Anthony Lawlor is an architect who has made it his job to find the sacred in the ordinary. He and Mary talk about how the divine is not limited to churches, mosques, synagogues and temples. Lawlor says you can find it everywhere, if you just look - even in the lineup at the grocery store!
For thousands of years, much of humankind has believed that only special places are infused with the sacred and that you must get away from the everyday in order to find it. Not so, says Lawlor. He says everything is infused with the holy - from chairs to clothing to kitchen stoves.
In Lawlor's view, the holy is not based so much on the physical environment, but on the experience and perceptions of it. Take a listen for a new and fascinating perspective on the meaning of sacred.
After that, we visit a place where a construction worker dug up something he didn't expect to find. In High Falls, Ontario in the fall of 1992, a dam project was at a crucial phase. The plan was to generate hydro and provide development for the local economy.
However, a skull and two bones showed up after several days of heavy rains. Testing revealed they were human remains, and suddenly, the site took on a whole new meaning for the nearby Poplar Point Ojibway First Nation.
Many Ojibway believe that wind and rushing water are vital for communication between the living and the dead. The dam would block the voices of many ancestors. Jody Porter's
documentary, This Powerful Place
, explores the difficult questions faced from the perspective of one of the band's elders and an archeologist hired to investigate. Related Links
Anthony Lawlor's blog
One of Mary's guilty pleasure sites that she mentions during her interview with Anthony Lawlor: Apartment Therapy
In her documentary, Jody Porter reads from this article about the human remains found at High Falls that was in the Canadian Journal of Archeology
Samples from this 1956 film about design and colour are used throughout the show mix: Color Harmony For Your Home