after many hours spent in the kinder playhouse
art, memories, stories, and a beautiful view of the world
are what still remain.
“this was something sure to be crammed full of warm secrets,
like an antique clock built when peace filled the world.”
“peace is not the end of the mundane, troublesome, and painful moments of life.
peace is created in the midst of the mundane, troublesome, and painful moments
as we look for the good in all things,
grasp tiny moments of joy,
glittering in the darkness,
and gather hope into a soft place to rest when life grows hard.”
oakland county, michigan, usa – may 2021
on this day honoring mlk, and every day
“this is the unusual thing about nonviolence –
nobody is defeated, everybody shares in the victory.”
– martin luther king, jr.
image credt: philosophytalk.org
powerful messages found everywhere
“in an open society, no idea can be above scrutiny, just as no people should be beneath dignity.”
grand trunk pub, detroit, michigan, usa -2020
at a lake house with a few friends
watching the storm roll in
on a peaceful afternoon.
“there is peace even in the storm”
-vincent van gogh, the letters of vincent van gogh
no finer way to honor this hero
“the vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.”
image credit: michigan theatre, ann arbor, michigan, usa
am – peaceful walk in the woods
pm -peaceful protest on the streets
day 1, 99 to go.
“there may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. “
‘Friends Who Share Balloons’
“peace is not merely the absence of warfare,
any more than true health is simply the absence of a disease.
nor is peace simply a quiet state of equilibrium –
impossible to achieve in an evolving system.
though refraining from harm is an essential first step,
lasting peace is created by actively redressing harm done.
peace is a creative process of joining i and thou into a co-creative we.
it requires authentic communication, empathic listening, and wildly creative solutions.”
image credit: willowdayflowerproject by gina – Leaves, Twigs, Iris, Geraniums, Lilacs, Delphiniums, Hydrangeas, Marigolds all got together and became “Friends who share balloons.”
brought this discovery
that it’s impossible
for a heart to be too big.
“one day we will realize that big hearts will bring us more peace than big weapons.”