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Mother's Day for Peace

Happy Mothers' Day to my mom, my sisters, my niece, and all my friends who have had the guts to raise children.

As worthy as our mothers are, I always think of Mother's Day as a Hallmark invention fueled by the flower and candy industries. It was not always so. Julia Ward Howe* was so sickened by the Civil War deaths that she wrote the "Mother's Day Proclamation" in 1870 as a call for all women to end war. I didn't know that till I stumbled upon this YouTube video: Mother's Day for Peace. It's about 5 minutes... good.

The Tibetan Buddhists believe that the cycle of reincarnation has repeated so many times that everyone you see was your mother in a past life. A way to think about compassion for all beings.

The lilacs are in bloom here -- Rochester's most fragrant time of year. Enjoy. Look toward peace.

5.11.2008

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* Julia Ward Howe (1819 – 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet most famous as the author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."