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Be the Change: Person X Person is insightful personal commentary by Peace X Peace Founder Patricia Smith Melton on women, world problems, and problem solutions.

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[3 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
Law at the Service of Mother Earth

- by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Did you hear the one about the Zen priest who was a Catholic boy who grew up passionately in love with bugs and plants and became a lawyer defending Earth and learned to love people in the process? Meet James Thornton, CEO of ClientEarth, which has the largest group of lawyers in the European Union working on climate change, from stopping coal-fired power plants to guiding management of funds emerging to save rainforests.
As I’m studying …

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[28 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
LOVE POEM

– by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Love, I will hunt you down if you leave me.
I will hound you and howl at your feet
until you forgive me for spending nights
with Resentment and Schemes of Retaliation.
They were only flirtations, nothing really.
Even Pain and Jealousy.  Mere trifles
compared with you.
I will seek you out until the end of the earth
and beyond –
I will yield, I will give up bad habits,
I will reexamine my life, and explore my
darkest corners.
For you, Love, I would do …

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[13 Apr 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
The Size of My Family

- by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Few things have sharpened my thoughts about humans more than being in the middle of a divorce. I’m at: We are smart enough to be conscious of ourselves but not smart enough to comprehend our place in the universe. The universe is 156 billion light years wide. If you can grasp your relationship to that, you are, ahem, light years ahead of me.
Given the universe is Beyond Knowing and Way Too Scary, the human species …

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[5 Apr 2010 | One Comment | ]
Husbanding Mother Earth

- by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women

Last week the forsythia in northern Virginia went from twigs to yellow flames in one day, following a winter of the most snow in Virginia’s history. If more religious texts reveled in the miracles of Mother Earth instead of promoting best dominion of Her, this might be a different world.
Gathering flowers instead of using slave laborer to mine diamonds? Harvesting the sun and wind instead of laying pipelines? Planting gardens instead of killing whales? We …