Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:

One recent morning I found myself in downtown LA hanging out in front of the Superior Courthouse’s Grand Avenue entrance.

I was sipping a Starbucks, idly thinking, watching the parade of humanity pass by. Kids hefting backpacks, fashionistas with crossbody bags, young guys on bikes, languidly weaving in and out of pedestrian traffic with plastic bags dangling from the handlebars.

Lawyers schlepping briefcases, couriers humping banker’s boxes of files, mothers-to-be carrying babies in their wombs, fathers carrying babies in the crooks of their arms.

Homeless people pushing impossibly heavy carts. Everybody carrying a phone.

I myself had a purse as well as a tote bag with snacks, water, and a book.

Everybody, in other words, was carrying something.



He was dying on the cross
on a hospital bed
loneliness stood there by his side
the mother of sorrows

Lips closed
and feet tied
God my God
why have you forsaken me

Sudden silence
All had happened
that was to happen
between a man
and God

–Anna Kamieńska, May 8, 1986



  1. Ingrid Christensen says: Reply

    Prayers and blessings Heather. Good Friday, incredible, humbling, powerful.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Happy Easter, dear Ingrid!

  2. A new perspective for me… I’ve never thought of the body as a cross before, at least not as directly as you link them here. Beautiful and insightful writing!
    – Lee

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Thank you, Lee…the Crucifixion lends itself to endless pondering it seems…

    2. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Thanks, Lee, right, are we shaped like the cross, or is the cross shaped like us?…Blessed Easter to you!

  3. Adrine Vartani says: Reply

    What a keen and relational eye you have-and how it always leads us to our Lord…
    Blessings dear Heather

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Thank you, Adrine, and for watching my YouTubes…I thank God daily for the small, select audience who responds to my “eye,” clouded though it may often be! Happy Easter…

  4. Anonymous says: Reply

    hi heather
    that was a beautiful piece. it shows the totality of our life with christianity. no escape from the body, the cross, our life, our faith.we are it!
    i hope you are well. its already easter. are we resurrection too? maybe we rise with our good will, love, compassion. with embodied joy?
    best wishes heather!

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Absolutely, we are resurrection, too! Easter greetings with good will, love, compassion and joy reflected back to you a hundredfold…

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