This blog is my online peace journal with information and reflection on a variety of peace topics -- personal,
local, global -- as well as peace and justice related links that I find helpful and/or inspiring. For more formal information
on peace, justice and nonviolence, I urge you to explore the webpages of The Fellowship of Reconciliation USA (see FOR), of which I am a member and join our New York Fellowship of Reconciliation (see NYFOR) listserv. Also, check out my alternate Peace Hugs blog as well as my links page.
"The God of Peace is never glorified by human violence."
-- Thomas Merton
"While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart."
-- St. Francis of Assisi
"There is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence - there is only a choice between nonviolence and nonexistence."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
War is Costly, Peace is Priceless !!! Spend money to help, not hurt,
Where has this month gone? We are well into spring and there is sooooo much to be done: for
peace, justice, and nonviolence, surely -- but also the simple stuff, like spring house cleaning. I have said, "I love choice",
and I do -- but too many choices is daunting. Or perhaps I should say, too many good choices is daunting. How does one decide?
So many things call to me. Hmmmmm. Must take time to meditate -- yet that means other things will not be done. Still, if that
meditation leads to a better focus then one rightly benefits from that "down time", that time spent in consultation with Spirit,
with the One.
It is said that when one is on path, time expands, one accomplishes much in a blink
of an eye. My path is peace and justice and nonviolence -- yet I am less effective because I neglect Kate Anne for others
-- especially for corporate America where I have exhausted myself this week for a job with a company which is doing wonderfully
well while it cut my benefits. Something is wrong here. Why do we worker bees do this?? There is the Christian work ethic,
but there is also, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on ME!" This week has left
me drained of energy but also filled with anger at the injustice of it. I have begun to speak out at work and that is treading
a dangerous path. Perhaps, rather than speech, there should be action. Give them their due, yes, but don't over-do. And find
time to re-do that resumé to allow me the choice to leave, if that better suits me. "Keep your eye on the prize."
Peace, justice, nonviolence belong in my personal life as well as in my work life as well as in the world. "We must be
the change we wish to see in the world." So today I will go forth in peace, to get my paid work out of the way peacefully,
in a just amount -- no more, with a smile on my face, then get on with the rest of my life because I have earned and deserve
more. I do not need to keep giving extra when I am not even receiving my fair share. Peace, justice, nonviolence to Kate Anne
-- and to YOU. May we effectively use our time for our paid work, for our peace work, AND
for ourselves, please, God -- Amen.
“There is a very positive form of contemporary
violence to which the idealist fighting for peace by nonviolent methods most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush
and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away
by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want
to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of the
activist neutralizes his work for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work because it kills the root of inner wisdom
which makes work fruitful. I'm not saying that activism is wrong because it isn't, it's necessary. But there needs to be more
unity, not emotions, backbiting or gossip. There is no bigger law than love. Love is joy in others. What, then, is anger at
them? Words of love convey the joy we have in the presence of our friends and family. It is out of the question to speak about
another person in a spirit of irritation or vexation. There must never be talk, either in open remarks or by insinuation,
against any brother or sister, or against their individual characteristics -- and under no circumstances behind their backs.'
-- THOMAS MERTON
[The above quotation is a favorite, half of which is especially
appropriate to the above posting, yet the second half serves as an excellent reminder to be loving and peace-full in our relationships.]
Some of my friends have recently heard me praising a new (to me) blog site: Michael Sky's Thinking
Peace -- http://www.thinkingpeace.com/ -- which is a progressive and thought-full blog for peacemakers and peacemaking. It is an impressive site which
also houses great quotations and an archive of terrific articles -- BOOKMARK IT and link to it. (I have it in on MY links
page -- and will be adding some more good peace and justice links. Come back to my page just to jump to my links :-)
I bought two books this past week -- for my information and peace of mind, both excellent. One is Amy Goodman's THE
EXCEPTION TO THE RULERS -- written with her brother David, "Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the
Media That Love Them". If the first two chapters are any indication, this book is terrific. To clear my head and keep
my person peace, I am also reading Dr. Wayne Dyer's latest, THE POWER OF INTENTION, Learning to Co-create Your World
Your Way. I will have knowledge and I will have peace and I intend to create a peaceful and loving world. PLEASE
NOTE that Amy's book was cheaper from Barnes & Noble's bn.com than at their store. On line, with a $25 purchase,
there is no delivery fee AND it is delivered in one day in Manhattan (I got mine shipped to my work address).
