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[3 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Why I Take Baths in Lightning Storms

Why I Take Baths in Lightning Storms
After Frida Kahlo’s ‘What the Water Gave Me’
By Sarah D. Lawson
 
It is hard to know how much time has passed
inside this well. There is no minute
hand, only palms and the pruning, the nails
peeling away from their fingers
like old paint-

the love lost on the ocean floor
the flowers you left in the water by my bed-
each bloom, the happiest little death.
 
These are the pieces of me the water gives back.

 
Every molecule every thorn every dead
skin cell shedding a new opening.

sadness is its own kind of submersion,
a …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[26 Apr 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
Because I Am a Girl, I Must Study

- By Kamla Bhasin
India

A father asks his daughter:
Study? Why should you study?
I have sons aplenty who can study.
Girl, why should you study?
The daughter tells her father:
Since you ask, here’s why I must study.
Because I am a girl, I must study.
Long denied this right, I must study
For my dreams to take flight, I must study
Knowledge brings new light, so I must study
For the battles I must fight, I must study
Because I am a girl, I must study.
To avoid destitution, I must study
To win independence, I must study
To fight frustration, I must …

Inside Peace X Peace »

[6 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Peace Links: Madness, Death, and Resurrection

For those of us who are Christians, this week brings bitter death and glorious resurrection. For Good Friday and for Trayvon
Martin I offer Sweet Honey in the Rock’s timeless anthem “The Women Gather.” Be sure to watch it all the way through.

Still on the dark side, news that US Marines are building a nest for our killer drones in Australia and Fukushima radiation is moving across the Pacific.
My mood lifts toward light and sanity when I read this comment from Waging Nonviolence: “Resisting All Armies, Not Just Kony’s.”
As more evidence that …

PeaceTimes »

[4 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
<em>Kim’s Corner</em>: Finding Harmony in Music and Peacebuilding

-By Kim Weichel
CEO
I just returned from an inspiring trip to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. We participated in the Women as Global Leaders Conference at Zayed University with women from throughout the region who spoke passionately about advancing the role of women in leadership. We met Emirati students, business and professional women, professors, and media personalities. After the conference we met with women in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Doha (home of the Education City), including a number of Qatari college students at Qatar University.
What struck me at the conference …