Dona Nobis Pacem - 1st Anniversary

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, November 07, 2007


(Give Us Peace)

This is something we whipped up for our friend Mimi
yesterday to put a smile on her face.

Twas the night before
Peace Globes
and all around the earth
people were busy
designing Peace Globes with mirth...

They had heard of a marble
all big and blue
they heard the story of Papa
and all that he knew

Mimi was reciting
the story with glee
how Papa would teach her
and she would make the world see

Peace is a hope
a solemn wish and a dream
some think it is untouchable
like a single marble trying to stop a stream

But Papa and Mimi
came together as one
and spread the word throughout our world
that peace can be won

Add your Peace Globe to the others
pile them up wide and high and complete the dream
If we all do so together
We can make a statement - even stop the stream

So tomorrow listen closely
if you can drown out the clatter
you might just hear Papa speak
and that is all that will matter

You will hear his voice clearly
and together with might
we can all shout to the world
Peace Globes for all
and to all a PEACEFUL NIGHT!

She has been working around the clock the past few weeks and we know she is exhausted.

Mimi, my friend, it is all worth it...Papa is so very proud!

Why are we posting today? Well, one simple word....PEACE.

There is so much hatred in the world and we find it so hard to comprehend. When a child comes into the world, they do not know the emotions hate or love. They must be taught these.

Yes, there is the instinctive love a baby has for it's mother and father, but love to be felt toward others is an acquired emotion.

So is the emotion hate. This emotion is learned in the home. Watching parents and siblings and how they react to each other and to the outside world. Sitting at the dinner table at night, listening to adults talk about their hatred of someone who they work with, someone who cut them off on the road that day, someone who treated them poorly...

BUT especially, the hate that is spewed about the people who are a different nationality, or ethnicity or race or religion. This is the hatred we deal with that causes young men and women from a multitude of countries to have to pick up weapons and fight each other.

As we were brought up in a Roman Catholic household, we were taught that the Bible teaches to 'love thy neighbor' and that god forgives those who sin. Forgiveness and love are basic tenets within the Bible.

This is also true of the Tanakh, the Jewish Bible which is composed of the Torah, the Nevi'im and the Ketuvim.

This is also true of the Qur'an (Koran), the holy book for Muslims. The Qur'an's teachings on matters of war and peace have become topics of heated discussion in recent years.

This misinterpretation tends to be on both sides, both Muslim and non-Muslim alike. Some critics allege that some verses of the Qur'an in their historical and literary context sanction military action against unbelievers as a whole both during the lifetime of Muhammad and after.

In response to this criticism, some Muslims argue that such verses of the Qur'an are taken out of context, and claim that when the verses are read in context it clearly appears that the Qur'an prohibits aggression, and allows fighting only in self defense.

Here within our borders, the great USA, there is still too much hatred.

Between the different nationalities...

Between the different races...

So, what it comes down to is you and me. Each of us taking the responsibility to talk to our children and not spew hatred. We can be only two generations away from PEACE if it began today.

If those around the world all made a vow to teach the children of today that love and acceptance were the only acceptable form of living their lives.

We always stressed in our home that everyone was the one was different from us...

Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated...


Do Unto Others As You Would Want Them To Do Unto You

Learned it as a kid...and in the end it seems to come back to that simple statement...

"Peaceful World"
(John Mellencamp)

Cuttin' Heads
Columbia Records

* John Mellencamp - vocals, guitar
* Andy York - electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, lap steel, bass, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
* Steve Jordan - drums and percussion
* Willie Weeks - bass
* Miriam Sturm - violin, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
* Jenn Cristy - flute, percussion, background voclas, piano, organ, violin
* Moe Z M.D. - organ, clavinet, drums, percussion, backing vocals
* Pat Peterson - background vocals
* Courtney "PeeWee" Kaiser - background vocals
* Mike Wanchic - guitar, backing vocals
* Dane Clark - drums, percussion
* John Gunnell - bass
* Kenny Childers - acoustic guitar, background vocals
* David Wierheke - accordion on "Peaceful World" and "In Our Lives"
* India.Arie - vocal on "Peaceful World"

Come on baby take a ride with me
Im up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be in a peaceful world

People know this world is a wreck
Were sick and tired of being politically correct
I see through it now but I didn't at first
The hypocrites made it worse and worse
Lookin down their noses at what people say
These are just words and words are okay
Its what you do and not what you say
If you're not part of the future then get out of the way

Come on baby take a ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be in a peaceful world

Racism lives in the u.s.a.
Get hip to what Martin Luther did have to say
I don't want my kids being brought up this way
Hatred to each other is not okay
Well I'm not a preacher just a singer son
I can see more work to be done
Its what you do and not what you say
If youre not part of the future then get out of the way

Come on baby take a ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be in a peaceful world

Lay back the top and ride with me
Im up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

The moneys good and the works ok
Looks like everything is rolling our way
Til you gotta look the devil in the eye
You know that bastards one big lie
So be careful with your heart and what you love
Make sure that it was sent from above
Its what you do and not what you say
If youre not part of the future then get out of the way

Come on baby take a ride with me
Im up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be in a peaceful world

Lay back the top and ride with me
Im up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

56 Of Your Sparks

  1. RW Says:
  2. Happy peace day Vin!

  3. BeckEye Says:
  4. I do so love that Mellenhead song.

  5. Mimi Lenox Says:
  6. Vinny - Your loyal support for peace globes and the passion you have for the peace movement is contagious. The BlogBlast poem truly rocks. Thank you very much.

