HarrietI was born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), the child of missionaries, and have lived in the United States since I was 13. Those early years continue to shape me in significant ways.

I am Dale’s wife, Dana and Derek’s mother, Nes and Katie’s mother-in-law, and Alecia, Justis, Selena and Piper’s grandma. I am also a committed Christian, active in my local church, and passionate about peace and justice. I’m retired from a career as an editor and writer, but still edit two denominational publications on a mostly volunteer basis: a quarterly 12-page newsletter on peace and social justice issues called Shalom!, and Brethren in Christ History and Life, the journal of the Brethren in Christ Historical Society.

The title of my blog, “Pieces of Peace,” is intended to communicate not only the importance of peacemaking in my world view but also the random and often piecemeal way I think about things. Not every entry is specifically or recognizably about peacemaking, although there is often a connection if you let yourself think about it carefully enough.

-Harriet Sider Bicksler


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  1. I found your articles on Beit so interesting! I was there from about 1959 to 62/63 – my name was June Buchanan. My Mum was linen lady at the boarding school – the matrons I recall were Mrs. Howden and Howard. I too was House captain of Buffalo in my last year. My Mum mad e the most amazing felt mascots for the houses while we were there. ~I now live in the UK.

  2. Sunette Badenhorst du Plessis
    I attended Beit School in Choma from 1956 to 1958. I was in the boarding school and needed help with my long hair! I started school there and had a hard time as I couldn’t speak English (coming from an Afrikaans home). Classrooms were in old buildings near the boarding school before the ‘new’ school was built. I remember mrs Baker (strict) and mrs Lesch (more matronly). We had to swallow huge quinine tablets before dinner. We dressed in white frocks for church on Sundays, wearing brown felt hats – a terrible look! Amazingly, I was also in the Buffalo team. I still have all my school reports, but none of the sport certificates I won.
    I was born in Harare, went to school in Choma before my parents (maize and cattle farmers) returned to Johannesburg where I completed my education. For the past 13 years I have been living in Australia. I have always had a yearning to read more (and remember more!) about that idyllic time in my life . . . . thank you for sharing your memories!

  3. I just found your blog and we’ve never met but I know your name from numerous BIC sites and resources. I enjoyed your December 1961 memories.

    Upon seeing your editing jobs spelled out above, a light bulb just went off. I’ve been seeking a list of BIC must-reads. This list would contain all BIC publications, BIC authors, and/or BIC recommended readings. I’d like to expand our church library selections but haven’t found a complete listing of materials to include out of print items. Do you know if such a compilation exists somewhere in cyber-land?

    Perhaps one of your readers has a list they will share.

    Thanks for your time,

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