Replies to Cameron and Kristina in Jordan

Hello- I just returned a week ago from a month in the Sahara desert- Niger & Algeria. What a surprise to find your stories continuing to reflect my experiences in some small way. It is a difficult return for me, as usual, to balance the equation of these different worlds- those of the Touareg nomads we visited, living simply of course, keeping their camels, goats, sheep, and observing the karem for Ramadan. The men mysterious, veiled and gowned- from a noble past. I sat one evening in the room of a young man who played the guitar for us (a now traditional instrument for them), a room with walls of mud & straw and dirt floor surrounded wall to wall by similar rooms and larger compounds in their small village.It was peaceful, gentle. They made tea for my friend and I and we enjoyed their performance for us. I love this part of the world; I've visited Maroc many times, and now I've gone onward, into more of it.There really is no way to explain that world to those who have never left the USA, except with simple images of the market place or the call to prayer, as you have done. Such a haunting song; sometimes I think I hear it in the distance.
Anyway, enough of my musings. Bon voyage and the best of luck to you both, and, insha'Allah, I will meet you sometime at the Mercury Cafe.

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Just want to tell you how happy I am that you're now actively exploring your vision, feeling it, smelling it, tasting it, hearing it and singing it.
Please, please give our greetings to those you meet -- asalaamu aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu (if you don't know this whole greeting, I'm sure they'll tell you its meaning, insha'llah). Please tell them of the muslims in Abiquiu, NM, a small village w/ mud houses and wood stoves. We send to them our warm 'Eid Greetings and share our happiness to have fasted another month of Ramadan.

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I am really enjoying the story of your trip. I want you to know that I am very proud of what you are doing, and my heart is with you. I will make a point of meeting you some day.

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wonderful communiques.... keep up the quest.... no need to answer...

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It's wonderful to have good news from the middle East!! The stories have been great. We need an army of fairies to carry them to every American home. I can feel you guys and see the pictures of you boogeying down in these little music shops. Good on you!! Reminds me of when I was in Istanbul at the end of Ramadan, and what a lovely dinner and celebration was served, with all the children rough-housing and huge extended families gathering.

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It's always wonderful to get your notes from the Middle East. I send my prayers and good wishes. I hope that you will be able to get into Iraq, that would be a great thing. I love you guys and miss you very much. Sounds like you're having a fulfilling trip.
Keep it up!;) We'll see you soon when you get home.

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Thanks also for you e-mails, I am reading them to your mom and she appreciates that.

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I hope you get your visa, however if you won't, Just try to capitalize on the maximum cultural - musical exposure while you are in Jordan. How about Lebanon??? It is the center of the art and music , also you will find a lot of my people over there playing music, like Ilham Al-Madfai, who is also a friend of mine.

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Thanks for including us in the e-mails. We are thinking of you.

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Hope what I do at this point will be helpful to you guys. Will wait and see a little longer. Don't worry, you are always nice and will not offend anyone. Enjoy the company and play music as you wish in Amman and maybe they will put you on TV (just remember to mention my name) oh, by the way I have read your interview in the Buzz in the Boulder Weekly. Our good wishes and prayers.

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Please remove me from this mailing list. Thanks.

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It's good to hear tales of your journey. Music is the most wonderful thing to share with people - it truly is a universal language.

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thank you for your gentle, compassionate and courageous voyage, and your punctual progress reports about it i must add that the interview you granted us is also really inspiring, infused with each of the above mentioned qualities we will definitely be running it in our "Mobile-Eyes on Creating Peace" I'm sure we will still manage to create an impressive document celebrating your humanity and commitment to peace and we will certainly end the piece with your website address, so viewers across the nation who are moved to respond to your gesture can do so a safe and profound continuation to you both, saving the world with each step

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I'm loving your emails. Hope the reiki energy at the party did you some good.
When you are ready for some news coverage, let me know.
I could produce a story using quotes from your emails.

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thanks so much for your messages, it is wonderful to know that you are doing this and please tell people again that there are many of us behind what you are doing specifically and many generally who want peace, music, and don't believe in the destructiveness of what the us government is doing. we have so much better to offer. thanks so much, and please don't worry about offending anyone, the truth is the truth. it has to be said even when some people get offended (like zionists who can't see any further than their egos and the lies they have been told...)please tell the palestinian friends that there are some jewish people who are appalled at what israel does, has done, and that it can never be justified. the people like the woman you met have suffered and continue to suffer and i for one believe that until the palestinian people have their own land, and their homes returned, and the right of return for the displaced refugees and their descendants (and that people like me who have no tie at all to israel do not have the right to come and displace people who truly are from that land) there will be no peace or justice in israel and palestine, and that never again means never again to anybody and everybody, anywhere. thanks again for all you both are doing, and safe travels, may the creatopr watch over you and may you have wonderful and hearttouching experiences.

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What a wonder to receive your up-to-the-minute reports! Thank you so much for sharing your adventure, for taking the time out to write to us. Any glimpses of dance? I'm following you all in my mind and heart, and my classes are cheering you on. They know you from the 4:01 CD.
Just got an invitation tonight to do a dance presentation and maybe a concert in Breckenridge in late March. Loving the thought of being with everyone in Colorado again. Much love to you both, prayers for safe and happy travels.

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Blessings on you'all , what we don't understand is hard to tolerate, you are helping more to understand-- the presence of Faith in the very air --Respect of traditions-- We must continue to stand in awe in the presence of the spirit-- no matter what it is called.
Blessings to you!!

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None of the maps here show anything called Israel in what is labelled Palestine... I'm curious, what is shown as "Palestine" on the maps? Is it all of Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank, or is it only Israel and the West Bank? Do they show the Gaza Strip and Golan Heights as part of "Palestine," or as part of Egypt and Syria respectively? He asked why the US government was so concerned about Iraq when Israel obviously was the one with the nuclear weapons... So, did you explain to him that while Israel is the only country in the Middle East known to have nuclear capability, it is unknown - and difficult to ascertain - which other regimes possess such capability, and known that certain regimes (notably Iraq's) and NGO's are actively seeking such capability? And that it is known that certain regimes (notably Iraq's) have historically possessed WMD's other than nuclear weapons (specifically, chemical weapons)? And that, while Israel has declared its nuclear capability as being for defensive and deterrent purposes only, several Arab regimes (notably Iraq's) and NGO's have stated that, were they to acquire WMD capability, they would use them offensively against Israel and (if capable) the US?
"The only country in the world to ever actually use nuclear weaponry was the USA..." he pointed out...
So, did you explain to him that, while that is true, Iraq has used WMD's other than nuclear weapons (specifically, chemical weapons)? And that, since the end of WWII and the initiation of various international standards, norms, and conventions regarding modern warfare, Iraq is the only country to have ever used WMD's?
Such responses do not require you to take sides, take a political stand, or express support for any leader or regime. They are merely statements of facts. This man has clearly only been exposed to one side of the story.

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Thank you for all your updates. My heart goes with you. Three years ago I was doing similar terrain on a bicycle. Thirty-three years ago by hitch hiking and walking. I did make it to Iraq but the visa was a big problem even then. I had to shuttle between Amman and Beruit twice. Then across the desert in trucks. But it was all very worth it. I hope you can stop the war.

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Right on!!!....WRITE ON!!!!!!!!!!..................

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I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR RETURN AND SHARING STORIES OF TRAVELING IN THE MIDDLE EAST,.AS YOU MIGHT REMEMBER I LIVED IN SAUDI ARABIA FOR 4 YEARS. AMAZING TO SEE LOVE AND APPRECIATE OTHER PEOPLE AND CULTURES.

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WOW!
Sounds like you two are having a wonderful experience! I sure wish our leaders could see things in a better light. You are doing the right thing! War is not the answer--obviously, religious wars have torn up the earth--pretty damned ironic, isn't it, as all religions (excluding those dark cults) revere life... Jackasses... Keep on truckin'! You are in my thoughts and in our music (the Thursday jams).

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I love what you are doing there and here about the non-judgemental and open way you are relating to the people you meet.

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Cameron-please remove me from your email list.

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Please add my name to your email list.

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I hope your trip goes well!

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congratulations and my prayers are with you both, and all the people you touch. i sent a donation and will send something in january when i get back from travels, if you haven't already scheduled one, i would love to interview you

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go baby go!

