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September seems to be filled with opportunities for peacemaking. September 21 is International Day of Peace with many events scheduled, and of course, September 11, the remembrance of 9-11. read more »

Have you ever had a lash in your eye? Most of us have from time to time, and at best, it is extremely irritating. A physical object in our tender eye is almost immediately noticeable. And what about the figurative lash-in-the-eye? A situation or a person that is an irritation to us, that touches a tender nerve? read more »

(first published Dallas Peace Times, July 2008 issue; www.DallasPeaceCenter.org) read more »

Compassion is one of the most powerful virtues to have in a life committed to nonviolence and peace. True compassion is not an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason and patience. Reason and patience are the most powerful antidotes to anger and hatred. Unfortunately, many people misjudge these qualities as signs of weakness. read more »

Why do we celebrate Memorial Day? Many see it as a day off, picnics, family gatherings, but why was it established? To honor and remember those who have died in the service of war. In other words, Memorial Day is a consequence of war. read more »

Mother's Day did not begin as an exercise in commercialism, but rather, as an exercise in activism. It began by women marching in the streets, not marching into restaurants. read more »

Here on the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King, I believe his words and actions are no less relevant today than they were forty years ago. In particular his actions. You see, I know I will never be the orator that he was, but I can be a similar active, participating force, an agent for change, a contributor to peace and nonviolence. read more »

CLOSING Apr. 4: Every day, I join others in this prayer for World Peace.

With each kind thought,
each choice for nonviolence,
we plant a seed that shall bloom
to bring forth rich fruit in its Season.
Together, friend, we till the soil and
plant the seeds that all creation may
sing for joy and dance in the
Garden of Peace.
May our prayers and practices read more »

DAY 64 Apr. 3: The practice for today is CELEBRATION. Margaret Mead said "never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Nonviolence is building the courage to speak and act with respect, reverence and compassion for our own being. Rejoice in the work that you have done. read more »

DAY 63 Apr. 2: The practice for today is RELEASE. A Sufi proverb says "when the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what is found." Release the weight of your past, the judgments of yourself and others, and be the change you wish to see. read more »

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