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[17 Dec 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

- Commentary by Mary Liston Liepold

I learned to read at three, and I set my hair on fire reading under the covers, with a swiped cigarette lighter, before I turned four. Fortunately, my big sister was nearby to quench the flames, and hair grows back. My passion for print burned on.
All I’ve ever wanted to do is read. When I look back over 6 and a half decades, I’m rather amazed that I’ve managed to do anything else. But reading does lead to action. I read about people whose …

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[10 Dec 2008 | One Comment | ]

Commentary by Molly Mayfield Barbee
Today is the third and final day of Eid al Adha, the Muslim holiday of the sacrifice. Here in Sudan, as in most of the Muslim world, it is the biggest holiday of the year—indeed it is sometimes also called Eid al Kabir, “the Big Holiday.” This week we were invited to the home of some dear local friends to join with them in the holiday festivities.
Eid al Adha occurs at the end of Hajj and commemorates the near-sacrifice of Abraham’s son. In Islam, that son …

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[5 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

- by Mary Liston Liepold
This special holiday issue profiles some of the faithful givers who keep the lights on, the computers humming, and the global connections flowing at Peace X Peace. Some give large amounts, like founder and Board Chair Patricia Smith Melton, our first and most constant, sustaining major donor. Some give smaller but extremely generous amounts, like Stuart Molloy and DC real estate professionals Gail Montplaisir and Mike Schaeffer and Claudine Chetrit. Some give faithfully every year, like Mares Hirchert in Michigan. Some give modest but essential monthly gifts, …

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[3 Dec 2008 | One Comment | ]

Commentary by Mary Liston Liepold
After Thanksgiving, appropriately enough, comes giving. In the US and nations with similar calendars and customs, the harvest festival leads straight into the making of lists and checking them twice. We plan celebrations, send out greetings, and select the perfect gifts for family members, friends, neighbors, and others who have blessed our lives, some of whom we only connect with at this time of year.
Many rightly deplore the frenzy of materialism that grips Americans each December and propose inspired alternatives, including hand-made, simple gifts and …

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