Category Archives: peace

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King was born on January 15, 1929 In Atlanta Georgia. The pacifistic preacher would have been 89 today, if he had not been assassinated in Memphis, where he had spoken out for striking black teamsters at the Mason Temple. His prophetic words survive today. “And then I got to Memphis. And some began […]

Christmas Truce

Peace on earth. I’m declaring a Christmas Truce on all bad thoughts. Enjoy.


On November 11, 2011 I visited the US military cemetery outside Luxembourg City with the British and the American ambassadors. The drive to the graves was short. Luxembourg was a small duchy. I looked out the window of the Jaguar. The morning sun struggled to break through the low fog. It would have little success […]


On the 11th minute of 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 a permanent ceasefire was declared along the Eastern and Western fronts. Canadian George Lawrence Price was hit by the sniper’s bullet at 10:58 and he has long been thought to be the last casualty of that conflict, although troops […]


My grandfather and grandmother met in France. The year was 1917. They served together in a frontline hospital for the Royal Canadian Medical Expedition. T Neither had much use for God after witnessing the carnage of trench warfare. Today I toast the millions of sacrifices in that bloody conflict. I also thanked the stars that […]