St. Francis, survivor
"There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in."
— Leonard Cohen
This is a statue of St. Francis that I've had for more than thirty years.
He's not suffering the fires of hell.
He's helping me light my gas fireplace. (It was cold last night!)
If you look at his waist, opposite the heart, you can see a white crack where he fell off a shelf during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake — the one that put the San Francisco Bay Bridge out of commission for years. I was in Palo Alto at the time, where my cottage shook for a scarily long time.
The West Coast of the United States is beautiful, but rather prone to disaster, as recent survivors of this year's wildfires can attest. Portland, where I live, is overdue for the next major volcanic explosion. We're also expecting a tsunami and an earthquake known as 'The Big One,' not to mention four more years of Donald Trump.
Don't forget to vote!
St. Francis, pray for us.