Bio

Daniel Shea Marine 1968 Viet Nam

“I” Co, 3dBN, 26th Marines – Quang Tri, Quang Tri Province & Phu Bia, Thua Thien Province Viet Nam, Last Duty Station: Sep Cd. Co MB USNB Subic Bay Philippines

2018 Dan currently serving on the Board of Directors of Veterans For Peace in his third year of a three-year term, also on the Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign core committee, the Vietnam Full Disclosure Campaign Committee and is an active member of Portland Oregon VFP chapter 72.

December 2015 Dan was one of 13 VFP Delegates to Jeju Island and Okinawa on an educational and solidarity mission supporting opposition to a ROK Naval Base under construction and U.S. Military Bases, Helipads and protest struggles to prevent the construction of a U.S. Marine Corp Airbase in Henoko.

Dan as a VFP Delegate joined in the protests in both Islands, met with Mayors, Governors, Professors, Students, Artists and prominent citizens. Was interviewed on an Okinawa radio station with Col. Ann Wright.

We visited Peace Museums and commemorations learning the violent history of the 1948 April Third Massacre in Jeju and the WWII Battle of Okinawa.

1994 Dan was part of a U.S. Delegation to Cuba of IFCO Pastors for Peace Caravan to End the US Embargo and in 2006 invited to the World Social Forum in Venezuela representing PCASC and VFP 72 as a speaker on the U.S. occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq and our meddling in the affairs of Latin America and to paint a mural.

That same year Dan was a VFP delegate to the March 2006 Veterans Agent Orange Conference in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

Dan is also a co-founder and former executive director of Education Without Borders (July 2000 – May 2016) to promoting critical thinking and problem solving through Art and Activism with a school project in Burundi Africa & local project providing donated books to prisoners – Portland Books to Prisoners.

Dan continues to be a consultant and activist with Education WithOut Borders on issues pertaining to Veterans, War, Peace, the Militarization of Police Departments, Border Police and Military Interventions, much of which overlap with his work with Veterans For Peace.

Dan was a member of a Warrior Arts Group now defunct yet continues to work with all sorts of artists; Hip Hop/Spoken Word Poets, Singer Songwriters and Musicians who critique our maladies, our history while promoting peace and harmony.

Dan works directly and in collaboration with a number of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and currently hosts the monthly TV program Veterans for Peace Forum view link. https://youtu.be/hnOh5z9YIkg of his most recent interview with Post 9-11 Veteran & Artist Trish Brownlee.

Dan keeps a blog “Swallowed Mars & Choked: Once I swallowed Mars the God of War, Now I Wage Peace” sharing his poetry, art and essays at https://dsheavfp72.wordpress.com/

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Art of Love

I find my best days are when I visit my daughter and spend time with my grandchildren. These little lovelies can be so sweet and at times jealousy compete for attention.

Saturday Jan 12th, I wanted a grandfather/granddaughter day and took my little artist to the Portland Art Museum’s Japanese Poetry, Art & Culture Weekend.

We went to the Yuki’s Origami demonstration and art making workshop.

Kaylea got right to work on trying her hand at Origami, as did I. It was more difficult than I had thought, but Kaylea persisted and did much better than me but we both needed help from Yuki’s assistant who was very patient and helpful. (I wish I had written down her name, because she deserves kudos)

While we were in the Origami workshop, we missed the Calligraphy performance with Sora Shodo, something I really wanted Kaylea to see, but we did see them cleaning up. I was fascinated by Sora’s inked hands as she rushed around cleaning up and to get her to pause, I asked if I could take a photo of her hands.

Kaylea had her camera ready and also took a photo if Sora’s black inked hands.

Next we walked through out the art exhibit admiring woodblock prints, zen paintings, calligraphy and exquisite porcelain pottery.

Kaylea focused her camera mostly on the porcelain vases and sculptures.

We made a visit to the Museum Store, so many fascinating and artistic souvenirs, jewelry, postcards, books, dolls.

There was one Frida Kahlo doll in particular that caught our eyes, Kaylea took a photo of it, I saw how much she liked it and bought it for her.

We took a brief walk through the contemporary exhibits but the rumbling of our tummies said it was time to get something to eat.

We left the Museum and walked down the park blocks past Abe Lincoln to Shemansky Park taking pictures of Abe and the Shemansky Fountain.

Then entered Southpark Seafood Restaurant to relax and order something to eat. While waiting for our order, I noticed my granddaughter’s image in the water bottle and glasses and couldn’t resist snapping a few photos as she made faces.

Our order arrived and we shared a happy hour burger with fries and topped it off with a dessert order of salted carmel & vanilla gelato scoops, which Kaylea declared with a yummmm and said “that is soooo gooood” and it was.

Then back to the car, and my little sweetheart drifted off into her own imaginations, falling fast asleep, dreaming of the days events.

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