Thursday, 19 July 2018


Where do I start?

by Mary Wescott


The Bible is the word of man.
God is not a Father.
Human bodies, once dead, do not return to life.
I am alone and afraid to die without doing what I came here
To do.

But what is that?
Once I asked a teacher the purpose of human life.
He said, “it’s faith.”
Faith in what?
Someone else’s story?


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Mary Wescott Riser worked in Virginia independent schools for 30 years, most recently as Head of School at James River Day School, a K-8 day co-ed day school in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she served as Head for ten years. Mary received her B.A. in English and Philosophy from Georgetown University and her M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Oregon.  She writes the education blog “What’s Best For the Children?” www.maryriser.org. Mary and her husband, George, live in Covesville, Virginia and have two adult children.