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,
Please take a minute or two to scan this posting and then please read Molly Ivins column at the link pasted at the
end of today's blog if you still have any doubts on the importance of this issue.
Because I know it can strengthen
the democratic process, I have been active in campaign finance reform for years. If you can afford $5 you can impact one of
the better laws now under attack. We need more such laws on the books, not less, so such laws in other states
impact all of us Americans.
Wealthy special interests are trying to eliminate the comprehensive campaign finance reform
law in Arizona, the Clean Elections Act. These moneyed interests have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But there is a national campaign of thousands of citizens to counter this big money with a large number of five dollar and
It is time to take back our country from the special interests. The Clean Elections system
does that by allowing candidates to run for office without any big contributions.
I recently gave a contribution to
Public Campaign Action Fund for their Keep Arizona Clean campaign and pledged to be a Friend-Raiser to raise 25 contributions
from friends and family. I hope my blog readers will want to help me reach my goal. Together we can make a very positive difference.
Cheney continues to lie about an Iraq/al-Qaeda connection. Of course, now there IS one -- we created it. So much
anger in the world and our U.S. actions have only inflamed, not quenched, the fires. "We must be the change we see in the
world" -- so we must be truth and peace and love. Not an easy mission, but let us find the energy to take those small steps
and move on....
My to do list overflows, but I seek order in playing a silly computer game, Bounce Out. It is easier
to line up things just right THERE than in the world. Having been away, my email abounds. Yet time off IS important. Finding
time for family and friends as well as housework and peacework is essential. And I look back fondly on another commandment
told to me by Fr. John Mulqueen: "Thou shalt not should on thyself today." Breathe, release, breathe, release. And then decide,
with God's help: What shall I do today? Post this and go to work, surely -- but first some websites to remember:
http://www.flylady.net/-- on finding order in one's home and life -- good ideas for making positive personal change (It IS all connected!!)
http://www.northernsun.com/ -- They've begun advertising on AirAmericaRadio.com -- Very searchable site by item and topic. such as Tshirts-Adult AND
Peace -- on my to-buy list. item #1955: Great T-shirt there, White and black on olive. WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? "Rewriting
history, Creating a diversion, Eliminating surplus labor, Feeding the arms industry, Environmental degradation, Increasing
the budget deficit, Maximizing fear and control, Eroding personal freedoms, squandering resources, spreading famine, death...."
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING [Be a walking bulletin board for peace! "Read my chest!"] ~~~ Part of my schtick is this personal
quotation, "I'm trying to save the world -- and so far I have succeeded: It's still here."
Vivid -- and valid -- expression, your comment, "The notion that faith is a purely
private matter and contributes nothing but a moral urge to do what is right and just is an impoverished, insipid view of things."
in action is important, but God-faith, as opposed to organized-religion faith, is preferable in pols and presidents. The ONE
God of us all, as opposed to the divisive God of Dubya Bush, would help things along toward peace and justice -- God as UNI-fier.
Bush simpers and "charms" and spouts words of God, but his God isn't mine. Mine is a God of us all and of true peace
and real justice, which would put an end to the hold of the Bush corporate contributors.
I do so wish that Kerry would
be more passionate and caring. I don't feel God in him -- and this God presence does not need to be voiced, I don't feel the
Spirit, the inspiration which, if there, would pull people toward him. We do so need a president who would be a true UNIfier,
uniting us to one and other, and to the world.
This is my own personal peace blog and I can have my own
personal preferences for president. But let it be said, since I do mention FOR and my connection to it rather prominently,
that the Fellowship of Reconciliation makes no presidential or political endorsements. That said, it would be terrific if
I as a private citizen could have someone I could enthusiastically vote FOR, rather than merely voting AGAINST someone and
his worse policies.
As the song goes, "You've got to -- Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to
the affirmative, and don't mess with Mr. In-between." Sadly, in today's political climate, we're having to do more compromising
than I would prefer, but let's not forget compromise plays an important part in politics. Keep our pols in our prayers --
and pray that good people enter politics. (Consider it YOURSELF!!)
Smiles, peace, and blessings in abundance to ONE
and ALL -- Kate Anne
ARCHIVES ABOVE -- Right now, if you click on the above numbers, you SEE my earlier posts. I still have a lot to learn but
I intend to make changes to this site on a regular basis, sharing news, views, experiences, photos...whatever occurs to me.
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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"We must be the change we wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi