Friday, October 31, 2014

Five Days Until BlogBlast For Peace

 Critical care nurse, caregiver, mother, grandmother, writer, grieving spouse, peace blogger...Paula is a woman on a mission. Her peace globe bears this year's Blog4Peace theme. Her website is a loving testament to her late husband, Richard, and full of heartwarming tales and personal adventures. Please read her "Letters To Richard" series. I am proud to display her globe early (with her permission) and can't wait to read what she has to say on Nov 4th.
Don't you love it?
What will you talk about on Blog4Peace day?
Whatever it is, I know it will be inspiring.

Her blog is called Smidgens, Snippets & Bits

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How The Blog4Peace Movement Began

Papa's marbles
 Who Are We? 

How did this whole thing begin? It's well-documented in the history of the blogosphere. Since 2006 (light years away in blog years!) we've been setting aside at least one day a year to blog for the cause of peace. The first year there were about 300 of us. Today there are thousands of peace bloggers all over the globe. We are on all seven continents and 209 countries/territories. The goal is for all bloggers everywhere to say the same thing on the same day - in a blog post, a Facebook status, a tweet, ANYWHERE online - Dona nobis pacem (Grant us peace).
Just write those three words as your post title and send it out to the world. 
Grab a complimentary blank template (HERE) and make your own "peace globe."  Post on Nov 4. 

All you need is a blog and 3 words.
You can do this.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

This Is Why I Blog For Peace


Peace time is upon us.
It is a time when we 
turn our thoughts to the possibility of ending the madness of war, the suffering of people and the crippling of nations and populations. While it is a time to reflect on the world at large and the challenges that face us, it is also a time to look inward, finding those crevices that allow harm and damage our souls, permeating our minds with negativity and weakness. We weren't made for such thoughts. Man was created for richer things, purer things and powerful possibilities. Can we bring tangible peace to a world in turmoil with our thoughts and intentions? With our words?
Perhaps not in a day.
 But in the culmination of such days and on a continuum of positive change and forward movement, in the process of  powerful and honest conversations across the tables of war that haunt our planet, we can bring about the hope of such a day.

  The desire for freedom and to live at peace with our brothers on this globe we call Earth, must become a spoken word - because in the realm of unspoken intent, peace dies.  It cannot abide in the hearts of men forever locked away with keys of fear and pride. It must be talked about courageously and spoken of with reverence. Freedom. Peace. Prosperity. Purity. Hope. Goodness. Kindness. Love. Men who possess these traits are the most courageous men of all.  

 We see it in abundance in our world, but we place a greater premium on the pursuit of power. This must stop. Not just on the grand stages of war, but behind the doors of our homes. You know that place. It is the place where parents love children, where the young minister to the old, the temporarily weak rely on the generosity of the strong and where sacrifices become tethered and unbreakable bonds of unconditional love.
 Because that's what love does.
And that is who we are.

 In a world where people serve one another without expectation of reward or self-promotion, we can live in peace. In a world where the touch of a stranger's hand in the middle of a storm becomes a well of gratitude in someone's soul, we can live in peace.  It is the reassuring warmth of other humans in times of great difficulty that cause men to experience a glimmer of grace. When men no longer feel like strangers in a divided world, but one whole of humanity, we can live in peace.

Nov 4th is a day to illuminate the part of you that reaches out to other people when you feel there is no reaching left. Even when people don't reach back - still reach. It only takes one touch to heal your world. And it only takes a world of people willing to touch to heal the whole world.
Are you ready?
I am.
Blog that peace, People. Say it from a heart of courageous and worthy intention. Work it in your families. Walk it behind closed doors. Then take it out the front door to the world and be a light that knows no darkness.
Our theme is "Words in the hands of love."
You've got this.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

How To Blog For Peace on Social Media

 The annual peace day in the blogosphere known as BlogBlast For Peace (Blog4Peace) is November 4! Even if you don't have a blog, YOU can blog for peace. Here's how:

 On Nov 4 Change your status to Dona Nobis Pacem (Latin for Grant Us Peace).
Put up a peace graphic.  Post and Share!  Anywhere you are online. It's that simple.

