A President’s Goodwill

Franklin Delano Roosevelt or FDR was the 32nd President of the United States (1933 -1945) and the only one elected to more than two terms.  His theme song during his 1932 election campaign was “Happy Days Are Here Again,” a sharp contrast to the worldwide economic depression that was currently in full force. As I…

Goodwill to All

  A new year is before us – a blank slate, tabula rasa.  While we cannot foresee our destiny nor discern all the pathways we will follow in 2013, we can establish a mind-set, an approach for how we will participate. “Goodwill to All” is the third and final Christmas theme that has stayed with…

The Gift of Peace

Peace allows us to pursue our purpose in life – to discover and explore what drives our creative and intellectual passions.  It is the one gift that we can give ourselves, irrespective of external circumstances. Peace is the absence of anger: “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of…

Peace in Action

Business!’ cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”  ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Virginia Woolf once said:  “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”  Peace…

Peace comes with Understanding

“They are Man’s and they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance and this girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.”  ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas…

Peace with our Enemy

Apartheid – the repugnant policy or system of segregation or discrimination based on racial standards Nelson Mandela (Madiba – his Xhosa clan name) – the anti-apartheid activist, the leader and co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC) Nelson Mandela was charismatic, handsome, a brilliant communicator, and a serious activist. He was…