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.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Message from Yoko

December 8th is near again. Every year on this day, I hear from many people from all over the world who remember my husband, John Lennon, and his message of peace. They write to tell me that they are thinking of John on this day, and how he was shot and killed at the prime of his life, age 40, when he still had so much life ahead of him.

Thank you for your undying love for John, and also your concern for me on this tragic anniversay.

This year, though, on December 8th, while we remember John, I would also like us to focus on sending the following messages to the millions of people suffering around the world:

To the people who have also lost loved ones without cause: forgive us for having been unable to stop the tragedy. We pray for the wounds to heal.

To the soldiers of all countries and of all centuries, who were maimed for life, or who lost their lives: forgive us for our misjudgements, and what happened to you as a result of them.

To the civilians who were maimed, or killed, or who lost their family members: forgive us for having been unable to prevent it.

To the people who have been abused or tortured: forgive us for having allowed it to happen. Know that your loss is our loss. Know that the physical and mental abuse you have endured will have a lingering effect on our society, and on the world. Know that the burdon is ours.

As the widow of one who was killed by an act of violence, I don't know if I am ready yet, to forgive the one who pulled the trigger. I am sure all victims of violent crimes feel as I do. But healing is what is urgently needed in the world. Let's heal the wounds together.

Every year, let's make December 8th the day to ask for forgiveness from those who have suffered the insufferable. Let's wish strongly that one day we will be able to say that we healed ourselves, and by healing ourselves, we healed the world.

With deepest love,
Yoko Ono Lennon
New York City, 2006
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This pileated woodpecker was enjoying a crab apple snack right outside our big front window!

Celery and sage are about all that's left of the vegetable garden now...but both are useful for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, so we're grateful!

The holly trees are nearly ready for holiday wreathes and sprays, though you definatley need gloves to work with holly!

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November means a lot of work at Peace Meal Garden~~!

Here you will see jars of canned pears. They take a long time to process, and we could likely eat several jars every day, but we try to appreciate and savor each one! If you can understand that concept, I know you will enjoy a book called THE SLOW DOWN DIET by Marc David. You can find out more about it at:
and I 'm sure you can find it at the library.

Even if you don't want to lose weight, this diet theory will show you easy ways to enjoy the blessing of eating good food!

We also have pictured habanero peppers (one of the hottest kinds)! We give these away, one at a time, to anyone brave enough to eat them fresh, and we dry the rest for wintertime chili!

The crab apples are still lovely...all the birds love them! These show you the first hint of RAIN. (Which, of course, Oregon is famous for)...November brought us record rainfall this year, with some flooding, and even a little snow...but mostly our temperatures remain in the 50's.

AnnaBelle is fitting in just fine with our family...Here she is nearly camoflaged on the fallen leaves!

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