My wish...

art by yours truly

Every year my wish is the same.


Peace, however, is not the absence of conflict.

Here are some definitions of peace according to
1. the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
2. an agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc., to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism: the Peace of Ryswick.
3. a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, esp. in personal relations: Try to live in peace with your neighbors.
4. the normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community; public order and security: He was arrested for being drunk and disturbing the peace.
5. cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
6. freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.
7. a state of tranquillity or serenity: May he rest in peace.
8. a state or condition conducive to, proceeding from, or characterized by tranquillity: the peace of a mountain resort.
9. silence; stillness: The cawing of a crow broke the afternoon's peace.

art by Meredith Crane, age 11

Throughout this holiday season I plan to continue to share some images of peace.

About the artwork:
Mer and I felt like being artistic one recent afternoon, so I got out the acrylic paints and canvases.  Neither one knew that the other was going to make a symbol of peace.  My first idea was to make the letters PEACE in a patchwork design using scrapbook papers but then discovered it would be too hard.  So I ended up with something resembling a sort of dove.

Much later little brother who must have been either feeling left out or rebellious about something else, wrote the words "not good Mer!!" on her artwork with a purple pen.  She tried covering it up with another layer of paint but as you can see, it is still there.  How ironic.  As much as we try to keep the peace, there will inevitably be conflict.

PLEASE share your thoughts below.  Either about the artwork or your own definitions of peace.