 Need more explanation? New to the movement?
If you want to be a peace blogger, you'll need a peace globe
and one of these:
a blog or website
Facebook profile
Twitter account
Instagram Pinterest Tumblr BlogHer ...anywhere you are online.

You can simply post "Dona nobis pacem" as your post title/status OR you can do the really cool thing and make a peace globe as well. We'll even make one for you. Just tell us what you want on it and one of our volunteers will assist you. Message me and I'll connect you with a volunteer designer.

1. Choose a template.
Go to the Official Site of Blog4Peace to find blank templates. Click HERE. There are many colors and choices. All are free to use. Choose your favorite. Decorate as you wish with a message of peace. People put all kinds of things on their peace globes: pet pics, website urls, peace quotes, original poems, song lyrics, nature photos, family pics, anything that inspires and brings them peace! See thousands of examples on the site for inspiration. There are pre-made globes for you as well. Just grab one.  Even easier? Simply choose one from within this note.  Right click and Save. Voila. You have a peace globe of your very own to post.

2. Post it anywhere online November 4.
Title your post/status update Dona Nobis Pacem (Latin for Grant us Peace). You can even make it your profile pic. The goal is for all to say the same thing on the same day in the title. Then go do what peace bloggers do best. Write. Write powerful powerful words of peace. Peace prose. Peace poems. Peace songs. Peace art. Peace prayers. Use your unique voice and share it with people all over the world. We are in 202+ countries.  It is your chance to be a voice for peace. It is our chance to make positive change. Words are powerful. This matters.
Post it on your Facebook page and on the Fan page timeline for all to see

3. TAG me @ and send your peace globe to, so that it may be counted and added to the gallery of peace globes on the Official Site.  Visit each other. Wherever you see a peace globe, share it. It's empowering to see so much positive energy floating through the blogosphere in a world where so much peace is needed.

See you November 4
We believe that words are powerful....this matters.
Let's make this day count.

Mimi Lenox
Founder, Blog4Peace/BlogBlast4Peace 

Find us here:
Official Site (Home of The Peace Globes)
Fan Page 
Google+ Peace Bloggers Community

Helpful links:
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What We Do 
Get Your Own Peace Globe 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Currently Cooking In The Peace Globe Pot!

Blog4Peace is just a couple of weeks away! Nov 4th is the day we blog for peace. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with and how you represent your homes, communities, and world. Our theme this year is "words in the hands of love." 
Be the peace. Walk in love. Tell us your story.
Designed by Nanna Aldrich Murakami in Hawaii
Here are few new and enhanced peace globes for you to use this year. Lots here as well! 

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

30 Days Until BlogBlast For Peace (Blog4Peace) ~ Join In

BlogBlast For Peace is Nov 4, 2014. Thirty days from today you will see little blue peace globes flying across the blogosphere. Writers and bloggers from most every nation will write in a similar vein, renewing a commitment to speak peace, love peace, be peace, honor peace. Our planet needs people like that. And its people need peace. 
 It's time to announce this year's theme. 
It's called Words In the Hands of Love

Let me explain. The motto for BlogBlast for Peace has always been, "If words are powerful..then this matters." Peace bloggers who write on Nov 4 and then visit other peace bloggers around the world to read what they've written know what that means. Sharing our words has been the core of this project since the beginning. The stories, pictures, peace globes, videos, art work...all play a part in a much bigger role. They are a virtual handshake that inevitably blossoms into lasting friendships across miles of land and sea; some posts you never forget and the people who write them and blog for peace are very special people. We bind our thoughts together with the same post title each year - "Dona nobis pacem" (Grant us Peace) like a prayer of affirmation for the planet, all in unison, and all in. We are peace bloggers. We know what the days leading up to Nov 4th means. Our view of the world is quite different in the Fall and that feeling of commitment to peace resonates in our writing and contributions. 
We are famous for writing powerful words in this movement
Just visit the official blog and see for yourself.

