Imalay and her husband and kids are safe and happy in their home.
When writing this column I like to keep it honest when talking about my life experiences. In the past I’ve had my fair share of barriers. It may not seem to be something out of the norm, considering that there’s a large portion of the United States population that is homeless. Looking back at that time in my life when I had no place to live, what automatically comes to mind is … survival.
This fall a friend from work was asking me questions regarding family shelters and organizations that could possibly help her financially, due to her homelessness. Reasons why I know how to navigate certain situations is because I was forced to become familiar with community services offered to low-income and or families in need. One thing I do have to say is that although I had gone through a rough patch, the things I learned that helped me get by, I get to pass down to others and help people in the long run.
For all those who don’t know, November was National Homeless Youth Awareness Month – begun back in 2007. Since then, the month of November has been acknowledged re: those children and families experiencing homelessness. It can be frustrating and depressing to be in need and have no idea what your next move is going to be – especially for young adults.
About 2.4 million young adults experience homelessness a year.
These are people who don’t only lose their homes, but also lose their stability and safety. It can be hard to relate to people who have to worry about where they will be resting their head every single night or trying to figure out how they are going to shower. Although many can sympathize few can relate and 9 out 10 these young adults have experienced or are experiencing trauma.
Many men and women have to learn how to survive. Can you imagine having to raise children in these conditions?? In the end, the children become traumatized long-term because of the different dangerous situations they had to face and overcome. Being exposed to people who have coped with their situation by using drugs, may eventually lead them to use substances because that’s what they are used to.
There are so many risk factors in these situations! For example: human trafficking
or even PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
I want people to know that there are agencies out there that can help you connect with community services – built for people who are facing hardships.
‘Tis the season of being appreciative for the things you have because life can be so much worse. When you pass by a beggar, remember that their life also has importance and, even though you may be good now, things can change in an instant.
WRTA meeting! BE THERE to push for better service!
Good to see the old Mike Keating church in Quinsig Village getting some TLC. New owner??? Present owner cleaning up/repairing stuff – finally?! Hope a great eatery makes it this time! Bookstore, too! … Yesterday, during my walk with my dogs: Dumped crap removed from the church front door and walk-way: pics: R.T.
Parking lot cleaned up and cleared:
Further down the road♥️:
– Rose T.
Vintage holiday card from the Worcester Historical Museum:
Washington or Trump
By Beto O’Rourke🇺🇸
BETO: He was our choice!😢😢😢
There’s a painting that hangs in the Capitol rotunda depicting General George Washington in front of the Continental Congress 236 years ago, resigning his commission as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.
The artist, John Trumbull, believed that it illustrated “one of the highest moral lessons ever given to the world.”
Because here was a man at the height of his powers, a man who had led America to a stunning defeat of the most powerful military on the planet, a man who could have made the case to be commander for life, or even King, a case that would have resonated with many in a young, unstable country still not free from the military threat of Great Britain or foreign interference in our affairs… who nonetheless voluntarily resigned his commission and gave up his power.
He did it for the greater good of this nascent democracy and in support of the idea that no man is above the law or the will of the people as expressed through their elected representatives.
He knew that if this great experiment, this profound idea of America, was going to work, then at this decisive moment he must set the example.
And though he failed abjectly in other defining moral tests — he owned enslaved people, failed to work for the abolition of slavery, and in so doing set a perverse example and standard that would require a civil war to overcome — this precedent that personal ambition would be subjugated to the interests of the republic allowed us to inherit a government, as John Adams described it, “of laws, not of men.”
This precedent also helped to inspire a Constitution that provides protection against those who would put their own interests ahead of the country’s, including provision for impeachment of the commander-in-chief should they abuse the power of their office.
The idea of self-government and the Constitution that guarantees it were fought for and defended by succeeding generations of Americans. The service members who lost their lives in the Civil War, and in the World Wars that followed, paid the ultimate price to see this idea through. So did the civil rights marchers, the freedom riders, the men and women and even children who forced this country to move closer to realizing it for everyone by adopting the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act in 1964 and 1965.
We have inherited the service and sacrifice of those who came before us. What we choose to do with this inheritance will define us for future generations and will be the example we pass on to our children and grandchildren.
Which brings us to this moment and the choice we have before us.
We now have a President who has abused his office and the public trust to pursue personal and political gain. We have a President who has defied the government of the people, obstructed the pursuit of justice, and welcomed foreign interference into the most sacred aspect of self-government, our elections.
We also have a Congress that has introduced articles of impeachment to hold him accountable.
Here is the challenge, and ultimately, the choice.
Despite his flagrant abuse of the public trust (none of the key facts are in dispute, in part because he has so openly flouted the law and the constitution), Donald Trump has faced no consequences from his own political party. Like a cult of personality, Republican members of Congress have prioritized their leader over their country and their oath to defend the Constitution.
But surely those who support President Trump’s defiance of our institutions, of the Constitution, of the rule of law; who turn a blind eye to the facts in order to focus on partisan advantage and short term political gain; who operate in fear for their political careers at the expense of their duty to this country… must at some level realize that they squander the sacrifice and example of service we have all inherited as Americans. And unless they change course, they may find themselves responsible for the loss of this singular exception to the rule of human history: a government that aspires to be of the people, by the people and for the people.
Now that articles of impeachment have been presented to Congress, it is up to every one of us to apply maximum pressure on our elected representatives to do the right thing by holding the President to account. To remind them of our country’s history, of their sworn duty to defend the Constitution, and the need to follow the facts and impeach the President, whatever the personal or political cost.
A resounding vote for impeachment, joined by Democrats and Republicans, puts the country first and helps set an example for Senators of both parties to do the right thing in the trial that will follow.
Members of Congress who show courage and sacrifice, including Republicans who defy their leader in favor of their country, will long be remembered for saving this country when it needed it most. Maybe even memorialized in a painting depicting their sacrifice that could hang in the Capitol in years to come, offering another “high moral lesson” for future generations.
If we fail, we replace the precedent of Washington with that of Trump. Sacrifice and service replaced with corruption. And I guarantee you, not only would that failure embolden Trump to continue to defy the Constitution and invite more foreign involvement in our elections — it will almost certainly mean that future Presidents will feel free to do the same.
This country… any future we have as a democracy… depends on all of us doing the right thing at this defining moment of truth.
One of our fave vegan holiday recipes🍎. From PETA.ORG:
Easy to make!😉
2 oz. vegan margarine, plus extra for brushing the squash
2 Tbsp. maple syrup, plus extra for brushing the squash
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 1-lb. squash (acorn or winter squash work well), cut in half lengthwise and seeded
2 vegan sausages, sliced
1 green apple, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Melt the vegan margarine in a small saucepan over low heat or in the microwave and stir in the maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
Spoon into the seeded squash halves and bake for about 40 minutes, or until you can pierce the skin with a fork.
Pour the margarine mixture from the center into a medium bowl.
Scoop out some of the cooked squash flesh with a spoon, making sure to leave enough at the bottom so that the squash hold their shape, and add to the bowl.
Add the vegan sausages, apples, and walnuts and mix until well combined.
Fill each squash half with the mixture, then brush with vegan margarine and maple syrup.
Cover with foil and bake for another 35 to 40 minutes.
It’s time to get serious about the next big holiday event: The ugly sweater Christmas party. Love them or hate them, the ugly sweater trend shows no sign of slowing down, and the sweaters get more outrageous every year. But remember that ugly sweaters should be fun, not offensive, so pick your pullovers wisely. Eye-popping patterns and funny sayings are a “do,” but unless you want your sweater to be truly “ho-ho-horrendous,” wool is a definite “don’t.”
That’s because with wool sweaters what’s really ugly is the way sheep are punched, kicked, beaten and shorn bloody for wool. In the past several years, PETA and its international affiliates have released 12 investigations into 100 wool-industry operations on four continents revealing systemic cruelty at every turn. The most recent exposé, released in October, shows defenseless sheep being hit and kicked to produce “sustainable” wool.
In the Nevada desert, PETA investigators documented newly shorn sheep being loaded into trailers bound for a location hours away in California. During their brief visit, the eyewitnesses observed workers shoving, hitting, pushing and yanking on sheep. They struck the animals on the head and face, jabbed them with a paddle and a pole, kicked at them and deliberately frightened them into moving forward by kicking the fencing right next to them. Sheep tried to jump or climb over each other in fear as they were herded toward the trailers. A few collapsed.
Previous investigations in Australia—the world’s top wool exporter—have revealed terrified lambs being mutilated in assembly-line fashion and sheep left with bloody wounds caused by fast, rough shearing.
photos courtesy of PETA
Workers punched holes in lambs’ ears and cut and burned off their tails with a hot knife — and no painkillers — causing them to writhe in agony as flames shot up from their flesh. They also cut chunks of flesh off lambs’ hindquarters with shears in a crude attempt to address problems that are caused by breeding them to have wrinkled skin and to grow excessive amounts of wool. Most lambs in Australia are subjected to this gruesome procedure, known as “mulesing.”
The abuse continues in the shearing sheds. Since shearers are paid by volume, not by the hour, they lose their tempers over small delays and often take out their frustration on the terrified, struggling sheep—punching and kicking them and slamming them against the floor. Shearers work so quickly that they cut or tear off strips of skin, leaving the sheep with gaping wounds that are then stitched up without pain relief.
In Scotland, workers violently punched sheep in the face, slammed their heads into the floor and beat and kicked them. In England, shearers stomped on sheep, squeezed their throats, kicked them in the stomach and jabbed them in the head with clippers.
In Argentina, lambs cried out, gasped and kicked even after workers sawed open their throats. In Chile, workers slaughtered fully conscious sheep by stabbing them in the neck with a knife and even skinned one of them alive.
After all these exposés, it couldn’t be clearer that the abuse of sheep is entrenched in the wool industry.
And despite claims of “sustainability,” wool hurts the environment, too. According to the groundbreaking Pulse of the Fashion Industry report released by Global Fashion Agenda and The Boston Consulting Group, three of the four most environmentally damaging materials are derived from animals. Wool is one of them.
No matter what methods are used to produce wool, they’re never truly eco-friendly. And they’re certainly not animal-friendly. This holiday season, get your gaudy on with a sweater that no one had to suffer and die for. Leave ugly wool on the rack and choose sustainable vegan options, like organic cotton, coconut fiber, recycled plastic bottles, biodegradable Tencel or hemp, instead.
Rose, 19, with sweet ewe, on the VT hippy commune – years ago. Farm animals have FEELINGS! Sheep are so sensitive!
Worcester Historical Museum ANNUAL MEETING! TONIGHT!
Wednesday, December 4, 4:30PM
All are invited to join us at 30 Elm Street to review the busy past 12 months, participate in the election of officers, and learn about what is ahead for
With a presentation of the George Bancroft Award to Deborah Ellstrom for “preserving a history that might have too easily slipped through the cracks.”
Thank you for another great year!
😊For 144 years, Worcester Historical Museum has been the only local organization solely dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Worcester’s history in all time periods and all subject areas. WHM offers exhibitions and programming for all residents to know, enjoy, and share their heritage. Regarded as a major local history museum in New England, WHM’s mission is to inform and inspire.
Our Story. Our History. Our Future.
From City Hall, Main Street, Worcester
VETERANS’ AND MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17
LEVI LINCOLN (NORTH) CHAMBER
Framingham Hosts 104th Annual Farm Bureau Meeting!🥦🍎❄️🌎
TODAY, Dec. 4, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) members and guests will flock to Framingham to attend the organization’s 104th Annual Meeting. Over the course of two days, attendees will participate in workshops, learning sessions and establish policy for the upcoming year.
Topics of discussion at this year’s meeting will including grant opportunities for farmers; regulations on hemp and labor; and small-scale egg production. Additionally, a meet the candidates forum will be held, during which potential leadership candidates for the organization will discuss their platforms and answer attendees’ questions.
“Our two-day meeting is made possible through generous hosting of Cape and Islands and Hampden County Farm Bureaus,” said MFBF President Mark Amato. “This is in addition to sponsorship from companies such as John Deere, Farm Credit East and American National Insurance Company. We can’t thank these group enough for their continued support of our organization.”
As part of the annual event, fundraisers for the Massachusetts FFA and MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) committee are scheduled to be held. FFA will hold a silent auction and the YF&R committee will host a BINGO night. All proceed will be donated back to these groups.
The meeting will conclude on Friday with the business meeting of MFBF delegates and Board of Directors. During this meeting delegates will set policy priorities for the organization in 2020 and vote on Board of Director positions.
“Our grassroots policy development process is a key component of our organization,” Amato said. “When we speak to legislators, they recognize that our policy is set by our members and these solutions are what a constituent wants to see happen. Personally, I’m looking forward to solid discussion during the policy development process and hope to see many of our members this week at the annual meeting.”
Following the statewide meeting, if a resolution has national applicability, MFBF’s leadership will bring the resolution to American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting for consideration.
RECIPE FROM PETA.ORG:
Butternut Squash Soup
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 bay leaf
6 sprigs fresh parsley
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 Tbsp. whole peppercorns
1 cup white wine
5 cups water
2 large onions, diced, with 1/4 cup reserved
3 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Pinch of nutmeg, to taste
2 Tbsp. oil, optional
1/4 cup Corn Nuts snack, plain flavor, coarsely crushed, for garnish
Place the carrot, celery, parsley, thyme, peppercorns, bay leaf, white wine, water, and all but 1/4 cup of the onions in a large pot, bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 to 3 hours. Strain the soup, discard the pulp, and return the liquid to the pot.
Add the squash and remaining onion to the pot and cook over medium heat until the squash is tender.
Transfer the squash, onion, and one cup of the liquid (reserving the remaining liquid in a separate container) to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Season it with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
Add the oil, if desired. Blend again until oil is incorporated.
Pour the purée back into the pot and add some of the reserved liquid, stirring to achieve desired consistency. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle Corn Nuts over each.
TIGERS BELONG IN THE WILD – NOT IN CAGES! photos courtesy of PETA
They should not be held captive in people’s backyards!: Canada and America must change their laws – no exotic animal backyard collectors!!
Even if you don’t pay much attention to wildlife issues, most people are aware that tigers are critically endangered.
As detailed in a new National Geographic exposé, there are more tigers in captivity in the United States than there are in the wild — worldwide. Roadside zoos operating as breeding mills play a huge role in creating a very real overpopulation crisis for captive tigers in America.
Tiger cubs are irresistibly adorable, which also makes them moneymakers. Sleazy roadside zoos across the country churn out cubs to exploit in “encounter” sessions and photo opportunities in which people pay to hold and be photographed with them. They’re prematurely taken away from their mothers — some just hours after birth — so they can “get used to” public interaction. The window of profitably is short since cubs quickly grow too big and strong to be “managed.” After they age out, tigers typically spend the rest of their lives in cramped cages often in deplorable conditions. They can’t be released into the wild, and all the reputable sanctuaries in the world can’t provide enough refuge for all these big cats. The heartbreaking cycle continually repeats itself.
Some roadside zoos dupe customers into believing that they’re helping to “save” endangered tigers, while others don’t even bother. Some take to the road, hauling the helpless cubs around the country on the fair circuit, stopping in shopping malls and parking lots.
Even though they appear harmless, tiger cubs are strong and have sharp teeth and claws, leading some exhibitors to take drastic action to curtail their natural instincts. One Indiana roadside zoo forcibly smacked cubs with a riding crop and told “playtime” participants to hit cubs on the nose if they got too “rowdy.” The same outfit hired a veterinarian to declaw 12 big cats, which was illegal. After the surgery, they suffered without any pain medication.
It’s deeply disturbing to imagine what happened to 23 tiger cubs who died at an Oklahoma breeding mill in one seven-month period.
Such abuse is not limited to the United States. A Canadian tiger trainer was caught on video gleefully admitting, “I like hitting him in the face.” Another was charged with cruelty to animals after a tiger and a lion were found living in a dark cage amid mounds of feces, rotting chicken parts and mud.
Tigers are apex predators. They are the largest species of cat in the world. They are strong, agile, superb hunters. They love to swim. When denied all their fundamental biological needs, they can become listless and depressed. Many pace incessantly in an effort to cope with their frustration. Others act on their natural instincts and inflict serious — often fatal — injuries on their keepers. Such acts of defiance are usually their last.
The time is long overdue for the government to impose laws restricting individuals from breeding dangerous exotic species. Until then, you can help these displaced tigers by refusing to participate in exploitative displays and by supporting reputable sanctuaries that give them refuge.
😊From the Worcester Historical Museum😊
30 Elm St.🎄🎄🎄🎄
Wednesday, December 4, 4:30 PM
All are invited to join us at 30 Elm St. to review the busy past 12 months, participate in the election of officers, and learn about what is ahead for Worcester’s past.
❄️😊⛄🦌Spend some time at Worcester Historical Museum and Salisbury Mansion this December….
❄️HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS🦌
Extended days for Salisbury Mansion for the Holidays:
November 29 through January 5
Join us at Salisbury Mansion for a new twist on the season as decorators let their imaginations run to whimsy and fun.
The mansion will be decked out for the holidays beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving.
$5 per person, members free, 1-4 PM, Wednesday through Sunday
🍎Each room is expertly appointed with a Winter Whimsy theme:
Southeast Chamber/Dollhouse Room: TOYLAND, TOYLAND
Middle Chamber: CHRISTMAS ON POINTE
Southwest Chamber: ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD…IT’S MICA!
Northwest Chamber: FESTIVE WORCESTER
Parlor: O TANNEBAUM, O TANNEBAUM
Front Drawing Room: OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS…
Back Drawing Room: JOY AND WONDER ON CHRISTMAS MORNING
Library: HOMEMAID CHRISTMAS
Hallway: DECK THE HALLS!
🎄Evening Candlelight Tours will be illuminating the mansion on Fridays, November 29-January 3, 4:30-6:30PM. There is a separate entrance fee of $10 per person/NO PASSES. Salisbury Mansion is only open at night to the public on the above Friday evenings.💒💒
Please note: Salisbury Mansion will be open five days a week in December…for all to enjoy this historic home during the holidays.
Salisbury Mansion guests will also receive a coupon for a complimentary visit to Worcester Historical Museum.
⛄Saturday, December 14, 10 AM-4 PM
The museum’s archives include photographs of holiday celebrations at home and at work, public displays, and visits to Santa Claus…all mid-twentieth century. Become part of the community photo album. Bring YOUR favorite Christmas photo to the library for scanning.
🐻TEDDY BEAR TEA!☕
Saturday, December 7, 10AM-1PM
🐻Go on a Bear Romp, enjoy a Puppet Show, write a letter to Santa, play bingo with Mrs. Claus, arts⛄ and crafts❄️, make a gingerbread house, and much more. Sandwiches, cocoa and cookies will be served!
Reservations are required.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Member adult $12; Member child $10; Non-member adult $15; Non-member child $12; Children under 3 free.
This Thanksgiving Make Your Own Vegan Holiday Roast with Sage Stuffing!♥️
Love that sage stuffin’!
♥️For the Sage Stuffing:
1/2 cup finely diced onions
1/2 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup finely diced carrots
1 1/2 tsp. fresh, minced garlic
2 Tbsp. corn oil
1/2 tsp. sage
1/4 tsp. chopped basil
3/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
3 Tbsp. vegetable bouillon
1 cup water
2 cups whole-wheat or white bread crumbs
1/4 cup coarsely chopped dry sweetened cranberries
1/4 cup coarsely chopped roasted pecans
♥️For the Vegan Holiday Roast:
1 1/2 lbs. extra-firm tofu, patted dry and cut into small pieces
2 Tbsp. arrowroot or cornstarch
3 Tbsp. vegan broth powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1 1/2 tsp. agar-agar flakes or 1 tsp. agar-agar powder
2 Tbsp. barley malt syrup
2 Tbsp. water
Sauté the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic in the oil for 5 minutes.
Add the sage, basil, salt, pepper and broth powder and sauté for 5 more minutes.
Add the water and bring to a simmer.
Stir in the bread crumbs, cranberries and pecans just until incorporated. Cook for a few minutes until the mixture is firm, then remove from the heat.
Place the tofu, arrowroot, broth powder, salt, pepper and agar-agar flakes in a food processor and blend into a smooth paste.
Dissolve the barley malt syrup in the water and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Oil and flour a loaf pan (or oil, then line with parchment paper).
Spread a layer of the tofu mixture inside the pan, lining the bottom and all four sides. (Spread only a thin layer on the ends.) Use all but about 1 cup of the mixture.
Firmly but gently press the stuffing into the pan, on top of the tofu mixture.
Cover the stuffing with the remaining tofu, carefully sealing the edges.
Cover the pan with foil, making certain the foil doesn’t come into contact with the tofu.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
Remove the foil, glaze the top of the loaf with the dissolved barley malt syrup, turn the oven up to 450°F, and continue baking for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow the loaf to cool for about 10 minutes. Unmold, slice and serve hot with a sauce of your choice!
Makes 8 servings (1 medium roast)
This recipe was adapted with permission from The Classical Vegetarian Cookbook by Ron Pickarski.
Pledge to Go Vegan in 2020! (Or, at the very least: EAT WAY LESS MEAT AND POULTRY – SAVE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS FROM AMERICAN FACTORY FARM HELL!!!) – Rose T.
Need a reason to go vegan? How about tens of billions? That’s how many animals are killed for food in the U.S. each year. The easiest way to help animals like the ones pictured below is to go vegan!
Pass on the steak!😢😢😢😢
Just imagine: As a vegan, you’ll being speaking up for these animals— and all other animals who face abuse on today’s farms. You’ll have a clear conscience and be able to look these animals in the eye without guilt, as you vow to make their lives better — while also improving your own.
Chickens: the most abused of God’s creatures! Billions suffer on our factory farms!!! No room to turn in cages, beaks cut off, pumped up with antibiotics, injected with hormones to make their wings, white meat, big for the shopper and their legs small! Most can’t walk on their abnormally small “drum sticks”!!
You’ll save more than 100 animals each year, and you can also become healthier by consuming foods that don’t contribute to heart disease, cancer and strokes.
Plus, you’ll help to reduce climate change and world hunger.
Being vegan has never been easier, thanks to hundreds of delicious vegan products, restaurants, and accidentally vegan foods you probably already love!
It’s plain and simple: Going vegan is the best resolution you can make! We have plenty of resources about how to go vegan, so take the pledge today! And visit PETA.ORG
Pigs are as intelligent as dogs are – why torture and slaughter them???
It’s the holidaze … ‘Tis the time the Old Beau and I reach out to each other – every year! – never planning to but, after all this time, a distant “family” – waving to each other across the oceans of time. “Apart” but not really. Not in love any more but always missing each other a little bit, just around the edges.
Last holiday season I was amazed when, as we chatted aimelessly on our cell phones, he remembered the Worcester restaurant where we drank coffee – just once! – that was poured from a French press. Or that I didn’t like the star act at a concert we went to years ago but that I thought the female guitarist in the was terrific! What I had felt and thought he had remembered! Important. To him.
I don’t remember any of that stuff – just how he was there for my big ol’ golden retriever Bailey when Bailey got nasal cancer – and how Bailey, up until a day or two before he died, would trot up to the Old Beau, wagging his big, feathery, gold tail. Or how the Old Beau would visit my mother, now repeating and repeating her words because her early dementia had become “moderate,” and sit with her in her studio apartment and watch a Red Sox game with her on her color TV, quiet, respectful – repeating the score to her, over and over. Ma loved the Red Sox and until she fell ill knew all the players, ball parks, scores … stuff I was oblivious to but that the Old Beau enjoyed, too. … I had walked out of her apartment, tears running down my cheeks, a few hours earlier, upset that she had hid the two big Irish porcelin dolls that I had given her for the top of her TV set. Ma had taken them off the TV and had hid them at the bottom of her clothes closet, telling me again and again about the need to safeguard them. Precious gifts from her beloved daughter, Rosalie! The Old Beau stayed through all that, a prince in his paint-flecked brown contractor pants and torn tee shirts – visiting her from his work sites, if there were emergencies … These are my memories!
Well, the Old Beau called me last week and left a voicemail … very formal sounding, grammatically perfect, as always. To me (what I especially loved about him) my man strided into my world from another American era: the 1940s or 1950s when we were all more civil and modest … parents revered public education, stood behind school teachers and kept their kids’ noses in their big, boring text books, like it or not. The kids obeyed their parents and teachers, no matter how misinformed they were, and thru it all became … smart, well spoken! College-ready! Just like my Old Beau,from Lynn where his childhood had been rough.
I heard a faint sadness in his voice this time. I called him back.
“Bosch died,” he said right off. His grand, 100-pound, long-haired German Shepherd dog who would protect him to the end but also loved to play with little plush toy bears or squeaky hearts or tennis balls was dead. At 15 years old. Ancient. Now weighing nothing – 65 pounds. He had had an appetite, a playful spirit for months – but the disease killed it, along with his hind legs. His disease, common to GSDs, had left them useless. Bosch got around the living room – his new world now – by pulling himself up on his two big front paws and dragging, hauling, his big body around. Until it withered away, too, like his hind leg muscles …
“Oh, my Bosch!” I cried out, remembering when I had first seen the dog – in a wooden stall, in a big shed, standing on his hind legs, his big head and ears filling the top of the stall. It was dark in there, even on the sunny fall day. Bosch was slamming his body against the gate, paws tearing at the old wood, howling into the solitary bleakness. I couln’t make him out! So I asked the woman, shaken: IS THAT A BEAR in there?
She said: No, just a big, older German Shepherd whose owner had died. Of cancer. He missed her, he was tough to adopt out. We left the little wooden shed. I said: “I know who will adopt him – it will be a perfect fit!”
And so I talked, pushed, cajoled, begged the Old Beau into adopting Bosch (the new name, after the tool maker, he gave the dog). Well, my old man saved his life – saw into the shell-shocked, deprived old dog’s soul … and nurtured him back to health. Veterinarian visits for vaccines and more … hundreds of dollars spent! Lots of good dog food – Bosch was malnourished, 20 pounds underweight, when the old man brought him home. Five years of leisurely walks in the Old Beau’s West Side neighborhood. The old man carefully, quietly, brushing out that beautiful coat – and calling Bosch “Fluffy” – smiling to himself – because Bosch looked so beautiful when he was all combed out, standing regally on the little back porch. Nights on the Old Beau’s bed where together they slept, primal, close – just a boy and his pup! Like being on the plains when Native Americans went on hunts with their big fierce hunting dogs … or the stars of some 1950s Disney movie! Old Yeller watch out! Except they were both mine …
Just thinking of♥️, and missing♥️, my Old Beau♥️ this Thanksgiving week …
I bought this CD for him, for his birthday, years ago. We saw YES in concert – all the original band mates! – twice. Beautiful nights, both.
One of the oldest complaints in the book is that “you can’t fight city hall.” And anyone who has ever tried to get a stop sign installed at their corner intersection or a speeding ticket dismissed can tell you that the mind-numbing bureaucracy still exists. But for animals exploited as “entertainment,” real change is taking place — at the local, state, national and even international level.
Just last month, California’s governor signed a bill that bars wild animals from being forced to perform in traveling shows. The British Parliament banned the use of wild animals in circuses last spring. In June, the Congress of Quintana Roo, a state in Mexico, passed a prohibition on bullfights and cockfights. Canada’s Parliament recently passed legislation banning whales, dolphins and porpoises from being bred or held in captivity. An Argentinean court unanimously ruled that an orangutan named Sandra should be transferred from the Buenos Aires Zoo to a sanctuary, saying that she is a “nonhuman person, with the right to liberty.” The zoo is being converted into an eco-park.
Partly because of bans against traveling animal acts imposed by cities and states around the country, a dozen U.S. circuses have either shut down or gone cruelty-free. Two of the biggest, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cole Bros. Circus, had operated for more than a century before throwing in the towel. Others, like Kelly Miller Circus and Circus Vargas, revamped themselves by eliminating animal acts. Shrine circuses in Canada have not used wild animals for years.
Seeing the writing on the wall, international travel giant Thomas Cook announced that it will stop selling tickets to SeaWorld, and more than 50 companies, including Costco Travel and Foders, now refuse to offer elephant rides. TripAdvisor — the world’s largest travel site — no longer sells tickets to events in which wild animals are forced to engage in public contact, including elephant rides, tiger encounters and “swim with dolphins” excursions.
Even countries not widely known for upholding animal rights have taken meaningful action. Iran stopped issuing permits for wild animal circuses in 2016, and Slovakia, Romania and Croatia also imposed bans. The mayor of the Russian town of Magas did the same, saying that “circuses are the cruellest form of animal exploitation, where they are kept in abnormal conditions. No spectacle that uses any type of animals will ever be allowed in Magas.”
But it’s not just legislative initiatives that are affecting the way animals are treated. Public sentiment, too, has been shifting inexorably away from the use of animals in entertainment.
Families are flocking to the ever-fabulous Cirque du Soleil and the aquatic acrobatics of Cirque Italia. Children and adults alike pack the seats at IMAX theaters to watch films like the Great Bear Rainforest, which showcases wild bears in the last intact temperate rainforest in the world. Conscientious travelers are visiting accredited sanctuaries and nature preserves or taking eco-friendly vacations to places like Florida’s John Pennekamp National Park — the first undersea park created in the U.S. Others are booking vegan cruises.
The trend is undeniable: The days of exploiting animals in the name of entertainment are quickly coming to an end.
ICT helped shut it down!
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Try some TOFUrkey, sold at Trader Joe’s, this Thanksgiving!!
Again: Why is the area around Allen’s Green Street building … Fletcher’s Folly???
… so dead??? Why are his $1,400 – $3,000/month studio apts/apartments unfilled??? Where are all the walkers for whom Fletcher is pining????! Green Street: zero walkers
Allen Fletcher, an old money Worcester scion whose family once owned a chunk of the old T and G, worth millions$$$, is sort of slumming it at his Ash Street School home. Still, he dreams the right dreams – of filling his Green Street and Water and Harding street neighborhood with walkers! With real city folks!!!!
I don’t see them. Never see them. Often, it is just Allen and I actually WALKING down Green Street, going about our lives/businesses. Separately. We ignore each other – I used to work for him👿 … But deep down we both know – we, arch enemies two, that we two, on some afternoons, are the only two city peeps feeling comfortable walking – really walking – through the neighborhood. Experiencing the scene!! Which IS a cool scene!
I feel bad for Allen: He is trying to recreate the Kelley Square area of MY childhood/youth!
It was GRAND AND … GRITTY!!! A kind of Eastern European enclave/slum: Green/Water Street area and Green Island (Millbury Street) over the Square filled with walkers – all characters! – visiting the scores and scores of our small local businesses that lined the streets, one after another: restaurants, diners, dry cleaners, drug store, bank, fabric store, children’s clothing store, fruit store, hair dressers, five and ten store, bakeries, grocery stores, tailor, Polish sausage market and grocery store, fish store, shoe store …THE LIST GOES ON!! AND ON! My childhood writ LARGE! A blast! A nightmare! An urban tale still unfolding in my mind! Real community – the locals (many of us poor) mixing with middle class visitors and diners from the city’s middle class West Side!!
A Worcester- an America! – that I (along with Allen) miss! Earthier, more real, more unafraid of the new kid on the block, unafraid to walk a half mile or mile to shop. Friendlier, less stratified …
I see what Allen Fletcher is trying to do – TO FORCE – TO RECREATE – BY SHEER STUBBORNESS AND MILLIONS OF $$$ HIS OWN DOUGH$$ AND TAX-FREE LOANS from city/state/fed sources (TIFS). But I wish the development of my old neighborhood had been more organic, driven by, stemming from the people in my ol’ neighborhood – bubbling up from us – not forced down upon us by rich Allen and his rich enablers.
When I was away in college my neighborhood was evolving into something new … a Vietnamese enclave – tbe newbies were opening stores and restaurants. They were buying 3 deckers on Lafayette Street. They were attending St. John’s Church on Temple Street, too. They were nice and hard working. I dreamed of our city’s vetsion of Boston’s Chinatown – Worcester’s VIETNAM TOWN!! Slurping their great big bowls of soup. Buying their pretty blouses …
Then came the millionaires: Allen Fletcher and his two main pals Bob Largesse and Johnny 3 G’s … to alter the fate of hundreds of Green Islanders and shoppers! Change the scene for ever. Gentrify and exclude. Sad …
I think the Democratically controlled House made the right decision to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump over the Ukrainian arms sale.
Trump crossed the opaque line and acted illegally when he slowed down the arms sales to the Ukrainians making arms sales to the Ukraine contingent upon that country publicly investigating presidential candidate Joe Biden – the political opponent Trump fears most. But I think that Congress’s charges against Trump should begin and end with one single count: that Trump committed an impeachable offense when he delayed shipment of needed anti-tank weapons to the Ukrainian army. This is especially true when we consider that the funding was approved by a veto-proof, bi-partisan majority.
Do I think that Trump committed other impeachable offenses that further investigation will reveal?
Yes. But do I think it’s necessary to prosecute Trump at this time for these other offenses? No. Trump can be impeached and removed from office only once. Why distract from what is the Democrat’s strongest hand?
Impeaching Trump on one offense will remove him from the Oval Office totally. There is one uncontested set of facts here, with the evidence to back it up provided by both the White House and Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. If you listen carefully when Republican Congressmen come on television regarding the Ukrainian episode, they say Trump’s actions do not “rise to the level foe an impeachable offense.” This type of language is often used in courts to justify turning a case over to a judge. Questions of law in civilian courts are decided by judges, not a jury.
Narrowing the case against Trump down to one episode will prevent a Republican filibuster by allowing GOP Congressmen to drag in all sorts of outside characters and issues. (Under the law, only the Senate allows a filibuster by that body. But effectively, the Republicans would be filibustering by using a search for competing facts to form a factual basis to deny an impeachment charge.)
The Republicans would like nothing better than to spend the next year on 50 impeachment charges. That would delay it until after the 2020 election.
The Democrats made this mistake with the Mueller probe, which Trump effectively bogged down in a host of tweets and counterclaims, causing Mueller to waste time and money fishing Trump’ ocean of red herrings. Which, of course, Trump and the Republicans denounced Mueller for!
Right now, the Democrats should focus on one crime and one charge of impeachment. If the Republicans resort to chicanery to defeat this one count impeachment charge, the outrage of the American people will likely be reflected at the polls in November 2020.
WORCESTER CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR ENDORSEMENTS😊
Worcester, RE-ELECT JOSEPH PETTY: mayor and city councilor at large! CECELIA file photo:Ron O.
