watching Hot Air Balloons take off and land on Bulldog Fields. I think one my more culturally uplifting moments, though, was a walk to my car. I had spent Friday morning with friends and siblings at the Provo 4th of July Festival. With the smell of cotton candy, and Comcast salesmen in the air, it was teeming with everything that a festival should. I ate with my small, semi-related party and once food was gone, it was decided that a 'parting of the ways' was necessary. I walked with them to their car and then began the 15 block walk toward mine.
I miss walking. In Germany, I spent every day walking. There is something freeing about a good walk. As I walked, I decided it might be a good time to put my new acquired knowledge of architecture to use. Provo has some interesting architectural feats. I wish I had taken pictures for proof, but I found every kind of column (at least, every kind that I now know) on my 15 block march.
They are ionic, doric, and corinthian columns (respectively). The main differences lay in the 'capitals' or the top parts of the columns. I saw multiple houses sporting columns. I had no idea that Provo had such proclivity to Greek and Roman architecture. I admired amid nods and greetings from those who were setting up/camping out for the apparently beloved Provo Parade. I guess that is somewhat of a symbol for American culture. We say, "Do not limit me to Doric style, neither Ionic, nor Corinthian." We say rather, "I'll take one in Doric, one in Ionic, and one in Corinthian. And the 4th one I just want in blue."
On a side note, I was invited this week to read the Declaration of Independence and decide whether I believe it or not. Sometimes we take things, not necessary for granted, but just for 'given'. We think to ourselves, "Well, America has been around awhile and it seems to work ok, so it must be the best." I love the language of the Declaration:
Government for the people, by the people. I am truly grateful for a body of men who loved liberty and truth enough, to lay aside the garment of comfort and dutifully defend the causes of the Creator. I do believe in the words of the Declaration. I believe also that we should have whatever types of columns we wish. I was listening to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King the other day and will wish you a Happy 4th of July, concluding with his words: