This reflection is entitled...
Ode to Marla Ruzicka
Twins are blessed and Marla Ruzicka was a twin ~
I know because I'm a twin.
Accompanied by her brother on her nine month uterine journey, she held on to something she deeply felt and never let go of.
She held on to her connectedness with a loving plan and her strong desire to be in service from that place of soul consciousness.
At 28, she represented the very best of America ~ working to bring public awareness and official help to the plight of innocent war victims in Afghanistan and later Iraq.
She was an ' Angel of Life ' and Phillip Robertson , Salon, describes her as such in his moving eulogy of a thousand words:
Catherine Philip, a foreign correspondent for the Times of london, and one of Marla's closest friends describes her thusly:
She founded the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) in 2003 that began as her own operation ~ but soon included many Iraqis who tried to compile statistics of Iraqi civilian casualties ~ while the Bush Administration publicly refused , and still does, to acknowledge the carnage of thousands of innocent civilians.
Robertson, who also knew her well, eloquently writes her epitaph with these words:
You didn't save the world, Marla ~ but you did remind us that beneath man's inhumanity, cruelty and blatant deceptions lies innocence, purity, joy and love.
As such, you made a difference and touched the world in the process.