Mama Peace Message Archives

Posted on: January 14th, 2013 by jeni No Comments

 

Peace Club Kids and Peace Club Teens are welcome (and encouraged) to reflect on and respond to any of the Mama Peace Messages that have been posted during any time frame.

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You may submit your Reflections and Responses

to be posted on the Peace Club Kids & Teens pages.

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Summer/Fall 2015

For Our World Campaign

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In his 9/11/2001 poem, Mattie wrote:
“We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts,
to nurture, to offer, to accept.” 

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How do you nurture, offer, and accept peace? 

Send a peace message
(artwork, words, poem, video, photo…)
to express peace — For Our World!

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You can learn more about our

FOR OUR WORLD ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS
for families, schools,
individuals, & communities here…

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or you may visit our
For Our World Campaign page here… 

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Send your peace message to Mama Peace
(via email or snail mail)
to be posted on the PCK pages, and
also on the For Our World Campaign pages.

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Summer 2015

View the Summer 2015
Mama Peace e-mail message here…

Celebrating Mattie’s Birthday
with  Your Peace Messages!

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CLICK HERE to view/download our
Peace Message poster in JPG format

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CLICK HERE to view/download our
Peace Message poster in PDF format

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Share your BIRTHDAY MESSAGE for Mattie!

Send a birthday message
(artwork, words, poem, video, photo…)
to celebrate Mattie’s birthday!
Mama Peace will post it to the PCK Gallery.

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You can download and print our Peace Message activity page (here…)
and draw or write directly on it - then take a photo and
e-mail it to Mama Peace for the PCK Gallery.
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Or,
you can send a message or artwork and Mama Peace will
add it to the Peace Message activity page for you.
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Also – winter-spring-summer-fall…
how do YOU celebrate the current season?
Share your photos, art, poetry,
and peace thoughts for your PCK pages!

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Winter 2015

Revisiting Mattie’s peace message
in “snow poetry” — HERE…

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Late Fall 2014

Mattie’s Peace Tree 2014
information here…  

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Early Fall 2014

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CLICK HERE…
for the FALL 2014
Message from Mama Peace
with ”Reflect, Respond, & Reach Out”
peace tips and activity suggestions. 

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Watch & Listen –
Mattie shares his poem
“On Being Thankful”— HERE…
then let me know — what are YOU thankful for?
You may respond in word, art, poetry, photo…
Just ask an adult to e-mail & I will post it :)

ALSO…
ask your families and teachers

to check out the information about
Mattie’s Peace Tree 2014 (CLICK HERE…)
— hoping that EVERY Peace Club member participates! —
Submission Deadline for GLOBAL TREE & PRIZES:
November 30, 2014 

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Summer 2014

Celebrating Mattie’s Birthday
with  Your Peace Messages!

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CLICK HERE to view/download our
Peace Message poster in JPG format

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CLICK HERE to view/download our
Peace Message poster in PDF format

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April 2014

Collaboration —

an important part of peace!

(and two great opportunities

to collaborate!) 

 

 

February 2014

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Mattie’s

message of peace

in snow poetry!

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December 2013

 

Click here to read the

December 2013

Message from Mama Peace

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Click here to view the PEACE VIDEO

Mama Peace shares in this message! 

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November 2013

Click here to read a very special

Message from Mama Peace – 

We need YOU for a free, fun international peace activity!

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October 2013

Please click here to read the Fall 2013 Introduction Letter &

Suggested “Reflect & Respond” Peace Club Activities

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Please CLICK HERE TO READ Mama Peace’s Message to

Peace Club Kids

(Mattie, Peace, & Coloring Page)

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Please CLICK HERE TO READ Mama Peace’s Message to 

Peace Club Teens and Peace Club Tweens

(For Our World poem and activity)

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CLICK HERE to see how our Peace Club Kids

are celebrating fall!

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Summer 2013

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Spring 2013

 Please click here to read Mama Peace’s Message to 

Peace Club Kids (Spring 2013)

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Please click here to read Mama Peace’s Message to

Peace Club Teens (Spring 2013)

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 Hello Peace Club Kids & Teens!

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I have written two different letters again this spring, one for “Kids”  and one for “Teens.” The messages in the letters are same, but written for youth of different ages to read and understand.

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Because there are so many reports of violence in the news, I have continued our discussion on feelings. In my last message, the focus was on how we can choose to respond rather than react to feelings and events in our world.

