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10th October 2002


Here I am marching and drumming for peace at the 'Not In Our Name" anti-war march this past Sunday. I'm almost smack dab in the middle of the picture. I'm wearing a black t-shirt with white letters saying 'Rethink' and you can see my drum strap. The energy there was SOOOO HIGH!! Initially I thought there was no way I could walk and play my drum from Volunteer pk to Westlake plaza. It turned out to be easy and I never felt one moment of fatigue because of all the loving fuel we received from everyone around us. At one point I shouted "Peace! No War! in time with a rhythm we were playing. Soon the people around me started to chant too and then the chant rippled out into the crowd around us, out & out til' I could hear it loud and resounding everywhere. It made me weep. I thought of all the power one small little voice could have...

Here's something that raven posted today.

Parade Magazine, March 1977:

"Success?" Fiennes gave me a withering look. "Well, I don't know quite what you mean by success. Material success? Worldly success? Personal, emotional success? The people I consider successful are so because of how they handle their responsibilities to other people, how they approach the future, people who have a full sense of the value of their life and what they want to do with it. I call people 'successful' not because they have money or their business is doing well but because, as human beings, they have a fully developed sense of being alive and engaged in a lifetime task of collaboration with other human beings - their mothers and fathers, their family, their friends, their loved ones, the friends who are dying, the friends who are being born.

"Success?" he repeated emphatically. "Don't you know it is all about being able to extend love to people? Really. Not in a big, capital-letter sense but in the everyday. Little by little, task by task, gesture by gesture, word by word."
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