Saturday, August 29, 2009

WFUNA  - World Federation of United Nations Associations
a people's movement for the united nations

I have an interview this Monday (31 August) at 1 United Nations Plaza, 12pm, for an internship.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Every place I have traveled, I have seen each nation's war heroes immortalized in their frozen statues, their unflinching gazes--equal in their bucolic and sophisticated settings.

From parks to plazas, history books to oral legends ('I cannot tell a lie; It was I who chopped down the cherry tree')--we want to believe that the warriors of our history were more noble, wise, and good--that they were some how more justified in shedding blood than their adversaries.

Whether victor of victim, the defeating one or the defeated, each tribe elevates their soldiers to the status of infallible demagogue.

But what makes us so certain that we have the right story?

As Mr Orwell observed: Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

At times, the heroes whom we honor and esteem so highly make us destined to repeat what made them so noble. Would that we honor a hero who, instead of wielding sword and might army, allowed himself to be run through so that killing--in whatever way and under which ever cause--would finally be put to death!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New York

jazz, cheese, and awaiting a thunderstorm...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I have been thinking long on this subject, and I am ready to state my conclusion:

Any act of violence done to any one at any time or place cannot be the way of Jesus no matter how inevitable or justifiable a person, authority, or nation may claim it to be.

Crucifixion Sketch, Nathan Simpson, 1991 (oil on canvas).

'...They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.' — Isaiah 2.4

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mosaic: Library Floor

I think Corissa and Nathy would agree that this might be the first and last mosaic we will do for a while. We are pleased with the results, but it seemed never-ending! I hope the children enjoy it...