    Peace to you and your family. It's going to be a lovely day in the blogosphere.


  7. God, I love that Mellencamp song. I sing it lots and lots.

    Shalom to you, my friend. Oh, and when you come visit me, try not to laugh at my video. It's not like Mateo's videos, but you might think so...

  8. Travis Cody Says:
  9. The poem is special. And the words below it too. And the music choice.

    But, then, that's what I've come to expect when I sit on The Couch.

    Peace my friend.

  10. Schmoop Says:
  11. Mellencamp is da man. Peace and Cheers to ya Vinny!!

  12. exskindiver Says:
  13. i hear you loud and clear.

  14. Liz Hill Says:
  15. What a great job on the poem and the post. Thank you for making this a 1st anniversary--you brought our group to Mimi.


  16. ♥ & peace to you and yours, Mr Bond!

  17. Love your poem, Vinny!

    Even I have a Peace Globe - and I´m not afraid to use it *LOL*

    Pax vobiscum!

  18. ROGER:Same to you friend

    BECKEYE: Thought it fit perfectly today

    MIMI: You have led us this way and we are pleased to follow...HUGS

    SONGBIRD: Great song ...Peace to you and yours

    TRAVIS: Thanks my friend...I apreciate your kind words...PEACE

    MATT-MAN: Peace to you dude

    EXSKINDIVER: Thanks for stopping by and peace

    TURNBABY: I thank you for the lovely words...PEACE and Smooch

    JERSEY: Thanks for stopping by - Peace

  19. Unknown Says:
  20. Today one year ago we "found each other" in the Blogosphere, my friend. So today marks the first anniversary of Blogblast for Peace and the first anniversary of our friendship. Thank you so much, Vinny!

    Love and peace to you and your family!

  21. Mimi Lenox Says:
  22. I'm reading above about friendship and hugs. The BEST part of Dona Nobis Pacem (well....peace on earth would be the best part but you know what I mean).

    Did you guys know that Bond is responsible for getting the movement in Wikipedia?
    What a surprise he had for me yesterday. Here's the link.

    Pencil Skirt thanks you. Smooch.

  23. OBLadyBug Says:
  24. The poem was great. Your words below very fitting for this day.

    Loved the Mellencamp song, I only wish I had a copy so I could listen to it for my 3 hour drive today.

    Peace to you and your family Vinny.

  25. Anonymous Says:
  26. what a beautiful post for peace, my globe is up and flying today....Peace to you!!

  27. Angell Says:
  28. *sniff* pass the tissue please.

    Vinny, WONDERFUL poem. And as always, an incredible post. So eloquent, and so true.

    Peace and love to all those special in your life, for today and always.


    PS - the globe is just beautiful.

  29. Tug Says:
  30. Happy happy peace my friend... Love that song. LOVE.

  31. Anndi Says:
  32. Vince,

    Peace does begin at home. Kudos for getting Dona Nobis Pacem in Wikipedia.. you always take care of your friends.

  33. Dr. A Says:
  34. Kudos on the Wikipedia post!

    Definitely needed some peace on the Blogstein show last night. Great job as usual over there....

  35. Unknown Says:
  36. peace to you! =)

  37. Great poem! Peace to you and yours. I am purring for peace.

  38. MaR Says:
  39. Beautiful!!
    Peace to you :)

  40. jmb Says:
  41. Peace be with you today and always.

  42. Carver Says:
  43. Great post and your poem made me smile. As ever, Carver

  44. Bond - Peace!~ Hahn

  45. Margo Moon Says:
  46. Here's to unlearning some of those religious differences.

    Well done, friend!

  47. Misty DawnS Says:
  48. What an absolutely fantastic post! I love the poem. Peace to you on this special day and always.

  49. wonderful post! Thank you for visiting us! Peace to you friend!

