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Light a Candle for Christ Church Mosque

Vigil today at St Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro at 1 PM 17 March 2019 LIGHT A CANDLE:   New Zealand is ablaze with anger, candles, and prayers… I add my candles and prayers for the victims. Salam Wa- Alakom. May the Peace of God be upon you. And, I light a candle for the killer. I light a candle for ... Read More »

Beautiful Extraordinary Africa

We’ve been traveling since late November starting in Nairobi, Kenya, on to the fabled nature preserve of Masa Mara in Western Kenya, on to Tanzania – the Serengeti Nature preserve, Selu River, and to Zanzibar in December.  At Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Mozambique visiting one of our dear friends who is the new Peace Corps director. On New ... Read More »

Black & White Rainbow: South Africa 28/1/2019

Coffee Bay on the wild Coast night of the Jan 25th and Jan 26th Saturday and Sunday Friends, I’m sorry that I can’t give you moment by moment encounters of our amazing journey through South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Kenya. Simply we my great and amazing travel buddy Zoe, and I are having too much fun meeting so many people, ... Read More »

Maputo How to be awesome Guests.

Our long time friend Ellen has been generously hosting us for the past few weeks. Guests:  As travelers, how are we/ you guests that doesn’t wear your host out and you leave better friends? Generally, we say, three days is our rule, but if the hosts are amenicable (amenable and amicable combined).  Also, like us, without immodesty we are very ... Read More »

Dar Es Salaam Tanzania 14-16 December 2018

On the 14th through the 16th we were in Dar es Salaam. Flying in from Julius Nyeere airport. Dar es Salaam – like many African cities bursting with overpopulation, lack of opportunity, intense poverty, lack of electricity and clean drinking water for the majority of the people. One of the things that struck me however was how civilized driving was. After ... Read More »

Surrendering and Gathering: Tanzania

What are you willing to surrender on your journey? Can you leave your piano at home? Your dog Spot? Your golf clubs? The familiar foods? The TV? The hundreds of things that define our lives at home. What will you leave behind if anything? Some folks travel in a big 50 foot RV, with a car trailing behind, and others ... Read More »

AFRICA TRAVELS

Friday, November 9, 2018 AFRICA THE START OF THE JOURNAL November 2nd in Vermont   Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Mozambique, Swaziland, and South Africa 9 Nov 2018  I have never been on Safari in Africa. Venturing to see the wildlife Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, and Kruger in South Africa.  Safari, from the Arabic word of Safar, to ... Read More »

October Art Events and River Garden Show

Thank you for your support. This work represents about a decade of work– art, multimedia, poetry, performance. These projects have been helped by a small legions of peace fairies, activists, fellow Veterans for Peace, and our amazing team. Zoe Kopp as Project Manager, Dean Gallea – Chief Tech Guru, Joey Sawyer Shaw – Video God, Stephen Miller – Studio Manager, Yanella ... Read More »

Reluctant Blogger- The Silence August 2018

I am reluctant to blog. The thoughts and ideas are too chaotic. But I remember why I write, it is not really for you, i write to hold the memory of this beautiful life.   And in this process,  if you find something of value, that is wonderful. However, I am a writer, and always reluctant to post without carefully editing. ... Read More »

Suicide and Remembering Life is Extraordinary

Note: I had received a letter from a friend about her brother who committed suicide. People who know me, know that I am generally an up-beat person, nothing really gets me down, and delight in life.  But, as with many younger people, there is confusion, pain, sometimes drugs, and the only way out appears to be suicide.  No, there are ... Read More »

Him & The Taco Truck A short story

           It was already 7 a.m. tea was just beginning to boil in the main house, the helpers were out in the street leading to the house, assuring people that the clinic would open for the day.  Each helper brought tea and biscuits, the lawn chairs were neatly arranged on the driveways edge.  Those in wheelchairs ... Read More »

1 May 2018 – Oh, no! Traveling again

1 May in Vermont and one of the last things I want to do is travel now. I am awake at 5 AM and starting to write. This is my morning routine at Blue Heron pond– I wake up, make coffee and start to create.  I think of the line from Prufrock by T.S. Eliot every time, “”I have measure ... Read More »

Tech Support: How can I help you

Tech Support: Can I help you? I’m afraid. I’m sorry sir, I can’t understand you I’m afraid… ah… Don’t be afraid, sir. Why would you be afraid? The computer I mean, it isn’t doing what I need it to do, its stuck, frozen. Did you turn it off? No, I’m afraid to turn it off, I might lose the data. ... Read More »

Yemen My Life

Yemen My Life: A Peace Corp Volunteer’s Memoir This weekend was the thirty-five year reunion of Peace Corps volunteers, Irish Concern, and other international organizations who served in Yemen together. We were innocent ambassadors to the ways of the country and Islam.  The baptism of my youth was in the glorious, incomprehensible, but always welcoming, land of Yemen. In the ... Read More »

Planet Earth is not my first language

reclaiming my native language in a land of strangers  where the words of my mother tongue are sometimes too   alien and distant   I need to be back in my home land where the words are spoken every day my native language has no words for hate, anger, racism, or violence   only one phrase holds it all…   ... Read More »

Light a Candle: Embrace the Paradox of Love

This is the poem I read after the service at the #UUNOLA Unitarian church, and the Minister said, “Never come back here! You are out of order!” Another man tried to shove me out the door (he later apologized). Maybe the #UUNOLA is not so much into peace love and forgiveness? Regardless, this is a poem as a candle and ... Read More »

Travel Is An Essential Color to our Souls’ Palette

Travel is an essential color in my palette of wonder. The comfort of my home in the woods, overlooking blue heron pond, with all my creative toys, holds me in a serene enchantment…   but the wind carries fragrances from exotic lands, birds land on my porch with stories in their wings, and the clouds with their tales of journeys ... Read More »

Thank you for your service – please, work for peace

I had my veterans for peace hat on and a young man came by and said, “Thank you for your service, sir.” And he shook my hand.   “Thank you.” I said. “But can you do me a favor?”   He seemed surprised, but quickly said, “Yes, sir.”   “Do something for peace every day. Stand up against the military ... Read More »

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