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Friday, December 7, 2018

Where there is peace on earth

"Peace, from war," today's #watercolor
In a season that is supposed to celebrate peace on earth, it's best to remember that humans rarely know peace, with wars and misery raging even today, for years at a time.
There is one place I know that seems to bring peace, though 77 years ago today it was just the opposite.
If you visit the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii, you approach and enter with silence and whispers and awe, standing over the tomb of 1,000 sailors in Pearl Harbor from that violent morning.
Here you can appreciate the cost of war, and the value of peace, waves gently lapping over the rusting remains of the battleship, oil still oozing from the depths.

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