Exploring Ways To Make Peace Within
Ourselves & the World

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Why Do I Write This Blog???

The easiest (and probably the most honest) answer to that question is: I don't know. It all started in the summer of 2005, when I went to Crawford, Texas ( a.k.a. the home of the prez's ranch, a.k.a. the home of Camp Casey) to support Cindy Sheehan. I wanted the world to know that, contrary to what one could read in the mainstream media, the peace movement was alive and well and large numbers of Americans did not support the war in Iraq. I wanted people to know that thousands of Americans were willing to travel to Texas and tolerate the heat, humidity, and bugs in order to support a grieving mother whose new purpose was to shine a light on the lies that led to the war and to bring home our troops so that no other mother would have to know the pain that she felt.

Over time, this blog has become more of an exploration of who I am, my spirituality, and how life works. I love life's complexities, exploring the shades of gray. I want to, as Rainier Maria Rilke said,

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."

Maybe my blog is just one big question about what is needed in order for people to take the time to love and cherish each other and our earth. Maybe someday, I will "live along some distant day into the answer."

In the meantime, thank you for joining me on my journey. I welcome you to share yours with me


Thursday, November 06, 2008

BlogBlast For Peace: November, 2008

Today I wish for peace.

Not just an absence of violence or conflict

(Even though I want that, too)

But my bigger wish is that we/you/I may all know our true Self,

The Self underneath our name, our title, our talent, our mood, our beliefs

Down to who we were before we were born

Before the ideas that float around us stuck to us

like a dust storm on a newly-washed car.

Ideas of who we are,

right and wrong,

who is lovable and who isn't,

what we should look like and what we should do.

If we take a small glimpse of what there is under

all of those thoughts that are, really, only thoughts,

I think - no, I KNOW - we will experience

the beauty of our unity

and true Peace.

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
- Black Elk

(BlogBlast For Peace globes are being displayed in 44 countries today. Check out Mimi's site to find out where you can see more. THANK YOU, Mimi, for bringing together so many people from around the world!)


posted by Carol at 12:01 AM 32 comments

Sunday, October 26, 2008

It's Getting To Be BlogBlast For Peace Time Once Again!

On November 6th, 2008, only 11 days from now, multitudes of people around the world will be displaying their peace globes in one unified voice for peace upon this earth. Think about it. This will be happening only two days after the U.S. Presidential elections. What better time for some unity?

(Hmmmmm... looks like I'll have to get my globe out of the closet, dust it off, and make a little change on the date there.)

If you want to participate in the next BlogBlast For Peace, if you want to be a part of a huge movement created by the peace woman herself, the dedicated Ms. Mimi Pencil Skirt, click here and then let the creativity begin!

Nothing is more precious than peace. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind. - Daisaku Ikeda


posted by Carol at 8:16 PM 18 comments

Sunday, June 08, 2008

There's Always Room For...

...More Peace.

Mimi's BlogBlast For Peace was last Wednesday but I couldn't get it together in time due to traveling and work. Tonight, my most awesomest son, Paul, helped me to create my it's-never-too-late peace globe for the cause.


posted by Carol at 10:01 PM 6 comments

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Mimi and many others are participating in a BlogBlast for Peace today (see Nick's here). I was too busy with traveling stuff to be able to participate, so today I will offer this photo of some graffiti of the words of Jimi Hendrix. This was found in an old bunker outside of San Francisco. I hope someday soon, all tools of war will become shrines to peace.

May all beings know peace...

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posted by Carol at 9:24 AM 9 comments