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  • Religions puzzle me, thus the reference to the blues colloquialism in my title.

    St. John's Cathedral in Spokane, Washington.

    Just read a story by Tiana Gorham, 'Boston #4', and it struck a chord with me.

    Unlike Tiana, I'm very religious. I believe deeply in a higher authority in nature, but I feel nothing but disdain for organized religions. They appear to me to survive by smoke and mirror tactics, making themselves the sole proprietors of all of life's wisdom, and the only path to happiness, or salvation. Each claims as well to be the one true source of God's solutions for all our shortcomings.

    Before I get too comfortable on my own little soap box, and end out in a diatribe about religions per se, I want to say that those groups erect some damn fine buildings.

    St. Johns Cathedral hosted numerous baroque string quartets during the Spokane worlds fair
    (Expo 74). Every Wednesday afternoon throughout the Fair, I would attend these concerts, and the acoustics of that cathedral left me with goose-bumps. The building after all, was designed to house a beautiful organ boasting over 4,000 pipes.

    A wealth of information about the church, the organ, and the building can be found at There are many photos of the organ, the interior, and the outside of the church there also. The photograph here is my own, and I presented it as the puzzle that these organizations represent to me.

    It's a beautiful cathedral, and like I said, they're responsible for some fine structures. St. John's is one hell of an example.

    I guess if God is going to have a house of his own, it would of a need, have to be spectacular. I just don't understand why they (religions) have to be such a puzzlement.
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