Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How long a day

It is 9:00 am on Wednesday, September 20th in Texas, but it is tomorrow in Australia ... just past midnight on September 21st, the dawning of the International Day of Peace.

I have already sent greetings to Mo, Barry and Fiona. And as I contemplate the hopes for peace that circle the globe, I also envision the ties that stretch from "sea to shining sea" here in the United States.

These two peace shawl patches have already been bound together ...


One was stitched with words from Dee  on the east coast, 
the other with words from Hazel on the west coast.

This stitched on indigo-dyed cloth gifted by Hazel ...


and in the original Peace Pin Project post, Hazel's comment was followed by this from Dee, stitched on cloth originally dyed for the Hearts for Charleston quilt ...


Call and response.

And if my camera refuses to focus today, I will blame it on the tears of frustration evoked by the reckless words uttered at the UN yesterday. Already I have called my senators pleading that they "do something, anything, to keep the president from launching a thermonuclear war."

Only then can we turn to working on reducing global warming, enabling DACA dreamers to become full citizens, and ensuring equal access to quality healthcare for all US citizens. 

We will need to use every minute of this day and the next ...

25 comments:

jude said...

I am not listening to him any longer. too much time wasted.

Liz A said...

He who shall not be named ...

Velma Bolyard said...

he'll be impeached. more likely, he'll quit. then he'll try for emperor of the world.
peace is what matters.

Liz A said...

Velma - too often I sense we are running up against the doomsday clock

Mo Crow said...

(((Liz)))

Liz A said...

Mo - how a hug might be felt around the world

Anonymous said...

listening to him is like driving past a car wreck -- unable to look, unable NOT to look... thank you for bringing the occasion of International Peace Day to my attention! May there be peace above you, peace below you, peace at the center, and peace all 'round.

Liz A said...

Dee - The car wreck analogy is way too apt ... may we all know peace of heart, mind and soul

Hazel said...

The beauty of this project swells. I'm so honored.
(& "he who shall not be named" is exactly how adults & kids at school refer to him)

Liz A said...

Hazel - may the children lead us ... remembering always that our words and actions will carry to the seventh generation

Marti said...

Since yesterday, the bombastic hateful words spoken at the UN have caused one refrain to roll around and around in my head, President Barack Obama's slogan, "Yes, We Can" or as it actually plays in my head in Spanish, "Si Se Puede." Three little words but such connective words. Each one of us make up WE and whatever it takes, whatever we can do, whatever we hold dear to bring and sustain the light of dignity, concern and equality, we will do and you help lead the way dear Liz and I say thank you.

Liz A said...

Marti - thank you and yes, words matter. I'm currently pondering alternatives to "imagine peace" ... perhaps "realize peace" or "manifest peace" ... thinking that active verbs might suggest we need to DO something to bring peace to the world. Or is that too "precious" ... is "imagine peace" a more welcoming invitation to begin a conversation?

Marti said...

Liz, I think "Imagine Peace" softly invites and connects in a way that is solid; it's been my experience when I have been approached while wearing the pin. Active verbs can at times, sound preachy and a bit intimidating...

Els said...

peace ... such a simple word
should be simple when the vast majority of people want it ....
shouldn't it ????


(grrrrrr idiots with big mouths .... we must not let them frighten us !)

love your stitchings <3

Liz A said...

Marti - a useful insight ... thank you

Els - so good of you to come by ... and yes, it seems simple, but peace remains elusive

alsokaizen said...

Its hard and scary right now it feels as though we are trying to stitch up a world that is being ripped apart as we work... to create it we must imagine it first, then look for it everywhere, I think there are others out there working on it too... what we do matters, right?

Liz A said...

Anna Lisa - yes, I believe what we do matters very much. That we are not alone in our efforts. And that our actions need to match our words.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

how interesting....i have no Internet since last night...all through this day and into now. Now, being this moment that i see my words appearing here as
i write them....will it "send"??????
Peace be with Us......it must be our mission

Liz A said...

Grace - I'm glad you made it here ... as I always am

Barry said...

Liz - there are days that challenge the very fabric of our belief in the goodness of people. You have Trump we have a guy call Dutton. Whilst your guy just seems to be a fool our guy is actually evil - he has no insight in regards to his immoral treatment of people and his lust for power. But on days like today we need to hold true to the little love and peace we can drip feed into the universe. We will all take action too bring about change; but let us also counteract the foolish and evil through a little love and peace. Go well. Stay strong. B

Liz A said...

Barry - The sad reality is the people who rule the world are by and large not very nice people.

So, we do what we can do ... spreading peace within our own spheres ... hoping, or better yet, believing that might make a positive difference.

As your Day of Peace ends, ours begins ... and I can't help thinking, every day should be a Day of Peace.

KAM said...

imagine peace...a mantra as I take my morning walk..yesterday between raindrops, today chilly and bright sun..changes...I can imagine changes as things around me are changing. A week of celebrations for all of the refugees in our community..welcoming, peaceful and sharing of customs events. This day of peace I hold a beautiful silver leaf as I meditate on how to be peace, to be the peace I imagine.
circling now the globe this sharing of peace...
Thank you Liz for all you do to hold the threads in your hand from around the globe an spread the imagine peace energy of hope and love.

Kristin

Liz A said...

Kristin - your actions, welcoming and supporting refugees, is a beacon of hope realized

Fiona Dempster said...

I think I like imagine too for the reasons that Marti mentions; it feels a little bit 'open'. But other verbs I like are seek, cherish, believe, speak, honour, and plenty more gentle aspirational not preachy ones. In so many ways I love your stitched writing, and the words are something else again, and then to go to the back and read them asemically is beautiful too. The truth is there whether we know it or see it or not. Stitching peace into every piece is precious - thank you.

Liz A said...

Fiona - Each pin is made in meditation ... thank you for giving me words to think on