De-escalating conflict with the NVC model

I love practicing peace-making, as part of a team. I think it works best that way. I had an opportunity to put the four components to the Nonviolent (NVC) Communication model into practice on the Ireland Medicine Stories Retreat 2018, last week. It worked in the heat of some minor conflict.  Thank you for showing me this model Gareth Higgins! The model was developed by … Continue reading De-escalating conflict with the NVC model

A celtic passion at Clonard Monastery

“The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement is a precious gift and it is incumbent on the politicians of today to make the most of it.” –Bill Clinton. I pushed the Millar doorbell and a mighty bee buzzed around my head in a slow and haphazard fashion. I was surprised by its size. It was a sign of Spring. The bees are coming. Indoors I enjoyed one of … Continue reading A celtic passion at Clonard Monastery

Is there a purposeful denial of violence within Islamic theology and leadership?

I felt guilty enjoying multiple flavors of smooth ice cream at a Granite Bay Women’s Sandals and Sundae’s honoring volunteer’s celebration.  How could I enjoy a normal evening after the Manchester suicide bombing, and the London Bridge terrorist attack, not to mention all the other terror atrocities going on around the world? But celebrating life must go on. It’s the only way to defeat hatred … Continue reading Is there a purposeful denial of violence within Islamic theology and leadership?

Taming the flood waters of sectarianism

Here in Northern California, on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, flow the clear, sparkling waters of the Feather River.  Once as prized for its gold deposits as it was feared for its floods, the river was tamed by the building of the Oroville Dam. The reservoir that resulted remains the primary storage facility for the California State Water Project. Exceptionally heavy rains damaged the … Continue reading Taming the flood waters of sectarianism