Artists4Peace- New Posts coming :)

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Hi All!

Melanie here.  Just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who have been sending in submissions.  As you may have noticed I haven’t responded to you or posted anything new for a couple weeks… I’ve been a bit under the weather and have completely neglected  Artists4Peace and my own blog.

Sorry about that BUT I promise I will be reviewing and posting submissions over the next few days.  In fact I will probably spread them out and post a few each day 🙂

Thank you for your continued support and for your understanding! AND keep the submissions coming!!!

🙂

Melanie

Important Announcement

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Dear Artist4Peace members, contributors and followers:

We (Melanie & Gigi), have been wondering if there is enough interest in the Artists4Peace blog to keep it going. We really appreciate those of you who do participate and contribute your work.  We have shared some really wonderful and powerful messages here.

AND, the fact of the matter is, the number of submissions for the monthly topics and in general continue to drop and the number of people reading the posts are dwindling as well.

We’ve discussed shutting it down BUT really hope that there is a renewed interest and that you all will contribute and help spread the word i.e., encourage others you come across to get involved.

For now we are discontinuing the monthly topics (we can always revisit this in the future if you all want them).  We will still be accepting general submissions as long as they promote peace in some way.

Send in any Peace related art (art, poetry, essays, music, etc) 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!

🙂

Gigi and Melanie

 

Women Who Think Too Much is FREE in October in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

Review by Michelle Marie
Wonderful book! I recommend Women Who Think Too Much, I am a woman who thinks too much. I love this author and her style of writing. I think she has so many wonderful insights and also I found myself laughing because I identify with this book so much. I know you will love it too!

Review by Jenn on Aug. 08, 2014 FIVE STARS
This book should be required reading as part of the high school curriculum. I made a couple of these “slips” early on, but thankfully avoided the worst of it thanks to some very strong and frank women in my life. However, I’ve had many friends who have had to learn the hard way–or never learned, and it’s heartbreaking to watch and so unnecessary.
Thank you, Jeanne, for the very straightforward advice and important reminder for all of us. Speaking of that, I think I need to go pad my “ILFU” fund…. 😉

See Original post for more wonderful reviews!!

Jeanne Marie

October Deadline Extension!

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Because this is such an important topic we want you to have every opportunity to participate, so we have extended the deadline.  You still have time to get in your submissions for the October 2015 Monthly Post:

Break the Cycles of Abuse!

Let’s work together to shine a light into the darkness. Send in your art, music, poetry, etc. that focuses on ending Child Abuse, Domestic Abuse and Bullying, etc.  Whether the abuse is physical, verbal, sexual or emotional it ALL leaves scars. Let’s do all we can to Break the Cycle!

Special Challenge: What are 5 Things that MEN can do to stop violence against women and children?

Extended Submission Deadline October 13th!
Selected Entries will be posted October 15th

Send in your contributions NOW to: artists4peaceproject@gmail.com

🙂

Gigi and Melanie

 

Fast 5 (Lessons in Peace) Updated Results!!

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We asked you to tell us the 5 most important things to teach children about peace…and have gotten lots of great ideas!

Here are the results so far:

1-Do not be a bully
2-Be kind and share
3-Don’t be afraid to get to know someone because they look different
4-Offer assistance if you see someone needs a helping hand
5-Don’t hang around with a crowd of trouble makers

 

mishunderstood
1. Speak peacefully.
2. Acknowledge and validate children’s feelings…whether sad, mad or otherwise.
3. Respond. The brain of a small child has elasticity. This is the most opportune time for change. Every time you respond to their pain, stress, sadness, etc. in a positive way it helps to form pathways that will last a lifetime and contribute to their mental health.
4. Expose them to nature. Nature works as a system of cooperation. Life thrives in nature.
5. Be open and approachable. Closed minds do not create peace.
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1. BE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE TO ALL LIVING THINGS
2. LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE YOUR OWN WAY
3. ALWAYS QUESTION AUTHORITY
4. LET YOUR CREATIVITY SOAR
5 TRUST YOURSELFIf you do these five things you will have peace.

 

Mary Lou

Compromise ~ Share ~ Empathize ~ Respect ~ Last but not least, Set Boundaries.

 

flavikiwi
1- know that nothing is forever, everything changes that’s the only constant.
2- listen. but think for yourself
3- your liberty ends when the others begins
4- work for the best, expect the worst
5- know that your actions always have consequences

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1. To keep peace you have to nurture it constantly.
2. Don’t let it slip out of your hand. Because it is in your hand.
3. You can make a difference.
4. You can make this world more peaceful.
5. Every little peaceful action counts. Don’t ever think it’s not important enough.

 

Heartafire
1 Violence never solves problems 2 learn to control your anger 3 discussion is the mature and reasonable path to resolution of differences 4 work toward acceptance of other people’s opinions and values even if you are not in agreement. 5 if all else fails to resolve anger and aggression , walk away. There is always tomorrow to try again
 hitandrun1964

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l. Believe in yourself.
2. Have fun.
3. Be brave.
4. Celebrate diversity.
5. Be open to life.


