March 13th, 2006

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Good Morning!!

Yesterday, Jeff, Jan, Steve, and I attended an Arlo Guthrie concert at the Marin Civic Center. It started at 3:00 which was perfect for me. I had a nap before and after. : )

I was struck by several things, first how wonderful it was to be gathered in a large hall with people who believe first, and foremost, in peace. We sang "This Land Is Your Land, and I know it was written as a protest song then, and the verses still work now, and I felt how much I want this country to be "good."

Arlo spoke of peace, and how each one of us can do our piece. It can be a small piece. He said if everything were good and wonderful, and everyone had enough to eat, why, you would have to do something big to have it noticed, to have it matter but, with the world the way it is now, and in such a mess, you can do something very small, and it makes a difference, so do the something small. Be your piece of peace.

He played a song, a Hawaiian song, a song with no words, just feeling. The message was clear. I felt how well that works for me right now, just music, and the falling away of words.

Arlo has Huntington's Disease. His father died of it, and he is beginning to feel the affects. We spoke afterwards of how one would choose what to do as to having children, if you knew you had such a debilitating disease, and that your children had a 50% chance of getting it too. His disease certainly puts my problems into perspective. I am grateful for my life. For those of you who were surprised to hear he is still alive, he is only 58, two years older than I.
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Molly Ivins -

Jane and I spoke, this morning, on our concerns on this country. When I read the Doris Kearns Goodwin book on Lincoln, I saw how the Republican party was formed. I am feeling it is time for a new party in this country, one that unites those who truly believe in morality. Jane and I agreed we are both conservative, when the definition is true, conserve. I felt yesterday how patriotic I am. I love this country, and I want it to truly stand for what I once believed it did stand for, quality, equality, and peace.

When Molly Ivins got breast cancer, I felt great concern that we would lose her voice. Well, she is back, and strong. Here is Molly!

(I decide to Wikipedia her. It seems her breast cancer came back, and she again began chemotherapy in January 2006, and yet, she still is able to write this. Yay, Molly!)

Enough of the D.C. Dems

by Molly Ivins

Mah fellow progressives, now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of the party. I don¹t know about you, but I have had it with the D.C. Democrats, had it with the DLC Democrats, had it with every calculating, equivocating, triangulating, straddling, hair-splitting son of a bitch up there, and that includes Hillary Rodham Clinton.
I will not be supporting Senator Clinton because: a) she has no clear stand on the war and b) Terri Schiavo and flag-burning are not issues where you reach out to the other side and try to split the difference. You want to talk about lowering abortion rates through cooperation on sex education and contraception, fine, but don¹t jack with stuff that is pure rightwing firewater.
I can¹t see a damn soul in D.C. except Russ Feingold who is even worth considering for President. The rest of them seem to me so poisonously in hock to this system of legalized bribery they can¹t even see straight.
Look at their reaction to this Abramoff scandal. They¹re talking about ³a lobby reform package.² We don¹t need a lobby reform package, you dimwits, we need full public financing of campaigns, and every single one of you who spends half your time whoring after special interest contributions knows it. The Abramoff scandal is a once in a lifetime gift‹a perfect lesson on what¹s wrong with the system being laid out for people to see. Run with it, don¹t mess around with little patches, and fix the system.
As usual, the Democrats have forty good issues on their side and want to run on thirty-nine of them. Here are three they should stick to:
1) Iraq is making terrorism worse; it¹s a breeding ground. We need to extricate ourselves as soon as possible. We are not helping the Iraqis by staying.
2) Full public financing of campaigns so as to drive the moneylenders from the halls of Washington.
3) Single-payer health insurance.
Every Democrat I talk to is appalled at the sheer gutlessness and spinelessness of the Democratic performance. The party is still cringing at the thought of being called, ooh-ooh, ³unpatriotic² by a bunch of rightwingers.
Take ³unpatriotic² and shove it. How dare they do this to our country? ³Unpatriotic²? These people have ruined the American military! Not to mention the economy, the middle class, and our reputation in the world. Everything they touch turns to dirt, including Medicare prescription drugs and hurricane relief.
This is not a time for a candidate who will offend no one; it is time for a candidate who takes clear stands and kicks ass.
Who are these idiots talking about Warner of Virginia? Being anodyne is not sufficient qualification for being President. And if there¹s nobody in Washington and we can¹t find a Democratic governor, let¹s run Bill Moyers, or Oprah, or some university president with ethics and charisma.
What happens now is not up to the has-beens in Washington who run this party. It is up to us. So let¹s get off our butts and start building a progressive movement that can block the nomination of Hillary Clinton or any other candidate who supposedly has ³all the money sewed up.²
I am tired of having the party nomination decided before the first primary vote is cast, tired of having the party beholden to the same old Establishment money.
We can raise our own money on the Internet, and we know it. Howard Dean raised $42 million, largely on the web, with a late start when he was running for President, and that ain¹t chicken feed. If we double it, it gives us the lock on the nomination. So let¹s go find a good candidate early and organize the shit out of our side.
Molly Ivins writes in this space every month. Her latest book is ³Who Let the Dogs In? <> ²

