Christmas 2015 message of peace


I grew up in Hawaii celebrating Bodhi Day on December 8th, the anniversary of Lord Buddha’s day of enlightenment in India.  But we also celebrated Christmas and  wished others “Mele Kalikimaka”.  During law school I hung out with Catholics and Jews in Massachusetts. Then I married in a Christian (Anglican) church in England as my German husband is a former Lutheran.  And now we have a Muslim nephew (from Casablanca) in the family.

Along the way I learned to appreciate and tolerate other religions and beliefs, but today as we celebrate the Christian day of Christmas Eve, let me wish all of you a secular message:

Happy holidays, and season’s greetings for peace on Earth, and goodwill to all. (And that even means people whom you don’t get along with.)

…and watch out for the Grinch lurking outside, trying to steal your merriment.grinchXmas



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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    • Thank you Bill. Yes, we are an immigrant family originally from Japan, but my two brothers married foreigners are well – from Australia and Japan; and my two nieces have married men from New Zealand and Morocco, so my family is now full of intermarriage of immigrants, reflecting a new America.

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