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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.

Monday, March 19, 2007



Four years of war. Stand up. Show up. Speak up. Peace Now.








Portland, Oregon, March 18, 2007. We say "NO" to war.








Ten Thousand People March for Peace in Portland, Oregon.









Saturday, March 17, 2007


From Baghdad With Love: a Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava
by Jay Kopelman & Melinda Roth
Of course, I loved this book. Not only is it about a dog, but it has a happy ending...
sort of...
When Jay Kopelman was sent to Iraq, he saw himself as a good Marine, just doing his job. After caring for Lava, Jay began to understand that many of the most prized traits of a good Marine could also be found in serial killers.
From Baghdad with Love clearly illustrates to me that even troops who return from Iraq physically whole, will be scarred in ways that can never be healed, leaving them with lasting moral and emotional injuries.
I hope you will read this book. Jay was blessed to find Lava, but what about all the others?
The art of Peace begins with you. Foster Peace in your own heart, and then apply it to every situation you encounter.
There is no way to Peace. PEACE IS THE WAY.


Q: Why are veterens, active duty, and national guard soldiers opposed to the war in Iraq?

Here are ten good reasons...

1. The Iraq war is based on lies and deceptions.

2. The Iraq war violates international law.

3. Corporate profiteering is driving the war in Iraq.

4. Overwhelming civilian casualties are a daily occurance in Iraq.

5. Soldiers have a right to refuse illegal war.

6. Service members are facing serious health consequences due to our government's negligence.

7. The war in Iraq is tearing our families apart.

8. The Iraq war is robbing us of funding seriously needed at home.

9. The military uses racism and discrimination as tools.

10. Today's youth face aggressive recuitmant tactics that don't tell the whole story.;

Please visit: http://www.ivaw.org For links to stories about each of these objecitons.

Show up. Listen. Speak the truth. Pray for the outcome. You know it's right. Peace Now.


Thursday, March 15, 2007



"True peace is not just the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice." MLK jr.


"A true patriot must be ready to defend his country against his government." Edward Abby

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world." Gandhi

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." George Orwell

Friday, March 02, 2007

Support The Troops.

As everyone knows by now, our troops are being sent to Iraq, and Afghanistan, without proper protective equipment, and without the necessary training.

Troops are being asked to re-deploy, away from their families, without the required rest periods. The deployment of National Guard troops leaves us unprotected at home.

Injured soldiers are not being screened for Traumatic Brain Injury. The wounded are being housed in moldy, insect infested care facilities, and cut loose from therapy before their needs are fully met.

Four years of war has not brought Peace to Iraq.

Four years of war has brought death and irrepairable damage to thousands of American families, and to many more Iraqi civilians. These wounds will not heal for generations.

Mr. Bu$h and his bloody agenda has made Americans, and others less safe in the world.

Support the Troops. Tell your members of Congress to bring them home NOW.

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