© 2006 The Progressive
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"Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable."

-- Brenda Ueland
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ways to share -

I have been a proponent of Live Journal which allows me this on-line journal. Now, I learn of which provides a way and place to share your photos. It seems to be quite a community. I am not a photographer, but some of you have sent me wonderful photos, and I have wished I were technically competent enough to share them with a wider audience. Well, check out Flickr. It might be a way to go. It seems there is a Marin Flickr group, and it is a wonderful way to link with other photographers, while getting a sense of your own particular style and meaning. Photographers unite, and share. Your audience is here.
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Poem by Samuel Menashe




            by Samuel Menashe


                for John Thornton


Dusk of the year

Nightfalling leaves

More than we knew

Abounded on trees

We now see through

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quote -

E. B. White -

"All I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world."

Wow! That works for me!
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Writing Poetry - words of Li-Young Lee

Divine & Human
Li-Young Lee
Excerpt from The Sun Interview August 2005
Part 2

I think a deep orderedness permeates all phenomena; call that orderedness 'God,' or 'Tao,' or 'the vast hand of Buddha' --- whatever your Jewish mother or Buddhist father called it.I believe poetry is grounded in this order. But here's something I've been troubled by lately: I think there is only one subject.It makes me nervous to say it, but this subject is the 'I.' Now either the 'I' is very deep and embedded in a bigger 'I,' or it's just this tiny little 'I,' floating around like a piece of confetti.I'm not referring to the ego, nor do I mean to imply that we humans are the only thing.But every time we experience a poem or a piece of art, the real subject is the 'I.'What art can do is give us a version of the 'I' that is manifold and deep, that has both divine and human content.When I say 'divine and human,' it sounds as if they were separate, but they're not.It would be more correct to say 'divine in human.'

I feel that the poems are addressed to an “all”: the stars, the trees, the birds -- everything.When I'm writing a poem, I feel as if the whole future of the universe depended on that poem. Of course, I laugh as I say this, but I do feel this way. Somebody asked Gerald Stern after 9/11 if he could write a poem for the occasion. He responded:“I already did. It's all I have been doing.” In a way, every poem is written at Ground Zero.Yehuda Amichai said, “Every poem I write takes all of human history into consideration, all the atrocities, all the good stuff, and it's the last poem I'm going to write.” So there you are, writing at Ground Zero all the time.The audience is everything: birds, trees, stars, women, children, men, grandmothers, aunts, uncles. Everybody is
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Rain -

I wake in the night to the sound of rain. How many days and nights has it been? I look ahead on the weather, and this is to continue. It is amazing! I google poems on rain. How about Shel Silverstein? He seems just right for all this rain.


I opened my eyes
And looked up at the rain,
And it dripped in my head
And flowed into my brain,
And all that I hear as I lie in my bed
Is the slishity-slosh of the rain in my head.

I step very softly,
I walk very slow,
I can't do a handstand--
I might overflow,
So pardon the wild crazy thing I just said--
I'm just not the same since there's rain in my head.

Shel Silverstein