Please join me for #ourweekofpeace (and I don’t mean the kids are gone)

imageIn early July, when Kendall F. Person first invited me to be a part of the annual #ourweekofpeace, I of course said “Yes” for many reasons, not the least of which was because it’s an opportunity to collaborate with other artists — writers, musicians, poets, singers and photographers — in a week-long tribute to peace in our world. Little did I know how, within just a few days of our conversation, the world would seem to come crashing down in Minnesota, Baton Rouge, Dallas and, most recently, France.

Once again, we have a reason to mourn senseless tragedy.

The importance of expressing our thoughts and the need for peace is crucial right now. I’m humbled to join artists from around the world Aug. 1-7, when The Public Blogger presents its annual Our Week of Peace collaborative, coincidentally during a time when we need it most. I hope you’ll join me, along the dozens of other artists, as each of us presents our own perspective on peace through our art. Here’s a snippet of what it’s all about… 


Each day has a theme:

Aug. 1 — “Native America,” with presentations by Yavonne Squeaky Penn, PSY FI and Nadine Jordan

Aug. 2 — “Fatherhood,” with Thomas Lemke and Robert Miles III

Aug. 3 — “Media Day,” with a live Facebook feed from Robert Webster, a video about the role of journalism by me (Ned Hickson), and a presentation by the show’s producer Kendall F. Person.

Aug. 4 — “Law Enforcement Day,” with Kelly Lewis and members of law enforcement

Aug. 6 — “Our Day of Peace,” with live exchanges from around the world at The Public Blogger Facebook page and

Aug. 7 — “Voice of the People,” with Robert M. Goldstein.

Others are continuing to join in the event as it continues to evolve into a truly world-wide collective focusing on peace through an exchange of ideas, perspectives and artistic expression.

Pick a day that most interests you or check in each day that week and become part of the voice for peace.

I promise I won’t sing…





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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

9 thoughts on “Please join me for #ourweekofpeace (and I don’t mean the kids are gone)”

  1. I love this and will look forward to following it! Humor has the potential to do huge good in this.

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