|From the Web
I felt it necessary to say a
couple of things about this site.
First, I'd like to give a special,
heartfelt thank you to Jude Shabry. The owner of peace.net,
who was gracious enough to put up with my incessant
phone calls, and allow us to use this subdomain.
I'd also like to thank my family,
for understanding, at least post-occurrence, the self
inflicted cocoon I put myself in to get this site
done. Thanks Sis, for being an inspiration.
Thanks Dad, for playing a part in my education,
necessary to acquire the skills to put this
together. And thanks Mom, for giving me such a
great cause to work on. HAPPY CHANUKAH!!!
As an insight, I'd like to publish
my thoughts, in the form of the first letter I wrote to
Jude. After contacting her by phone, the night
earlier, she suggested sending her an email, since we
were both so busy that night, (and she was in the middle
of a blackout):
I guess I'll finish
giving you the background.
Like I said, I'm a firefighter, and ex-navy, and
my sister is currently serving on the George
My mother, is an artist. With friends and family
in Israel and other places fraught with pain and
strife, and her daughter on a warship for the
Navy, again and again placed in dangerous
regions, she felt as if she had to do something
about a world that over and over seemed to be on
the brink of self-destruction, determined to
start with taking the ones she loved. She is a
member of a international calligraphy guild, and
used those connections to create her own little
corner of peace. The peace quilt began as a
pieced quilt, representing what each artist
believed was peace. This was the result:
The second peace project was Peace II: The Book.
A handmade book, again put together with friends
all over the world.
As strife began again in Israel last month, and
now the bombing of the USS Cole, she is again
worried about her family and friends, and again
she calls to bring them together for a new,
creative endeavor, that she hopes might
encourage peace throughout the world, be a
prayer for those she cares for, and if nothing
else, make her happy and keep her sane one more
day instead of worrying herself sick.
As the call went out, I realized how much she
needed a place to display her prayers, and show
the world that peace is what you make it, and to
help her organize more projects, and collaborate
with other artists throughout the world on the
same mission. So I opened my browser and typed
in, "peace". Eventually, I came to the
peace.net, and began my search. I called Anne,
offering my assistances, as a web designer, as
well as hosting, in exchange for a bit of space,
or a relay page. She told me that you had
registered the name, and were letting her use
it. So I began trying to contact you.
So, that's the story so far. I guess you can
tell me what you have in mind, and what I can do
to repay you. The short is: It's not a
commercial endeavor. The idea is to promote
peace and cooperation. So I hope you don't find
the subject matter offensive.
As she is beginning to work on the new project,
which is what sparked my search to contact you,
I hope we can work something out. Please, feel
free to email me here at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call me any time.
2000 October 25