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New travel book “Around the World in 80 Spiritual Places”

I frequently visit cemeteries, but was especially excited to be at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn last month. This historic cemetery is an enormous greenspace, fronted by gothic arches and full of birds, prairie dogs, flowering trees and interesting monuments to people ranging from obscure to celebrities. I was drawn to a pyramid-shaped tomb with a huge gold sculpture of animals leaning on the grassy hill below it.

When I got close, I saw that it commemorated Henry Bergh (1813 to 1888), founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). On the door of his mausoleum, a round brass relief depicted an angel intervening as a carriage driver whipped his horse. I surprised myself by starting to cry pretty hard, overcome by feeling for this man on the forefront of animal protection. Seldom have I been so moved in a cemetery.

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