We're planning on facilitating another 12-week-long book study of Karen Armstrong's "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life" starting in September 2013. Location and times are still being mulled over. I'll announce it here. Meanwhile, visit the Compassionate San Antonio Website to keep up to date on how we are working to have San Antonio internationally recognized as a Compassionate City.
I've got an entertaining and informative schtick about Mark Twain's peace and justice writing that I'd love to share with your school or group. I can squeeze it down to a half hour but you'll be happier if you give me 40 minutes and if you've got longer I'll let you ask some questions and will even try to answer them. Suitable for high school and older. Drop me a line!
I'm working on a Carl Sandburg project: a people's poet for the 99%. Should be ready sometime this Summer. See the quotation on the left? "Suppose they gave a war and nobody came?" That's taken from his poem, "The People, Yes." I love that man. Here's another example, from The Chicago Poems:
I AM THE PEOPLE, THE MOB
I AM the people--the mob--the crowd--the mass.
Do you know that all the great work of the world
is done through me?
I am the workingman, the inventor,
the maker of the world's food and clothes.
I am the audience that witnesses history.
The Napoleons come from me and the Lincolns. They die.
And then I send forth more Napoleons and Lincolns.
I am the seed ground. I am a prairie that will stand
for much plowing. Terrible storms pass over me.
I forget. The best of me is sucked out and wasted.
I forget. Everything but Death comes to me and
makes me work and give up what I have. And I forget.
Sometimes I growl, shake myself and spatter a few red
drops for history to remember. Then--I forget.
When I, the People, learn to remember, when I, the
People, use the lessons of yesterday and no longer
forget who robbed me last year, who played me for
a fool--then there will be no speaker in all the world
say the name: "The People," with any fleck of a
sneer in his voice or any far-off smile of derision.
The mob--the crowd--the mass--will arrive then.
Susan Ives is on the Staff of the San Antonio peaceCENTER, where, since 2007, she has been the driving force behind peaceCENTER books. She also facilitates classes about nonviolence, especially the history of peace and justice movements. She was honored as the San Antonio Bar Foundation Peacemaker of the Year in 2005.
Susan is a native of Bucks County, PA; she has a degree in Political Science from Drew University in Madison, NJ. In prior incarnations she has been a unionized sandwich and salad maker, a canoeing instructor, an advertising copywriter, an army officer and a newspaper columnist.