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SPEAK OUT! 💐🎶 … Congressman McGovern Joins 75+ House Democrats in Censure Resolution Against Trump for Charlottesville Comments … and … from America’s sharpest and funniest political provocateurs!❤❤❤

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Go, Jim, go!

McGovern, Democrats call Trump’s Charlottesville remarks a “moral outrage”

Demand Congress send a clear message by censuring the President for his comments


(editor’s note: I’ve made some sentences bold. – R.T.)

Congressman Jim McGovern joined yesterday Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) in introducing a censure resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives against President Donald Trump for his comments blaming “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and excusing the behavior of participants in the ‘Unite the Right’ rally.

The censure resolution condemns the President for failing to immediately and specifically name and condemn the white supremacist, Ku Klux Klan, and neo-Nazi groups responsible for actions of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville over the weekend, and for doubling-down on his comments by attempting to create a moral equivalency between white supremacists and those counter-protesting the ‘Unite the Right’ rally.

The resolution, which was cosponsored by 79 Members of Congress, offers an official censure by Congress of President Trump for his remarks, and calls for the President to fire any and all advisors who have urged him to cater to white supremacist movements in the United States.

“President Trump’s remarks in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville are outrageous. His refusal to completely and totally denounce white supremacist groups and all who enable their bigotry is unacceptable. America’s leaders must send a clear message to President Trump that these comments are not just wrong, but they insult the moral convictions and ideals our country was built on,” Congressman Jim McGovern said. “This is a moment history will remember. Americans need to know their leaders have the courage to stand with them. We must not only condemn the President’s remarks, we must censure the President for the unacceptable way he has represented our country in this critical moment.”

In addition to Representatives McGovern, Nadler, Watson Coleman, and Jayapal, the following Members have signed on as cosponsors: Joe Crowley (D-NY), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Bill Foster (D-IL), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Scott Peters (D-CA), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Al Lawson (D-FL), Rick Larsen (D-WA), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Greg Meeks (D-NY), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Tim Walz (D-MN), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Julia Brownley (D-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), David Loebsack (D-IA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Anthony Brown (D-MD), David Cicilline (D-RI), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Al Green (D-TX), Mark Takano (D-CA), Grace Meng (D-NY), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Don Beyer (D-VA), Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Karen Bass (D-CA), Adam Smith (D-WA), William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Norma Torres (D-CA), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Donald McEachin (D-VA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), James Langevin (D-RI), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Ruben Kihuen (D-NV), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Alma Adams (D-NC), Robin Kelly (D-IL), and Jimmy Gomez (D-CA).


The full text of the resolution:

H. RES. __

Censuring and condemning President Donald Trump.

1st Session
August 18, 2017


Mr. NADLER, Ms. WATSON COLEMAN, and Ms. JAYAPAL submitted the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on _______;


Censuring and condemning President Donald Trump.

Whereas on August 11, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, a gathering of white supremacists, including neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members, and other white nationalist groups, marched through the streets with torches as part of a coordinated ‘Unite the Right’ rally spewing racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry and hatred;

Whereas on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, a car driven by James Alex Fields, Jr. rammed into a crowd of counter-protestors, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 20 others;

Whereas President Donald Trump’s immediate public comments rebuked “many sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and failed to specifically condemn the ‘Unite the Right’ rally or cite the white supremacist, neo-Nazi gathering as responsible for actions of domestic terrorism;

Whereas on August 15, 2017 President Donald Trump held a press conference at Trump Tower where he re-asserted that “both sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and attempted to create a moral equivalency between white supremacist, KKK, neo-Nazi groups and those counter-protesting the ‘Unite the Right’ rally;

Whereas President Donald Trump has surrounded himself with, and cultivated the influence of, senior advisors and spokespeople who have long histories of promoting white nationalist, racist and anti-Semitic principles and policies within the country;

Whereas President Donald Trump has provided encouragement and little to no denunciation of white supremacist groups and individuals who promote their bigoted, nationalist ideology and policies;

Whereas President Donald Trump has failed to provide adequate condemnation and assure the American people of his resolve to opposing domestic terrorism: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) does hereby censure and condemn President Donald Trump for his inadequate response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, his failure to immediately and specifically name and condemn the white supremacist groups responsible for actions of domestic terrorism, for re-asserting that “both sides” were to blame and excusing the violent behavior of participants in the ‘Unite the Right’ rally, and for employing people with ties to white supremacist movements in the White House, such as Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka; and

(2) does hereby urge President Donald Trump to fire any and all White House advisors who have urged him to cater to the white supremacist movement in the United States.

And FYI …

☎BANNON’S OUT! Next WH madman who must GET THE BOOT:☎☎☎

News you can use🍇🍒

Cuddly couple❤: Cece washing Lilac. pics: R.T.

Living beings should never be treated like luggage

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

Air travel snafus are never fun, but for one 4-month-old infant, a delayed flight nearly turned fatal. When the plane that he had boarded with his mother was delayed on the tarmac at Denver International Airport on a 90-degree day in June, temperatures reportedly became unbearably hot inside the cabin.

The plane remained on the runway for nearly two hours, and despite his mother’s attempts to cool him down by placing bags of ice and wet wipes on his skin, the baby became overheated. “His whole body flashed red and his eyes rolled back in his head and he was screaming,” his mother said. “And then he went limp in my arms. It was the worst moment of my life.” Thankfully, the baby survived — but his terrifying ordeal could easily have ended in disaster.

If the plane’s cabin got this hot, just imagine how high the temperature must have been inside the cargo hold — an area that typically isn’t ventilated or climate-controlled. Yet living beings are routinely transported in cargo as if they were luggage. Many dogs, cats and other animals have suffered terribly, and some have even died as a result.

A 5-year-old dog named Lulu was reportedly found dead on arrival in the cargo hold after her recent flight from Houston to San Francisco was delayed for two hours on the runway. Her distraught family posted on Facebook, “There were significant problems with the air conditioning in the main cabin where we are sitting, so we are deeply concerned about the conditions in cargo.”

Earlier this year, a rabbit named Simon reportedly died after a breeder shipped him in cargo on a flight from Heathrow to O’Hare, as did a dog named Jacob after he was reportedly flown in a cargo hold from Michigan to Oregon and the plane had an unexpected, extended layover.

Other animals have escaped after their carriers were damaged, and many have gotten lost inside airplanes and hangars. Some have bolted, never to be seen again, after airline employees let them out during layovers. Mix-ups and carelessness have caused some animals to be separated from their guardians and even put on the wrong flight.

Recently, the rap artist ScHoolboy Q was traveling with his dog, Yeeerndamean, from Missouri to California, but during a layover, there was a mix-up and Yeeerndamean ended up miles away, in Chicago.

Even without delays, escapes and mix-ups, animals are traumatized when they find themselves far from their guardians, tossed among the luggage in a loud, dark, strange place with fluctuating air pressure.

A recently published study by the University of Illinois found that for dogs used in search-and-rescue missions — who presumably fly more often than the average canine and could be assumed to be more accustomed to it —vair travel is so unsettling that “[t]hey showed behavioral stress, their gut was completely turned upside down, [and] their bloodwork showed significant effects.”

If you must fly with animal companions, always take them in the cabin with you. Use a sturdy, well-ventilated carrier, preferably one with wheels, that is designed for animals and will fit under the seat.

Plan ahead: Well before your departure date, set up the carrier and put a blanket and toys and treats inside so your animal will want to check it out, and make sure that it’s large enough to allow him or her to stand up and turn around in comfortably.

If you have animals who are too large to fit under the seat, don’t risk putting them in cargo. Instead, drive to your destination or leave them in the comfort and security of their own home with a trusted caretaker — it’s far less stressful and dangerous.

You’ll be glad you did. Lost or damaged luggage can be replaced, but living beings can’t.




… We all need to stand in solidarity.
Please let me know that we can count on you!

August 31

5:30 pm at Worcester City Hall Common, Main Street

Please join our families and friends who have lost a loved one to this opioid epidemic.

Losing a loved one is a lonely experience and we would love your support and prayers during this time to help our community heal.

Around the world on this day, events are held to support families and to bring awareness to this public health, public safety crisis.

See you there,
Matilde Castiel MD
Commissioner of Health and Human Services

City of Worcester


See-Saw: A Group for Children of
Substance Using Parents/Caregivers

A 10-week group for children (ages 7-11) of adult substance users, who are in, or currently working toward, recovery

Group will focus on:

· Education about substance use

· A safe space to process guardian substance use

· Prevention for at risk youth

· Supporting youth to develop and practice healthy

When: Tuesdays 4 -5 p.m. starting September 26

Where: 81 Plantation St.

