An Autobiography: Chapter 13, Message of the Sunflowers

| 7/9/2012 2:08:20 PM

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Georgianna wrote many wonderful children’s stories, as well as serious pieces. Her essay, The Message of the Sunflowers, written in 1999, is her legacy, which she has left to the entire world.

In 1998, I conceived the idea for Symposium 2000-World Peace through Reverence for Life, celebrating the 125th anniversary of Albert Schweitzer’s birth and the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s death. Vanderbilt University agreed to sponsor this 16-day event, and at the time, David Krieger, president and founder of the prestigious Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, was on my Board of Advisors.

In 2005, I visited with David when I was in Santa Barbara for my Schweitzer-Bach production. The NAPF was one of the co-sponsors of the event, which also featured a program in the afternoon with Christiane Engel, Albert Schweitzer’s granddaughter, a concert pianist, with the Stern String Quartet from Prague, Czechoslovakia, in a program of Mozart.

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We were receiving the NAPF monthly newsletter, The Sunflower, and Georgianna saw this article in one of their issues:

Sunflowers have become the symbol of a world free of nuclear weapons. After Ukraine gave up its last nuclear warhead, the Defense Ministers of the U.S., Russia, and Ukraine met on a former Ukrainian missile base, June 4, 1996. They celebrated by scattering sunflower seeds and planting sunflowers. Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry said, “Sunflowers instead of missiles in the soil would ensure peace for future generations.” 

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