 My question this year is this - What will we do with them in our hands? Will they maintain their power when we attempt to act in peace? Words in the hands of love. What does that look like? We have to add love to our words or none of it means a thing.  We have to add love to our walk or we all stumble in darkness. Adding love to your words means to step off the blog page, the Facebook timeline, the Twitter feed, the webpage, and prove your words carry weight in your personal life. In your family. In your community. 
In your world. 
And to your own destiny. 
By peace blogger Cate in New Zealand

Do you know how to create peace in your everyday world?
You can begin by creating a peace globe. Find one here. Make it your very own and then post it Nov. 4 along with all of us.
So this year's launch is dedicated to those peace bloggers who strive to turn peace blogging into peace living. Those like Goodnight Gram ....who just last year baked these peace cookies to distribute in her neighborhood and school on BlogBlast For Peace day. She called them "Peace Treaties." How brilliant is that? Then she made peace scarves and matching jewelry with her granddaughter who now has a impressionable memory of making peace with her grandmother. Tangible and real. Off the blog page and walking it out. THAT is the goal here. SHE is a peace blogger in action. Those are not just cookies. 
Those are words in the hands of love.

I could give you tons of examples of 

peace bloggers doing similar things.
There are thousands of us in the world today. We come from six continents and 202 countries and territories.  Every post, status update, tweet, and peace globe is different. But the message is the same.
Dona nobis pacem ~ Grant us peace

So begin by writing. And allow those words to flow from your heart into the universe. Let's make a powerful noise. Continue the tiny revolution we've started. Join in the sobering sound of people all over the world making peace. 

 Remember this: You can't unsay words. They either bring life or death to the soul. They prophesy peace or proliferate unrest. Words carry energy and intent into the world. Your words will burden you or bless you. Choose them with careful deliberation before they ever leave your lips. Shalom.
Now go and do. 

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Day 12 ~ 60 Ways 2 Peace ~ If You Could Only See Me

Life is a busy mad dash. Most days we rush around in an endless circle of tasks completed/ tasks-to-do mode as if our very lives depended on checking things off the sainted To-Do list. Accomplishing tasks makes us feel important, successful, even worthy of praise. But does it help us feel connected? No.  We miss what's important while we're trying to be important. I've been working on this lately and it's really keeping me in touch with the people I work and play with each day. When you pass someone in the hallways today, don't just look at the floor and nod. Look at them. People won't always remember what you taught them or how you contributed in the day-to-day, but they will always remember how you made them feel.

 Day 12 ~ Look people in the eyes when you talk to them.
Souls need connecting on this planet.

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Monday Mimisms ~ Bumpety Boo Strikes Again

Sunday ~ Five Things I Am Grateful For Today

made by Mimi's Baby Boy
made by Baby Boy
1. A surprise visit from my Baby Boy! How did he know I needed that today?
2. That his new love is reading
3. That he loves school and his teacher
4. That after all these years he STILL remembers how we laughed at the Bumpety Boo movie when he was three
5. That he took it home to watch again (smile)

That boy is something else.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day 11 ~ 60 Ways 2 Peace ~ Stand In Your Peace

 It's easy to find peace in the middle of beautiful scenery. At the coast, on a mountain, in a flower garden, with a loved one. When you're surrounded by the loving or even fierce presence of nature, one tends to stand back and breathe in what the Universe has to say. We call that rejuvenation, renewal, respect. 
But when the battles of life call our name on a daily basis its not so easy to stand in the presence of peace.  How do we take those moments in the glory of nature and bring them into the arena of our daily lives? Because that is the essence of what it means to be peaceful.  And for most people - including me - it's a work in progress.

I am personally working on the non-reactive approach.  I work myself into a tizzy too often and over ridiculously small things. Most people don't even realize I'm doing it, but I notice how unsettled and ungrounded I feel when it happens. I need to stop it. And I'm getting better. Choosing my battles and saving appropriate reactions (sometimes passionately!) for those situations worthy of speaking up for is the much better path. People who wave a red flag alarm at every little turn of events are soon tuned out by everyone. Then nothing they say is ever addressed or even matters. Words. Choose them wisely. So here's my Day 11 (for moi)....

   - Learn to stand in silence when the world around you is loud. 
There is always strength in silence. Always. 

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Day 10 ~ 60 Ways 2 Peace ~ Hunker Down

 ~ Settle into who you are. Hunker down. Be brave. The world needs the strength of your bones and the fibre of your being. Peace is an ache in the heart of the mighty. 
Be mighty.