To make a referral call: Central Referral at 1-855-4YOUINC

Rolling Admission: members are accepted throughout the group

For more information contact: Kristen Birch, MA director of Substance Abuse at 508-849-5600 x 408




Buy these zippity-doo-dah specials at Webster Square’s Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop

Located at 1329 Main St., Worc

Open Mon – Sat, 2 – 8 p.m.


🌻Vinyl – vintage – retro – antiques – industrial – tableware – vintage toys – electric and folk guitars – neon signs – signs – jewelry – collectibles🌻



















Catch Imalay’s column and recipe in the next issue of CECELIA (on stands next Fri.)! Here’s Imalay with her babe and her cute mom❤ (center), the lady who taught Imalay how to cook!:


Here’s Rose’s mom, CECELIA❤, at her First Holy Communion. The photo was taken at her family church, Woo’s little Polish church on Ward Street, St. Mary’s:

So austere and dark…the Catholic faith of the Great Depression!!

St. Mary’s, from Rose’s kitchen window, today…

More Chef Joey Europe pics. Read him in CECELIA, too! Next Friday!

Chef Joey and Provence!

French cliche😉

The Pope’s shack – Citta del Vaticano


This weekend visit CECELIA pal Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St., Worcester

Open 2 – 8 p


Vinyl – 33s, 45s and 78s🎵🎵

Neon signs🌻




CDs and DVDs🎹


Record players, speakers, stereos🎶🎶


Toys – vintage and antique❤

Vintage toy trucks and cars🚙



FUN🍇🍒 … and anything your little heart imagines!


Pics/text: Rose T.












Just 4 u, Woo!❤

Chef Joey is in Europe cooking for and eating with his family …

pics: Chef Joey


Tasting and buying vino ….


But heading back HOME soon … to Worcester (avec E.T?!) …

Too cute, Joe Joe! (at Madame Tussauds wax museum)

… with new, oh-so-easy recipes just for you!


Read his culinary Europe column – postcards from the center of ❤ – in the next issue of CECELIA❤❤❤, on stands next Friday!



Fifth Annual Symposium -1(1)


At the Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square

Free to all!

Mindful Based Stress Reduction

Eight-Week Program Plus Orientation and Retreat

Mindfulness facilitator Ginny Wholley was trained by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, in the world-renowned MBSR program, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

The program consists of:

• Instruction on formal and informal mindfulness practices

• Guided meditations

• Exercises directed at developing awareness

• Dialogue and group discussions

• Mindful movement: gentle yoga, stretching and walking
(All movement can be adapted for abilities at any level)

• Home practice

Orientation: Tuesday, September 5
6 to 8 p.m., Saxe Room in the Main Library

Eight Classes: Tuesdays, September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31,
6 to 8:30 p.m., Saxe Room in the Main Library

Full Day Silent Retreat: Saturday, October 28, 9:30 to 5 p.m.,
Saxe Room in the Main Library

Bring your own mat.

To receive maximum benefit you are encouraged to attend all sessions.

Register online today at or call 508-799-1655 ext. 3.


RIP, Rhinestone Cowboy …

So romantic ❤💔❤💔… sigh

While the other vintage-antique shops are away (read: closed on Mondays) …

… you can always play at Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St., Worcester.🌺🌸


Open Mon. – Sat., 2 – 8 p.m.🎹

A sampler👠: pics: R.T.







Jett? Lilac? Cece?!











Industrial Crush💙 = Webster Square’s Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop!

You want industial gold? A piece of Worcester history? Something to foster curiosity in your humble abode?

Then zip on down to Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St., Worcester! At the corner of Main and Henshaw streets!

They’ve got EVERYTHING!: Jewelry, neon signs, guitars (folk and electric), tableware, records and record players, vintage toy trucks and cars, posters and prints, big mirrors, vintage mags and books, furniture…

BEST PRICES in the city! Hands down!

Hours: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Mon. – Sat.

text+pics: R.T.











Tonight! In Main South – for our neighborhoods! … Tomorrow at City Hall – for Notre Dame Church! … and more!!


Join the community!
Commit to SAFE, drug-free Worcester neighborhoods!

It’s National Night Out!

Today – Tuesday, August 1

5:30 PM- 9:30 PM

at The Fuller Family (YMCA) Park at
104 Murray Ave


Many giveaways and prizes!!



