Ordinary Day

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is ”Ordinary Day” as performed by Omar.

or·di·nar·y (/ˈôrdnˌerē/)

Ordinary is defined as having no special or distinctive features; normal.

It’s what is commonplace, regular or standard. In an era during which so much of what we see and hear is hype that is meant to frighten rather than enlighten and manipulate rather than teach, there’s beauty in being able to experience what is simple and ordinary.… [Read more]

“We can bomb the world to pieces, but…”

“We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can’t bomb it into peace.”… [Read more]

So This Is Goodbye

“Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.”

-Patti Smith

Well, the world didn’t end after all. We woke up the morning after the 21st to find that the dust had settled and it was just another day. Life does go on, and aside from the exciting, exasperating highs and lows of political conflicts, social struggles and apocalyptic tall tales, life is mostly pretty boring.… [Read more]

Lessons From Gaza And The Path To Sustainable Peace

The picture below illustrates exactly why as long as we as a country continue on the current trajectory will never realize peace. It is the pervasive mentality that guides the Israeli conscious and defines our culture.  Us against them, a narrative that leaves no room for consensus.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Bratslav Hasidic sect, that gathered to show support for the forces, dance as they celebrate atop of a tank in southern Israel, close to the Israel Gaza Strip Border, Thursday, Nov.… [Read more]

Wrapping Up the Week: Give Peace a Chance

The end of another week means that we are that much closer to election day in the US. Based on the way the media covers the flood of campaign ads, the latest polls, voter suppression efforts and the power of Super PACs one could easily draw the conclusion that not much is else is going on in the world.… [Read more]

Haatzmaut Bli Shalom….Independence Without Peace

After months of arguments in favor and opposing, pleas and petitions, November 29, 1947 the United  Nations voted to approve Resolution 181, the partition of a Jewish state and Arab state.  The vote was 33 in favor, 13 opposed and 10 abstentions.  Quite naturally the Resolution was rejected by the Arab nations, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and others.… [Read more]

I Have a Dream

I have a dream in 2012.

A dream that….

  • No man, woman or child will go to bed hungry.
  • Quality, affordable healthcare is available to all.
  • There is peace in the world.
  • Corporate and political corruption is an anomaly.
  • Protecting and preserving our environment is a priority.
  • No one is ever judged based on race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
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Merry Christmas!

No borders…there is no war on Christmas; it’s a day of peace, no matter what your religious (or secular) views.

*How is “Merry Christmas” said around the world?

Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden Arabic: Milad Majid Argentine: Feliz Navidad Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!… [Read more]

Happy Thanksgiving!

From Wikipedia:  Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has officially been an annual tradition since 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26. As a federal and popular holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year.… [Read more]

Against Ending A War?

Polls have said for several years that the majority of Americans are against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  We’re still a long away from peace but, for many, President Obama’s announcement that the troops will be pulled out of Iraq to come home in time for the holidays was a welcome announcement.  Of course, we all know you can’t please everyone….[Read more]