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By Steven R. Maher

Donald Trump never ceases to amaze. In an October 9, 2019, letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump wrote: “Let’s work out a good deal. You don’t want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don’t want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy – and I will. History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don’t happen. Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!”

A BBC report claimed Erdogan angrily threw the letter into a waste basket after reading it, USA Today reported.

If there’s one person on this planet I wouldn’t want advice from about not making a total fool of myself in public, that’s Donald Trump. One conservative commentator said the letter sounded as if it had been written by a nine-year-old with a crayon. This will go down as Trump’s version of Richard M. Nixon saying, “I’m not a crook.”

Richard Nixon was a crook, and no one would want his advice about successfully handling a scandal. But even Nixon would know better than to confess to an impeachable offense on television. That would be like taking advice from Donald Trump on how not to make oneself look like a total imbecile in public.



Fourth Democratic Presidential Debate had no Huge Gaffes, Surprises …

By Steven R. Maher

The October 15, 2019, fourth Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, Ohio, featured 12 contestants. There were no career-ending gaffes. Some candidates performed better than expected, some did not. A few obsevrations:

Former Vice President Joe Biden didn’t do a convincing enough job explaining what his son did for the $600,000 he was paid for that consulting position in the Ukraine.

It is likely we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the Biden campaign. Given that Trump is now facing impeachment for trying to destroy Biden’s campaign, his efforts to engineer Biden’s destruction seem to have been accomplished. Whether it was worth the damage done to Trump’s presidency is another question.

Trump simply could have made public that Hunter Biden had profited $600,000 from what has all the characteristics of what former Tammany leader George W. Plunkitt used to call “honest graft” – i.e., it wasn’t illegal but had all the appearance of a payback in exchange for a favor. Hunter Biden seems like the exact type of “swamp creature” Trump campaigned against in 2016.

Warren big winner

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has been declared the big winner by most pundits. With the “frontrunner” target emblazoned on her back, the other Democratic candidates came after her like a pack of coyotes.

Warren won because she didn’t become rattled during the debate, but gave cogent answers to questions by the debate moderators or in response to interjections by her opponents. She stood her ground and fought. Warren asked why her fellow Democrats “[T]hink it is more important to protect billionaires than to invest in Americans.”

After weeks of media reports putting him on his death bed, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) came across as energetic, eloquent and definitely not on his death bed. This was the Bernie Sanders of 2016, not the tired, disheveled 2019 version.

Buttigieg v. Beto
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg had two shinning moments at the Ohio debate. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) had argued that Trump was waging a “regime change” war in Syria. Responded Mayor Pete, hitting the nail on the head: “Respectfully congresswoman, I think that is dead wrong. The slaughter going on in Syria is not a consequence of American presence, it’s a consequence of a withdrawal and betrayal by this president of American allies and American values.”

Buttigieg also shined when he disagreed strongly with Beto O’Rourke’s plan to confiscate high powered-military weaponry like AK-47s and AR-15s. While that might sound good on a bumper sticker, implementation of such a plan could lead to disastrous violence, inflaming the very problem O’Rourke is claiming he wants to resolve.

Worcester’s finest 🎃shindig – the ANNUAL FRIENDLY HOUSE HALLOWEEN🎃 PARTY🎃! Oct. 31 – be there! 🍥🥤


♥️Or: donate your time, candy, refreshments for this sweet, HUGE FHouse party for East Side city kids!🥤🍥



🍁Times: 4:30 – 5 p.m. – 1 yr to 7 yrs 😊

🍂5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – ALL AGES!😊

All children must be accompanied by their parent or guardian!

It’s the biggest Halloween party on the East Side! Trick or treat stations, cool homemade games, prizes, wonderful costumes, music and more!🎃👏🎃👏All for Woo city kids and families. Friendly House Executive Director Gordon Hargrove wanted to give Grafton Hill kids and families a SAFE and fun Halloween nite! He’s been hosting hundreds of trick or treaters at the Friendly House for years!

Thank you, Gordon!

Some Friendly House pics from spooktacular 🎃🎃parties past♥️!:
photos courtesy of Friendly House







Gordy, seated, at a community leaders meeting! CECELIA file photo by Ron O’Clair

In case you missed it: Steve’s most recent political🇺🇸 column🇺🇸


By Steven R. Maher

In April 2019 this author wrote a column for CECELIA newspaper saying, “Donald Trump isn’t worth a civil war.” I argued that Trump’s supporters would be unwilling to see The Donald ejected from office unless it was done at the ballot box.

Then Trump recently published a Tweet saying there would be a civil war if he was impeached and removed from office for trying to get Ukraine and then Red China to investigate Democratic presidential candidate front runner Joe Biden.

I wrote in my April 2019 column: “Trump supporters are unlikely to stand by while their hero is stripped of his office without the electoral process being involved. At a minimum, millions of Americans would be so turned off by politics they would likely abstain from further political activity. It’s sort of how Democrats feel when the electoral college awards the Presidency to candidates (George Bush and Donald Trump) who failed to win a majority of the popular vote.

“Americans must learn to trust the democratic process again. We will be a healthier democracy if Trump is repudiated in the 2020 elections, especially in the electoral college.

“Trump isn’t worth shorting the Democratic process and risking a civil war. The Democrats and the country will be far better off if Trump is administered a stinging defeat at the ballot box. Or, as Abraham Lincoln reputedly put it: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

This is Different

But this time Trump has directly used the power of his office and the U.S. government to smear his main political opponent. Trump has painted the Democrats into a corner where they have no choice but to impeach. Trump seems bent on personal self-destruction.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) reportedly plans to have an immediate Senate vote on any impeachment bill presented by the House. That’s the smart thing for the Republicans to do. Vote as quickly as possible and get it behind them before the New Year.

