January/February announcement

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Thank you all for joining us in Celebrations of Peace!!!

What a fabulous, beautiful day of posts 🙂  Feel free to reblog and share 🙂

 


Reminder:

We will not be doing a monthly post in January but will resume in February.  So you have plenty of time to get your submissions 🙂

February

Artists 4 Peace  4 Animals: The Importance of Animals for Human Peace & Harmony

Submission Deadline February 1st
Selected Entries will be posted February 15th

 

Feel free to send in any other Peace related art at any time for consideration to be posted throughout the month. Remember just blog as you normally would and then email a link to your post to artists4peaceproject@gmail.com for consideration!

 


 

Thank you!

🙂

Gigi and Melanie

 

The Rubber Ducks are on the move…

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The Rubber Ducks are on their way  to The Coop.  They left late last night.  Blue is carrying a backpack loaded with treats, for the journey.  I asked them how they were going to get there but they said they had things under control, so I kissed the goodbye and told them to call, once they arrived safely.

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by hitandrun1964

Dreaming With Eyes Wide Open

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I am floating on the water, seeing some currents in front of me and I am ready to speed through them, but then I decide to just lift off and fly with the speed of light over this beautiful river. Admiring the different shades of blue, green and sometimes turquoise of it. I fly above the river, following its path until it reaches the ocean.

I keep flying above the water, just high enough to not touch it. Underneath me, the waves form this beautiful white foam; some of them come dangerously close to me! But I manage; I can go higher just in time to not clash with them.

I go up, like a rocket, straight up until I touch the white cloud with my finder tips. The sun is changing its color while I stay up there for a while, watching how the beautiful warm yellow changes in deeper colors, orange, gold, red, and dunks everything around it into a layer of gold and red. What a beautiful and amazing spectacle of nature. How calming, how soothing and so stunning. I watch and enjoy and try to see all the different shades of all those amazing colors. And I think, only nature can be so beautiful!

I move on, chasing the daylight after watching the sun set in one part of the world and its beautiful play with all kind of colors. I move on to another corner of this planet, where I spot a rainbow. I slide down a rainbow, only to fly straight up again and then I let myself drop, fall, and go deeper and deeper until I dive into the ocean.

It’s okay; I can breath under the water. I speed through a swarm of fish, and then I stop at a coral reef and for a short time admire all the colors. I go on and join a pot of dolphins on their journey, join them as the jump out of the water, spin with them, swim with them, have fun with them, hold on to their dorsal fin and let them pull me. I feel like a little child! I am having so much fun! And I cannot concentrate on one thing. There are so many beautiful things going on down here and I want to see it all.

Look, a turtle! She seems so calm! I sit down on her shell and let her carry me along for a little while. I look around and enjoy. Until I see the whale! I have to go over and join this group! There are so many! They are so big, so majestic, so beautiful and so calm. They sing and I sing a long. We all breach and play in the water. And while I breach, I decide to leave the ocean and start flying again. And I think only nature can be so majestic!

I join a seagull for a little while but then leave her and join an eagle and with him, I go back to the land. I decide to go my own way again. I keep flying just above the sand and follow this long stretch of beach until it sort of gets boring. I turn, change direction, head inland, flying over mangroves, then swamps, then what seems like a rainforest, until I reach a desert.

It is hot. Still, I am fast enough so it keeps cooling me down. The desert is so quiet, peaceful unforgiving. I like it but I want something different. So I change direction again. I am flying over a very different landscape now. It is green and fresh, with big boulders everywhere and finally in front of me, there is a huge mountain. On top it is covered in snow. I want to go there! And I think only nature can be so diverse!

Snow… I am above the snowfield now. It sparkles in the sun, like thousands and thousands of diamonds or stars underneath me. I spin and let my fingers glide softly over the fresh layer of snow. It’s cold but so beautiful.

I decide to slow down. I stop. There is a snowflake and I want to look at it in slow motion. It spins slowly and I watch. I admire the beautiful shape of it. How very beautiful.

But I want to go on, there is still so much more to see. So I fly on and spin and fly straight up again, only to let me drop again. Enjoying this feeling of the free fall. Then, right before I hit the ground, I pull up and keep flying just above ground again. I see all sorts of animals on my journey and I admire them. They are beautiful and so strong. And I think only nature can be so pretty!

I want to go back to the dolphins, so I head back to the ocean and a little voice in my mind goes “look”…”look”…”look”… “Mommy!”

What? Mommy? What? Oh!

“Mommy! Look! I found a beautiful shell!”

Which brings me back to the real world. I was dreaming. Sitting in the sand, on the beach while my kids were looking for some shells. Dreaming with my eyes wide open… Oh how very beautiful and refreshing :-)…

This post was inspired by Living The Dream. Thank you for that

The rehearsal and the Duckmas tree…

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One of the ducks came out to get me.  She said they were going to practice and wanted an honest opinion about their choice of songs.  I said sure, why not.  They had their tree up, on the edge of the tub.  I said I loved it but it might be in a dangerous place.  They scoffed and said, they were cool with it’s placement, so I said great, let’s hear the songs.

The concert lasted exactly thirty-two minutes and it was wonderful.  All the ducks and ducklings were in fine voice.  They quacked Ducky the Snowduck, something called Duck, Duck, Goose at Duckmas,   Carol of the Ducks, Deck the Pond and several songs that were not as well known.  The chicklets will love it.

 

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by hitandrun1964

Achieve peace with understanding.

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This month, the Artists4Peace are writing about celebrations of peace. The world has seen quite a few of them. The end of WWI was named Armistice Day; the celebration of the end of the first war that almost destroyed the world. WWII ended with a celebration of peace. The Berlin Wall came down and the world celebrated. I was at a weekend retreat of meditation and prayer when the Berlin Wall came down and there was much celebration. These were all huge celebrations of peace. It was as if the world had a second chance.

 

We had peace and then we lost it. Are there other ways to bring peace into being, to create peace out of the pain and suffering we inflict upon each other? Yes, but we must begin with ourselves and then move to our neighborhoods, communities and countries. Our world leaders must bring the peace we create and celebrate and multiply it until it encircles the globe.

 

Each day that we live and we work on peaceful behavior, we have cause for celebration. Peace is important whether it is on a grand scale or if it is small. Peace counts because each minute it exists it is a victory. If you have a peaceful day, that is huge in a world full of haters and violence; a world filled with greed, jealousy, and a constant desire for more.

 

Talking about peace, trying to create peace in our lives, recognizing peace when we see it in others all keeps the dialog flowing. The dialog of peace makes us all more receptive to the actions that we can do to bring about peace.

 

Peace is something that will not come unless we work for it and talk about it. Peace will come when someone else is more important than we are. Peace enters our lives when we have spoken harsh words to a person and after realizing what happened, we speak from our hearts and we speak from love.

 

Peace comes when no one acts out of malice, anger or hate. Peace comes when no one desires what another owns. Peace comes when countries don’t try to take land that isn’t theirs. Peace comes when one person does not shoot another. World leaders are needed to make peace. They are needed to put their citizens needs before their own egos and lusts.

 

We are all needed to bring peace into dialogue with spouses, children, neighbors, friends and strangers. Peace needs to never be far from our thoughts. It needs to be with us every day and every day we shall celebrate each moment of peace. When each moment is added up, there will be more and more reasons to celebrate Peace. Peace for us, for others.  The five major content areas will know peace; with ourselves, relationships, society and our beautiful planet.

 

 

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Imagine Peace, explore peace, live in peace.

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Needlepoint done by Barbara Mattio 2005