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The current message is about how feelings and attitudes are different, and how we can choose peace even when we are feeling scared or angry or hurt. 

 

Please click on one of the two links above to read your letter. You can share the letter with a parent or teacher, or other people you know and trust. I hope you will then choose to respond to the letter, and share your response with me to share on our Peace Club Kids and Teens pages. =

 

Reflect and Respond:

Think about feelings. What feelings have you had in the past few months? What feelings have you had at home? At school? About our world? Share your feelings with a parent, teacher, or friend you trust. Talk about how you cannot always change what happens in the world around you, but you always have a choice in how to speak and act. Consider different ways you can share and express your feelings (happy feelings and sad or angry feelings) that help you move forward in life without hurting other people.
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Peace Activities for Kids and Teens: 

These are suggested activities for reflecting on Mama Peace’s Message about feelings, and about responding rather than reacting which promotes peace instead of interrupting peace. Try to spend some time each week reflecting on peace and this message. A peace activity can be done quickly, or you can consider and reflect on it across many days or weeks, which can support you in making peace an attitude and a habit.
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Please share your reflections and activity responses to be posted on the Peace Club Kidsand Peace Club Teens pages to inspire other young people. If you have other suggested activities for this theme, please let Mama Peace know and they can be suggested here as well.
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  • Read the poems that are part of the current Mama Peace Message (click on the links above). Discuss them with your family or in school, using the questions in the Mama Peace Message and other thoughts as well. Create the poem, picture, or photograph activity as suggested in the message, and share it to be posted on the Peace Club Kids and Teens pages.
  • Read Mattie’s “Making Real Sense of the Sense of the Senses” poem (found in both hisHeartsongs and Journey Through Heartsongs books). What feelings does Mattie write about in this poem? How does he describe them? “Re-shape” Mattie’s poem with your expressions — For example, his first line is “Our eyes are for looking at things, but they are also for crying when we are very happy or very sad.” What do you use your eyes for? How else do you express being very happy or very sad?
  • Feelings A to Z — For each letter of the alphabet, think of a feeling word that begins with that letter. Consider choosing ‘a letter a day’ for this activity. For each A to Z feeling, be creative in considering the activity. For example, you can write the word, or ‘draw’ the word — how would the feeling look in a picture? You can journal about when you might have had that feeling, and how your responded, and how you might respond  in similar or different ways in the future. You can write a short story about someone who is struggling with sharing a feeling. There are many ways that you can explore expressing feelings in ways that promote peace.
  • Draw a picture or take a photograph that shows a person, place, or event that made you feel a specific way, and write a caption (explanation) about it. Try to express how feelings are okay, but how we share our feelings can promote peace, or interrupt peace. Share your  creation with someone.
  • Shape a poem, or share a thought about feelings (in writing or conversation). Sharing feelings can help us feel connected to others, which can support “resilience.” Sharing our happiness can help with a celebration. Sharing our fears can help us feel less alone and can lead to strategies to cope with our fears in a safe way. Sharing feelings matters, and learning to share feelings in positive way is a part of peace.
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I hope that you will then choose to share this with me, so that I can share it with others on your Peace Club Kids  and Peace Club Teens pages.
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How do you send your artwork?

Take a photo with a cell phone (or ask a parent to take a photo of your peace expression) and send it in an e-mail. It’s that simple!
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Peace is for all people. 
Choose peace… a message from, 
Mama Peace.
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Winter 2013

 

 Please click here to read Mama Peace’s Message to 

Peace Club Kids  (Winter 2013)

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Please click here to read Mama Peace’s Message to 

Peace Club Teens (Winter 2013)

 

Mattie J.T. Stepanek with his stuffed tiger, Tad, in 2002.

 

Hello Peace Club Kids & Teens!

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I have written two different letters this winter, one for “Kids”  and one for “Teens.” The messages in the letters are same, but written for youth of different ages to read and understand. Both letters share my thoughts on feelings, and how we can choose to respond rather than react to feelings and events in our world. 

 

Please click on one of the two links above to read your letter. You can share the letter with a parent or teacher, or other people you know and trust. I hope you will then choose to respond to the letter, and share your response with me to share on our Peace Club Kids andTeens pages. 