Do you want to help SAVE Notre Dame Church?

Worcester needs to stand together!

5:30 pm – Tomorrow, WEDNESDAY – AUGUST 2

The PLANNING BOARD at Worcester City Hall, Main Street – BE THERE!


🌺 Will they help preserve part of Notre Dame?

🌺 What is the traffic impact of another big project?

🌺Do they care about the historical character of downtown?

🌺What will be the impact on our community of more cars?

🌺Where are all of these cars going to park?

🌺How will more apartments downtown impact our schools?






Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group (this also includes other kin)

Date: The Second MONDAY of Every Month

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

New Meeting Room (Library 2nd floor)
1 Salem Square

Free childcare provided🌷

The support group meets with a social worker from Children’s Friend, Inc.🍎



Pernet ‘s Computer Lab
243 Millbury St., in Green Island

· Open Mon thru Thursday 9:00-2:00pm

· Free internet access

· On-line job searches

· Updating Resume

· Email


And for you bargain hunters: GET QUALITY VINTAGE AND ANTIQUES, records – lps, 45s, 78s – jewelry, collectibles, toys, signs, neon signs, industrial finds and other FUNKY STUFF at Unique Finds in Webster Square!


Unique Finds Antique and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St., Worcester

Open Mon – Sat, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
(and some Sundays)

pics: R.T.











Go, Jim, go!💙💙🎻🌺 … and … O Canada!🍀🌸🌹🌷💐

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Congressman Jim McGovern


Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Increase Veterans Service Dog Program Funding By $2 Million

editor’s note: I’ve made some sentences bold. – R.T.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved last week a bipartisan measure from Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) to increase funding for the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program by $2 million.

The measure was passed as part of the FY 2018 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill and was also led by Reps. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ).

“With so many veterans returning from war bearing both physical and emotional scars, we must do all we can to provide treatment that works. The Wounded Warrior Service Dog program has helped countless veterans and military families. Providing grant opportunities for groups professionally engaged in this field is critical to ensuring that our military and veterans receive the care they deserve,” Rep. McGovern said. “I am proud to join with Republicans and Democrats on this bipartisan measure to increase funding for this program and continue to support our veterans as they come home from serving our country.”

“Those who know and love animals like I do understand that they have a unique ability to bring service and healing to our wounded warriors,” Rep. McSally said. “Therapeutic service dog training program is an important program, and by increasing funding more service dogs will be placed with veterans. I was pleased to support this amendment.”

“For many service members suffering from PTSD and TBI, training service dogs to help other service members and veterans can be an effective, non-pharmaceutical therapy that gives comfort and purpose,” said Rep. Shea-Porter. “I am happy our bipartisan work has secured $2 million to expand this and other programs, which are having a positive impact on so many lives.”

“Our men and women in uniform deserve the best care when they return home from service,” said Rep. Jones. “By individually training service dogs for the physical or emotional needs of an individual veteran, the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program has helped countless service members and military families with their transition and healing process – I could not think of a better program to support. Thank you to all of my colleagues for backing this exceptional program that helps our nation’s heroes.”

“Service dogs have a proven therapeutic role in helping wounded warriors heal. As a representative of military communities in South Jersey and proud dog owner, I applaud this bipartisan effort to fund a program that provides our heroes access to the care they deserve and the treatments they need,” Rep. LoBiondo said.

Administered by the Department of Defense, the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Grant Program supports non-profit organizations whose mission is to address physical and mental health needs of service members and veterans with assistance from service dogs. This program was funded at $1 million in Fiscal Year 2015, $5 million in Fiscal Year 2016, and $5 million in Fiscal Year 2017. With the passage of this amendment, the House bill aims to fund this program at $7 million for Fiscal Year 2018.

Many of our service members and veterans return home from the battlefield suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), blindness or impaired vision, the loss of a limb, paralysis, impaired mobility, loss of hearing, and other mental and physical disabilities. Sadly, too many also struggle with suicidal thoughts and the inability to reintegrate into the social framework of their families and communities. Working with a trained service dog is a promising form of therapy and assistance for these veterans and service members, one that has already been proven to help civilians who confront similar mental and physical disabilities.

