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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thoughts for today

I often say I aspire, with each birth anniversary, to retreat backwards and increase my idealism and caring nature until I reach the wisdom I had as a child. My birth anniversary this year marks a "milestone" event (NO I WILL NOT SHARE WHAT THE DATE IS OR HOW MANY YEARS IT MARKS -- thanks for understanding!).

 This year was always going to be a very reflective one, and one in which I plan to revive everything I possibly can about the years in which I was MOST idealistic. Conscious effort! And, as usual....I believe many will think I'm silly, nuts, unrealistic, a "creative dreamer".... etc.


"There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down..."
Written by Stephen Stills • performed by Buffalo Springfield - 1967
Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Monday, November 14, 2016

Quote of the Day

"The pounding of the drums, the pride and disgrace

You can bury your dead, but don't leave a trace

Hate your next-door-neighbour, but don't forget to say grace

And you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend

You don't believe we're on the eve of destruction. mmm, no, no

You don't believe we're on the eve of destruction...."

PF Sloan. "Eve of Destruction". 1965

Sunday, November 13, 2016

More thoughts, and plans.


"I'm not giving up, and neither should you."

Election Week Cold Open

Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) performs Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." 
[Season 42, 2016]

 Watch, then act!



"We are so excited about the energy and interest in the Women's March on Washington. We only started working on this yesterday and are overwhelmed with the support and many great questions.

Interest in the Women's March on Washington has grown so quickly. I am leading the MA Contingent (at least for now).

This is an INCLUSIVE and PEACEFUL march and EVERYONE who supports women's rights are welcome:

- Women & Girls & Femmes & GNC & GF
- Men & Boys
- Families
- People of Color
- Immigrants
- LGBTQI Community
- Folks with disabilities
- ALL religious communities
- Climate Change Advocates
- Anyone else who wants to peacefully march!

We are looking for organizations with whom to partner/reach out to and we are working on the speaking program. PM if you have ideas, suggestions, or would like to get involved in a deeper way.

We are looking into chartering busses from various regions in the state. It all depends on interest and cost. We will be looking for donations at some point, but we won't be able to make final decisions about travel for another week or so. If you are unable or not interested in taking the bus, then please arrange your own transport. You may be able to find others here who are interested in carpooling.

If you would rather stay overnight and not travel to and back from DC on the same day, then please feel free to make your own hotel arrangements. But, please note that we are also working on a block of rooms. There just aren't guarantees we will be able to get rooms to accommodate all of us.

We are working on a website which will be a better way to address questions, ideas, and concerns that you have. Once that is up and running we will let you know here.

A little bit about me:
I am a public health social worker and a lifelong advocate for racial and social justice. I am a single mom, work full time, and am in school. I say all this so that if I dont' get back to you right away, please be patient. I am very committed to this work and this March and will respond as soon as I can!"

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


As a gardener...I cling to the idea...
that for new life to begin, dying of the old is a necessary part of the process.

As a musician, I cling to the comfort that sorrow can bring forth some of the strongest songs.

As a writer, I realize that stories can engender strength for the future.

As an historian, I am committed to understanding.

As a woman, I am simply...weeping.

As an American...I am ashamed.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A cry for kindness in our generally meaner society

I've been really unhappy lately by the generally meaner society we have been seeing grow over the past couple of years, and now I hear about homeless people literally being bulldozed out of cities and laws proposed outlawing helping people in need on the street,etc. It seems appropriate to tell of a gift I got some years ago.

Some years ago I was in Boston as usual and was eating my lunch at Whole Foods near the Conservatory. I happened to glance up from my book and saw an older woman kind of hovering in the lunch area, and then she sat down at a table but did not seem to have anything to eat. She looked around, quietly, at other tables with folks eating at them a bit though..

After a while, I walked up to her and said I was going to buy a cup of coffee for myself and could I get her anything? She shook her head and I kind of asked her gently if she minded very much if I gave her my dessert (I think it was a cookie or something). She told me she was a diabetic and couldn't eat that, and I said, well come with me and pick out whatever you want.

We went together, she made her own choices, I bought it and thanked her; sat and talked for a minute or so and then left her in peace. I wanted to respect her dignity and not make her feel like a charity case.

Sometimes, when I think I have it hard, I think of that day. Believe me, I got more nourishment that day than my little lady did at Whole Foods.

When I read about laws passed against helping those in need, or folks encouraging cruelty to people down on their luck, I think that we as Americans are truly starving ourselves of the nourishment that matters.

And we will eventually die of that starvation. We are already weak from it.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Boston archeology

My first time participating in an archeology dig!
Former site of 19th century tenements, in North Boston, courtyard next to Paul Revere house