Karen Vertanen
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When it comes to peace, how would you describe yourself?
I feel the pain in the world
What do you believe are the 'burning issues' today?
War, Hunger, Poverty, Education, Violence, Human Rights, Our Shrinking Freedom
So what is it?
What must we overcome to achieve peace?
One begets the other.
Can we change the world?
More about me
I seek peace and justice.

I own a fair trade store with my daughters called The Silk Road. Our website is www.marcopolosilkroad.com We started the store while I was battling breast cancer.
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At 8:11am on December 5, 2010, Riccardo Gramegna said…
I just come from reading your blog on wordpress. Could you post an update? I'm concerned as I made a reserch on cancer when my mother in law had one in the ovaries.

At that time I was very much into natural and oriental therapies and holistic health, and i feel i should share some of the infos and conclusions i got on the matter. But before I say anything, I'd like to know how you are now. If you do post, please leave a message her for me. thankyou.
At 7:52am on December 5, 2010, Riccardo Gramegna said…
Thankyou for the friendship Karen! I have gone through your website, I was amazed to read your story and about your mission and I got the inspiration to pass on an idea. About 20 years ago I started a fairtrade shop in the community where I was living, in a mountain valley of the Italian Alps, I have the feeling of what you are doing and I'd like to share my experience. As the local community was not a rich one, but had a lot of unemploied people, beside the global fair trade products we had a section in our shop where handmade crafts and natural foods made by local people were sold at a fair price.
This opportunity offered to local people created an incentive to start small workshops producing high quality stuff and jobless became crafters and organic farmers and welthy people were happy to buy their stuff to help their local community.
But,.... may be you are already doing it....
At 5:17pm on October 11, 2010, Riccardo Gramegna said…
just to inform you that the spammers 'usman' and 'rose' have been alerted!!

At 4:14pm on August 4, 2010, Frank Giuliani said…

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit,

and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.


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