Through a highly technical regimen that can take up to two years, non-profit organizations customize the training of each dog to assist its future owner. Depending on the owner’s needs, these dogs can be trained to retrieve medicine from a refrigerator, turn the lights on and scan an empty house before the owner enters, guard an owner’s back in a public setting, and even wake an owner up from a nightmare.

In its three years of existence, the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program has allowed non-profit organizations to train and pair over 250 highly sophisticated service dogs with veterans in need. The additional $2 million would help place an additional 45 to 60 service dogs with veterans industry wide.


Make America great: follow Canada’s recommendations!

By Heather Moore

Know what would really make America great? If we followed in Canada’s footsteps and revised our national food guidelines to favor plant-based over animal-based protein.

Our neighbor to the north’s new dietary recommendations, which will likely be issued by Health Canada next year, are expected to specify plant-based foods as the preferred source of protein and to call for the regular consumption of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and other vegan foods.

At least one news outlet has speculated that — because Canada is so culturally diverse, much like the U.S., and because many ethnic groups can’t digest cow’s milk — dairy products won’t be included in the new recommendations at all.

While it remains to be seen if the Canadian government will officially urge citizens to eat beans not beef, many media outlets have already reported on one anticipated — and sensible — guideline: Don’t eat foods that contain mostly saturated fat (i.e., meat, eggs and dairy products) and opt instead for healthy plant-based foods, which also tend to be more environmentally friendly.

That’s sound, science-based advice — not industry-pandering. Canada is one of the world’s largest beef producers, and ranchers and feedlot operators likely didn’t break into a chorus of “O Canada” when they heard that government officials were planning to promote plant-based foods. But it’s the right thing to do, and hopefully Health Canada will hold firm to its mission.

I also hope the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will implement strong guidelines favoring plant-based foods. America’s fruited plains and amber waves of grain are overrun with animal factories and slaughterhouses, and we’ll all be healthier if we stop eating animal-based foods.

We know this. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Chicago — the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals — has pointed out that people who eat mostly plant-based foods are less likely to suffer from obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.

A 2016 position statement by the academy revealed that people can reduce their risk of developing diabetes by 62 percent, suffering from heart disease by 29 percent and succumbing to any form of cancer by 18 percent just by going vegan. Vegan men reduce their likelihood of developing prostate cancer by 35 percent.

The U.S. advisory committee has acknowledged that a diet high in plant-based foods is “more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact.”

But meat industry groups spent hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting to keep “eat less meat” from appearing in the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans — that’s why they allow fatty, cholesterol-laden animal-based foods.

Other countries have already taken steps to promote more nutritious, vegan foods. Last year, for example, the Netherlands began advising people to eat a lot less meat — no more than two servings per week — and to replace it with plant foods. The United Kingdom also encourages residents to cut back on animal protein. Brazil puts an emphasis on native plants and minimally processed foods.

The U.S. will have to consider similar guidelines as public-health problems — and Americans’ waistlines — continue to expand. Let’s all avoid the “red tape” and opt for vegan foods well before our dietary guidelines are scheduled to be revised.

Doing so will help local farmers who grow flavorful, health-promoting fruits and vegetables — like red delicious apples, sweet white corn and juicy blueberries. It will also support innovative vegan businesses, such as Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods and Memphis Meats, three California companies that have made headlines for producing mouthwatering plant-based meats. Most of all, it will benefit our health, the environment and animals — and that will help make America a truly great nation.


TRADER JOE’S GROCERY STORE ON ROUTE 9 IN SHREWSBURY – just over the bridge – is a GREAT PLACE TO BEGIN YOUR VEGGIE ADVENTURES! Organic fruits and vegetables, nondairy icecream and yogurt that is SO TASTY💙, frozen dinners, sauces, mock meats, spices, cakes, cookies … ALL SO INEXPENSIVE and yummy! Love shopping here! – Rose T.

Trader Joe crackers – $1.39 – a staple at Rose’s shack. Center: Vintage thermos David C. gave Rose. She’s made a centerpiece of it so Davey is always hanging out in her kitchen☕☕! pics: R.T.





You can order these cute undies at PETA.ORG!😉

For David❤❤🐶🐶🌹

Text and photos by Rosalie Tirella

Missing my pal “Davey” Carlson … a Quinsigamond Village stalwart!❤ A walker of Greenwood, Carlstad and Kosta streets. A tall, handsome, raw-boned Swede, with deep, illustrious roots in the “Village.”

