Capitols & Churches

Capitols & churches: Is that you, mom, in Oklahoma City?

Capitols & churches: Is that you, mom, in Oklahoma City?

Capitols & Churches October 15, 2015 at 2:25 am 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan Waking up in Shamrock, Texas, my mother was already on my mind. It was 33 years to the day that I returned home from work and found her unconscious in the bathroom. I tried to save her, but both my and the paramedics’ efforts were too late.Read More

Capitols & churches: How old is holy faith?

Capitols & churches: How old is holy faith?

Capitols & Churches October 6, 2015 at 5:37 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan The “Land of Enchantment” has a one-of-a-kind Capitol. “The Roundhouse” was designed to resemble the Zia Sun Symbol seen on New Mexico license plates. Finished in 1966, it connects an indigenous tribe from the past in Zia Pueblo with a modern-day government. The City of Santa FeRead More

Capitals and churches: A mile-high magic trick

Capitals and churches: A mile-high magic trick

Capitols & Churches September 29, 2015 at 5:52 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan How many Denvers do you know? Here are the popular choices: John Denver, whose original name is Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. Bob Denver, who is most famously known as Gilligan of “Gilligan’s Island.” Denver, Colorado, which is named not for location, but with hopes to curry aRead More

Capitols & churches: Cheyenne crossing

Capitols & churches: Cheyenne crossing

Capitols & Churches September 15, 2015 at 4:26 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan My trip to all 51 U.S. Capitols and their closest churches was at another crossroad. It was Saint Patrick’s Day and I was in Buffalo, Wyoming where Interstates 25 and 90 meet. Should I head for the Dakotas to the east or down the Front Range ofRead More

Capitols & churches: high on the divide in Helena

Capitols & churches: high on the divide in Helena

Capitols & Churches September 1, 2015 at 5:29 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan From the wooded river of Boise, I set out for the great state of Montana. Interstates 86 and 15 brought me to the border as exit ramps stretched further apart. Just before midnight, the snow started to fly. I pulled off the highway to a single darkRead More

Church separated by State St., not Jefferson, in Boise

Church separated by State St., not Jefferson, in Boise

Capitols & Churches August 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan The subtle symbolism of Thomas Jefferson’s metaphor in a letter continues in Boise, Idaho. The address of the state Capitol of Idaho is 700 West Jefferson Street. This street runs directly in front of the Capitol. However, the street running East to West behind the Capitol isRead More

Capitols & churches: Mormon marmalade on the rocks in the Beehive State

Capitols & churches: Mormon marmalade on the rocks in the Beehive State

Capitols & Churches August 16, 2015 at 1:05 am 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan They had to separate so that their values do not separate. Salt Lake City, Utah can easily claim to be the most unique study on my separation of church and state tour of “Capitols & Churches.” The geography of the state is quite diverse: mountains, desert, canyons,Read More

Capitols & churches: Phoenix grounded. Pope smoke. Jesus checks me in.

Capitols & churches: Phoenix grounded. Pope smoke. Jesus checks me in.

Capitols & Churches July 21, 2015 at 3:57 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan Before exploring the tenth Capitol on my trip, it was time for a little auto maintenance. A simple oil change and tire rotation turned into major repairs. Ken, a courteous shuttle driver and Vietnam veteran, was available to drive me into Phoenix. He circled the Arizona StateRead More

Capitols & churches: a hedge in U.S. history

Capitols & churches: a hedge in U.S. history

Capitols & Churches July 7, 2015 at 7:06 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan Roger me this, Thomas me that. A 95-word sentence in the 1600s; an 83-word sentence at the beginning of the 1800s, both written in response to another letter. Now they are both reduced to a five-word metaphor, “separation of church and state.” These letters are where theRead More

Capitols & churches: for whom the bell tolls in Austin, Texas

Capitols & churches: for whom the bell tolls in Austin, Texas

Capitols & Churches July 6, 2015 at 10:25 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan Before you jump to any conclusions, I would like to remind you that this article is not about a poem from John Donne, a book by Ernest Hemingway, or a song by Metallica. My experience in this city was slightly different from the common theme in thoseRead More