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Planting trees is a wonderful way to care for the planet and the environment around us. When we join together to plant trees to symbolize countries and communities working together for peace, it is even more inspiring. On June 11, the Ohio Chapter of WFWP joined the International Voluntary Organizations (IVO), in a WFWP 25th Anniversary Celebration at the International Peace Garden in Columbus, Ohio. For a little background on the project, the International Peace Garden united into a city-wide project called The Colors of Columbus in 2012 under the guidance of the Mayor and City Council. Each year in June, new trees are planted to represent countries of both recent immigrants and those who came before. The trees all blossom near the same time of the year making them…
The Ohio Chapter of WFWP was honored to have the National President of WFWP USA, Angelika Selle, visit the Ohio WFWP community. Representatives from Universal Peace Federation, HSA-UWC, and American Christian Leadership Conference joined in a fantastic dinner meeting on Friday night at the Akaihana Restaurant which was hosted by the owner and his wife.The program on Saturday began at 10 am with a gathering of around 30 guests. After the greetings and prayer, the guest speaker was introduced. WFWP USA President Angelika Selle has worked in the public eye for decades. She was editor of two magazines and also is an ordained minister. She was asked to assume the position of WFWP USA President in 2010 and be a Vice President of WFWP International.The topic of her presentation was…
Over the weekend of November 12-13, Columbus, Ohio held an International Festival where people from all nations, religions, and interests come together to enjoy the festivities. The Ohio chapters of Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) and the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), shared a booth and invited people who were interested to join in our activities.Many people who came to the WFWP booth remembered the Bridge of Peace we had arranged for over 10 years until 2014; and how it had inspired them. Our new Chairwoman, Nadya Hinson, wants to start it up again, but not just at the Festival. She has plans to conduct the Bridge of Peace in many places throughout the city and state. She told me that she is also inspired with the idea of having…
What is Communication? How do we let someone know our needs and wants? With whom should we be focusing to communicate? We often do take our ability to talk for granted. Why do we have a voice anyway? I used to think that we all could just sense what others need, and respond accordingly! Yet, we live in a world that is dominated by verbal sounds. How do I belong to a society that is geared towards the spoken word? How should I proceed to teach someone how to talk, to communicate? The ability to talk is just not a verb. It is an all-encompassing part of our lives. When one is not communicating, an easy task is extremely hard. I do not attach any blame to those who cannot…

Fear and Disability

March 31st, 2016
I would like to start this article with a quote from Helen Keller. "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." Whatever we happen to experience, each day, it is an opportunity for growth. That being said, fear of the unknown can stop and hinder us from moving forward. The reason I have been thinking about fear is that Patrick just had his IEP annual meeting which is something that I, quite honestly, had been dreading (an IEP (Individualized Education Program) is a written legal statement of the educational program designed to meet a child's individual needs; every child who receives special education services must have an…
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