The Year at Peace Meal Garden

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Location: The Oregon Cascades, near PDX, United States

Our home in the Oregon Cascades, provides us with peaceful days, and star-filled nights. We are grateful for fresh air, clean water, and enough space for our garden.

Friday, November 17, 2006

America's White Table. This exhibit was created to honor the veterans of the war in Viet Nam. The photographs were provided by Langdon Carpenter, and the display was arranged by his wife, Kendra. We hope to expand this memorial next year with photographs and equipment contributed by other local Viet Nam vets.

The idea for America's White Table was conceived by the Red River Valley Fighter Pilot's Association, more commonly known as the "River Rats" of Viet Nam. The tradition has now spread to the other branches of the military.

"Missing Man" tables are set in mess halls, and whenever units or commands gather for reunions. It is a symbol in memory of service members who have fallen, gone missing, or have been held captive, in the line of duty.

We use a very small table to represent one soldier's lonely battle against many...the white cloth honors the pure heart that answers the call to duty.

The plate is set with lemon slices to signify the soldier's bitter fate, and salt, to represent the tears of the families waiting for their loved ones to return.

The empty chair is for all the missing who won't return, and the inverted wine glass symbolizes all the joys that have been lost forever. The black napkin is for those who have died, and the single red rose honors the Prisoners Of War.

Solitary and solemn, this is the table where no one will ever sit.

Our Veteran's Day exhibit at the library was attended by over 80 visitors, in spite of a dark and rainy day. Thanks to everyone who volunteered!

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Cost of War was presented as part of our Veteran's Day exhibit at the library. It was brought to Estacada by The Rural Organizing Project of Oregon. You can find out more about them at and check on the latest figures for the cost of the war in Iraq at

This exhibit was established to educate the people of Oregon about the high cost of the war in Iraq, and to relate those figures directly to services that could be funded with those dollars, right here in our own community.

The prayer flags have been created to honor each and every soldier that has been killed in Iraq. Our library in Estacada was only able to display about 1/3 of the total exhibit! As of the publishing of this blog, the US soldiers killed number 2,859.

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Eyes Wide Open is an exhibit presented by The American Friends Service Committee. It was brought to Estacada, by PACT, the Progressive Action Citizen's Team, led by Pete Hamer and Steve Amick. You can find out more about the exhibit by going to

The display in Estacada featured over sixty pairs of boots representing Oregonians killed in Iraq, and included blue hard hats symbolizing the seven contractors who also have been killed from Oregon.

The many pairs of civilian shoes stand for a small number of the over 50,000 Iraqi citizens who have been killed during this war. You can check those current figures at

Each pair of shoes is tagged with a persons name and age, and the boots tell the soldier's name, and his hometown. Our local fallen hero, Jeremy Loveless, was distinguished by being placed in the front of the display, and honored with flowers.

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Boots honoring Jeremy Loveless. At the end of the Eyes Wide Open exhibit, community members participated by picking up each pair of boots and the hard hats. As each tag was read aloud, a gong was struck, and the boots were respectfully placed in their proper bag for transport to the next venue.

A mother of one of the fallen soldiers came to Estacada to join in this ceremony. It was very moving.

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Monday, November 06, 2006


AnnaBelle Lee. Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Five years old... The newest addition to our household. Find out more at:

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Flora keeps an eye out for irregularities around our yard. I look for small things to appreciate as autumn overtakes our garden!

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Buddha-Bar by Claude Challe.

The next few postings are quoted from the linar notes on compiled by Claude Challe. And the photographs shown there are clearly not my own...enjoy them anyway!
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Love in the past is only a memory. Love in the future is only a fantasy. It is only here and now that we can truely love. Posted by Picasa

The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there? Posted by Picasa

There are no holy places, and no holy people, only holy moments, only moments of wisdom. Posted by Picasa

Generosity procures joy, honesty procures peace. The more fully we give our energy, the more it will return to us. Posted by Picasa

If you take care of each moment, you will take care of all time. There can only be one time when it is essential to awaken. That time is NOW. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Quince As Art... Posted by Picasa

Late fall in our garden!

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More Fall Color at Peace Meal Garden!

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