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You guys, I am very impressed with your travel stories! Both of you are great writers. I'd like very much to write an article about your adventures if you'd let me. I'm so impressed, I've been forwarding your words on to my family, and raving about your gumption and faith in the universe. Do you mind if I record what you're doing for posterity? And perhaps send it out to a few magazines? I think the world needs to know about what you're doing. I figure that I have the time, and your words really inspire me.If any money comes in I'll scoop off like 10 percent and give the rest to you and your travel fund!

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Very much appreciated receiving your first letter from Amman, Jordan. Looking forward to hearing more. I have experienced the call to prayer, in Java, also during Ramadan...and also in different places in India, just part of daily life. I really like it...it is beautiful and haunting...and, no matter who you are, it calls you to the moment.....I am glad that I got to connect with your pretravel energy at your party..I felt very happy experiencing the two of you together..........My whole bigger family sends their love, as we were all together for Thanksgiving, so we read the e-mail....Momma had wanted to give you money...$20.00 for your journey...for her that is a very lot...I told her that it is not too late! And, remember, i had wanted to contribute more....we will figure it out.... I wish you the safest and most "fruitful" journey, and dont worry, i do not expect a personal response. I love you,

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I spoke today with a man at Quaker meeting who is going to Iraq with Voices in the Wilderness. He thought you might try to connect up with them in order to get into Iraq. I don't know much about the group but I assume they are good people if they are at all connected to the Quakers. Good luck and I can’t wait to hear the next installment. My daughter Rachel has sent your letter to several of her friends including her college roommates who are from Egypt and India.

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Dear friends of Cameron and Kristina,
While at a party with them, I/we invented the possibility of a win/win FUNdraiser for any of you or your friends who would like to contribute and be nurtured by your gift. I would like to give massages or sell gift certificates and donate 20% to the peace/music/love tour. It was a gift to get to spontaneously massage each of them, working out kinks, neck/shoulder tightness and pain, and just loving them up before their travels, while a friend gave Reiki.
Would anyone be interested in receiving a massage to help me contribute to our friends' mission? I have 20 years professional experience and have shared this gift of touch since I was 9 years old. My rates are $50 per hour so $10 from every hour session goes to the cause. My practice is in NW Denver, near I-70 & Sheridan, and I travel for an additional fee.
Please reply or call 303-455-0469 for inquiries and appts. Your session will be designed uniquely for your needs and pressure. Let me know of your interest and ideas how this might work out. Of course, if you prefer to donate directly, that's always an option. We'll see what happens. It was a fun send-off. Marsha Murphy, RMT; 303-455-0469; cell: 720-218-2463

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We are so thrilled that you made it overseas and are off on such a wonderful adventure together. Keep us in your update and we will keep you in our prayers.

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Even without you asking I was preparing myself to try something for you case! I knew it. What I can do is to call someone who knows musicians in Bagdad (actually Baghdad) and to see if they are willing to invite you. You have to tell me how this should work, i.e. the logestics of the way the Iraqi visa could be issued etc. I need to know so I can explain (Iranians say exeplain) the situation. I read your memoire and can imagine you having fun there. Please take as many pictures as possible.
Well, have fun in Amman. Will be in touch if I have some contacts for you.

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I would like to be put on the list please!
Thanks!

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I will send you a healing to keep you in the "languaging rigor and zest to learn and grow in your communications in arabic" So as to give you more opportunities to speak and connect with these wonderful people. And a healing for kristina to keep singing the inspiration of the goddess to draw folks in - so that they will find out what you two are all about. Big hugs to you both. So, much gratitude that you are on this journey---and that you are both on this planet!!! Man, you could have picked any planet to be on but you chose ours---yee haw!! Much love

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This sounds so wonderful. I am so proud of both of you and would love to meet you Kristina. You are absolutely living your love and commitment to peace. Thanksgiving. Please keep sending the updates, and stay safe.

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It is Thanksgiving here in the states and I send you blessings. I appreciate tales of your wanderings and pray that your journey is safe. I know it will bring healing to many. I await more news.

