from Joey Cope has been my website for thoughts more narrowly focused on peacemaking and conflict management. As of March 2016, all of those posts are on I’ve collected the last few for you to sample. If you would like to read the rest, click the “PeaceBytes” button to the right.  ⇒

Talk About What Matters

A lot of disgusting talk swirls around us. It’s always been here because people have placed a high value on status. We don’t have to be the very best at anything — just prove ourselves better than others. Yet, many of those who are the best are those who spend no energy on aggrandizing themselves. […]


Seeing the Other Side

I’ve seen the other side. And I don’t like it. The problem with the other side is that it is the other side. It’s not my side. It doesn’t fit my view of how things should be. The other side grates against who I am and, tellingly, what I want everyone to be. That would be […]


Fixing News – A Simple Plan to Build Trust

As a mediator, one of my jobs is to look for ways that people can sit at the same table to negotiate. That can be made difficult by the negotiating tactics of one or both parties. One of the things that makes President Trump attractive to his constituents is his refusal to operate by long-standing […]


Escaping Insanity – The Case for Unequivocated Withdrawal

Until recent years, I haven’t been much of a “cause person.” While I recognized both the advantages and disadvantages of some of my friends’ life passions, I found it much easier to simply rock along in the sweet spot of non-commitment and relative peace. Avoidance — absolute withdrawal — was a safe haven that not […]


The Right Path

My social media feeds explode with political themes even now — after the election and just days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. The eruptions I’m seeing are not only from those who opposed Mr. Trump and oppose him still. The majority of outbursts I am seeing are from […]


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