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dr-martin-luther-kingNon-violence or Non-existence?

April 04, 2014
On this day in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It seems ironic that only the night before he told hundreds of people in a speech at Mason Temple in Memphis, “It is no longer a choice between violence and non-violence in this world. It is non-violence or non-existence.” Words that are still painfully true today, rang high…


Peace on EarthPeace on Earth: An Interview With Diasaku Ikeda

March 28, 2014
Japanese peace builder and Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda has a unique perspective on the path humanity needs to follow to achieve Global Peace. Ikeda is President of Soka Gakkai International ( SGI ) a Buddhist Association founded in Japan in 1930


Dark Night of the SoulThe Strategy Behind the 1989 Romanian Revolution: What Can We Learn?

‘‘Freedom’ and so-called ‘democracy’ never come without bloodshed. It is an indefatigable truth about revolutions. It is as true for the people in Ukraine now as it was for the Romanian people who ‘spontaneously’ rose up to overthrow an ‘evil’ dictator who had led them into poverty and terror with his absolute totalitarianism. Or was it ‘spontaneous’?


Tony Benn with his pipeVeteran Politician Tony Benn Dies at 86

March 17, 2014
Tony Benn, veteran British Labour politician and a passionate advocate for peace, democracy, and socialism, died at home on Friday, March 14 after a long illness. It is with great sadness that I write this, for if he was in parliament today, I can imagine him in full flight against the bullying tactics used by America to provoke war…


Seagull in ColourUpdate on Richard Bach’s Recovery

Final Update: March 04, 2014:  It is now eighteen months since Richard Bach crashed his seaplane, Puff, coming in to land on San Juan Island. With Puff rebuilt as good as new, the author of best selling book Jonathan Livingston Seagull has also rebuilt himself to again soar in the skies and write of his near-death…


 When the Knight FallsHow to Change Your Life

February 21, 2014:  It is often not until some personal crisis that we will confront ourselves and change. Yet how do we take charge of our life and guide it towards inner peace? A young man stopped me while walking up a flight of steps in New Orleans many years ago, to ask for twenty-seven cents. His breath reeked of beer, evoking an automatic response, “No, you’ll only spend it on beer.” It didn’t…


Enjoying a storyThe Family That Stays Together

January 29, 2014:  “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life,” wrote Richard Bach in Illusions. “Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.” Read how an overseas trip proved the truth of Richard’s words in my own life.


Twilight RamblesTwilight Rambles, 2014

January 07, 2014:  Enjoy a Twilight Ramble on Waiheke Island each Tuesday during January, beginning at 6 p.m. and ending around  8 p.m. The Rambles are run by Forest and Bird and open to all, with a free sausage sizzle at the end of each walk. See photos of these Waiheke Island walks.


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