Thursday, November 13, 2008

Peace be With You

Today's Link
Derfwad Manor

Saying for the Day
Five great enemies to peace inhabit with us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. ~Francesco Petrarch

Picture of the Day

When your old you often get memories triggered by something you read. Yesterday I read a lot of blogs with tributes to our soldiers and many of them wished for the day when there would be no war. It kicked in a very old memory.
During the Viet Nam War I and a number of other clergy attended a seminar held by the Peace Movement.
They talked in terms of things that make for peace. I don’t remember much from that seminar but I do remember this.

As long as we think we are right and they are wrong there will be no peace.
As long as we thing we are superior and they are inferior there will be no peace.
As long as we want what they have and are willing to take it there will be no peace.
As long as we see ourselves as good and the others as evil there will be no peace.
As long as they can fill us with anger there will be no peace.
As long as we can speak of others in a derogatory manner there will be no peace.

If we really want peace it must begin with us and not them.
If we really want peace we need to change our attitude and the way we look at things.
Because in the end we can not change THEM but we can change US.

The one other thing I remember is that peace was risky.
But the risk was worth taking.

For some reason that stuck with me even though at that time I could best be described as a Hawk who believed in the war and was not prepared to believe or implement it in my life.

Strange how good teaching stays with you and keeps coming back.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal. .
Yesterday Tammy shared with the Tommy Club her research into rocking chairs as symbols. In American folk literature the rocking chair is a symbol of old age and of death. The old man is depicted as sitting in the rocking chair on the back porch watching the world go by. The empty rocking chair on the back porch was pointed to as the place where grandpa sat until he died. It is kind of a memorial.
In the brainstorming session somebody suggested that perhaps they needed to find out which porch the rocking chair belonged on and put it back in order to prevent the shadow.
Somebody suggested to Nancy that she should see if Quilly can work out the puzzle. This Quilly can hang two cans of Chili on a tree and have it mean it’s “Chilly outside“ Amanda‘s friend Melli is another one she solved Quilly‘s puzzle. Nancy said she thinks the answer will have to come from somebody in Pigeon Falls.
There are those who think that there will be no answer until Herman has another vision which his wife says will be never. Some think he is the one who “He knows but he doesn’t know.. He dreams” in the driblet. Some of his friends are putting a lot of pressure on Herman.
Kivi & Maki have obtained a supply of ceramic cornucopias which are now selling very well. They are being sold as Thanksgiving table decorations but the ghost groupies are buying them to show there friends what the poltergeist was juggling. Some of them have tried to get pictures of the floating cornucopias only to have their camera end up floating as well. There are now eight cornucopias and three cameras floating around the ceiling at Nancy’s. One of the ghost groupies has threatened to sue if he doesn’t get his camera back. That would be one interesting lawsuit.

Wrap Up
It was a good day. I did some blogging in the morning. In the afternoon we worked on the layout. We have finished the middle module except for a few little things. But now Betty wants a nother module with a lake. I see a place where we can run a bridge from module three to module one. I also see a need for a road and a track down the side of module two. Layouts are never done. Coming upstairs I visited all my links. I have to cut that list down. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Dragonstar said...

That's a very telling thought on peace - rather humbling.

Sue the poltergeist? Oh, I'd love to be there to see that!

4:09 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

The whole thing about your "peace" memory is that once "you" have been given peace, "you" quit seeking peace and simply pray for others to have it too! It's no longer something you actively seek ... you already HAVE it, and now you just want others to have it too.

Ooooh! I gotta run get me a ceramic cornucopia! It would be FUN though to snatch one of the real deals off the ceiling at Nancy's ... wonder if I took my butterfly net... hmmmmm....

4:37 AM  
Blogger ProclaimingSoftly (PSanafter-thought) said...

These peace statements illustrate what happens when we label others: we end up with a we/they dichotomy". Inevitably, the "they" group is lower than the "we" group.

This is the result of poor teaching, and impoverished thinking, which leads to simplistic descriptions of situations and people.

Christians could do a lot for the world by preaching that all people are created by God and that God wants the best for all, so that if we demonize other groups, we are going against God's will.

6:39 AM  
Blogger W. J. St. Christopher said...

Hi, Dr. John -- long time, no . . . read!

Those are wonderful words on peace. Do you mind if I use them on my blog some day? I think the holiday season would be a great time to repeat that sentiment.

I hope you're doing well. I'm back to stay for awhile, so will be bugging you on a fairly regular basis.

Prepare yourself!

7:07 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Just because Quilly is good at making puzzles it doesn't necessarily follow that she is good at solving them!

And you'll likely have plenty of time to ask Melli questions while she's floating around with the cornicopias at Nancy's!

10:12 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

love your peace thoughts.

instead of getting drunk, perhaps herman could sit in a rocking chair where he might be rocked into a trance and experience another vision. if he really is a seer, that is...

10:18 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Love your peace talks.

Poltergiest juggling cornucopias? Whatever next? ;)

12:57 PM  
Blogger The Crazy Object B. said...

Awwwwwwwwwww Pennie and meggie match so cute!

1:12 PM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...

those words about "peace" were lovely.

..and very true.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Carver said...

I love the photograph in this post and good thoughts on peace.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

what agreat picture of your daughter and the dog! Thye both look so peaceful with each other.

also I loved your talk of peace....if only...

10:23 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

Well of COURSE you need a module with a LAKE! I thought it was already there... where is the whale supposed to swim if there is no lake?

I had to laugh because I JUST mentioned this morning that my group of blog friends is getting too big too! LOL! What to do? I can't WAIT to see some pictures of this layout! When is that going to happen?

5:06 AM  

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