Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Dona Nobis Pacem

Dona Nobis Pacem

"One little person, giving all of her
time for peace, makes news.
Many people, giving some of
their time, makes history."
~Peace Pilgrim

As I think of my children and grandchildren I have always wished for them a world where they would know Peace. Unlike the world that I grew up in. A world that when we weren't involved in a war, the threat of war has always hung heavily in the air all around us. A world where shelters were built or at least talked about, not to keep the family safe from tornadoes and other disastrous storms, but from the chance that war might some day come to America. 

This year, the first of another generation for my family was born. As I watch my Great Granddaughter sleeping in my arms, I feel an urgency to see a world of Peace for this little one and other children of her generation that will come into this world. But how do we bring about Peace? I am 65 years old and in my lifetime Peace has not been realized. All of my life it seems that Peace has been no more than a dream with wings. A dream that flits and flies about just out of reach from becoming a reality. It comes close enough to brush against our fingertips. Close enough to feel the gentle movement of it's wings, yet never coming to rest anywhere.

For centuries, some of the most gifted minds of our world have shared their message that we will find Peace within our own individual hearts. However no one chose to listen. We need to heed those words while we still can.

May we all look within for Peace and then share it with the world. 

I wish you Peace!

In my dreams the world is filled with Peace .....

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dona Nobis Pacem

I was about the age of my grandsons when I first started thinking about Peace. I grew up in the days of the cold war, when bomb shelters were discussed as a reasonable additions to the back yard. A time when the nuclear missiles lighting up the sky was a very real possibility. 

As much as I dreamed and wished for world Peace, we all know it didn't happen. There is a formula for Peace. It lies within each of us. All we have to do search it out and bring it to light. 

                       Dona Nobis Pacem ~ Grant Us Peace 


Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013


I THINK that I shall never see  
A poem lovely as a tree.  
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest  
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;  
A tree that looks at God all day,         
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;  
A tree that may in summer wear  
A nest of robins in her hair;  
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;  
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,  
But only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer. 1886–1918

I remember learning this poem in grade (primary) school. I even remember the teacher that thought it was important that we learn it.... Mrs  Crone. At that point in time I had no idea how that poem would stir something within me. Something that has stayed with me over the years just as the words to this poem has. A deep respect for the world around me. I thank Mrs Crone to this day for that awakening. I hope that some where in this world another teacher is at least reading this poem to her class!  

Happy Earth Day! 


Wednesday, March 20, 2013


There is a strange Object in the sky! 

It is a blindingly bright orb that is spilling shades of warm yellow hues everywhere! WAIT! I vaguely remember seeing this object in my distant past. I believe it was called {{SUNSHINE}}! 

Welcome Spring.

Enjoy the day everyone, ~Jo 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Make Me Smile

Even the heaviest of hearts can be uplifted when it comes in contact with children and their down to earth innocent way of thinking and expressing themselves.

Recently my 9 year old grandson told his mother that he will be starting puberty on Tuesday. I had no idea that puberty was scheduled these days. All it took was a look at the school lunch menu hanging on the fridge to see that it is indeed true. There it was scheduled to start on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 just like he said. Perhaps knowing when puberty starts will ease the mind. Especially if your friends have already started their puberty and you are feeling a bit left behind. You can just look at the calendar and say no big deal.... I start my puberty on Tuesday.

In case you haven't figured it out yet, what he was referring to was Puberty Classes. Evidently, they no longer call it Health Classes or even Sex Education Classes. Just like Home Economics no longer exist. Now I believe it is called Domestic Engineering, unless they have renamed that again as well.

The countless times that my children and grandchildren have brightened my life and lightened my heart with priceless little jewels like this story still brings a smile to my face. I wish I had made note of all of the giggles and laughs they have given me over the years so I wouldn't forget any of them. What a best selling book I could have written. 

Wishing you all lots of giggles and laughs as you journey through life.