Dayton Literary Peace Prize

“Are we so naïve as to think that we can bring peace to the world through words? Yes we are. What else do we have?”
– Elie Weisel

Hiroshima in the Morning has been nominated for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, “the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace.”  This year’s nominees include Nelson Mandela, Isabel Wilkerson, Kai Bird, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, among many other gifted writers.  It’s an amazing honor to be nominated, and to be on any list that also has Nelson Mandela on it.

Wish me luck.  Take a look at the list and read the books!

Happy Easter

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

(Nelson Mandela, 1994 Inaugural Speech)

Today, whether you believe in a divine spirit in any form or not, let something go. Pick one thing that you are tired of carrying and drop it. Make room for something new to rise and take its place. Death and rebirth.

Let go, if you can, if you think you might be ready, of your fear of your own beauty.