Our families are very important to us and we are each close to our own families as well as each others'. They all seem to be happy for us regarding our chosen lifestyle of cruising and try to visit us whenever possible.
My family includes my two sons - Michael & Gregory and their wives, Dee Dee & Mamie. My grandchildren are Taylor, Lauren, Terrell, Hannah and Luke. Each of them is special in their own way.
I also am lucky enough to have my "Terrell" family - my natal family into which I was born. We had a reunion in the summer of 2005 with 23 Terrells present - more about that later.
Dave has two daughters and two sons - Diane & Tina; Adam and Doug. Diane has two children, our grand-children, John & Devon (below). We are very proud of them also. There are some good pictures of them in the travel section, under gradutions, etc.
In the picture at the right we have Mamie & Greg with Lauren, Terrell and Hannah. in their pool. Greg's family is also above, at the very top, with Mike's son Taylor on the top row far left. Terrell is on the far right bottom with our newest addition - Little Luke. Terrell made Luke's Birthday Hat for Taylor's B'Day!
We know grievances and turmoil, and conflict are widespread in the world, but we have not found a way to fix them. So, what can we do to resolve the problems of the Earth?
One answer lies in the celebration of the Earth. She holds a template for our beauty and joy and harmony.
Look to the Earth to discover that template, because she is the act of Creation in process now. Look to her natural beauty and wonder. She is expressing that Joy & Beauty of Creation of the Divine, at this moment. The Earth embodies the heart of the Sacred, whatever we choose to call it, anchoring the heart of the heavens here before us, around, and within us.
If we go out and experience the beauty of this Earth, be part of it, we can receive that joy, feel its harmony. That brings its imprint into us, to inundate us, and align us with our own natural beauty and harmony, as we ourselves have risen from the earth, and are in harmony with that same imprint.
We celebrate the elements of the earth also, in these sacred ways, as they are part of Creation, they are what manifest Creation has sprung from, the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, just as all peoples of the Earth have celebrated since before time was measured. And, they have been celebrated on these sacred solar calendar days (solstice and equinox), throughout the earth, as the Earth and Sun move in relationship with one another, in the sacred Dance of Life.
We celebrate all of the peoples of the Earth, and all of her wisdom keepers. There is such deep and residual beauty in all of the diverse paths, and peoples of the Earth.
Another answer lies in being the solution. While we can easily look around us, and find those causing so many problems, let us ask ourselves, what are we doing, each of us, to resolve these conflicts? We, at AllOneNow, believe the solution lies in "being the solution." In being the carriers of peace, of understanding, of tolerance, of love and compassion for others. And in planting seeds of peace, of love, of gratitude, of compassion, of joy, of beauty, of hope, and of wholeness, in all of our relations.
"For animals the earth is hell, and men the demons that torture them." So why do we continue this torture by eating meat?
It is we, the parents, grandparents and children who can change the world. Be what you wish the world to be. Be the way you wish others would be. See the beauty in others. Find the beauty within yourself. And plant your seeds of good relations with all beings.
This is our vision. To restore this celebration, this dance of Life, of Beauty, of Joy, of Hope and of Healing, Wholeness, and Harmony with Life, the Earth, all of Creation, the Creator, in all of Its many names and forms, and with all Its diverse peoples.
Blessings, as you carry out your own celebrations of hope and understanding, of joy and beauty, in your own lands, in your own ways.
May Peace be with us all.
OM - THE CHANT FOR PEACE
WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER THERE WAS A POPULAR SONG THAT WE ALL SANG. IT WAS FROM A MOVIE WITH VAN JOHNSON AND JUNE ALLISON AND WAS ENTITILED
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE-
THE MOON BELONGS TO EVERYONE
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
THE STARS BELONG TO EVERYONE
THEY GLEAM THERE FOR YOU AND ME
THE FLOWERS IN SPRING
THE ROBINS THAT SING
THE SUNBEAMS THAT SHINE
THEY'RE YOURS, THEY'RE MINE
AND LOVE BELONGS TO EVERYONE
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
I BELIEVE THIS & DEDICATE THIS PAGE TO OUR PRECIOUS FAMILIES -
HUMANISM is a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. It advocates the extension of participatory democracy and the expansion of the open society, standing for human rights and social justice. Free of supernaturalism, it recognizes human beings as a part of nature and holds that values-be they religious, ethical, social, or political --have their source in human nature, experience, and culture. Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.
Taylor, Nancy, Greg & Little Luke, and Mamie - top row
Terrell, Hannah & Lauren
Mom Diane, Adam, John, Dave and Tina
Mike and Dee Dee