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Great stories, Cameron and Kristina. Make peace and music and be careful - we need you two back!

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"May the long time sun shine upon you, All love surround you; And the pure light within you guide your way on."
-the Incredible String Band
Vaya con Dios!

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I recieved word of your travels and got onto this group e-mail via a friend. i am really excited to hear from you about your travels. i heard you, cameron, play before a peace march back in the fall. i really respect what your mission is there and am sending prayers and blessings. peace be with you on your travels.

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bravobravobravo!
great to hear your news... looking forward to more!!!
keep it rolling, and rocking, of course!!!

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I feel so deeply moved and Honored to receive such intimate accounts of your majestic Journey to bring Peace to all beings. Thank you so very much for taking the time to write to us so eloquently about your first moments in Jordan. You are the true Peacemakers.
With sincere and heartfelt appreciation and gratitude,

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I'm a student of Simon Shaheen, and I've attended the Retreat in past years. I clicked to your page from one of Kay's mail-outs and was intrigued by the information I read there. Your accomplishments are very much in line with the objectives of my Austin-based band, Atash. We hope to help build bridges in cultural relations through music, especially during the current political climate in the world at large. Perhaps, as a more experienced comrade in this endeavor, you could lend us your advice. May I send you materials related to our band? I'm also curious about your current experiences in Jordan. Could you add me to your list of journal recipients as well?

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that is really cool that you are sitting in an internet cafe in amman jordan and that we are talking about maquams!!...i am playing them on the DOBRO. :-) i think it will work well, since i dont' have frets and hopefully can get the half sharps etc...... i will just start out with the hijaz in D and stay there for awhile, and hopefully it will pull together for me.
so, the steps of that would be ONE, flat TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, flat SEVEN?

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I so look forward to every report from you. The spirit of the music will unite you and it has. Truly language conceptions can be places for us to stuff our fears but music makes us dance, gives us courage to step out of time and into a place more transcendent. Be well,

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I am loving hearing from you on your trip. It gives me such hope and comfort that the ways of peace are active in the world. Thank you both.

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Why would anyone stay in the states if they had a chance to get out!
My love and blessings go with you wherever you go.

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I've loved receiving your emails with news of your awesome goodwill journey!

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great, great, GREAT!!!!! way to go !!!!
cheers and love and encouragement and blessings

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Good photos and text, but I only saw one little girl and no women.
When will the grassroots mvement for women be a cry AGAINST war??

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Reading your emails and looking at the photos makes me all tear chokey backey. You guys are putting my hundred bucks to good use as I expected!

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HEY, GREAT PHOTOS!!!!! Keep up the good vibes!!!!
LOTS AND LOTS OF LOVE!!!

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Hello Darlings! I am resonating with appreciation for your courageous and compassionate mission... Every day you both are smiling and singing in my mind and heart. Thank you so much for keeping us posted on your adventures- this morning's photos make it even more real for us. It has been clear to me for some time that people all over the globe in every country simply want to live and love and be well. Your mission is that which needs to be happening to awaken the reality of our oneness. Those who want war are just a few. It is time for people to join together everywhere in claiming the right to a peaceful existence. The work-play of your musical bridge between our cultures is vitally important at this time. Thank you again for taking it upon yourselves to represent the consciousness that is the force of peace. I am so grateful to be your friend.

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Great photos. I enjoy reading the updates. Has Kristina been able to make contact with any of the women?

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I love that you are there bringing light and love to the world. May there be peace on earth and may it begin with me!!!

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Thanks for sharing your trip with me. I've taken the liberty of sharing one of your emails to the music newsletter, as I'm sure some of your acquaintances and fans in Puerto Vallarta will love to hear about your trip.

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'Once again we play a song of Um Kolthoum, the Egyptian super-goddess of the Arab world...'
Only a super-goddess might hold off the super-power gone berserk.
I think she was there the night you played CU's Old Main.
Best wishes...

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You are doing a fabulous job - keep it up. What you are doing in Amman is just a prelude, there is much more to be done and you can do it. Keep up the hope and the insistance on getting your visas. Your motives & goals are great, and there is a way to get there.