for AirAmericaRadio, heard on AM's 1190 -- WLIB, and streamable from the web at http://www.airamericaradio.com, I continue to enjoy it. I particularly like Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder's The Majority Report
(8 PM - 11 PM, EST), and Unfiltered(9 AM - 12 PM), co-hosted by Lizz Winstead, Chuck D and Rachel
Maddow. The O'Franken Factor, noon to 3 pm, with writer-comedian Al Franken and his co-host Katherine
Lanpher is pretty good. He's not as liberal as he thinks he is, maybe "liberal lite", but he surely spoke well for campaign
finance reform this past Friday and he and Katherine are a good team. But they don't have the charisma, depth or chemistry
that Janeane and Sam have in the evening: wow, what a show! Then there is The Randi Rhodes Show,
from 3 PM to 7 PM -- her NY accent is driving my office mate Shirley nuts, but Randi certainly tells it like it is and though
egotistical is very professional in her showy way. So What Else Is News? with Marty Kaplan is pretty
easy to listen to from 7 PM to 8 PM, but Morning Sedition from 6 am to 9 AM is pretty weak. The
network was smart to step off the first day of broadcasting at noon with Al leading in the new network's lineup. The weekend
lineup repeats certain things and offers some new things, notably the Laura Flanders Show from 7
PM to 10 PM -- okay, but her accent gets on MY nerves. Overall, however, Air America Radio is a breath of fresh air and a
winner. It won't and shouldn't put NPR and PRI out of business, but it offers good stuff, and God knows, as Amy Goodman will
tell you, the media needs more such offerings. (FYI, Janeane Garofalo is a BIG fan of Amy Goodman's Democracy
Now and urges folks to listen to AMY!!! Neat-oh!) To be sure, I'm glad I bought a new WalkPerson
which allows me listening choice. I love choice.
I don't have the answer to that question. I do know, however, that this past week has been less than peaceful, personally
and globally. Our NYFOR meeting with Simon Harak was excellent (and I just added the War Resisters League to my links page);
tax filing was stressful (see the War Resisters' Pie Chart for where our tax $$ go -- ugh); my paid work was way too busy;
and spring housecleaning has only just begun. On the FUN side my daughter Kat was in town and we got to play, but there was
some guilt in that it kept me from joining the protest against the latest Israeli atrocity upon the Palestinian people --
the assassination of another Hamas leader. Granted, Hamas violence upon the Israeli people is certainly not condoned but assassination
is an abomination. So today, I will follow up with phone calls to Senators Schumer and Clinton and also call my Congressmember.
I've already sent the following message on Chuck and Hillary's web forms:
"This latest Israeli assassination, which
violates the Geneva Conventions, international law, and the Ten Commandments is also a moral outrage which will only lead
to more violence. Killing is wrong, whichever side does it. It is more terrorism against the Palestinian people who respond
by stooping to the suicide bombing of innocent people, also terrorism and wrong. Killing solves nothing -- it only adds to
the blood bath. PLEASE, speak to Israeli peacemakers like Uri Avnery of Gush Shalom -- see www.gush-shalom.org, and act as
an intermediary and a healer for BOTH sides, assisting them in finding true and equitable peace. Please keep me apprised of
your action on this issue. Thank you."
TODAY (or whenever you read this), THEN, join me:
Speak out to our Congresspeople, the Senators, and Bush DC Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121 • Bush:
202-456-1111 Senator Clinton: 202-224-4451 • Fax: (202) 228-0282 • http://Clinton.senate.gov/
Please, let us all do what we can for peace and justice, even as we continue doing the little tasks that have to be
done to preserve peace and happiness in our private lives. (And in posting this, another post enters the archives -- I do
hope my friends peruse the archives :-)
Haunted by the recent rise in killing/hate/violence, I have found sustenance in a song heard on the radio. I googled
and happily found that Irish singer/author Luka Bloom offers it for free on his website. Visit the website, play the song,
buy Luka's stuff when you can -- but find peace and be peace -- and COME TO TONIGHT'S NYFOR MEETING (Simon Harak is speaking
on a "Faith Response to Current Events", 7:45 pm, Madison Ave. Baptist Church Hall, 30 East 31 St., NYC) --
am not at War with anyone" by: Luka Bloom
I am not at War with anyone I am not at War with anyone
away war planes You bring fear and shame I am not at War with anyone
I give my love to Iraq, and to America I
give my love to Israel, and to Palestine
We could live as one Between the sea and sun I am not at War with anyone I
don't need to be friends with everyone But I'd like to live in peace with everyone This rush to war is wrong And
so I sing this song
Yesterday, wearing my NYFOR hat, I joined with Jason Mark of Global Exchange, and members of other organizations (visibly
the Sierra Club and Billionaires for Bush -- but along with NY Fellowship of Reconciliation other co-sponsors were Bluewater
Network, Ecopledge, Free the Planet, Rainforest Action Network, Times Up!, Code Pink, United for Peace and Justice, Rainforest
Relief, War Resisters League, Peace Action-NY State, GRACE Foundation, and the Brecht Forum) to informationally picket the
NY Auto Show at Jacob Javit's Center with emphasis on the Oil-Peace connection, as well as Bush and his eroding of US environmental
policy, specifically asking Ford to increase fuel economy to 50 mpg by 2010 and reduce green house gas emissions to 0 by 2020.
We have to reduce our dependency on oil and Ford has the technology to make cleaner more efficient vehicles. (Go to JumpstartFord.com
for the info we distributed in bags to auto show attendees, with things we all can do.)
