Thursday, January 2, 2014

Friday Peace Vigil, Casa Grande, AZ, and surrounding area, January 3, 2014:

Friday, January 3, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W. McCartney Rd.. & N. Pinal Ave.

Peace Vigils are held every Friday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Casa Grande from mid-December to mid-April. Come and stand for Peace! Bring a sign or a sign can be provided - and bring another peace activist. The more the merrier! Call Debbie Jordan (520-494-0437) or Tony Fasline (520-426-0070) for details.


The holidays are finally over and we’re beginning a brand New Year. To be honest, I like this last part of the entire range of year-end festivities best of all. My health and psyche always improve when I no longer have to explain why I can’t take part in all the regular traditions that too many people consider religious obligations, even though none of them originated in the era they’re considered to represent.

I’m allergic, literally, to almost everything about all the third-quarter festivities that are such an inherent part of the Euro-American culture. The onset of cold weather, diet-busting fare, and holiday greenery have always threatened my already delicate health. When I was in elementary school, my sensitivity was so bad that the last few days I spent in a closed classroom with a festive Christmas tree left me unconscious for the first two or three days of every holiday vacation.

Unfortunately, instead of being understanding when those things attack my weakened immune system, people who claim to love me only criticize and punish me for the unforgivable ‘social crime’ of "bringing everyone down." Now that I’m too old and sick to don that false "mask of health" to please those cruel people, I use my time taking better care of myself than ever before and working on different writing projects that, I hope, will encourage people to help end poverty and war and build a society marked by real prosperity and true peace.

And on the very final holiday of the season, spanning the last day of one year and the first of the next, I get a real kick out of refocusing my energies, such as they are at this stage of my life, on the work I plan to keep on doing as my little part in helping us reach that goal.

So, Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you’ve made your resolution to do something positive for someone who needs it, and that you’ve vowed to help make this a better world for all.

As always, I invite everyone to join me in a vow to use our blessings, skills, and talents to build a society without poverty or war in which everyone is able to enjoy at least the basic benefits of prosperity and peace.

Meanwhile, send out your positive thoughts and, for those who are believers, prayers for all the suffering souls all around the world!


The World I Imagine: A creative manual for ending poverty and building peace and my historical mystery novel, Lion’s Pride, are available through your local bookstore. They are featured at, Barnes & Noble, and most online bookstores around the world. Both are available for Kindle readers.

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