 

 

Wordifull Melanie

Teach peace

  • Teach children about other cultures.  Differences should be celebrated and embraced.
  • Teach personal responsibility.  We are each responsible for our own actions.
  • Teach self-respect and foster self-esteem.
  • Teach kindness and compassion….in word and ACTION
  • Teach problem solving and that there is more than one way to a solution to an issue.

 

 hitandrun1964

1. READ…reading gives children a better understanding of the world

2. DON’T JUDGE OTHERS…people aren’t better than
one another, just different

3. ACT…doing something teaches children to stand up
for what they believe in and it teaches them to help whenever
they can…it shows them that they can make a difference

4. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THINGS/PEOPLE
THAT/WHO ENHANCE YOUR LIFE/JOY…if people are happy they
are more peaceful and share that feeling with others

5. DRAW BOUNDARIES & RESPECT YOURSELF…teaching kids
to draw boundaries that others can’t cross protects them and stops
them from becoming pawns for other people…it’s the anti-doormat rule


Keep sending in your thoughts!

Just leave your answers in the comments below or email them in to artists4peaceproject@gmail.com 

We will compile the results at the end into one cohesive list and post 🙂

Thanks!

Melanie and Gigi

Fast 5 (Lessons in Peace) Results so far!!

fast5

We asked you to tell us the 5 most important things to teach children about peace…and have gotten lots of great ideas!

Here are the results so far:

 hitandrun1964

P9260030

1. BE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE TO ALL LIVING THINGS
2. LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE YOUR OWN WAY
3. ALWAYS QUESTION AUTHORITY
4. LET YOUR CREATIVITY SOAR
5 TRUST YOURSELFIf you do these five things you will have peace.

 

Mary Lou

Compromise ~ Share ~ Empathize ~ Respect ~ Last but not least, Set Boundaries.

 

flavikiwi
1- know that nothing is forever, everything changes that’s the only constant.
2- listen. but think for yourself
3- your liberty ends when the others begins
4- work for the best, expect the worst
5- know that your actions always have consequences

amommasview

1. To keep peace you have to nurture it constantly.
2. Don’t let it slip out of your hand. Because it is in your hand.
3. You can make a difference.
4. You can make this world more peaceful.
5. Every little peaceful action counts. Don’t ever think it’s not important enough.

 

Heartafire
1 Violence never solves problems 2 learn to control your anger 3 discussion is the mature and reasonable path to resolution of differences 4 work toward acceptance of other people’s opinions and values even if you are not in agreement. 5 if all else fails to resolve anger and aggression , walk away. There is always tomorrow to try again
 hitandrun1964

th-36

l. Believe in yourself.
2. Have fun.
3. Be brave.
4. Celebrate diversity.
5. Be open to life.


 

 

Wordifull Melanie

Teach peace

  • Teach children about other cultures.  Differences should be celebrated and embraced.
  • Teach personal responsibility.  We are each responsible for our own actions.
  • Teach self-respect and foster self-esteem.
  • Teach kindness and compassion….in word and ACTION
  • Teach problem solving and that there is more than one way to a solution to an issue.

 

 hitandrun1964

1. READ…reading gives children a better understanding of the world

2. DON’T JUDGE OTHERS…people aren’t better than
one another, just different

3. ACT…doing something teaches children to stand up
for what they believe in and it teaches them to help whenever
they can…it shows them that they can make a difference

4. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THINGS/PEOPLE
THAT/WHO ENHANCE YOUR LIFE/JOY…if people are happy they
are more peaceful and share that feeling with others

5. DRAW BOUNDARIES & RESPECT YOURSELF…teaching kids
to draw boundaries that others can’t cross protects them and stops
them from becoming pawns for other people…it’s the anti-doormat rule


Keep sending in your thoughts!

Just leave your answers in the comments below or email them in to artists4peaceproject@gmail.com 

We will compile the results at the end into one cohesive list and post 🙂

Thanks!

Melanie and Gigi

Fast 5 ~ Books (Recommendations as of 9/10)

In addition to the Monthly scheduled topics we will periodically post questions to get us all thinking 🙂 Just leave your answers in the comments below or email them in to artists4peaceproject@gmail.com I will compile the results and post 🙂

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Tell us 5 books that promote peace!  (No religious texts please)

Books Recommended so far!!!!

From Carol Balawyder:

The obvious, I suppose, is Tolstoy’s War and Peace. After reading this stellar review of the novel, I’m going to read it again. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-kaufman/war-and-peace_b_5339720.html

From Gigi:

TAO TE CHING, by Stephen Mitchell. My favorite book. In my opinion, this is the best translation. None of the others I’ve read can compare.

THE ANTI-WAR QUOTE BOOK, edited by Eric Groves, Sr.

 

*A huge Thank You to Michelle Marie for designing the Artists 4 Peace Fast 5 logo.  You can see much more of her fabulous work on her blog Tell Me About It