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I gave you love with a brand new start
Thats what you needed the most
To set your broken heart free

I know you cried, and you felt blue
But when I could I gave strength to you
Im waiting for the day when you can love again

“I’m Waiting for the Day” – The Beach Boys

No matter what one’s beleif system is, children should not suffer. This post is NOT about choosing sides in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Children shouldn’t have to use old shrapnel as a way to build a make beleive home for Barbie and Ken. I do not have the political insight to even try talking about this awful stalemate ( and yes,perhaps I should take the time to learn). Stagnation is a sure route to pain and violence. Kids battle this with one surefire method…Play!

A few days ago I had a wonderful introduction with Susan Abulhawa.

Playgrounds for Palestine was founded after Palestinian human rights activist, Susan Abulhawa, visited her home in Jerusalem after nearly 20 years in exile in August 2001.

The concept for building a playground for children who are exposed to blood and violence is a good and worthy one…I wish there were more like this. None of us know how many more tomorrows we have…especially these kids. I would think that they would spend many of those tomorrows at the playground…if they could. Once again Susan it was apleasure to meet you and I wish much success with this endeavor. Learn more at http://www.playgroundsforpalestine.org .

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This past weekend I was blessed to see family and friends I haven’t seen in ages. The Phoenix based part of the Wood Clan flew into Washington D.C. to visit the matriarch of the family…my sister Sonia. I don’t know about you but when family arrives at my sister’s home there is only one thing , two things to do. First, visit “Ledo’s” pizza in Adelphi, Md (if you haven’t tried this pizza GO NOW! http://www.ledopizza.com) . Second, have a cookout ….Translation: cook meat. A lot of meat. Every kind of meat. Hamburgers,hot dogs,chicken,pork chops,beef ribs, and keilbasa. I think there was a fruit salad around to keep everyone’s colon from going into spasms! Dessert was Amy’s incredible cheesecake…a decades old recipe handed down from her Nana and a closely guarded secret.

The combination of good food,family, and drink created a warm, loving atmosphere of old stories and bladder-bulging laughter… ( evidently there are photos of our family friend Tony being hogtied by the girls when he was very young and forced to put on dresses and make-up for my sister’s sick enjoyment.) 90 degree weather, cheesecake, and Corona is like truth serum for my sisters. No amount of passing time could take away Deenie’s memory of having to drink pickle juice everyday after school, because Sonia told her younger sister “it was the only way to learn how to whistle.”

Can you feel the love? I sure did. For eight hours I didn’t worry about sessions,bills, or anything that required my brain engaging the “future”. Next weekend is another visit to the D.C. suburbs. Crab feast at cousin Cheryl’s…now that will something to blog about!

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