It was a beautiful day to be outside and speaking up for Peace and the Environment -- my sign read FOR LESS OIL USAGE &
A MORE PEACEFUL WORLD, using the FOR dove logo. People loved our hand-out bags and we loved the idea of people walking around
the Auto Show with the JumpstartFord.com message. Several of the protestors and the satrical Billionaires went in while a
number of us remained with the other Billionaires and talked and chanted. It was invigorating chanting "Less Oil / More
Peace" with Noam Dolgin of the Tera Learning Center and I had some good conversation with NYU student Benjamin Gown
and Washington Hts. activist Alice Sutter, as well as two Billionaires, "Eliza Plenty" and "Fonda Sterling".
We had pretty good response from most people. Let's hope we all follow up -- JumpstartFord.com and less oil & more peace
-- Please, God. The environment we save is ours.
I woke up this morning to Air America Radio in my ear, which means I fell asleep to Air America Radio in my ear. I suspect
this is not conducive to the better quality guiding and/or peaceful dreams. [Personal Note: use my regular radio with its
sleep button as opposed to my walkperson with its portability]. But just now, thanks to my radio's music "alarm",
Bernard White and WBAI's Wake Up Call -- "listener sponsored public radio" -- turned on with this soothing/melodic/rhythmic
soul music and his soothing voice. This is lovely. Choices....WLIB vs WBAI. Morning Sedition vs Wake Up Call. I think this
morning Morning Sedition loses. I know they will get better, but I need the music and Bernard's voice.
Yesterday, I actually was streaming Air America Radio while I had WBAI on -- Choices, yes, but more than a bit cacophonic
and NOT peaceful. Bernard and his female colleague are talking about the new extreme makeover reality show, The Swans -- sounds
Stepford Wives-like: ouch -- as well as Condi Rice [And how grilled has she been these last few days, is she ready for the
tough questions we hope will be asked?] News: 280 Iraqi's killed, 400 Iraqis wounded, 40 killed in a mosque. Somehow, this
isn't emphasized on mainstream radio/TV -- but how can people wonder about their loving us -- or not -- when we are in there
killing and maiming people?? I trust that Simon Harak will have a field day giving a Faith Response to THIS current event
at our NY FOR meeting this next Tuesday night (7:45 pm, Madison Ave. Baptist Church Hall, 30 E. 31 St.)
What a beautiful morning this is! Out my window -- it is so lovely and beckoning -- pretty at www.bethanycam.com, too. Take
time to smell the flowers. Shut off the computer and enjoy the gifts that God has give us so that we can all re-energize.
Take time to enjoy life. All -- or most -- things in moderation. This was going to be a short blog piece on Air Radio America
and has turned into something different. So be it. But before I push that "post to web" button, I will say that
I am enjoying Air America Radio with Al Franken, Randi Rhodes, Janeane Garofalo and some of their wonderful guests (Tim Robbins,
Michael Moore, Gloria Steinem ....) It is, however, still commercial. (If the Army co-sponsors some stay-in-school ads, won't
WLIB be somewhat answerable to the Army?) It is liberal, if liberal lite sometimes -- but that is okay. It is a voice and
may/should -- please, God -- sow seeds of peace and justice. Stream it at www.airamericaradio.com -- but don't forget www.wbai.org.
Whoops -- Blog postings are best kept short -- stay tuned for more on Air America Radio and more Peace Quotations and reflections.
And now I want to take a quick look at William Rivers Pitt's 20 questions for Condoleezza Rice (or as WBAI's guest just called
her, Condo-sleeza Rice) at www.truthout.org. Peace blessings and hugs to you and yours! (And if you like what I say, check
out some of my archived messages below when you have time :-)
Despite dire weather and news reports and the onset of Daylight Savings Time, today dawns beautiful and bright. Let us go
forth into the new week with energy, love, and peace to do what we can to change the world. That said, I admit this weekend
I avoided my email to do household and life tasks including housework, grocery and other shopping, visiting sick friends,
tax info finding, to-do list writing, church-going, reading, and some relaxing. None of us can do it all nor should we. Too
often, I "should" on myself. Today, I vow to be more accepting. I breathe and thank God for this new day starting
better than I expected, even as I acknowledge there is so much to do. It is okay. Things will get done. God help me/us make
the right choices in the knowledge that others are also doing peace and justice work. Together, we can and do make positive
Meanwhile, today's news shows how violence adds to violence. I present two quotations for consideration and use:
"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must
begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point. Those of us who believe in this method can be voices of reason, sanity,
and understanding amid the voices of violence, hatred, and emotion. We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system
of peace can be built."
--Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964
Emerson and MLK are two of my favorites. Let us follow their leads.
(And I LIKED Air America Radio -- more on this later.)
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Check back often! Peace, love, and all good things in abundance!!
"Our country currently lives under a single-party form of government. One ideology (pro-corporate, coddling the rich,
neglecting the middle class, patronizing the poor) is governing like there's no tomorrow. Should they continue, they'll be
-- Ted Rall, WAKE UP...YOU'RE LIBERAL
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