Organizing Notes

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Location: Bath, Maine, United States

I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Day 4 - Acupuncture in Camden

We began our day at the UCC Church in Belfast this morning and headed toward Camden.  The minister from the church walked with us the eight miles to our beautiful lunch spot at Lincolnville Beach.  The weather was spectacular (some Mainers are beginning to like climate change which has extended our summer weather into October).

What an amazing group we have - today 22 folks - some have left the walk and been replaced by others.  Veterans for Peace national board member Tarak Kauff (Woodstock, New York) and former national board member Nate Goldshlag (Boston) joined us tonight in Camden.  Glad to have them with us.

When we arrived at the Catholic Church in Camden today around 4:00 pm fellow walk organizer Jason Rawn had arranged for an acupuncturist to give our weary bodies a treatment.  I noticed that everyone looked more refreshed after the needles were taken from their legs, arms, feet and heads.  I could feel the energy moving inside me.

Mary Beth had to return home today as she has to go back to work tomorrow.  We are really going to miss her drumming and the good natured loving care she provided to all of us on the walk.  She will be back this weekend when she brings Buddhist nun Jun-san Yasuda to join us in Freeport.

We had a local newspaper photographer show up this morning to get some pictures of us as we took off from Belfast.  As we were shuttling cars ahead this morning I tuned back into WERU community radio and there on the air were our two walkers who were interviewed by the station on our second day of the walk - so they replayed the interview!  Thanks WERU.

There was a great program after the pot luck supper tonight at the church in Camden.  We were entertained by Mainer singer/songwriter David Dodson and his wife Mary Kate Small.  Each night we are asking a different walker to speak about why we are walking and tonight Connie Jenkins did a fabulous job with that job.  Each night we are also reading an open letter to the president of Bath Iron Works that we will deliver when we arrive in Bath on Thursday this week.  A similar letter, calling for the conversion of the shipyard to peaceful production, will be delivered to the Machinists Union in Bath as well.  When we land in Kittery, Maine at the Portsmouth Naval shipyard on October 23 we'll also deliver a letter to the Navy commander there.

In the morning we head to Rockland where we will be hosted by the Unitarian Church.  Likely going to get some rain again tomorrow.


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