Hi Jill, thanks for your response, and I'm so glad that family and friends have been bringing you so much joy. It has been a rare treat chatting with you, and I know that you'll be missed as you pursue other interests (what exactly do you do?) ... I get the feeling we need lots more level heads like yours.
Be well, Jill, and may peace always be an integral part of your life, and may your son always be safe. I do hope our paths cross again, whether here or elsewhere.
I think time with family and friends is the most precious commodity we have. My parents died some time ago, and my only brother died more recently, and my biggest regret is not spending nearly enough time with all of them ... so all I can wish is that you enjoy your daughter and friends immensely. Is that your daughter in the picture? And is she the "young soldier" you spoke of?
Happy Birthday for the 20th Jill, you're a cusp baby and that makes up neighbours, as my birthday is January 1, a Capricorn.
I watched the inauguartion on TV even though it meant staying up till 4am. It must have been incredibly exciting. I worry a little that expectation run so high. Obama's speech was wonderful, but he seemed to promise a wealth of things that may not be humanly possible. But providing hope is a good thing, and perhaps from hope can spring goodwill, and perhaps from goodwill walls will tumble ... we can only hope.
I love your desire to bring gardens to communities. My dad was an avid gardener, but only because in his neghbourhood in Warsaw, where he came from, there wasn't a single blade of grass, much less a tree. I think that interacting with nature brings a sense of peace and of awe, and is very important to our wellbeing. I certainly take every oppotunity to picnic in the many parks and forests here. In summer, on balmy evenings there are free concerts in many of the parks, whether jazz, classical or folk, when you can picnic, interact with friends and listen to the most exquisite strains as birds fly overhead ... its magical.
I haven't heard of "Victory Gardens" before and assume that it's an organised scheme to bring nature to those who don't have it. How did it start, and who triggered the idea?
Thanks for your warm invitation, Jill, I found it when I clicked on my home page to extend one to you. I think your gentle nature will be a huge asset in this group, seeking out what's important while pouring oil on stormy waters just by being here.
I lived in Israel for 15 years, and it can be frustrating to find how Israel and Israelis are portrayed ... so very different to the Israel I know. I doubt that a single Israeli I encountered didn't yearn for peace, and wasn't quakingly afraid when their 18 year old had to go to the army.
I have been been an advocate for establishing a Dept of Peace in both of my runs for the US House, and have collaborated with many of the Peace Alliance folks, in addition, the Israeli Political Party Brit Olam that I'm working with right now is pushing a ministry of peace in their plank...