Spires | Spokane, WA | February 2020

Wall #1 | Church spires beckon in the distance, but I linger in the lee of a cinder block wall to escape the winter wind. The wall radiates warmth and smells of kitchen herbs, and I’m not sure the church will be as soothing. In fact, the statue of a genuflecting angel in the building’s nave — a gesture of welcome to visitors — makes me uncomfortably twitchy. I prefer my supernatural beings less earthbound and more glorious, more on high. Regardless, a blast of frigid air veers around the wall to send me on my way — towards the church and whatever mystery I might find.

[In photo: St. Aloysius Church on the Gonzaga University campus. Its kneeling angel will welcome you here.]