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Peace of the parrot and the chickens

I am returning to Dallas from a visit with my brother James and his wife Jeany. They live on nine acres in Los Lunas, a small town outside Albuquerque. However, their home and the acres that surround it seem worlds away from Dallas. We gather eggs from the chickens and cook them for breakfast. We […]

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Peace in New Mexico

Whenever I go to New Mexico—and that’s where I am now, I always feel more peaceful. I feel the peace of the crooked streets in Santa Fe, the peace of the blue sky, the peace of the Sandia mountains. –Joy

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Blowin’ in the wind

Yes, and how many times must the cannonballs flyBefore they’re forever banned? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.The answer is blowin’ in the wind. Those are words from Bob Dylan, of course, and they were written decades ago. We are still killing each other. The answer is still blowing in the wind.

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Seeds of peace

Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, started the Green Belt Movement in Kenya. Women in this movement have planted more than 50 million trees. “People are fighting over water, over food,” Wangari Maathai once said. “We plant the seeds of peace.” I found this quote in Jeanette Winter’s book Wangari’s Trees […]

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Little bits of good

“Do your little bit of good where you are,” Archbishop Desmon Tutu once said. “It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” I found this quote in a book called The Way of Peace—Readings for a Harmonious Life compiled by editors Michael Leach, Doris Goodnough and Maria Angelini. –Joy

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The Way of Peace

The scenes on the TV screen from Ukraine are disturbing, haunting. What can I do? I found a book called The Way of Peace—Readings for a Harmonious Life compiled by editors Michael Leach, Doris Goodnough and Maria Angelini. It does not offer simple answers to complex problems, but there are glimpses of solutions for finding […]

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A simple universe?

“We yearn for the universe to be simple, to be one thing or another,” writes Lauren LeBlanc in The Boston Globe. “But it’s not. Its contradictory nature is integral to its abundance.”

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Count your blessings

A friend died. Another friend has to wait to pick up a new prescription until she gets a check next week. And a third friend has COVID and is afraid he will give the virus to his spouse. I am so tired of this pandemic, but I am counting my blessings. My issues are very […]

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Be peaceful

“Peace is not a passive, but an active, virtue,” the theologian Fulton J. Sheen once said.

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Peace in your heart

This is a quote written by “unknown.” Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

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