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Welcome to my blog, a quasi-weekly column on topics and issues that have my attention, or that are intended to inform or inspire--including the following reminder:

"Realize why you're here, and be about it!"




On waging peace
06/16/2010

Iraqi vet and peace activist Paul Chappell, who heads the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Peace Leadership Training Program, says that waging peace requires just as much training, recruiting, strategic analysis, discipline, and commitment as waging war.  It is far from a passive enterprise.  Gandhi, too, bristled at the term "passive resistance."  He said, "Satyagraha (soul force) proceeds on the active principle of love, which says, 'Love those that spitefully use you.'  I find it difficult in spite of my conscious practice of it for the last 50 years."Iraqi vet and peace activist Paul Chappell, who heads the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Peace Leadership Training Program, says that waging peace requires just as much training, recruiting, strategic analysis, discipline, and commitment as waging war.  It is far from a passive enterprise.  Gandhi, too, bristled at the term "passive resistance."  He said, "Satyagraha (soul force) proceeds on the active principle of love, which says, 'Love those that spitefully use you.'  I find it difficult in spite of my conscious practice of it for the last 50 years."

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We're all complicit
06/08/2010

We're all complicit. In everything. The oil disaster in the Gulf; the Israeli/Palestinian conflict; the war in Afghanistan; the destruction of the rainforests; the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

Yesterday we got word that my brother might have killed a man with a backhoe.   An accident.  A friend. 

As my heart was breaking for my brother and his friend...



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We're back in the Methow
06/01/2010

We’re back in the Methow Valley, stunned at how beautiful our own construction project looks…How miraculously the land is responding to our efforts to restore bunchgrass and wildflowers…How high Beaver Creek is flowing…How lush and gorgeous this valley is. 

It’s interesting that for the months we were in California we mostly worried about this place:  how would we finish it; how would we pay for it; when could we live in it; was it OK without us.  After awhile we began to think of our property as a problem.  Insidiously, the emotions surrounding our dream home began to fray a bit around the edges.  To smell faintly of decay and abandonment. 



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