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December 01, 2015

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December 01, 2015

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November 03, 2013
ROWWRRRR!!!! I have a lot of anger that circumstances would align to knock this guy off of the Earthly plane when he provided so much inspiration and guidance to others. I've been waiting to write something here before I was done with the anger, but it came back.

Peter was a solid check point for me during my two years at Wesleyan--a time of disorientation and searching. He was an amazing combination of intelligence, vitality, and spiritual rootedness. I could talk to him about anything and his perspective was always completely refreshing and compelling.

I remember my first semester stepping into an anthropology theory class with my severe intellectual outlook and listening for the first several classes to what I considered a lunatic rave on while smiling about how we have to construct any anthropological theory from the premise that We are All One. Every argument or discussion the class had, Peter would highlight how and why we should align theory with that premise. I thought this was very naive and rationally unfounded. But in the ever-shifting, cultural relativism of that course, I suddenly understood the necessity and the imperative of asserting that premise, guarding it, and inspiring others to do so too--in anthropology and in Life. I watched Peter assert that premise far more sweetly, gently and consistently than anyone else I've ever known personally. I've never forgotten how that realization finally took root in me, and I've told many people about Peter and that course ever since.

Aside from his deep soulfoulness, I found Peter also had a bizarre touch of color that I never expected. I remember his love of Tom Waits and when I looked surprised (from a combination of not really knowing Tom Waits' full body of work and from not understanding how Peter, a seeker, could possibly enjoy the gravelly musings of some weird dark bar fly), Peter started dancing in sort of an impish-ska way and singing the lyrics to one of the songs to illustrate Waits' obvious brilliance.

Although we ran across each other's paths a lot at Wes (music, Vespers, etc.), we were not super close friends and I fell out of touch with him too quickly after leaving Wes. I am very sad and sorry for everyone who had recently spent time with him or his songs. So sorry for your loss.

I look forward to rediscovering him, however bitter-sweetly, through his dirtroad website.

Love to Everyone, Love.
October 20, 2013
Peter was one of the most kind and inspiring people I met at Wesleyan. While we were not close friends,I was a regular attendee of the Jewish Meditation chanting sessions he led. And wow, were those ever sweet. Peter led with his heart and his voice, and created a space for us young spiritual seekers of unspecified paths to open our hearts, to sing out, to connect, to love. I remember fondly the songs, the shared silences, the hugs and conversations afterwards.I am grateful for the gifts he shared, which included how to connect to What Matters --love-- in a crazy world.
October 10, 2013
I learned of Peter's death today in the Wesleyan magazine. I was lucky to have been part of his group on the Wesleyan Program in Israel in 1996. He was intense, funny and great company. I remember more than a few nights of laughing and singing at the top of our lungs until the poor neighbors would come by to tell us to be quiet. He was a special person and this is a tragic loss. My condolences to all of his family, friends and people whose lives he touched over the years. Rest in peace friend.
July 15, 2013
I am only finding out about Peter's passing now and it is July 15. I cannot believe such a beautiful soul is no longer with us. Yet, he is in a way, in thoughts, memories, and visions.
June 11, 2013
So sorry for your loss Scott

My thoughts are with you

Kim Alli
June 05, 2013
I love you man
June 05, 2013
"Come take a ride in my peace tank"
- Salzman album: The One Minus The One
May 30, 2013
I am so saddened to hear of Peter's passing. His essense is so vivid to me and his Is loss too soon. My heart aches for his family and for whatever pain Pete experienced.
May 30, 2013
I was shocked and saddened to learn of Peter's passing. He was a friend from elementary school through college, and though it's been many years since we were in touch, I can still see his infectious smile and feel the warmth of his many hugs. Peter taught me this chant, which I have been singing in my mind since I heard this sad news:
"I circle around, around around,
the boundaries of the Earth,
the boundaries of the sky,
Wearing my long white feathers
as I fly."
Love to Peter's family in this time of sadness. He is widely and deeply missed.
May 29, 2013
I have read some of the beautiful remembrances and know that Peter was loved by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Karen Hallinan/Edward Jones

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