Hello there….

Hello there, facing your computer screen, how are you? It’s been a while.

I heard this woman Robi Damelin and her directing partner on NPR recently and I felt impassioned by her way of transforming life experiences that are extraordinary in their painfulness, into missions for peace and healing by encountering, and grappling with a person and a reality that is, on the surface, a mortal threat. What she’s doing with her colleagues is not an idea, it’s gritty, shifting, front lines truth, however it comes out. The phrase that struck me the most in the interview was “peace has to become a mission”. He talked about walking into a poor hospital in Palestine and introducing the non violent movement that’s going on India, because to someone who’s body has been splattered by poison bullets and who’s brother was killed by the “enemy”, that’s a start in the discussion. And over time, the seed begins to sprout, and fighters from opposite sides are together in forums learning how to make peace a “mission”, because if

Hello there, facing your computer screen, how are you? It’s been a while.

I heard this woman Robi Damelin and her directing partner on NPR recently and I felt impassioned by her way of transforming life experiences that are extraordinary in their painfulness, into missions for peace and healing by encountering, and grappling with a person and a reality that is, on the surface, a mortal threat. What she’s doing with her colleagues is not an idea, it’s gritty, shifting, front lines truth, however it comes out. The phrase that struck me the most in the interview was “peace has to become a mission”. He talked about walking into a poor hospital in Palestine and introducing the non violent movement that’s going on India, because to someone who’s body has been splattered by poison bullets and who’s brother was killed by the “enemy”, that’s a start in the discussion. And over time, the seed begins to sprout, and fighters from opposite sides are together in forums learning how to make peace a “mission”, because if it isn’t a mission, it wont ever come.

I feel that even in my own life. The night I looked up at the broken shell of moon and said my first star light star bright of the evening, and prayed not for this and that and the other-but for inner peace, inner peace from which all else would follow or fall away, was, actually, the night before I heard this interview. It is a mission, and for me an emotionally true one. I’m sure it means something very different to each person, and as I’m finishing up this new song cycle, maybe I’m not finishing, but I’ve got a batch of new songs that are as different as they always are from the last batch, I feel it’s the wanting of this place inside that the songs have been coming from.

I’ve been so glad not to be touring, as if you asked, because writing comes from the hardship of daily life, not the wind swept parted smile of never landing. And spring, the darling buds of March (do you think that is an example of global warming? That Shakespeare wrote, “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May” around 450 years ago, and now they are appearing in March?) On my favorite Oklahoma tree, and the baby birds, and being able to walk everywhere, and tending my garden which was just a cement slab I hammered at a couple of months ago, all these elements are conspiring to inspire me. And of course, like I said, all the other stuff.

So now, my Darling Buds Of March, I do have big things in the works, but in the spirit of inner peace, let me just say, have a great hour and don’t let the rough winds shake you off your tree.

Your’s, Sophie B.

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