Then the American people will have the chance to remove Trump from office through the ballot box. And, along with them, many of the spineless acolytes in the Senate who seem willing to follow Trump off the cliff.



In Woo and Q-Village we’re having a heat wave …🌞🌞

By Rosalie Tirella

… a tropical heat wave 🎶!

… In Worcester’s “historic” Blackstone River Road neighborhood, too!🌞🌞

My hot dogs🌭🌭😉 yesterday!:

pics: Rose T.


Then … there are the crass folks who – when the sun dips just a smidgen and the neighborhood cools down just a few degrees – well, they just have to BLAST THEIR MUSIC FOR ALL OF BLACKSTONE RIVER ROAD TO HEAR – TO BE SUBJECTED TO!:
Blasting from the ‘hood! Their song goes: 🎶🎶MIRA! MIRA! MIRA! MIRA🎶🎶!🎶🎶!!


We are looking!!!

And this is why Sally, owner of the florist’s two doors down, met with long-gone Worcester landlord/developer Paul Collyer 5 or 6! years ago to ask – HOW CAN WE CHANGE THIS DUMP? – how can we bring in the money? And the money people? How can we (essentially) gentrify this neighborhood?

Never mind that Sally has her own slummy Blackstone River Road property, is money-grubbing (they say she basically stole the flower shop from kind old Herb – that she worked for him and bought it out from under him when he was ancient and very weak) and cares not a whit for the poor kids living in the dumps right across the street from her shop. Dumpy apartments seldom fixed by City-of-Worcester-regulation-flouting slumlords! She gives these landlords a pass cuz they are fellow money people.

Sally, what about the good parents here who are trying to do the right thing by their families?! What about the kids who bop down Blackstone River Road in the summer’s pale early morning light – walking to the QV elementary school right down the road – going to the school’s summer program?

Here’s Sally’s dumpy looking rental property… (she sold the right-hand side apartment to the welder next door, who did a great job fixing his half up! But look at her side of the building, her rental apartment to the left😢😢:
Sally’s rental property, left

Mira! Mira! Mira!

Look! Look! Look!

Attention must be paid!

Shame on Sally. Yet she considers herself a neighborhood leader$$$$ and sold her old Worcester fire station that she’s been sitting on for years … to contractors. Will they flip the grand old building once they redevelop it? Create expensive condos? Move in???

So this little neighborhood is next.

Thank you Blackstone Canal!

… and all the federal money the City of Worcester leverages for crap! Cosmetics for the ‘hood to attract millennials and money! City Leaders do not focus on the people already living here! They do NOT HELP THE PEOPLE in real, substantial ways – BUT DEVELOPERS LIKE SALLY.

Thank you, City Manager Ed Augustus, for turning Worcester into a new mini Boston – half rich, half really poor people. No working class/regular middle folks. Screw the worker bees and the working class! So what if one in four of Worcester kids is food insecure/hungry??? – the real indicator of the city’s poverty level. They and their families are all the people who will never eat or shop in the Canal District or care even a little bit about the Woo Sox. They’ll be struggling with urban noise, guns, opioids, homelessness, glue sniffers, lousy fathers, domestic abuse – you know, the problems our city leaders just play at but never really try to solve!

Now my neighborhood has:

🌭the new Blackstone Canal museum a two minute drive away!

🌭our streets and sidewalks are primed for newbies – painted and widened

🌭we now have bike lanes (hardly ever used), too …

No difference.


The trendy restaurants who open up across the street always go out of business cuz the neighborhood folks can’t support$$$ the eateries

We’ve still got the noise

the guns

the glue sniffing

the domestic violence

the police cruisers

and the ambulances tearing down Blackstone River Road, sirens blaring.

The City of Worcester is so self congratulatory these days! But the City of Worcester does not have UNIVERSAL PRE-K for our public school students OR FREE PUBLIC COLLEGE at Quinsigamond Community College or Worcester State University. The State of New York has this state-wide program! So does the City of Boston!!!

Nope. So Sally, one of the last Swedes in the city’s old Swedish neighborhood, and a senior citizen herself!, and her senior citizen allies are calling all the shots here! They have the city manager and city councilor’s ear.

Screw the future. The children. Little soldiers we’ll lose if they can’t read by grade 3! And city leaders know this …

Do we want developers and dismissive city leaders determining the fate of the neighborood? So much depends on the people living here! NOW! To do the right thing. To live right and demand things that should come to them: Go to Meade Street for tenants’ rights, go to the school committee meetings and demand Pre K, free community college (really high school part 2 in 2019) for your kids … because gentrification is coming this way. SOONER RATHER THAN LATER!

Right now it’s all happening in my old neighborhood, Green Island and the Kelley Square area. But after the Paw Sox move there, destroy that area with the city and state building them a new stadium in Kelley Square for practically FREE!, the money people will look a few streets down and move to Blackstone River Road. HERE. Sally and her ilk have been waiting and planning for this for years!!!

The new streets are here, the new museum has been built, the trails on McKeon Road have been cut into the small beautiful river forest, killing and displacing my beautiful deer, yearlings and brown-tailed hawks whose wing spans were wider than I am tall – 5’51/2″! With a slow, heavy whoosh whoosh they flew from the tree branches above me as Jett, Lilac and I trotted beneath their perch, quietly, fast, with blissed out respect!

That’s all gone now.

Did you know a pal of mine who owns and lives in his beloved three decker on Lafayette Street – MY BELOVED CHILDHOOD STREET!!! – got a knock on his first-floor front door a little while ago. It was a developer/money man/gentrifier. He said: I want to buy your house. How much $$$???


Some people can’t be bought.

Some people can. My old landlord on Ward Street couldn’t handle the drug dealers and gun thugs in his three and two deckers, so he sold ’em – to a slumlord who raised everyone’s rent by hundreds of dollars because she knew they all were (except me – that’s how I ended up in Spencer!) all Section 8 tenants and that the federal government would foot the bill – pay the new higher rents.

This is why Trump got elected President of the United States😢! Working class resentment. Rightfully so in the eyes of many white working class (especially older men) folks!

And guess what? My old Ward Street downstairs neighbor, Mary Paradise, on Section 8, went below and beyond the usual scam! She actually rented out rooms in her big apartment, for $$$ under the table! She, thanks to the federal government, was a successful landlord! A federally subsidized small biz person!!! And she made a good chunk of cash FOR YEARS off her apartment. Vacationed for weeks in Florida every winter! While I and others worked our asses off to run our small businesses, hold jobs, … . I haven’t seen Mary’s car in the old Ward Street parking lot in a while – but her relatives’ vehicle. Mary may still hold the apartment – get the Section 8 subsidy – but live with her creepo boyfriend now – allowing her to RENT OUT her big flat for even more money$$$!!! Like it’s her property! The real landlord, like most, turns her head, looks away. She’s getting her rent money! A millennial millionaire!! The system IS SO BROKEN.

But Donald Trump is not the answer.

Democratic mayors and managers in cities all over America are the answer. And the selectmen in rural America. They must support the folks in their cities/small towns through TERRIFIC EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEIR YOUNG AND A LIVING WAGE FOR THEIR WORKERS. The factories and mills are gone. Forever. Educational opportunities and a living wage are a good place to start in places like Blackstone River Road.
Blackstone River Road


Please! Be humane, humans!🌻🐄 … and more🍦🎶


Ask Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada to follow CVS and Walgreen’s lead – Stop Selling Glue Traps!!🐀

Dollar Tree Canada and Family Dollar are still selling glue traps— boards coated with a sticky adhesive that traps small animals — even though their parent company, Dollar Tree, banned these vile and dangerous devices more than a decade ago after learning from PETA that animals stuck in the glue often suffer for days before dying from blood loss or dehydration!

We reminded Dollar Tree that small animals suffer greatly in glue traps, but the company has refused to stop selling them at its brands’ stores.

Glue traps cause animals prolonged suffering.

Animals mired in the glue go to great lengths to escape, tearing off their fur or feathers as they struggle or even attempting to chew off their own limbs. Others’ faces get stuck in the adhesive, and it can take hours for them to suffocate.

The instructions advise consumers to throw used traps into the garbage, even if they contain living animals, leaving them to suffer in agony until they eventually die under piles of trash.

These indiscriminate boards, which often immobilize and kill other small “nontarget” animals — such as hamsters or songbirds — are also dangerous to human health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifically advises against using glue traps because terrified animals stuck on them continue to produce urine and feces, which contain pathogens.

Dozens of retailers — including CVS, Dollar General, and Walgreens — have already made the compassionate decision to stop selling glue traps.

Please urge Dollar Tree Canada and Family Dollar to follow through with their parent company’s commitment not to sell these horribly vile torture devices!


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🌻I was shocked to learn that despite having committed to stop selling glue traps more than a decade ago, Dollar Tree is still selling them in its Dollar Tree Canada and Family Dollar stores — even after having heard from PETA that these devices cause animals immense and prolonged suffering. Small animals mired in the glue suffer greatly in the time it can take for them to die. The sticky adhesive binds to their skin, hair, or feathers, all of which can be torn off when they struggle to escape. Many animals even attempt to chew off their own limbs in an attempt to get free.

These devices are also dangerous for human health, because they can become breeding grounds for diseases. As such, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against their use.

Many major retailers — including CVS, Dollar General, and your very own U.S.-based Dollar Tree stores — no longer sell glue traps.

Please follow through with your longstanding commitment not to sell glue traps and stop selling them at Dollar Tree Canada and Family Dollar.

Until that happens, I will shop elsewhere and urge my friends and family to do the same.


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The natural mouse deterrent:
Cece, like most cats, is a good lil’ mouser. Did you know?? … If mice even SMELL CAT URINE IN LITTER BOXES, they stay away!! pic: Rose T.


Saw these helpful pages in “Savory” mag! Non-dairy ice creams, their flavors and textures described. Available at your local super market:



Why make cows suffer on factory farms?!:

Dairy farm – exposed!!!

More vegan ice creams for you to discover🍦:

And don’t forget your ☕:


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🎶She’s retiring from touring. … sigh …


Love this version of one of my fave tunes:

The magical moon🌜 … and McGovern delivers sharp rebuke of President Trump’s racist Twitter rant + more🌜

McGovern Blasts Trump’s “Hateful And Blatantly Racist Rhetoric” in Floor Speech Supporting Resolution of Condemnation

Go, Jim, go!!☮️♥️☮️

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

“There is no grey area here. There is a very clear right and wrong.”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim McGovern, Chairman of the House Rules Committee, took to the House Floor yesterday afternoon to deliver a sharp rebuke of President Trump’s recent racist comments on Twitter.

McGovern’s remarks came ahead of the full House of Representatives voting on H. Res. 489, a resolution to formally condemn President Trump’s recent racist comments.

McGovern’s Remarks as Prepared:

I thank the gentleman from Maryland, Mr. Raskin, for yielding me the time. I support the rule, but I want to speak on one underlying bill in particular, H. Res. 489.

Mr. Speaker, what we saw this week used to be reserved for the darkest corners of the internet. Some chatroom somewhere where people would be too ashamed to even use their real name when spewing vile rhetoric.

But this isn’t some online troll. We are not talking about using dog whistles or speaking in some kind of secret alt-right code, Mr. Speaker. This is proudly using Twitter as a megaphone to attack fellow Americans.

These are American citizens being turned into some kind of scary “other” – not because of their party, but because of their background, their race and their opinions.

I have seen this administration carry out some deeply troubling policies. I have heard some deeply offensive things.

And I know I’m not alone in this. Because when the cameras are off and the press isn’t around, my colleagues on the other side have told me the same thing – that they are sickened by what’s going on.

Well, these recent comments are in a completely different category. This type of language isn’t just offensive, it could lead to violence!And it’s corroding our discourse. More sternly worded press releases and disappointed tweets aren’t going to cut it.

The only thing that matters here is votes.

Press statements are not enough. This House needs to speak with unity and vote to condemn the president’s comments for what they are.

I believe in the adage from Maya Angelou: when someone shows you who you are, believe them. And the president told us who he was long before he rode that escalator down to announce his campaign.

It’s time Republicans told the American people with their votes what they whisper to one another in the cloakroom. What many of them have told me behind closed doors. Because this dark worldview is what will be on the ballot.

I implore my colleagues: think twice before you follow the president off a cliff. Our credibility matters. And your credibility matters.

A presidency lasts, at most, just 4 to 8 years. But many of us will get the chance to serve here long after this administration ends. And we’ll have to live with our conscience for a lifetime.

Silence is an endorsement. Equivocation is an endorsement. Blaming both sides is an endorsement.

There is no grey area here. There is a very clear right and wrong.

Supporting this resolution isn’t about standing with Democrats. It’s about standing up for decency.

The president showed us who he is. Now we have the chance to show the American people who we are.

Now, it’s no secret I have profound policy disagreements with this president. His economic policies favor the rich and his foreign policy ignores human rights. But in all the time I have been alive, I have always respected the office of the president and the occupant. I feel differently now.

I feel embarrassed.

And I feel ashamed.

Let me remind my colleagues – our children are watching us.

Do the right thing.

Do the moral thing.

Condemn President Trump’s hateful and blatantly racist rhetoric.

And I don’t care if it’s out of order, but we need to be clear and we need to call it what it is.

And we need to condemn it. I yield back.


The Magical Moon 🌔

By Rosalie Tirella

Lilac’s bedroom😉:
pics: Rose T.

But last night I had to walk to the pantry window …

… late at night to see the moon:

… It was mostly hidden by the big tree in our backyard. I looked for it too late. When I usually peek at it, it’s earlier in the night and my moon is lightly floating above the homemade board game propped up against my pantry window pane. As if someone had just pasted a yellow, perfectly round circle onto the night canvas.

Today, while hanging out with mutts 🐶 in our big backyard, …


… I honored The Mystery Achievement of Apollo 11 – and tried to remember what the Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon felt like to me – 50 years ago, when I was just a kid growing up in Green Island. I contemplated the mission’s golden anniversary – all this week – Armstrong’s poetic “ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND.”

Back then, at Lamartine Street School, our third grade class was marched downstairs by our pretty teacher Miss Zaterka to our big school auditorium, with its butter-yellow walls that I loved so much. We joined the other kids watching the Apollo 11 astronauts walk the moon and float lazily through black space, slow mo. No gravity! The TV was a 19-inch color Zenith set up on a utility cart. You couldn’t see much if you were seated in the back, in those uncomfortable folding metal chairs…so you turned to your friends and whispered…until one of the teachers walked up to your aisle and told you all, sternly, to quiet down and, if you wanted, you could quietly get up and sit on the auditorium floor, in front of the television set.

Whispers aside, there was a real feeling of excitement rolling through the Lamartine Street School auditorium! Miss Zaterka and all the Lamartine teachers had prepared us. They had taught us all about our solar system and its planets – millions of miles away. The sun was a ball of fire! The space rockets going so fast they burned through the atmosphere. Our class had drawn and colored our own interpretations of the event and then we painted our pictures over with a wash of light blue water color paint. Our pictures of rockets, planets, the moon and our American astronauts were done on Miss Zaterka’s fancy big manilla paper. USA flags abounded! Our works of art were hung by our teacher on the long yellowy beige wall outside our classroom – for all to admire …

Even though we were taught their names and what they had to do, I was pretty nonchalant about Buzz and Neil (Collins wasn’t in the lunar module) or walking on the moon. That “magnificent desolation” as one crew member called it didn’t seem so magnificent to me – not on a 19-inch Zenith – or on my family’s black and white Philco at home. Maybe because I was a little kid and went to St. Mary’s catechism class every Monday, at 5 p.m., and walked to church every Sunday morning with Ma and my sisters and believed in God, Jesus, the Virgin Mary, saints, angels and all the miracles they did EVERY DAY, no big deal, and, for my sisters, Santa Claus, the American astronauts didn’t impress so much. They were just like Santa Claus, only their outfits weren’t as cute.

The handsome Apollo 11 crew, with their cool, sexy buzz cuts, their keen, unflappable minds and fun bad-boy arrogance was lost on little girl me:
The Apollo 11 crew🌜

I was too young to appreciate the maleness of it all … or the men’s very real courage – and the sheer wildness of their feat! What balls! What Science! American Brilliance! Crazy!

But there the guys floated in their space capsule – thousands of miles away from planet earth, wearing astronaut suits made in Worcester. As well as their communication gear! Think of it: Worcester kept those amazing explorers ALIVE and IN TOUCH!!!

But back then I was a kid, oblivious. The astronauts’ wives and kids were left behind … maybe feeling AFRAID. Not having the faith in rockets and American engineering that their husbands/dads had. I didn’t give them a thought.

Today I see: The American Astronauts were the embodiment of the dream of President John F. Kennedy. It was he who had wanted America to go to the moon. To be the FIRST on the moon. #1. The Russians had beat us in outer space: we were gonna catch up! Beat those Roskies! – by walking on the lunar landscape! JFK was young, beautiful and full of American audacity!

When President Kennedy was murdered in the same state where the moon and star science was happening, Texas, his kid brother Bobby, called on those same stars and outer space at the Democratic convention. After a 20+ minute standing ovation, Bobby gave his prayer-speech … he turned his brother into stars💫🌟. Quoting Shakespeare, RFK compared his assassinated dear one to the most beautiful star in the night sky – JFK would show up the “garish” sun. He showed us how love for country and your countrymen could transcend filthy guns and twisted minds:

But I was just a little kid who didn’t know from nothin’ when it all happened. I couldn’t understand death, the science behind the moon, the vastness of outer space or the underpinning symbolism of it all: AMERICA = THE KENNEDYS = THE PEACE CORPS = AMAZING MUSIC = YOUTH = WALKING ON THE MOON/EXPLORING OUTER SPACE = DREAMS = HOPE!

The opposite of today. I despair for my country today. So do my Baby Boomer friends. A few have given up the fight!

But back then, for us Baby Boomer kids, the moon walk was all fun and games. It meant I DREAM OF JEANNIE, a TV show starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden. Hagman was the handsome NASA astronaut who crash lands on the beach and finds a gorgeous blonde in a bottle – a genie, Barbara Eden. He’s an Aladdin for the swinging sixties! He is mesmerized by Jeannie’s beauty and costume and takes her home with him to Coco Beach, Florida, where she proceeds to wreak havoc on his bachelor life and the entire U.S. space program! Fifty years ago it was me and my two kid sisters watching and laughing to “I Dream of Jeannie” and her gorgeous, put upon, pratfall-prone “master”! Eden’s mini-skirts and go go boots mimicked the clothing young America wore – and with such panache! (in a few years my mother would buy me a black pair of go go boots – grade 5!!?!!?)

A half century ago, the moon and astronauts permeated every part of a kid’s life, in a silly way: There were astronaut lunch boxes with rocket 🚀 Thermoses. There were beach towels with the planets emblazoned on them. There was a local TV show called “Major Mudd.” It was filmed in a “spaceship” before a live kiddie studio audience. Major Mudd always wore his astronaut suit on the set and, at the end of each program, said goodbye to his TV audience with a booming: “I’LL BE BLASTING YOU!!!”

A BLAST!!!!!

It was crossing Lafayette Street to go to Freddy’s Penny Candy Store located directly across the street from our three decker and buying (from Freddy) a Rocket🚀 Ice Pop. It was RED at its tapered tippity top, WHITE in the middle and BLUE at the bottom – all American sugar treat!

It was firecrackers in our street – and red, white and blue kites at the park.

It was hamburgers sizzling on the grill in Uncle Mark’s backyard – with us kids playing pickle in the frontyard until the burgers were cooked medium rare and ready to be wolfed down. It was big, gas guzzling Electra’s, NuForm Milk, Herbal Essence Shampoo and Earth Shoes. It was Burt Reynolds in Deliverance and Warren Beatty in Shampoo! The Beatles or the Stones? What kind of music gal or guy were you? Ideas, songs, VW buses, communes … FREEDOM. No one really cared much about dough$$$. We all wanted to be Elton John.

Or astronauts.

OVER THE MOON in Woo!🚀🌔 Events at WHMuseum and Woo on the Moon Consortium celebrate Goddard’s rocket launch!🚀 … + more🎶

From the Worcester Historical Museum🌜😊🌜🌔😊🌜🚀🚀🚀😊

30 Elm St., Worcester
Salisbury Mansion: 40 Highland St., Worcester:



Thursday, July 18 (Rain date: Friday, July 19, 2019)

10 AM-12 PM
at Pakachoag Golf Course, 5 Upland St., Auburn

Today is the 50th anniversary of mankind’s first moon landing …

… humans stood at the edge of becoming interplanetary explorers…

… local officials and area organizations will join forces to launch rockets at events honoring native son and Father of Modern Rocketry, Dr. Robert H. Goddard!

Two decades after The Wright brothers lifted humans into the sky, another event paved the way — this time, all the way to the moon: Clark University professor Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket from a humble farm field — now Pakachoag Golf Course — in Auburn, Massachusetts.

Goddard’s launch from his Aunt Effie’s Farm on March 26, 1926, would change science fiction into fact.

Persevering through harsh criticism and vehement detractors, Goddard proved liquid fuels could power large rockets through the vacuum of space, and on July 20, 1969, Americans watched as that technology safely landed two men on the moon.

On Thursday, July 18, the Worcester on the Moon consortium is set to host a gathering at the original launch site to celebrate Goddard’s contributions to space exploration. The event will feature commemorative solid fuel rocket launches from the CMASS Rocket Club and The Aldrich Astronomical Society, as well as short speeches from Goddard experts. Join us and help celebrate an American hero at the historical site that should be as revered as Kitty Hawk.

Additional events and exhibitions will take place throughout the city …


POP-UP EXHIBIT at the Worcester Historical Museum!

Saturday, July 20

10 AM – 4 PM


Stop by Worcester Historical Museum this Saturday as part of the citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon!

We have teamed up with WPI and Clark University to highlight moon related artifacts and pictures from their collections to share with you. We will also have images and artifacts from Dr. Robert Goddard on exhibit and you will have a chance to snap a selfie with him on this momentous day!

Join our city as we celebrate 100 years of space exploration and technology throughout the year. Worcester is home to innovation and manufacturing that moved the needle in extra-planetary exploration. Dr. Robert Goddard, the “Father of Modern Rocketry” made the first launch of a liquid-fueled rocket on March 16, 1926, in Auburn, from Pakachoag Golf Course. Moon landing technology for the

Apollo 11 Mission, including the suits astronauts wore, and the headset Neil Armstrong used to communicate with Earth, were made in Worcester.

There will be a series of events and exhibits throughout Worcester on July 20 to celebrate the 50th anniversary…Visit for a complete schedule.

REMEMBER … You can’t get to the moon without Worcester!

The WHM:🌔🚀😊
30 Elm St., Worcester😊
Salisbury Mansion: 40 Highland St., Worcester🚀


Better than the moon! – R.T.:


From BETO🇺🇸🇺🇸 O’Rourke:

I like O’Rourke! Wish he could BREAK THROUGH! – R.T.

I was recently given documents showing that both Amy and I are descended from people who owned slaves. Along with other possessions listed in their property log were two human beings, Rose and Eliza.

A paternal great-great-great grandfather of mine, Andrew Cowan Jasper, owned these two women in the 1850s. There are also records showing that a maternal great-great-great grandfather, Frederick Williams, most likely owned slaves in the 1860s (“most likely,” because we are not certain that the Frederick Williams who is my ancestor and the Frederick Williams who owned slaves are the same person, but there’s enough circumstantial data to lead me to conclude that it’s likely).

Records also showed that Amy had an ancestor who owned slaves and another who was a member of the Confederate Army.

Something that we’ve been thinking about and talking about in town hall meetings and out on the campaign — the legacy of slavery in the United States — now has a much more personal connection.

Ownership of other human beings conferred advantages not just to Andrew Jasper and Frederick Williams, but to Jasper’s and Williams’ descendants as well. They were able to build wealth on the backs and off the sweat of others, wealth that they would then be able to pass down to their children and their children’s children. In some way, and in some form, that advantage would pass through to me and my children.

That those enslaved Americans owned by my ancestors were denied their freedom, denied the ability to amass wealth, denied full civil rights in America after slavery also had long term repercussions for them and their descendants.

The way that fortune was passed through the generations from Andrew to me, misfortune was passed through the generations from Rose and Eliza to their descendants who are alive today. Rose and Eliza were denied their freedom and the benefits that their labor produced; they and their children were then denied their civil rights after the end of Reconstruction; and their descendants endured open terrorism, economic exclusion and racism in the form of Jim Crow, lynchings, convict leasing, voter suppression, red lining, predatory lending, and mass incarceration. Everything their descendants have accomplished in their lives is despite having all of these odds stacked against them.

In the aggregate, slavery, its legacy and the ensuing forms of institutionalized racism have produced an America with stark differences in opportunities and outcomes, depending on race.

For example, there is 10 times the wealth in white American than there is in black America. Black men are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white men. The disparity in infant mortality between black families and white families is greater today than it was in 1850. Whether it’s the economy, healthcare, education, criminal justice or even in the inherent biases revealed by technology, there really are two Americas.

I benefit from a system that my ancestors built to favor themselves at the expense of others. That only increases the urgency I feel to help change this country so that it works for those who have been locked-out of — or locked-up in — this system.

As a person, as a candidate for the office of the Presidency, I will do everything I can to deliver on this responsibility.

In addition to making significant changes to education policy (immediately address $23 billion in underfunding for minority-majority public schools), economic policy (ensuring equal pay, deploying capital to minority- and women-owned businesses, $25 billion in government procurement to these same businesses), healthcare (universal healthcare and home health visits to women of color to reverse trend in maternal and infant mortality) and criminal justice (police accountability, ending the drug war, and expunging arrest records for nonviolent drug crimes), I will continue to support reparations, beginning with an important national conversation on slavery and racial injustice.

We all need to know our own story as it relates to the national story, much as I am learning mine. It is only then, I believe, that we can take the necessary steps to repair the damage done and stop visiting this injustice on the generations that follow ours.

– Beto

(To contribute to BETO’S campaign via check, please address to Beto for America campaign, P.O. Box 3628 El Paso, TX 79923. Thank you!!)


Happy belated Birthday, Woody Guthrie!!!!:

For Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, Kelley Ann Conway and the gang:

Defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
1. often capitalized: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

Made me cry!:

Monday a.m. … garbage, WARL😪🐩 … and more🌱

My Quinsig Village window♥️ …



Our Mad Man in the White House!:

It’ll all be over November 2020! Presidential front runners Warren, Biden, Harris … all GREAT CHOICES FOR PRESIDENT!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸


I called/visited the City of Worcester Mayor’s Office last week…spoke to Dan R. … told him all about the crappy overgrowth on Blackstone River Road. Covering the sidewalk!! – the length of two three deckers!! He said he’d get it taken care of:

Difficult to walk down the sidewalk …

One of my dogs had to trot in the treacherous, CAR-CLOGGED Blackstone River Road!

The urban BROKEN WINDOW THEORY in action: Dan/the City of Worcester did nada! Nothing! The landlord not held accountable/fined! So … We saw this on our Sunday walk: 10+ huge trash bags! – more shit on Blackstone River Road! In a city neighborhood Worcester’s civic poobas are trying to repackage as “tourist destination.” The neighborhood’s garbage pick-up day is Friday – so the trash bags will sit there all week if nothing’s done, for all to see … cooking all week!!

Attention must be paid!

– Rose T.


Animals suffer and die when shelters put out the “unwelcome” mat

By Teresa Chagrin

In March, a 7-year-old dog named Zelda endured what must have been an extremely lonely, frightening and uncomfortable five days. A man — who happens to be a former UFC champion — allegedly tied her to the inside of a truck bed and left her in a Texas airport parking garage.

When authorities connected him to the dog, he claimed that Zelda belonged to his mother, who could no longer care for her, and that he had been trying to find the dog a new home. He said he had called “every shelter and no-kill pet center within 200 miles” but that none would accept her.

There is never any excuse for abandoning an animal.

But scenarios like this one are becoming increasingly common as more animal shelters are operating like exclusive clubs or boutiques instead of refuges.

[editor’s note: Did you know Allie Tellier the Executive Director of the Worcester Animal Rescue League, acts this way? Lovely with her chosen folks – but unhelpful to others who visit her non-profit on Holden Street, in Worcester. The tone of WARL has grown so exclusive, rude, dismissive and unhelpful over the years! (excepting excellent long time staffer/vet tech Kathy Jamieson – WHO SHOULD BE NAMED THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of a new City of Worcester municipal animal shelter that should be built for ALL THE PEOPLE OF OUR CITY!).

A private non-profit like WARL, run by a person like Allie, should NOT be in the business of running a diverse-city animal shelter. WARL gets a huge contract$$$$ from the City of Worcester, but they do not serve ALL THE PEOPLE OF WORCESTER!

Allie has zero people of color working at WARL!

Hispanic folks come in to WARL and they can’t understand what the staff’s saying. So many of the staffers rudely blow visitors off – all the time – Did I say rudely?! Small-town people, with small minds, should not be running – or heading! – an animal shelter that is supposed to serve the second largest city in New England. A city that is Majority Minority once you cross Park Ave!

It’s not the case in Hartford, Springfield and even most Worcester County towns!

And now WARL’s Executive Director Allie WILL NOT DONATE – EVEN THOUGH IT’S DONATED TO WARL AND THEY HAVE A TON OF IT IN THEIR BUILDING – any dog food to Dorrie Maynard, head of Central Mass Kibble Kitchen!

Dorrie kills herself running the local non-profit that gives out pet food and supplies to homeless people with pets and the poor who see Dorrie (and love her!!) for pet food and other help every Wednesday at the Mustard Seed Soup Kitchen in Piedmont! A tough, gun- and drug-ridden neighborhood that Allie wouldn’t spend 3 minutes in – but that Dorrie (with love – and treating the poor people with such compassion!) spends 3+ hours in every Wednesday!

What kind of heartless witch is Allie? Beautiful on the outside but ugly on the inside!

Change, Worcester!

– Rose T.]

Some shelters have drastically reduced their hours, have changed their policies to exclude cats or now require people to make appointments, wait for months or pay a fee — often very high — to surrender an animal. Some even encourage people to leave homeless animals on the streets, which is illegal in many areas.

When shelters make it difficult for people to do the right thing, animals suffer. Many rejected cats and dogs are simply abandoned, leaving them to starve or die of disease or injuries. Others remain in the hands of people who don’t want them and may mistreat, neglect or even kill them.

A shelter in Florida reportedly turned away a couple trying to surrender a 6-week-old kitten last March because they hadn’t made an appointment. The couple left the kitten in the shelter’s parking lot, where he was run over by a vehicle and found hours later with severe injuries, including a crushed skull. He died a few days later.

Taxpayers — who fund public shelters — are increasingly told, “Sorry, we’re full,” or, “We’ll have to put you on a waiting list,” when they try to take even stray animals to shelters. In a small, impoverished area of Virginia, an elderly man who was trying to feed and care for more than 40 stray cats resorted to pleading for people to adopt the cats on a TV news station because animal control apparently wouldn’t help him.

Why are so many shelters refusing to shelter?

It’s undoubtedly connected to growing pressure from a small — but extremely vocal — group of people who are opposed to euthanasia under virtually any circumstances. “Life at any cost” crusaders harass and vilify shelter workers who have the extremely difficult (but necessary and compassionate) job of euthanizing some animals in order to keep their doors open to all comers.

It may be easier to turn animals away than to endure persecution from armchair activists. But can shelters really be called “shelters” if they close their doors to the animals who need them the most?

Animals need caring people to speak out against this harmful trend. If your local shelter has started implementing restrictions or rejecting animals, please get involved. Write a polite letter expressing your concerns to the shelter’s director. If the response is inadequate, write to your elected officials and alert the media.

If a shelter has refused to accept an animal from you, required you to pay a surrender fee, put you on a waiting list or instructed you to abandon an animal, document your experience. Note the time and date of the incident, the person you spoke with, what you were told and other pertinent details, and share them with elected officials and the media. Collecting statements from others who have been negatively affected by a shelter’s restrictive policies can help build momentum for change.

Changing entrenched policies can take time, persistence and patience. But our involvement can determine whether animals in our communities will ultimately be sheltered or shunned.


Dorrie’s Days🌺🏵️! … and more🌄

A Blondie Update!

By Dorrie Maynard

Go, Dorrie, go! Dorrie has rescued/saved/fostered so many dogs and kitties through the years🐇! Thank you, Dorrie, for making Worcester a better place to be – for ALL of us!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the readers who commented on my last “rant.” Seems many other Worcester residents have experienced similar or worse situations with regards to the management and community relations of the city. If the city of Worcester is inviting more people to become residents, they should really attempt to make it more of a tenant/property owner friendly city in which to live. If tenants live here, they should pay excise tax and our high insurance rates. You can drive down any street in Worcester that is populated by students and most are not Massachusetts-licensed and are not paying excise tax to the city.

I recently heard there was a special committee trying to make Worcester more “student” friendly? Why?! They don’t spend their money in Worcester, other than at our eateries, liquor stores and maybe grocery stores. Everything else they order on line and have it delivered. Why would the city want to cater to them?

How about getting the newbies to pay Massachusetts excise tax and Worcester insurance rates? That would be a committee I could get behind! Or, better yet, issuing them tickets for parking on resident-only parking sides of the streets.

If the city is in need of money, it could certainly make tons of it $$$, if in fact there was someone who actually issued parking tickets after 5 pm, which is when the street signs indicate that it is residential parking only! If you call the Worcester police, they simply say it is not their job to issue parking tickets.

I have a friend who is living on an unpaved city street with a few other home-owners. The city is now asking and expecting the residents to pay for the streets to be paved?!?! What in the world are our tax dollars being spent on?! Residents are expected to clean the sidewalks of snow in front of their homes, which the city owns and, if residents don’t, they are subject to a fine. How does that make sense? The city needs to be doing a better job!

Okay, onto what my story is supposed to be about: My new adopted, foster failure – Blondie Bo!
Blondie Bo, right, and new BFF Gingy♥️♥️! pic: D.M.

I was asked to foster Blondie. She had been used for breeding and decided that she wasn’t having it anymore (I think she bit one of her pups ears?). I say good for Blondie! No dog should be subject to being a breeding machine! She is simply a beautiful Karin Terrier … but deserved so much more of a life than producing litter after litter so her breeder could make money.

Blondie was very fragile when I first got her. I believe she was abused and probably never had enough food to eat. When I first got her, all loud noises sent her into my bathroom – I think she thought of it as a safe place. She
would cower when I went to pet her and had no idea that she was invited to sleep on the bed! I had to train her to go up the stairs at my house and going outside was
another nightmare. I am not even sure she had ever been outside on grass!

Blondie was afraid of coming in and going out of my house. With time and much patience, she has become a real trooper! She is still afraid of loud noises (loud motorcycles and cars) but is getting used to city living.

And since the patriotism of the dog clan has passed, she is fitting in much better and has actually become companions with my middle-aged dog. Blondie is still leery of strangers but does warm up to them with proper introduction. I am able to clean her eyes every day, which I could not do when I first got her. And I am able to get a leash on her and take her for a walk – she was petrified of the leash.

My Blondie has pretty much come full circle: she sleeps on my
shoulder and is so happy when we wake up!♥️ She makes these awesome grunting noises that let me know she is feeling loved♥️. She also rolls over and gives me her belly to rub, which has taken months.

Fostering isn’t always easy. I fostered one dog that just didn’t take to me – or my dogs. It really made me sad but she just didn’t fit in. I am a foster “failure”😉 with my Blondie because I felt like she needed me and was too damaged to move on to another person. As much as I wasn’t looking for another dog, we found each other! I adopted Blondie, and now she’s my lil’ gal in her forever home♥️!

Dorrie put this card in the blessings bag she made for me. I am passing it along to my sister on the other side of Mass, putting it in the blessings box I just made for her! – Rose T.

pics: R.T.



PLEASE! THIS SUMMER! Remember the suffering animals on America’s factory farms – and many farms!

The antibiotics, hormones, drugs injected into farm animals lead to such pain/torturous existences for the animals! They can’t walk, often don’t have beaks…slaughtered alive!

GO, VEGGIE!! OR, at very least,… try to EAT WAY LESS MEAT at your summer BBQs, picnics, dinners, breakfasts – LIVE A MORE compassionate life! Try meat substitutes … many mock meats to choose from … all yummy. Available at TRADER JOE’S (amazing variety), PRICE CHOPPER and most other supermarkets!

Vegan recipes:




Beto O’Rourke and family out campaigning Independence Day weekend.

Hi, it’s me, Bob Flaherty, Beto’s Digital Director.

We’ve been pretty up front about the dynamics of this race. It changes every week. Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. Sometimes you’re Hootie and sometimes you’re the Blowfish. But this week, there was some news that might shake things up: we have a self-funder joining the race, and they’re bringing $100 million along with them.

Beto…is not that kind of candidate. He’s always been about people power — about showing what we can achieve when hundreds of thousands of people come together to fund a campaign $5, $10, $20 at a time. No PACs, no lobbyists, no special interests. We’re counting on you and you alone.

Can you make a $3 donation to our campaign today and help Beto compete against these high-dollar opponents? Our way of doing things certainly isn’t easy, but we know we can go toe-to-toe with your help.

That’s not how every candidate is gonna roll. I get that. But democracy shouldn’t be about which billionaire can afford the most TV ads in Cedar Rapids — no matter how well-intentioned they are. It shouldn’t be about which rich friend can start a super PAC. And it shouldn’t be about whichever candidate can invite the most lobbyists to eat banquet hall tilapia for $2,800-per-plate. It’s about talking to voters — face to face, person to person — and earning their support. Not buying it.

Beto is that candidate. He shows up in places politicians don’t usually go — from a town in Iowa with a population of 300 with over 100 attendees, to an event in Nashville last week with over 1,000. He connects with people person-to-person and gives others the microphone.

He’s fighting to earn your vote the right way. And while it may put us at a slight financial disadvantage if someone’s campaign can almost literally print money, I know we can make up for it with the power of you.

Chip in any amount — it could be $1, $10, or whatever you can afford. If everyone chips in a little bit right now, we’ll have no problem competing with any self-funded billionaires who turn up.
To donate $$ go to

Thank you for everything,

Rob Flaherty, digital director
Beto for America