Niagara Gazette


June 4, 2014

BRADBERRY: God put a rainbow in the sky


Niagara Gazette — She’d show us how to tell where there might be water, a stream, or edible berries and fruits. She would take time to teach them how to tell directions by knowing something about how moss grows, or she’d explain how they’d have to survive on small animals and certain plant life which could keep an otherwise lost soul on the right track and alive in the cover of the woods and wilderness.

Carol Murphy like Maya Angelou was, and will always to be an inspiration to me personally. Dr. Angelou’s famous “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” is a deeply moving coming of age story of a young black girl who manages to survive against the odds in the rural South during the 1930s, should be required reading for everyone.

Both, strong-willed, determined, powerful women who met their challenges head on and succeeded, should be inspirations for everyone.

A memorial service, open to the public will be held at 2 p.m. this Saturday at the farm, 2402 McClew Road in Burt, about 30 miles from Niagara Falls.

May Angelou’s service will, no doubt receive international recognition when it is staged a few days later, on June 9 at the campus of Wake Forest University.

Having been touched by both, I’ll remember them always, especially whenever I think of a delicious ripe apple, or whenever I happen to catch a rainbow in the sky.

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