Susie Shapiro
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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, Our Planet, Violence, Inflation, Human Rights
So what is it?
The monetary system
What must we overcome to achieve peace?
Our current monetary system is at the core of the problem. It is a system that breeds and perpetuates competition instead of cooperation, greed and scarcity instead of sharing of resources, and war instead of peace. While there is money, there will always be corporations -governments included -who put profits before human rights and ecological preservation. All of our social institutions are corrupted by their goal of monetary profit. The medical system is steeped in scandal -all related to monetary gain; our political world leaders and their governments are really heads of giant corporations colluding with the pharmaceutical and oil industries -all for profit, and at the great risk to human life and the environment. Religious institutions take advantage of people's need to be spiritually fulfilled. The sacred aspects of life are being exploited for profit. Spirituality and community are natural and healthy. What spiritual entity would need people's money?
Can we change the world?
More about me
Being a mother of two precious children forces my thoughts toward the future. How I speak to my children and behave towards others, how I approach life and the world -all these things are being constantly perceived by my children. I feel it is my obligation, to my children -and to everyone I come in contact with - to always be mindful of my actions, to always ask questions -and encourage others to do so, and to always try to be true to myself.

I'm a singer-songwriter and aspiring vocal coach. Music is one of the beautiful ways to communicate peace and to share with others.

There are no enemies. There are no strangers. We are all in this together.
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Just as You Are

Posted on June 5, 2009 at 10:37pm 2 Comments

The ideal doesn't exist. The personal equilibrium and the harmony people dream of come only after years and years of struggle, and then only as flashes of grace and peace. Peace is the fruit of love and service to others. I'd like to tell the people in communities, "Stop looking for peace. Give yourselves where you are. Stop looking at yourselves, look instead at your brothers and sisters in need. Ask how you can better love your brothers and sisters. Then you will find peace."

-… Continue

True Community

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 7:15pm 0 Comments

People come together because they are of the same flesh and blood or of the same village or tribe. Some wanting security and comfort come together because they are alike and have the same vision of themselves and of the world. Some come together because they want to grow in universal love and compassion. It is these latter who create true community.

- Jean Vanier

World March for Peace and Nonviolence

Posted on May 27, 2009 at 8:29am 0 Comments

Great news! David Suzuki is the latest Canadian celebrity to endorse the World March for Peace and Nonviolence.

To endorse the World March, please go to the international website: in Canada.

The Human Family

Posted on May 26, 2009 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Humanity in its entirety is a body, and in the body each member is important. Groups, nations or races which cut themselves off from others, or seek to dominate by imposing their own culture, ideology and customs, by suppressing the identity of another's culture, wound and hurt not only that particular people but the whole of humanity and themselves. To-day, more than ever before, we are called to become more conscious of the fundamental unity of the human family and to help each group of… Continue

Our Web of Peace

Posted on May 26, 2009 at 9:11am 0 Comments

This place -an oasis where I quench my thirst for peace, and shade myself from the harshness in the world. A community created because of kindness and understanding. Our stories, ideas, and art, for the sake of helping -and hoping. Peace isn't just some impossible dream, but a reality that's emerging from even the most unlikely places. Reaching out across the world, forming these bonds, strengthens our web of peace. As we continue to nurture this peace, we enable it to thrive and grow -out in… Continue

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At 7:57pm on February 25, 2012, leonardo martin negrin said…
At 8:40pm on June 7, 2010, Eva said…

iPeace is deleted from David Califa the end of June. Here you can find a new home.

You are cordially invited.

Love and Light, Eva
At 2:02am on February 24, 2010, ashadowman said…
Hi Susie,

You have very peaceful eyes and smile !

Peace be with you today and always !

At 10:10am on August 29, 2009, WARIS ALI said…
Hello Susie
I am pleased to see u here.I am glad to know that you are singer as well as writer.I used to write romantic poetry but during student life.
It will be my pleasure if u add me in the list of your friends.

At 6:30am on August 19, 2009, Mingmar Tsering Lama said…
hi..friend...i'm hoping to learn some musical tips from you my dear,Peace and Light..mings from Nepal
At 2:46am on August 14, 2009, TAZA said…
The end of a search.
At 2:46am on August 14, 2009, TAZA said…
Thank you for a beautiful place...
You're invited.
Love and peace.
swami anand TAZA
meditator master, musician, tarologist, filosia, parapsychological medium
At 9:52pm on August 13, 2009, YVONNE said…
I like the way you write .Hope you get to read Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins .. You will find him speaking on Youtube with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now and several other videos too
At 3:14am on July 8, 2009, Charlina Cecena said…
Beautiful day to you my friend!
At 9:34am on July 6, 2009, mak 2 akh said…
Army officials say teenager killed

During Thursday's clash between IDF troops, Palestinian gunmen apparently hit

By Israeli mortar shells;

Earlier, IDF said Palestinian fire killed girl

How did she die? An IDF probe into a clash between soldiers and Gaza gunmen shows that a girl killed in the shootout was hurt by Israeli fire, army officials said late Thursday.

Earlier, the army said the Palestinian teenager was likely killed by Palestinian fire, but the investigation later revealed that this was likely not the case.

A 17-year-old girl was killed in the incident and 11 others were wounded, the Palestinians said.

Israeli fire kill girl (Photo: AFP)

An IDF force on patrol came under fire near the Gaza border fence Thursday, the army said, adding that troops responded by directing mortar shells at the Palestinian side. At this time it is unclear why the shells hurt a group of Palestinian civilians. The possibilities being examined are that the victims were in close proximity to the gunmen, or that troops erred while aiming their mortar fire.

"The debriefing continues and it's too early to draw final conclusions," an IDF official said. However, he added that the probe increasingly showed that the Palestinian civilians were mistakenly hit by IDF fire.
During operation Cast Lead in Gaza, a tactical error in the activation of the mortar system used in Thursday's incident led to the wounding of several IDF soldiers. The system in question is considered more accurate and less powerful than the firing of tank shells.

Meanwhile, IDF forces uncovered two explosive devices at the border fence near the site of the clash. The bombs did not explode during the incident. Army officials noted that the troops who came under attack initially prepared to cross the fence into Gaza, but eventually decided to fire mortar shells at the Palestinian gunmen.

Hamas did not rush to address the incident, and by Thursday night no Palestinian organization claimed responsibility for the attack on the IDF force.

Ali Waked contributed to the story

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