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    to bring this lovely image to us. I appreciate your sharing your personal moments in this wonderful place in space... one  dedicated to the hope that we can begin to find resolution to our conflicts in a manner other than the aggressive and  destructive one which has been the method of choice for far too long.

    I was in Washington DC in the early 80s on a Peace March with my young daughter. We'd not traveled from the West Coast as some others had, merely caught the last week, walking several days and finally, into the capital. There were no concrete barriers then, and Sisters from a nearby convent came to give the marchers foot massages. Though it was winter, there was a very festive mood. Some friends and I walked into a side street where a homeless woman sat regally on one of those open grates, with warm air rising from underground, her beautiful black hair flowing behind her. She looked at us and asked "why are you here?" We reponded we had been marching. She asked "for what" and we answered, "peace". She then spoke softly, "What is peace? ... and did you find it?"

    These days when bad news is followed by horrific news... when we are told the victims are the terrorists... when images that evoke rage and sorrow flit across the various screens and papers of our lives -- we reach out and clutch those brief interludes that bring some measure of hope... your words and picture are one of those much needed moments. Thank you.

    An unexamined life is not worth living - Socrates

    by crone on Mon May 10, 2004 at 03:17:17 PM PDT

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