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On This Fathers Day

“Know them by their fruit”

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(Washington Pass – Okanogan – Wenatchee Nation Forest)

I was saddened to learn of Dan Ellsberg’s death on Friday. But he lived a wonderful and long life and made a huge difference in the world and on millions of people’s lives.

Ellsberg was a hero of mine, and a role model.

I can still feel the thrill of reading the Pentagon Papers stories – and the Nixon Watergate debacle it triggered – in the New York Times, a daily pleasure that died for me in 2003 with the Iraq war lies and propaganda they printed.

A lovely poetic tribute by Caitlin Johnstone captures my feelings far better than I could ever express them – read the whole thing:

Given that Ellsberg died just 2 days before Fathers Day got me to thinking about how his children must be feeling right now. So, I Googled the Ellsberg family and was so warmly moved to learn of the lives of his children.

Dan’s beauty and quest for truth was passed on: (Wiki)

Robert Ellsberg (born 1955) is an American religious publisher and author who is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Orbis Books, the publishing arm of Maryknoll.

Mary Carroll Ellsberg (born 1958) is an American epidemiologist whose research focuses on global health and violence against women. She is the director of the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University in Washington D.C.

Michael Ellsberg (born May 12, 1977) is an American author, blogger, and public speaker. In 2011, he published The Education of Millionaires: It’s Not What You Think and It’s Not Too Late.

Yes, known them by their fruit.

I know how proud Dan must have felt for his children.

That’s a joy and pride I share with him, because my two kids are the light of my life.

I am so proud of the kind, caring, and brilliant people they both are! They’re better people than their father and have far exceeded their father’s achievements and have gone way beyond even his hopes and dreams!

Love is the Word, on this Father’s Day.

Arielle and Travis and his PhD, Johns Hopkins, (5/22/18)

Arielle and Travis at his PhD Hooding, Johns Hopkins, (5/22/18)

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