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I really enjoy your report on the music. You fit the scene and are not shy to play wherever you like. No ties or bow tie and no problems. Just make the kids happy and let them see two Americans play Arabic music and they (the kids) will never forget you both. Maybe they will be inspired and start learning music. Who knows! Take care and we pray for you.

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Whew!
I've been so moved by the stories that you've been sending out, and then the pictures! Wow. They made me cry. I hope more and more people will come to realize that it's not the people who want to fight, but the governments. I'm just awed and inspired by what you two are doing. I'm honored to be your friend.
Peace and loads of love

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It's amazing getting your e-mails. I truely honor and am impressed by your undertaking. It must be difficult, glorious, and amazing. I pray that your wonderous journey continue as long as you both feel inclined to be there and that when you return, you both have a sense of completion and satisfaction. It's sad to me that such circumstances even need to exist, but that's my trip. Anyway, blessings, be safe, have fun, and listen deeply! Blessings

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You are "bad". Amazing pictures. It could be great for magazine articles about your trip. The one where you are not looking at the camera is a fantastic one. Wow, you make these young people happy therefore you deserve an award. Thanks for sending the picture and keep taking more of them.

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Cameron, the only words that come to mind are 'thank you'. Thank you for going, thank you for sending back your wonderful chronicles. I find it very inspiring. Thank you! I look forward to every next installment.

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Kristina, just say the word & I'm here. Prayers work & the world is ripe...

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I am enjoying reading your reports from the Middle East. I wish you the very best and safest travels.

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I wish I could see photos, you paint such a beautiful picture! It is exciting to me in the amount of love you are puting out on this adventure. Cameron, you'd be proud, I stayed up till 4 am jammin' with my friends. We played a chiftitelli and a karshlima and I challenged Rob the Rock Star guitarist with a 9, a 10 and a 12 rhythm. We played saz and frame drum and singing bowl and chimes... Ah, what a night.

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thanks for the email!...
i'ts coming along, slowly but surely....i mapped out the dobro fret
board in hijaz maqam and am learning my way around.

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I seems like I have known you for a very long time. I read your peace journey article and now maybe others who read it will join you in song and prayer for peace in Palestine and in Iraq.. Music is the soul of life and inner harmony. With a song in my heart, I wish you both much success on your music and songs for peace and harmony in this world in 2003!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2003.

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I just read your posting from Ramallah- again, incredibly heartening amidst postings from friends of mine who are in Gaza sitting in houses that are being demolished by the Israeli army. The army used to put off demolishing homes if "internationals" were present, but the lawlessness of the IDF (Israeli Defense Force), especially in Gaza, is moving to another level. Internationals are now also being shot at. So for you two to be able to move with such grace among the people, sharing their joys as well as their sorrows, is a very special gift. Thank you. And may your journey continue in peace.

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May your path be filled with blessings to be shared with all the people you are meeting. You are creating a path of love, light, and music that represents the best of human possibilities; I hope more people are inspired by your example and will undertake small and large efforts to bring peace and understanding.

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What adventure, what a way to connect with our brothers and sisters. I so love to hear about what you are doing, and thank you, thank you, for showing the world another kind of American.

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Thank you, thank you, thankyou for your emails. My heart bleeds for the Palestinians.

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I consume your writings with glee, awe, and tremendous respect (not to mention a tad of jealousy!)...
You are utilizing the gift of music towards it’s highest purpose, of spreading joy and building bridges towards peace, understanding and hope-in a way that transcends politics- at a time when the forces of destruction and despair seem to be closing in from all directions. I truely am scared for our world, with the twin devils of war and environmental ruin seeming to encroach ever closer to all of our doors. Here is the USA we have felt to sheltered and impervious to what the rest of the world experiences. The human stories and photos you share with us are so wonderful and help to rekindle the feeling that we are one big human family sharing one big spaceship earth that will need all of our love and care to survive and thrive...

If you do get back to the West Bank or even Israel proper (if the passport stuff allows), I hope that you get to Jerusalem, especially the old city, and get to visit the great Mosque, the Western wall and the Christian holy sites. It is awsome to behold all of these places and energies contained within those ancient walls. I am remembering here our closing number at my concerts earlier this year, playing that “Niggun: Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem”.