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Reflect and Respond:

Think about feelings. What feelings have you had in the past few months? What feelings have you had at home? At school? About our world? Share your feelings with a parent, teacher, or friend you trust. Talk about how you cannot always change what happens in the world around you, but you always have a choice in how to speak and act. Consider different ways you can share and express your feelings (happy feelings and sad or angry feelings) that help you move forward in life without hurting other people.
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Peace Activities for Kids and Teens: 

These are suggested activities for reflecting on Mama Peace’s Message about feelings, and about responding rather than reacting which promotes peace instead of interrupting peace. Try to spend some time each week reflecting on peace and this message. A peace activity can be done quickly, or you can consider and reflect on it across many days or weeks, which can support you in making peace an attitude and a habit.
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Please share your reflections and activity responses to be posted on the Peace Club Kidsand Peace Club Teens pages to inspire other young people. If you have other suggested activities for this theme, please let Mama Peace know and they can be suggested here as well.
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  • Read Mattie’s “Making Real Sense of the Sense of the Senses” poem (found in both his Heartsongs and Journey Through Heartsongs books). What feelings does Mattie write about in this poem? How does he describe them? “Re-shape” Mattie’s poem with your expressions — For example, his first line is “Our eyes are for looking at things, but they are also for crying when we are very happy or very sad.” What do you use your eyes for? How else do you express being very happy or very sad?
  • Feelings A to Z — For each letter of the alphabet, think of a feeling word that begins with that letter. Consider choosing ‘a letter a day’ for this activity. For each A to Z feeling, be creative in considering the activity. For example, you can write the word, or ‘draw’ the word — how would the feeling look in a picture? You can journal about when you might have had that feeling, and how your responded, and how you might respond  in similar or different ways in the future. You can write a short story about someone who is struggling with sharing a feeling. There are many ways that you can explore expressing feelings in ways that promote peace.
  • Draw a picture or take a photograph that shows a person, place, or event that made you feel a specific way, and write a caption (explanation) about it. Try to express how feelings are okay, but how we share our feelings can promote peace, or interrupt peace. Share your  creation with someone.
  • Shape a poem, or share a thought about feelings (in writing or conversation). Sharing feelings can help us feel connected to others, which can support “resilience.” Sharing our happiness can help with a celebration. Sharing our fears can help us feel less alone and can lead to strategies to cope with our fears in a safe way. Sharing feelings matters, and learning to share feelings in positive way is a part of peace.
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I hope that you will then choose to share this with me, so that I can share it with others on your Peace Club Kids  and Peace Club Teens pages. How do you send your artwork? Take a photo with a cell phone (or ask a parent to take a photo of your peace expression) and send it in an e-mail. It’s that simple!
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Peace is for all people. 
Choose peace… a message from, 
Mama Peace.

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Fall 2012

 

Hello Peace Club Kids & Teens!

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I am guessing most of you are now back in the ‘school routine’ and either excited or worried or frustrated (or a combination) about assignments, tests, projects, and homework. But I am also hoping that you are enjoying the school year, and making new friends and learning more and more each day.

 

Learning about math and reading and other academic subjects is very important.  And, learning about other people and lands and cultures is also very important. These lessons are a part of choosing peace. The more we know about our neighbors and our world, the less we fear things that are unknown, and the less we ‘misunderstand’ our differences. Mattie said that how we are the same naturally brings us together, but how we are different should not divide us. He said “our differences are unique treasures” to learn about, and to celebrate.

 

Where I live, the season is changing to autumn, and the air is getting cooler and cooler. Soon, the green leaves of summer will turn to oranges and browns and reds as we begin the transition to winter. I really enjoy summer, because I love the warm weather, and my visit to the ocean and beach, and spending time with friends just sitting on the front porch and looking around at the world. I miss the summer weather when it fades away each year. 

 

Even though change can be difficult, I look out now at the leaves changing colors as the seasons shift and we move forward in time. And even though I will miss the summer, what I think of when I see all those beautiful colors is Mattie’s vision that humanity — people together – is like a “mosaic of gifts” to celebrate. A mosaic is filled with so many colors, and created from so many different bits and pieces. When all those pieces come together, a wonderful image and message is created. It is wonderful to think of our world in this way — so many people, with similarities and difference, that together, can create a beautiful and colorful message of PEACE. 

