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[7 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Karin Kloosterman
Tel Aviv, Israel
Only about 100 miles separate the major cities in Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority.
These distances have taken on new significance lately with the outbreak of swine flu, or H1N1. While it might seem that Israelis and Palestinians would have a difficult, if not impossible time working together to diagnose and contain H1N1, that is far from the truth. They are prepared for what could become a pandemic.
In 2005 nine top health officials from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and nearby Jordan formed a league-the Middle East Consortium …

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[6 May 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
Mothering Fiercely, Mothering Well

Commentary by Mary Liston Liepold
Quick: What images come to mind when you think of mothering and Mothers Day? Ads and greeting cards feature cuddly infants, tender smiles, comfort food, and flowers. Indeed, the job wouldn’t be so popular if it didn’t have a sunny side. American First Mom Michelle Obama told reporters on Monday that she’s surprised at how much fun she’s having in her new role. While prime outlets obsess about her clothes and shoes, she’s busy talking sense about the flu and setting a good example for her …

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[4 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Connecting with My Mother

Patricia Smith Melton
USA
I spent hours during my youth figuring out the saying, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”  My mother said this most often when I didn’t want to iron the clothes.  Iowa summers are hot, Iowa summers ironing clothes were hotter.
It should be fun to ride a horse, shouldn’t it?  Shouldn’t everyone have wishes?
Early clashes between functional reality and visions started early for me.  It was seasoned by things in the air, such as feelings of restriction.
It took many years to realize that the energy that ran through …

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[3 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
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Level: National/International—Peace Principle: Witness
This week’s featured story came in from Washington, DC, USA::
If you live in the US like me, your daily dose of news has been overtaken by stories of Swine Flu. Each morning I watch NBC’s Today show over a bowl of oatmeal. Well, you can imagine my surprise with Vice President Joe Biden mentioned that he had advised members of his family to avoid confined places, including public transportation. I think my chin just hit the floor! Here he was VP of the United …

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