December 3, 2013
Dear Friend of PeaceWorks,
In this season of Thanksgiving let me express my deepest gratitude to the PeaceWorks’ community. I have been at this task of human dignity for a long time. If you include the first Quest for Peace cargo containers I helped fill in Michigan during 1986 and 1987, that task has carried me for nearly 30 years through many more cargo containers. Each time along the way when my energies flagged or I doubted our ability and desire to carry…Continue
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October 23, 2013
“We work shoulder-to-shoulder in this task of human dignity to give true meaning to our lives.”
Never have the words of our deceased friend Thelma Fernandez Solis, founder of our first Nicaraguan partner organization Masaya Without Frontiers, struck me more than during the frenzied yet deliberate day of loading our October 5 cargo container shipment, as well as…Continue
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September 1, 2013
Why? Why not? So asks Jubilee House Community staffer Kathleen in a recent blog that I have enclosed. Why help the poor? Why help people in another nation? Why not? “The reality of why we work for the poor is simply because it is the right thing…Continue
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July 3, 2013
Dear Friend of PeaceWorks,
Hot. Humid. Wet. Mosquitoes love it, swarmingly. Not me. I do not mind heat, but the humidity makes my hair curly.
I am way behind schedule in sending you this letter and invitation to our July 13 Solidarity Roast. It has taken me longer…Continue
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May 31, 2013
It is what it is. That was the catchphrase of the day for our May 11 aid shipment, as well as for the week leading up to it.
The weather forecasts were calling for a 60% chance of rain for that Saturday, then 30%, then 70% with strong winds and driving rain. It is what it is, I thought. Just prepare for the worst, buy a new canopy tent, bring a few towels.
Michael McCabe (our driver and loading…Continue
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May 3, 2013
At the risky of looking skimpy, I need to make this newsletter short and to the point and then get it in the mail, pronto. It won’t be long before we are in the throes of another humanitarian shipment aid to Nicaragua — oops, I already am!
We need your help to help fill, assemble, load, and pay for that upcoming May 11aid…
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March 31, 2013
While watching a movie the other night I was struck by the realization of how far our country has come over the last sixty years due to the movements of people stepping up for change, justice, and for our nation’s stated, if not fulfilled, democratic ideals. Sometimes we get stuck in the disappointments of the moment and fail to realize that we really…
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March 3, 2013
“As long as one has a garden, one has a future.” — Joan Dye Gussow.
Spring is a time of renewal. For me, nothing speaks to this process more than gardens, as many PeaceWorks’ supporters know well from reading these letters over the years.
I truly see the garden as a mirror to our work in Nicaragua and in our own communities. As long as there are organizations such as…
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February 3, 2013
Accompanied by Edith Piaff, several versions of the Hallelujah song, the harmonies of the Cusmapa chorus, the multilingual melodies of Inhjambia’s singers, and the rousing rhythms of Luis Enrique Mejia Godoy, another PeaceWorks delegation traversed Nicaragua for nearly two weeks in January, generating life-long memories, nurturing relationships.
We engaged our Nicaraguan partner organizations and scores…
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With the year coming to a close, we deeply appreciate your support and that of the many other people who help fulfill our program and our hopes during 2012.
I write after a tumultuous few months, a time of destruction from a devastating storm, a time of great sadness after Sandy Hook. I still feel part numb, part heartbroken, part angry, part helpless a week after Sandy Hook. How do we make sense of such a tragedy, how do we comfort those affected, how do we make…Continue
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Once again our region has been slammed by a destructive storm. Our thoughts go out to the many people who lost so much. We are heartened by the amazing outpouring of donations and other help by thousands of people.
Such storms make us realize how vulnerable we all can be to severe weather just as are our friends in Nicaragua and throughout the developing world — Sandy ruined 70% of Haiti's harvest amidst widespread flooding — especially in the…Continue
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As I listen to the personal stories of Inhijambia's young people when our delegation visits them in January, I feel crushed by their testimony of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. I wonder how they can surmount these early beginnings to their lives. But then their smiles lift my spirit, their amazing confidence that they will "get past all the bad things" as Andrea states in the enclosed testimonials from Inhijambia. Their striking confidence in their future…
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You might have gathered from reading these letters that I am fascinated by growing-things — be it fruits and vegetables in my garden; children in my family, my neighborhood, or those working with our Nicaragua partner organizations; or with dreams, those concocted while I pull weeds and those that come to life in Nicaragua. My garden, family, community, Nicaragua — arenas for creation, imagination, wonderment; arenas for nourishment, fulfillment,…Continue
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Hot. Hot. Hot. Feels like my second home, Nicaragua — although I am not trekking up the Cerro Negro volcano under an even hotter sun with black cinders under my feet and sulfurous smoke swirling about my ankles. You might think me strange, but I love working in my garden in this heat — at least for a while and under my hat at that. But that is my luxury, not a necessity that might color the experience…Continue
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This morning I attended a ceremony at the Unitarian Fellowship in Morristown that spoke to the human potential inherent in all children. This Coming of Age ceremony highlighted the talents, hopes, and beliefs of the young people in the program. They played guitars, saxophones, trumpets, a piano; told stories to younger children in the congregation; and spoke to their emerging beliefs that frame their daily actions and outlook on life.
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A week from today I will be bordering on exhaustion even though I will have yet to climb into the 45-foot cargo container that we will be loading with aid supplies for our Nicaraguan partner organizations on May 5. The amount of work leading up to a container loading can be staggering but always uplifting — I only hope the latter sentiment will be enough to uplift me from bed in the morning. I ain't getting any younger, you know.
But despite the stress and…Continue
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You are invited to attend and to support PeaceWorks' upcoming Annual Dinner at the United Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, New Jersey on Saturday, April 14. We'll come together for a celebration of hope and solidarity, enjoying good food and gathering inspiration from our community of sharing and action. I hope you can come.
We are delighted to honor two people who have worked with us for many years; one in support of our aid shipments to the people of…Continue
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