12 Halmstad St., in Quinsig Village, David’s house – the site, I believe, of the brutal murder of my friend! He was 53 years old.

Like so many folks here, my heart breaks for you, Davey! I miss you❤,  my sweet, too trusting, often lonely friend!

David, my ally, my cheer leader!💙  The Village’s one-man marketing marching band!🎵🎵 You were always so proud of the neighborhood’s mom and pop businesses – my small biz, too, and me! Talking me up to your family and friends! Just like the sales guy you were – for a Boston area seafood shipping company for many years! Buying an ICT ad now and then from this sales gal! Picking up my feisty little rag – and giving it to folks! Being happy for me. Smiling so beautifully whenever you saw me in the ‘hood or I visited you! Accepting and loving me for who I was. (I did the same for you!)

David you were great with my dogs! So loving! Always calling Jett “handsome boy” and willing to romp with silly Lilac! She was so excited when we drove to your house two days ago! I was dumbstruck – numb from the shock of reading about your tragic ending – bludgeoned and genitalia set on fire (I believe). You were a gay man, looking for love in all the wrong places…street people, poor young men desperate for money, knowing you came from money …seeing your beautiful big house…maybe trying to sell themselves to you, a guy lost in booze, drugs … addiction, self-loathing.

Like I was saying, my little Lilac girl was all tail-wagging elation when we drove to your place. She was expecting to see you! To have you come out to say Hi!, like the old days . She never cared if you were drunk or high! She just wanted you to get into my car, your tall frame bending all funny to fit inside and you always pushing back the passenger seat (WAY BACK) to accommodate your long legs, so we could drive to the country to frolic! To go with you and me on a jaunt – sometimes to the Swedish cemetery in Auburn! Like the old days! That’s what Lilac wanted!


Now YOU are sleeping in the Swedish cemetery, my dear ol’ pal! With your late, beloved Dad and your MUCH LOVED nephew, Nicky – gone as a teenager at the height of his beauty and potential! You could never let go of Nicky! Cried like a babe whenever you talked about him! Which was often! I’d say: Don’t cry, David! We all lose people we love! But we all have to adjust – go on!

I don’t ever think you really heard me!

Davey, we had us some adventures, you and me!! Like the time we were in your car, driving into Auburn. You were driving. Jett was in the back seat. I was worried …

I said: Dave we’re heading into Auburn. The Auburn cops are dangerous cowboys. Do you have all your i’s dotted and t’ s crossed?? (this was a nice way to ask: are you driving legally?)

David: Yep , Rose.

Two minutes later outside a credit union in Auburn, the Auburn Police is here and the two cops have you handcuffed back against the trunk of your car.  You are yelling: I HAVE A HEART CONDITION! They don’t care. They have asked for MY driver’s license, too! I wasn’t even driving! I spit it outa my wallet, postage stamps flying out everywhere!  Jett is going crazy, barking his head off at the male cops (Jett does not like most men –  he was abused by them as a pup in Kentucky)! I am so afraid these rogue Auburn bastards are gonna shoot my Jett!!

24 hours later: Your wonderful sister has bailed you out of the Auburn police dept jail, picked up your car at my house…and you took your heart meds while in jail. You are OK. Told me, when we talked over the phone, that the Auburn police made sure you had your meds. They took a ton of $bail from your family, too, your great clan – the one that always had your back. The folks who detoxed you and worked with the hospitals, doctors, etc.  Family who never judged but ALWAYS LOVED. Your mother put you in a fancy Cape Cod detox facility three times – at $15,000 a pop!! But you always walked off … walked off the premises and came back home, to the Village, to where everyone knew you – and took advantage of your sweet generosity. Like rats to a wedge of Brie. If you were detoxed in Worcester, you still fell off the wagon. Still connected to that dark side – no matter how hard you tried to disengage.

But you were such a great guy when you drank – and when you were elegant and sober, too! I loved hanging with you either way. Cuz I loved you. I loved having you at my infamous Rose dinner parties where we all sat around my beat-up dining room table and ate the excellent stuffed manicotti and salad (strawberry salad dressing because you knew I loved it ) you made for me, Ronny, Robert and  our friends. We ate by candlelight and laughed until midnight!

David, you were caring, giving, funny, snarky, brilliant! I wrap myself in the warm comforters you gave me … look at the blue glass you gave me (you knew I love blue!) …
… and cry.