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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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[28 Sep 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
David Grossman: facing off monsters

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
“How do you learn the characteristics, mental perceptions, and habits of monsters without starting to use those means and tools as your own to gain what you feel you need or want?“
In 2005 I made my first trip to Israel and the West Bank. The history people told me (true, false, clung to, stated in rage, or softly in sorrow) had so many facets as to be indecipherable. And the political …

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[16 Sep 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Peace is Green: an invitation to share your Green actions!

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Living in alliance with our natural world is, by definition, supportive of peace. To waste resources is not just greedy, it is violent. It disturbs what Mother Nature has built over millennia as the web of interdependency of flora, fauna, life systems, habitats, re-generation, seasons, oceanography, our atmosphere, and even the stratosphere.
Organic life would not have evolved without the exact needed infinitesimal gradations of temperatures and chemicals. We wouldn’t be here if …

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[1 Sep 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Salma Jabou: changing Iraq by educating Iraqi war widows

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Salma Jabou describes herself, first, as an Iraqi woman, and then as an engineer, founder of an educational center for war widows in Baghdad, Advisor to the President of Iraq on women’s issues, wife of the Deputy Foreign Minister of Iraq, and mother of a grown son and daughter. She has been a leader of the Iraqi women’s movement for 30 years, starting when it was a secret network during the Hussein regime.
When …

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[18 Aug 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Interfaith Dialogue: getting past ourselves

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Being human requires us to be valiant because we work against the odds. We are large by virtue of that, despite being small, we keep trying. We search, we want, we need. We ache to feel connected to something grander than ourselves that feels true and, hopefully, kind. And, if we find it, we hold tenaciously to it, and call it “sacred.”
Our “sacred beliefs”—spiritual, existential, or just plain mundane—give us a framework for the …