After 9/11/01, everywhere I looked, people were flying the American flag on their web pages. To me, that just didn’t feel like the right response to a human tragedy of such proportions. So I asked Demetrius to create a graphic that I could use instead–one that expressed things like hope, peace, and unity of the human family rather than nationalism. That’s when he created this graphic for me.
Since the only web site I had at the time was a web site about dogs, that’s where the candle went. Eventually, I decided it should have its own page, and I created Links of Hope and Peace.
And actually, I’d forgotten that the page was even there until just recently, when a few people e-mailed me to let me know that they had used the candle graphic on their own sites. (I had asked people to do that, so that I could link to them.) So today, for the first time in a while, I opened that web page so that I could add the new links. I felt a bit of a pang of guilt for not doing more with the page. And now that so many news stories remind us what a vitally important issue peace is right now, I feel like the page is in need of some updating. If you know of any good links that would be good to add, please let me know.
And, as I wrote here, I still invite you to download the graphic for use on your desktop or web site–or any other way you can think of using it to “spread peace”.