 

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Reflect and Respond:
Think about mosaics, and how so many different bits and pieces come together to create an image or message. This vision of “many parts, one purpose” is also seen in other types of creations, like patches in a quilt, elements of a collage, instruments in a symphony, or words in a poem. Can you think of other examples?
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Peace Activity for Kids: 
Draw a picture, shape a poem, or share a thought about mosaics, or people working and playing together. I hope that you will then choose to share this with me, so that I can share it with others on your Peace Club Kids pages. How do you send your artwork? Ask a parent to take a photo of your peace expression (cell phone photos are fine) and send it in an e-mail.
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Peace Activity for Teens: 
Create a mosaic or collage that expresses your vision of a peaceful world. Use photos or construction paper, leaves or fabric, or any material that you choose to share your vision. Write a sentence about your creation. Be creative. Share your  creation with someone. Take a photo of your creation (cell phone photos are fine) and e-mail it to me so that I can post it on you Peace Club Teens page.
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Peace is for all people. 
Happy fall, from
Mama Peace.

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Summer 2012

Hello Peace Club Kids & Teens!

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Where I live (in Maryland in the United States), summer is about to begin — one of my favorite times of the year. I love the warmth of the sun, and the green of the trees, and the sound of the birds. I also love looking for butterflies during the summer, and most of all, I look forward to the spending a few days at the beach. I like to watch the sun rise out of the ocean early in the morning, and set gently back down across the land in the evening. During these times, I reflect on things that matter — like people, and peace. 

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Reflect and Respond:
What season is it where you live? What do you like about the season? What makes you happy during this season? Mattie believed that things that make us happy are part of our “Heartsong.” He believed that our Heartsongs remind us about things that matter. And, things that matter can make us happy, and we can share those things and help others be happy, too. Happiness — for ourselves and for others — is all a part of peace.
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Peace Activity for Kids: 
I hope that you will draw a picture, shape a poem, or share a thought about the season, or happiness, or  your Heartsong. I hope that you will then choose to share that with me, so that I can share it with others on your Peace Club Kids pages. How do you send your artwork? Ask a parent to take a photo of your peace expression (cell phone photos are fine) and send it in an e-mail.
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Peace Activity for Teens: 
Create a poem describing the season using all five senses — what does the season smell like, sound like, look like, feel like, and taste like? A poem can rhyme, or be free form — simply flowing from one line to another. Be creative. Share your poem with someone who needs a smile. Or, take a photograph of ‘the season’ — be creative. See if you can express peace in this season through your photograph. You may also share your poem, art, or photos to be posted on the Peace Club Teens page.
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Peace matters. You matter. 
Happy summer, from
Mama Peace.

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Spring 2012

Welcome Peace Club Kids & Teens!

 

Mattie believed that “Peace is possible!.”

 

He said we must each choose to use kind words and to act kindly to each other, even if we disagree with each other. Peace is not really about agreeing with others; peace is about accepting others and not being unkind.

 

We all feel sad or angry sometimes. And, we have times that we are excited or proud. Mattie encourages us to make peace something that matters, even when we are sad or angry, and also when we are very excited or proud. Mattie believed that kindness is one of the most important roots of peace. 

 

Reflect and Respond:

How can you use kind words and actions at home and at school? Draw or take a picture, or write a poem, or share a thought about kindness.

 

Peace Activity: 

Smile or say a kind word to at least five people each day. Share this kindness with people you know, and people you don’t know. Also, try sharing kindness with the people you agree with, and also the people you disagree with. At the end of each day talk with your family about how you shared kindness with others, and how that feels. Talk about whether it is easier to share kindness with people you know, or people you don’t know. Also discuss how it feels to share kindness with people with whom you disagree.

 

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You may submit your Reflections and Responses

to be posted on the Peace Club Kids & Teens pages.

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Return to the current

Message from Mama Peace 

 

 

 

December Spotlight

In-Kind Support

Celebrating our "in kind" sponsors and advocates -- who support Mattie's Foundation with services and materials. Thank you ezStorage, Montgomery Printing, Parcel Plus, and Potomac Valley Brick! Read more...

Nourishment Support

Celebrating our "nourishment" sponsors and advocates -- who support Mattie's Foundation with food and services. Thank you Botanero Restaurant, Fontina Grille, Safeway, Coffee Republic, and Red Hot & Blue! Read more...

Community Support

Celebrating our "community" sponsors and advocates -- who support Mattie's Foundation with commitment and participation. Thank you City of Rockville, King Farm Citizen's Assembly, Kick's Karate & Mix 107.3! Read more...

Champion Support

Celebrating our "Foundation Champions" -- sponsors and volunteers of all ages who support Mattie's Foundation through donations, brick sponsorships, participation in our activities and events. Thank you!!! Read more...

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek