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Peace be with you

What can I say that you haven’t read, seen, experienced or felt already? Not much. So I’m just here to say hi, send a hug from a far and staying connected in the way I know how. I’m exercising a bit. Walking outside. Puttering. Starting projects I can’t finish. Emailing, calling and texting to stay […]

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PeaceJam | Photo Albums

Just discovered a fabulous project and its website called, organized by more than a few Nobel Laureates to help regular people (and artists) like us find ways to be the change we want to see in the world. This post is about youth participants in the Global Call to Action program who created pieces of art to exemplify 10 different GCA actions. This is a beautiful example of art activism and a wonderful way for artists to get involved in global peacemaking. Click the link that follows to view the art these young peacemakers made, then consider making a contribution to PeaceJam yourself:

PeaceJam | Photo Albums.

Kudos to just-published family members!

The most amazing thing happened a few days ago. My cousin, Pulitzer Prize nominee Greg Barrett, has been laboring over his new book since 2010 and it was just released. But here’s the surprise – he included the refrain from a reggae-style song by Lazar (my son, now of Tribal Frequencies, who hold the #1 […]

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New book acknowledges S.Oregon songwriter as inspiration...

The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq, by Greg Barrett

With a Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Afterward by peace activist Shane Claiborne, The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq is a true story of people from the small desert town of Rutba, Iraq who saved the lives of three American peacemakers when a car wreck nearly killed them on their way out of the country, just days after the Shock and Awe campaign began in 2003 and despite the fact the Rutba General Hospital had been destroyed by bombs just 3 days before. Southern Oregon songwriter Lazar had the honor of a refrain from one of his songs published, along with a thank you for his music, in the book’s acknowledgements.

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Call to Artists from IARTEXPO: ART as a Bridge for Peace

I, Jacques Banne, from Israel, am organizing an International Art Show: IARTEXPO: Art as a Bridge for Peace, in the hope to help bringing peace among Israelis and Palestinians, via Art painting, Photography and Sculpture here in Israel from 4th to 14th September 2012.

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Reza Aslan: Swapping Stories for Peace


As the Palestinian Authority heads to New York this week to confront the Israeli government at the United Nations with a declaration of statehood, back in Israel a group of Jewish and Arab kids are laying the foundations for a more hopeful future through the art of storytelling.

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ART PEACE SUSTAINABILITY: A Global Digital Art (Therapy) Event

It’s time to try your hand at some digital art making; artist or non-artist, you might even find it addictive. Join the International Art Therapy Organization and the Art Therapy Alliance for an interactive global art event reflecting these three wor…

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