    Sammy and Miles Meezer (and Meezer Mom Mary too)

  50. Gill Says:
  51. Brilliant peace post! With love and peace to you and yours today :-)

  52. SANNI: And what a special day it was when we met... you have become an important part of The Couch and me also...

    MIMI: My pleasure in getting that blurb in, so sorry we could not get the whole page... SMOOCH

    LADYBUG: I thank you for your kind words and glad to see you commenting again

    TEGBIRD: TY for stopping by and peace to you and yours also

    ANGELL: Here is a tissue...and ty so very much...peace to all who you hold close to you SMOOCH

    TUG: And to you also... HUGS

    ANNDI: taking care of friends is the first step toward peace. SMOOCH

    DR. A: TY sir...I appreciate it

    LALA: And to you

    DRAGONHEART: TY Purr away

    .:MAR: ty SO MUCH...PEACE

    JMB: May it find you also...

  53. Anonymous Says:
  54. Wow, a wonderful post -- I loved your poem! It put a big smile on my face. :)

    Happy Peace Day, and peace and love to you and yours.

  55. Anonymous Says:
  56. Peace before us,
    peace behind us,
    peace under our feet

    Peace within us,
    peace over us,
    let all around us be peace.

  57. MaoMao Says:
  58. We Ballicai are purring fur peace!

  59. katherine. Says:
  60. wonderful poem....and great job on wiki.

    two generations...ya know...that makes sense....

  61. Anonymous Says:
  62. Pax vobiscum!

  63. Anonymous Says:
  64. Excellent post! I too believe that peace must start with the children. How easily people forget The Golden Rule, and you are right, that IS what it all boils down to. Peace to you!


    HAHN: And to you...

    MARGO: TY and we can hope and pray

    MISTY: TY for your kind words and peace

    MEEZERS: TY for sitting on The Couch

    GILL: TY, peace to you and yours also

    THOMMA LYN: TY for your sweet words...

    SUZY: All around us and the world...

    CHAIRMAN: keep on purring

    KATHERINE: TY on the poem and wiki...and YES, I believe two generations is all..IF everyone started now

    MARILYN: Peace to you

    MOM: Thank you for the kind words...

  66. Anonymous Says:
  67. Mr. Bond, this is the first time I visit your blog. And what I read is sooooo beautiful and so true!!

    It is also the 1st time I joined with a peace globe, and it is so amazing... all those people and other species with their own globe...!

    I also read you're responsible for Blog Blast for Peace in Wikipedia -- Thank You!!

    Peace, love & respect to you, your family and friends!

    ~The kitties at the Catwalk & their staff, from the Netherlands.

  68. Wayne Says:
  69. Great poem! peace to us all!

  70. Tug Says:
  71. Geez...I hate it when I get in a hurry.

    VERY NICE POEM...I forgot to mention it earlier. Truly awesome.

    And the golden rule? hee...I may have mentioned it today too. ;-) Great minds & all.

  72. TopChamp Says:
  73. Hey Bond. This addresses some of the issues I have with 'wishing' for peace.

    However it all still troubles me - I don't like religion. I don't think it's necessarily just religion promoting militant actions but each religion inherently presumes that it's viewpoint is right - therefore others must be wrong. It all just confuses me and I really don't understand.

    I think I'll go and drink some wine and forget about it for now.

  74. Meribah Says:
  75. Some wise words there, Bond. Happy Peace Day to you!

  76. You're a gem, Bond, a true gem. Your efforts on this movement are a blessing to us all, as I'm sure Mimi would agree.

    It's coming up on OUR one year anniversary of knowing each other. How wonderful this year has been since my coming to The Couch.

  77. Love your couch! Love that poem! Peace to you.

  78. Good post and a great song by Mellencamp. Thanks for sharing.

  79. sammawow Says:
  80. Wow, what a terrific post! Peace to you, indeed!

    It made me smile!

  81. RUIS: Welcome to Peace Globes and to The Couch...Thank you for the kind words...Please come back again

    WAYNE: TY for visiting and for the compliment

    TUG: Never rush on The Couch...LOL Thanks my friend...great minds...

    TOPCHAMP: Keep asking the questions, it is the only way for us to find the answers...

    MERI: Thank you dear friend...

    SONGBIRD: I did no more than many others, but ty none the less...yes a very nice year of getting to know a new friend

    ROBIN: TY for sitting on The Couch on this special day...thank you

    LEE: TY, glad you enjoyed the song

    SAMMAWOW: Why ty very much...

  82. Tug Says:
  83. :0


  84. Karen Jo Says:
  85. That's a really great post. Peace to you and all the world.

  86. Wonderful post!! Peace to all!
    Your FL furiends,

  87. Wonderful post. Sorry I didn't get by here yesterday...


  88. Akelamalu Says:
  89. Great post and a beautiful peace globe. Peace to you.

  90. Mimi Lenox Says:
  91. Still feeling the peaceful vibe....

  92. Peace to you.

  93. Julie Says:
  94. Happy belated Peace Globe Day my friend.

  95. Annelisa Says:
  96. Awesome post, Bond!

    Peace to you and yours! (I know I'm late, but I'm here :-) )


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