Them PHS60 webloggers,
both silent types and pettifoggers,
have rallied around
a cause as profound
as funding another half-decade of PHS60 website content and all the good things – and other things too sometimes – that it augers.
[Just this quickly, I’ve received pledges from 9 classmates; hoping for a total of 20. We’re approximately 46% of the way to our goal, and the sun ain’t set on Day 2. Thanks y’all.]
"'Tis The Season" [published Dec. 11, 2014]
‘Twas the night of sequester and all thru the House
Parried Dems & Republicans, minions and mouths.
The stock in their competence waxed, then it waned.
Ere long my scant confidence entirely drained.
Would country survive this long, contentious night?
Did anyone care who was wrong or who right?
Were our country’s finest a’split or uniting?
Would we see an end to their partisan fighting?
Then word from on high - just to help with the scorin' -
Sprang from the warm heart of Elizabeth Warren.
Consenting to guide or to chide or deride,
She seemed as forlorn as a church-jilted bride.
Then what to my wondering eyes should appear
But Obama and Boehner a’grin ear to ear.
I saw both exhausted but seeming alright.
I witnessed a true Christmas miracle tonight.
Such difference a day, or election day, makes.
Despite learning nothing from prior mistakes.
I take this plain lesson from such folderol:
I wish Peace on Earth, and Good Will to all.
May your days be merry and bright. MAGFAY
Happy New Year to all. Be safe. So looking forward to the reunion.
Hazel Jane Dickens (June 1, 1925 – April 22, 2011) was an American bluegrass singer, songwriter, double bassist and guitarist. Her music was characterized not only by her high, lonesome singing style, but also by her provocative pro-union, feminist songs. Cultural blogger John Pietaro noted that "Dickens didn’t just sing the anthems of labor, she lived them and her place on many a picket line, staring down gunfire and goon squads, embedded her into the cause." The New York Times extolled her as "a clarion-voiced advocate for coal miners and working people and a pioneer among women in bluegrass music." With Alice Gerrard, Dickens was one of the first women to record a bluegrass album.
Dickens was born in Montcalm, Mercer County, West Virginia on June 1, 1925, the eighth of eleven siblings born to a mining family.
In the early 1950s she moved to Baltimore. She met Mike Seeger, younger half-brother of Pete Seeger and founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers and became active in the Baltimore-Washington area bluegrass and folk music scene during the 1960s.
During this time she also established a collaborative relationship with Mike Seeger's wife, Alice Gerrard, and as "Hazel & Alice" recorded two albums for the Folkways label: Who's That Knocking (And Other Bluegrass Country Music) (1965) and Won't You Come & Sing for Me (1973). Dickens and Gerrard were bluegrass bandleaders at a time when the vast majority of bluegrass bands were led by men. Hazel & Alice broke up in 1976 and Dickens pursued a solo career where her music and songwriting became more political.
She appeared in the documentary Harlan County, USA and also contributed four songs to the soundtrack of the same film. She also appeared in the films Matewan and Songcatcher.
Dickens received the Merit Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 1994 and was the first woman to do so. In 2001 she was presented with a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts.
I had the pleasure of seeing her perform about 5-6 years ago (maybe longer; my memory of time frames is really spotty).
Angelus Gay “Gail” Sanders, 72, of Bowling Green passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Gail was born in Princeton, W.Va., on Sept. 19, 1942, and attended Princeton High School. She was happily married to Douglas Sanders for 55 years. She was a military wife for 16 years, raising her children while Doug was away for more than a year at a time on assignments with the Navy. She was a member and deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in Bowling Green. Gail was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was active in the Red Hat Society.
Survivors include her husband, Douglas Sanders; three children, Ron Sanders (Patty), Larry Sanders (Lori) and Sharon Loftin (Steve); a brother, Billy Demont; five grandchildren, Jami, Isac, Allison, Michael and Dawn (Jody); two great-grandchildren, Sarah and Jacob; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Storke Funeral Home in Bowling Green. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Calvary Baptist Church, with burial to follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk CT 06851; or Calvary Baptist Church, Box 294, Bowling Green, VA 22427. Online condolences may be left for the family at storkefuneralhome.com.
I know that I’m too narcissistic
And tend toward statements ballistic
But I’m reassured
By thoughts strong and pure
Supported by my own statistic.
May others find their own statistic.
Becky, the cost, but more so the traffic last year in the Bradenton/Sarasota area last year is what convinced us not to return. I like your analogy to "our traffic looks like a football game just got out". I was reminded of the traffic in Atlanta and/or any other big city at rush hour. The other problem is that the people can't drive moving across several lanes without signaling. Also, there are some alcohol-related- issues prevalent. Kay's older sister (81) and her husband (90) live in Bradenton and go out twice a week with friends of their age for the "early bird specials". They meet at someone's home and have at least two drinks or glasses of wine before they get into their SUV's with walkers and wheelchairs to convoy to the eating establishment. They have a couple of drinks with dinner and then return to the host/hostesses home for a night of card or board games. They are scary!!!!
Despite English teachers of stern disposition
NOTE (all rhyme aside): Limerick, of course, is a county in Ireland.
May yours be abundantly happy. MAGFAY
The radius, circumference and circular measure
Are deeply indebted to pi's blessed treasure.
So simple yet magical, this friend of mine:
Let’s celebrate 3.1415(9)