On that note, one last thought: Remember that there are multiple sides to every story ...You may or may not on this trip also have the opportunity to speak with ordinary Israelis (who have yet to see their country appear on the map of most Arab countries), so many of whom rested their hopes- to live and raise their families in peace and security- upon the Oslo peace process. They saw that the ocupation is wrong, and they were willing to make considerable sacrifices for real peace. Now they live in constant fear for their lives, thier economy and hopes for the future are all shattered on account of terrorism. They send their sons- those Israeli soldiers you saw- to patrol West Bank cities in hopes of preventing yet more attacks. It is a terrible situation, and those soldiers get caught up in the very cycle of violence that they are sent to quelch. I am not defending the soldiers when their actions are brutal, and please as you read this know my unflinching desire and work for peace, opposition to the settlements, and desire to see a fully viable and integritus Palestinian State. But since you are an eyewitness influencing the perceptions of so many back here, In the name of peace, some balance is important too...

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Where are the women in the pictures!!!! Something is very wrong in societies where the women are shuttered away. I would like to see some equal rights for women in that part of the world. Where is the outcry about that.....

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I have to reply about the 2 year old boy who wants to die shooting Israelis. That is sickening. As a mother I know a 2 year old does not think as such unless those thoughts are put into his head by parents/other adults. Unbelievable. It is a sad, sad, state of affairs in that part of the world when children are taught such hate. Something must be done when little babies and children are taught such a thing. Those adults and parents should be ashamed of themselves. Nazi Germany was filled with such hatred, and look what that brought about.

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I am so thankful that the two of you have the courage and tenacity to go through with this. Perhaps in time I will also be able to join in similar peace efforts. I wish to say that I am a bit ashamed of myself. When last we saw each other I was so busy telling you to be careful that I forgot to mention that I am behind you doing this. I myself feel the same way and if all works well, I may also get a chance to spread peace through this wonderful music.

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Believe me C&K I interrupted my work in order to read your letter. Thanks for visiting in Ramallah and thanks for seeing the Israeli "art work" at the compound of the Arafat. The Israelis describe him as the devil and blame him for all the killing of Israelis. Exissive smoking and drinking and drug use result in cancer and death. That exactly what more than 35 years of Israeli occupation to Palestinian land and mind does after all. Cancer cancer cancer. America has to stop the cancer because it allowed it for a long time. The occupation will end because no occupation has ever lived. The more it stays the more devestation it will bring to both.
Fortunately, many Israelis know this fact and they are on the real peace camp together with their Palestinian friends. Thank you for your efforts in eating one meal in Ramallah and talking to one man and one woman in the great city Ramallah. No for the Israeli occupation to Palestine. Freedom and life to the brave Palestinians and Israelis who want to live side by side.

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How are you, I hope that you enjoyed in ramallah, and I hope you will come back and meet you again It was pleasure to meet you in that night and listened to your beautiful songs.
from your new friends in ramallah

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Happy New Year to both of you. First I would like to ask where are you. Are you back to your "normal" life? The question becomes what is normal after your historic trip to Jordan and Palestine. Your life has changed to the better I hope. Tell us more.

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Peace be with you!
Thanks for sharing your courageous travel accounts, pictures and the courageous light of your hearts! Your accounts expand my insights and understanding of life in Arab countries. Hopefully, this can also add to understanding and recognition of our shared humanity. Your music always brightens up my Heart & Soul. May Allah's grace and infinite compassion, always travel well with you!

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I am a friend of P. B.'s - he told me about what you are doing and I asked him to forward me one of your postings. What great joy it was to read! Especially since I am inundated on my e-mail with daily news from Palestine which is bleaker and bleaker all the time. Thank you for the great work. I would love to continue receiving news of you- will you please add me to your list-serve? And I will be so happy to share news of what you are doing with my fellow artist-activists in Seattle, which is where I live, though I am currently in Santa Fe, eventually on my way to Turkey for three weeks. Happy New Year. I hope you get into Iraq. Does Amy Goodman know about you? She should.
Salaam again. Salaam always-

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I wonder if you had time to enjoy Christmas and get a little weight for over eating stuffed Turkey. Well, since you are jumping from one town to another, I will attack the Turkey on your behalf. A few friends are sharing Christmas with us, after dinner, they were so excited hearing about your adventure.

