7 Dec 2002 raph   » (Master)

I haven't felt very productive recently.

My mom is in town for a week and a half, and we're doing lots of fun family things. This evening, we went to the tree lighting ceremony in Benicia.

In memoriam, Judith Stronach

A member of our Quaker meeting, Judith Stronach, committed suicide last week. It's very sad. She was intensely committed to peace. She taught regularly in the meeting's First Day (Sunday) School, and frequently got the meeting's children involved in projects to help children in faraway war-torn places such as Cambodia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. They won't have her to make these places, and the people living in them, real for them.

Others who knew her better talked of an inner darkness. It's likely that she simply felt too weighed down by the sad and frightening direction our country is taking.

Life is such a gift. I'm sure many people around me are feeling down, and some are probably suffering. I hope I'm able to reach out and show caring and tenderness when it's needed most.

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