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[22 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
What Is It to Be a Dad in Pakistan?

Naeem Harry
Pakistani dads are confused. They have a strict tribal living model that brings primitive living to their families, and very especially to the female members of the family, but they feel forced to live according to the tribal values.
The electronic media play an important role in the life of a Pakistani dad. Here he comes to know the other cultures, very especially the western culture. This culture he finds too free and modern, which he thinks does not match with his Pakistani culture. How he should bring up his …

This Week's Peace Action »

[7 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Take time for a family/household meeting using Circle Principles.

Level: Family—Peace Principle: Community
Circle Principles:

Speak one at a time.
Affirm the contributions of each member.
Promote honest communication.
Listen actively without judgment.
Offer experience, not advice.
Invite silence when in doubt.
Rotate leadership.
Build consensus.
Maintain confidentiality.

Learn more about Circles.
Join a Circle today!

Voices from the Frontlines »

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

Patricia Smith Melton
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 …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[5 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Miriam’s Story

Nadra Mahdi
Everything is changed. How can she hold her baby and bring him to their community when she has no husband?
What will she say when they ask her about the baby’s father? No one will believe her. It is a strange story.
But everything that happens after that is miracle. She births the baby and a voice tells her to eat from the palm tree above her and drink from the little river under her. And when anyone asks her about her baby, she must say that she has made a …