~ Mimi Lenox

Of all things true and mighty in my life, trees are the wisest of all.

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Day 9 ~ 60 Ways 2 Peace ~ Families Are Blessed When Their Young Love Peace

Created by Inigo Boy in the Philippines and UAE
 Everyone on the planet benefits from the power of innocent minds and hearts focused on peace. All of us. It only takes one act of concentrated deliberate kindness. It happens all the time and we miss it. But somewhere... every second of every day, a child is practicing peace, making peace art, drawing peace symbols, singing songs, coloring peacefully, rehearsing joyfulness. Right in our midst. And we miss it. They could teach us a lot. 

What happens when we stop and observe? The older and wiser generation proudly sits up and takes notice.  Or we should. Young peers and siblings imitate and do the same. Communities are built on the sacred belief that we all must live in harmony and unity. Families are blessed when their young love peace. It starts with our little ones, as they reap the intrinsic benefits of the presence and love of peacefulness in their homes. Model serenity, Parents. Model peace. 
We will see a powerful generation rise up.
Day 9 ~ Peace is found in the fruit of your labor. 
Make a peaceful work. 
 This was sent in last year via Facebook from the Philippines and created by a special young grandniece of veteran peace blogger Princesita Parumgao. It is beautiful and full of her hard work.
 God bless the children of peace.
God bless us all.

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Day 8 ~ 60 Ways 2 Peace ~ There is a Master Plan Just For You

  Day 8

  ~ Every day you are alive has a purpose. There is a master plan made just for you. Each person you meet plays a part in your destiny and you in theirs. Greet them with gratitude, not judgment. Offer up your best self. This is the path of peace.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day 7 ~ 60 Ways 2 Peace ~ Don't Be A Fruitloop

 I often think people mistake self-proclaimed peacemakers as weak-willed tree hugging fruitcakes. No backbone. No grit. No depth. As a self-proclaimed peacenik, I protest!
As should every one you who has ever longed for peace, prayed for a peace, or worked for peace and justice. You are the best of the best. The strongest of the strong. 
Definitely not fruitloops.....
I give you Day 7

 ~ Don't be afraid to stand your ground. Living a peaceful life sometimes means you have to fight for what is right.

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Day 6 ~ 60 Ways 2 Peace Challenge ~ Trees Are People Too

 For me, it's all about trees these days. Trees in the forest of Bloggingham.  Tree-making for theatre sets. Trees! Trees! The trees are talking to me. The power company wants to chop down my Lily Lichen. Remember her? She was the subject of my peace post in 2012 (The Dream ~ Trees In The Courage of Time). Now she's fodder for the chip machine. I protested. I whined. I protested some more. But it looks like I'm going to have write a eulogy for Lily.  Oh, I get the power line thing. Overhanging trees, dead trees, diseased trees...they have to go. But do you HAVE to butcher them??! 
Trees are people too ya know.

 Day 6

~ Respect the bounty and beauty of the earth. Honor rivers, streams and peaceful forests.

Bloggingham's Love Tree

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Day 5 ~ 60 Ways 2 Peace Challenge ~ Weigh Your Words

I've noticed something lately. Now that I am writing down one peace thought each day and five reasons to be grateful, I'm more careful with my words.  I've always believed in the power of words, but it seems to me that the weight of them carries more significance in this day and age. Just an observation....

 Day 5

~ You can't unsay words. They either bring life or death to the soul. They prophesy peace or proliferate unrest. Words carry energy and intent into the world. Your words will burden you or bless you. Choose them with careful deliberation before they ever leave your lips. Shalom.

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Day 4 ~ 60 Ways 2 Peace ~ Good vs. Evil

Have you noticed? The planet needs kindness. We're tired of the same 'ole weary dreary violent-splashed news stories. You don't have to be an ostrich. Be aware and alert of the madness. Educate yourself. Be in the know. But also know that kindness is under-reported and underrated. There is much more good than evil in the world. It's time to celebrate the good and pray for the evil to end. 

 Day 4 

Try to be as kind as possible to unkind people. It's not easy. But it's the only way to maintain your dignity and tip the scales in the right direction. Don't let unkindness breed more unkindness in you. Peace is the way.

#60Ways2Peace #60DaysofPeace

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