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I wish I was in Palestine with you and my people to sing for peace, love and joy in this world. I went to school in Ramallah when I was a child and with my uncles and aunts in the town of Beitunia, which next to Ramallah. At least you made the Christams seem happier and brighter for people who truly dream of peace, in the the Holy Land.
Blessings and thanks for the translation.

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Your word relating your experience with Ali are incredibly touching. Her story is amazing. LOVE PREVAILS!!!!!!!!

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We want to thank you for your e-mails and photos from Jordan. Your talents and skills are clearly appreciated there and your message of peace is shared by many around the world. I spoke to my friends the other day regarding your adventure and mission. They indicated that your strength, courage and energy are recognized and that you are receiving special spiritual guidance and protection. We look forward to your updates. We are all praying for you. Happy Holidays! Happy New Year! Pray Peace

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I would like to thank you for bringing the harmony of music to build bridges of understanding and compassion for those whose voices are not heard or listened to. I commend you both on your peace efforts, especially in the Middle East. As a Palestinian American, I support your peaceful efforts to bring harmony and hope for a brighter, peaceful future to those who are suffering daily and yet, their voices go unheard. I would be most graceful to you if you could e-mail me the English translation of "Give me the Flute and Sing" song, orignially sung by Farouz (a well-known Lebanese woman singer). I will be mailing a contribution towards your peace efforts in the very near future. You are the bridge over troubled waters!
Blessings of peace,
Merry Christmas & A Very Peaceful and joyous New Year 2003!

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Your letters are the highlight of my day.....the whole western world should see them. Blessings to you both with your great open hearts.

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I saw you on FSTV! Good luck on your travels!

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Been enjoying your updates and photos. We are all thinking of you over there, easing the tension with the universal language of music.
Blessings your way.

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Was your trip planned to conclude these days? Did you plan to stay there for a longer time or you are going as scheduled. The West Bank is a mess and you will hate to see our people struggle for their basic humanitarian needs. But, if you need to see what it is like and why all this fuss is about you have to meet the local Palestinians in Jenin and Nablus and other cities. Then you will be an expert in the issue. One has to be very strong to see things and react (verbally) regardless the government's position. I understand that the weather is very tough right now. Are you warm enough?Take care and enjoy yor remaining time.

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Kristina, I just wanted to let you know how your stories have touched me. Thanks you so much for including me in your community. I have thought of you often experiencing such a different culture and being so open to learning everything it has to offer.

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Cameron & Kristina I have been enjoying reading your several e-mails about your trip to the Middle East.
We are now working and living in Dubai, a very progressive and modern city with all the tradition and old culture of the Arab and non Arab Middle East, and with around 164 nationalities living here together in peace and harmony.
We are very happy for you on this opportunity of extending your love and understanding to other people, especially to the down tridden. We thank you for being what you are in your offering of hope to this Planet and to its clinging survivalists in the over all hunman family.
Please keep in touch for possible arranged visit to play to the people of Dubai. We could arrange it for I have strong desire for the people in Dubai to enjoy your music like we enjoyed back in Denver.
Just this last time we attended your performance was in Boulder Library when you joined in with the Palestinian maestro violinist.

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I checked out your internet sight, and I am very impressed. I love the idea of spreading peace through music-something I really believe in. I use music in my work as well, I work in mental health and use music, drumming, percussion whenever possible. I am always amazed at the results. I believe it opens the heart which is the source of all healing.

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Your letters are the highlight of my day.....the whole western world should see them. Blessings to you both with your great open hearts.

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I am excited hearing about your travels. Thank you for sharing. I will share your emails with the handful of faculty and staff I work with here at the college. It is important that people here feel some sort of connection with the people from that area of the world.

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We want to thank you for your e-mails and photos from Jordan. Your talents and skills are clearly appreciated there and your message of peace is shared by many around the world. I spoke to my friends the other day regarding your adventure and mission. They indicated that your strength, courage and energy are recognized and that you are receiving special spiritual guidance and protection. We look forward to your updates. We are all praying for you. Happy Holidays! Happy New Year! Pray Peace