Jan 1 2010

Happy New Year?

This past year as most of you know I spent time in England doing school with an organization called YWAM (Youth With a Mission).  We were trained to work out in the mission field.  We were informed regularly of many different unstable/severe/downright scary world situations from fellow YWAMers all over the globe.  Having grown up in a pacifist tradition (Mennonite) and also spending a great deal of time on my own studying pacifism, I felt even more set in my beliefs in pacifism after YWAM.

While packing for home after YWAM, I passed a friend in the hallway of the school.  She had been cleaning out her room, and found a pendant (in the photo) in the trash (I still don’t know why she was going through the trash… ;D ) and gave it to me as a joke.  We laughed at how cheesy the pendant was and then parted ways.

Recently I found the pendant again and thought about how ironic it was that it had been thrown away, considering what it said.
“World Peace Now” ….Ahh…too much to ask for.  It’s not my problem.  Trash it.
Have we given up on world peace?  It feels like it’s a problem that’s so huge, none of us can ever do anything about it.  Leave it to the world leaders.
Perhaps in the new year there are things that we can do personally that will bring about change.  Maybe they’re small.  Maybe we won’t see an affect on the world in the new year.  Maybe we won’t even see an affect on our city in our lifetime.
But if by doing something differently you knew that you could bring peace somewhere, sometime–would you do it?


Jun 12 2007


I read an article today about the US thinking about bombing Iran. They think that if they don’t bomb Iran, they will view it as a weakness, and then bomb the US. Ummm…yeah. Don’t get me started. I’m pretty tired of this whole fandangled thing. What’s this war about again? I forgot. Something about an axis of evil? Weapons of mass destruction? Bush’s personal hate for the Middle East (oops! How’d that get in there?) It all comes down to one thing: oil, oil, oil. The idea of fighting “terror” may have sounded like a stupendous idea to the Americans at the time of 9/11 (and to some, still) but it’s about as impossible, as Dave put it today, as fighting the nighttime. You can’t. How do you tell a religious group their ideas are wrong? By completely wiping them off the face of the planet? I’m not trying to say I agree with suicide bombings and the like, but really. I’m pretty sure declaring war on a religious group isn’t going to do much. Especially a religious group that sees dying in this manner as honorable.
Crap. I wasn’t actually going to ramble on about this. Oh well. There it is. Take it or leave it.
I was going to mention that Andrea and I are planning a Garden Party for all of our old friends from highschool. It should be pretty fantabulous. We are going to make some excellent cakes, drink sherry, listen to music, and chat about all the good ol’ days. I’m excited.

I just put tanning lotion on my legs. That is also exciting.