If you live in my neighborhood, that means you cast your ballot at THE NEW BLACKSTONE CANAL VISITOR’S CENTER – located at the bottom of McKeon Road! Plenty of free parking! Great lil’ museum that chronicles the history of Blackstone River Road (the old Millbury Street) and Greenwood Street (Quinsig Village) – a Swedish mill neighborhood that is now African, Latino and the white kids and grandkids of those factory workers! Very diverse – OLD AND NEW WOO!♥️
One of the African small businesses in Rose’s neighborhood.
We are asking you to vote for the folks we endorsed in this issue of CECELIA: Candy Carlson, Sarai Rivera, Morris Bergman, Etel Haxjiaj – and especially Mayor Joseph Petty and Matt Wally.These two guys want to keep the apartments of the old 3-deckers in Worcester UP TO CODE and AFFORDABLE. That’s HALF the housing stock in Worcester! Where our working class and working poor live! MATT WALLY wants each apt inventoried by the City to see that the stoves work, heaters work, porches are legal, etc. Mayor Joe Petty wants to give landlords $$grant money so they can fix their apts – if they KEEP them affordable. Hooray for safe 3 deckers! habitable homes! ♥️♥️♥️
Beto – all heart! RUN FOR SENATE IN TEXAS, Beto! The people ♥️ you! … I will now probably support Warren for prez – or whoever ends up fighting THE EVIL ONE👿👿!!!!
Our campaign has been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly and acting decisively in the best interests of America.
Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully. My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee. Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee; and it is in the best interests of the country.
I decided to run for President because I believed that I could help bring a divided country together in common cause to confront the greatest set of challenges we’ve ever faced. I also knew that the most fundamental of them is fear — the fear that Donald Trump wants us to feel about one another; the very real fear that too many in this country live under; and the fear we sometimes feel when it comes to doing the right thing, especially when it runs counter to what is politically convenient or popular.
I knew, and I still know, that we can reject and overcome these fears and choose to instead be defined by our ambitions and our ability to achieve them.
I knew that we would have to be unafraid in how we ran the campaign. We’d have to run with nothing to lose. And I knew that our success would depend not on PACs or corporations but upon the grassroots volunteers and supporters from everywhere, especially from those places that had been overlooked or taken for granted.
We should be proud of what we fought for and what we were able to achieve.
Together we were able to help change what is possible when it comes to the policies that we care about and the country we want to serve. We released the first comprehensive plan to confront climate change of any of the presidential candidates; we took the boldest approach to gun safety in American history; we confronted institutional, systemic racism and called out Donald Trump for his white supremacy and the violence that he’s encouraged against communities that don’t look like, pray like or love like the majority in this country; and we were one of the first to reject all PAC money, corporate contributions, special interest donations and lobbyist help.
We proposed an economic program that focused on both equality and equity and would give every American the certainty that one job would be enough; and a healthcare plan that would guarantee that every one of us is well enough to live to our full potential.
We knew the only way our country would live up to its promise is if everyone could stand up to be counted. We released the most ambitious voter registration and voting rights plan, one that would bring 55 million new voters into our democracy, and remove barriers for those who’ve been silenced because of their race, ethnicity or the fact that they live with a disability.
We spoke with pride about El Paso and communities of immigrants. We elevated the plight and the promise of refugees and asylum seekers. And we proposed nothing short of rewriting this country’s immigration laws in our own image, to forever free from fear more than 11 million of our fellow Americans who should be able to contribute even more to our shared success.
And at this moment of truth for our country, we laid bare the cost and consequence of Donald Trump: the rise in hate crimes, the terror attack in El Paso, the perversion of the Constitution, the diminished standing of the United States around the world. But we also made clear the common responsibility to confront him, to hold him accountable and ensure that he does not serve another term in office. Committing ourselves to this task not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans first before we are anything else.
I am grateful to each one of you, and to all the people who made up the heart and soul of this campaign. You were among the hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans who made a donation, signed up to volunteer or spread the word about this campaign and our opportunity to help decide the election of our lifetime.
You have been with me from the beginning, through it all. I know that you did it not for me personally, not for the Democratic Party, but for our country at this defining moment. Though today we are suspending this campaign, let us each continue our commitment to the country in whatever capacity we can.
Let us continue to fearlessly champion the issues and causes that brought us together. Whether it is ending the epidemic of gun violence or dismantling structural racism or successfully confronting climate change before it is too late, we will continue to organize and mobilize and act in the best interests of America.
We will work to ensure that the Democratic nominee is successful in defeating Donald Trump in 2020. I can tell you firsthand from having the chance to know the candidates, we will be well served by any one of them, and I’m going to be proud to support whoever that nominee is.
And proud to call them President in January 2021, because they will win.
We must support them in the race against Donald Trump and support them in their administration afterwards, do all that we can to help them heal a wounded country and bring us together in meeting the greatest set of challenges we have ever known.
I’m confident I will see you down the road, and I look forward to that day.
Thank you for making this campaign possible, and for continuing to believe that we can turn this moment of great peril into a moment of great promise for America and the world.