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Politics Friday: Steve and Jim … + more🎶


By Steven R. Maher

Donald, we are all exasperated!!

One of the heart-warming aspects of the Democratic primaries now under way is what the defeated candidates are saying. No one’s talking about bolting the party in the event their candidate doesn’t get the nomination. Everyone is clear about the need to get behind the nominee, whomever he or she is, and defeat Donald Trump.

The 2018 results showed that the Democrats, running on a pro-peace platform, and progressive policies like health care, can defeat Trump and his minions. But this will require all Democrats to pull together with the same spirit that animated their 2018 retaking of the house. Some moderate Democrats were surprised at the way many Sanders supporters didn’t come out to support in 2016 the party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton.

“My No. 1 goal is to win,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told The Associated Press in an article published online January 2, 2020. “The only way this is possible is if we’re united around our eventual nominee, and I have no doubt that every candidate in this race will do that, no matter who she or he is. The stakes get higher on an almost daily basis making it all the more imperative we come together.”

2016 nominee Hillary Clinton recently traded barbs with Sanders, according to the AP. “Democratic officials fear that such divisions could ultimately make it harder to beat Trump, pointing to lingering bad blood between Clinton and Sanders four years ago that may have helped him eke out a victory,” reported the AP.

“[T]he number one priority for our country and world is retiring Trump, and, as I always have, I will do whatever I can to support our nominee,” said Clinton

“At the end of the day, no one wants history to repeat itself,” one Democratic strategist quoted by the AP said.




Congressman Jim McGovern Highlights House Passage of Conservation Bill Protecting 1.3 Million Acres of New Wilderness

Legislation is Latest Democratic Measure to Prevent Climate Change

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Go, Jim!

WASHINGTON — U.S. Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA) Chairman of the House Rules Committee, hailed tonight’s House passage of the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act (H.R. 2546), which combines six previously separate bills that together recognize more than 1.3 million acres of wilderness across the West and protect more than 1,000 river miles under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The package, which passed by a 231-183 vote, will help prevent climate change by improving land management and by limiting resource extraction on especially sensitive public lands.

“Today, House Democrats took strong action to preserve and protect the pristine and beautiful ecosystems that our country has to offer,” said Congressman McGovern. “While the President and his allies do everything in their power to undermine our environmental protections as a favor to big oil lobbyists and corporate polluters, we are prioritizing conserving and protecting our delicate ecosystems like never before. I proudly voted yes on this important bill to protect our wilderness – and our planet – for generations to come.”

In addition to climate change prevention measures, the bill includes important climate mitigation efforts like those in the Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act, originally introduced by Rep. Huffman, which increases wildfire resiliency in Northwest California through the restoration of degraded and climate-impacted forest ecosystems. Among other steps, it requires federal land management agencies to work with local residents and develop a new coordinated fire management plan that prioritizes reducing fuel near existing roads, infrastructure, and other developed areas.

The Protecting America’s Wilderness Act is the biggest public lands conservation measure to receive a House vote since the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act became law in March 2019, shortly after Democrats took the House majority in the 2018 election. That law permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund; recognizes wilderness areas, protects public lands and rivers around the country from degradation, and enhances their climate resiliency; protects climate-sensitive fish habitats in the Pacific Northwest; and protects other fish, wildlife and bird habitats nationwide.

This bill enjoys broad support from environmental groups and stakeholders:

“Colorado Mountain Club is pleased to see the passage of the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act which protects a variety of landscapes in Colorado, from west-slope deserts to San Juan peaks, for natural resources and primitive recreation. The bill codifies some long-standing Wilderness Study areas in remote Northwest Colorado, as well as iconic mountain vistas in the Southwest part of the state.” – Julie Mach, Conservation Director, Colorado Mountain Club

“Wild Connections board and members are thrilled to see the House pass the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act – which protects more than 600,000 acres of wilderness throughout Colorado. These are primarily rugged and scenic lower-to-mid-elevation areas and ecosystems that are currently underrepresented in Colorado’s wildernesses. All of the areas in the bill are most deserving of wilderness designation. We are especially pleased that it would offer protection to the remarkable wild values found in six of the bill’s proposed wildernesses in central Colorado–Beaver Creek, Grape Creek, McIntyre Hills, Table Mountain, Badger Creek, and the Browns Canyon National Monument. With ever increasing development pressure on Colorado’s wild lands, the protections afforded by the CWA become more valuable.” – John Sztukowski, Conservation Director, Wild Connections

“This legislation is a monumental move to protect our environment and fight the climate crisis. Preserving our public lands and waters– keeping fossil fuels in the ground and permanently protecting these places– will help halt and reverse climate pollution. The Protecting America’s Wilderness Act represents real action. These protections will provide immeasurable benefits to our communities, climate stability and for generations to come.” – Athan Manuel, Director of Land Policy, Sierra Club

An Ongoing Campaign for Climate Action

The wilderness bill is the latest in a string of climate-friendly packages advanced by the House from the Natural Resources Committee.

The House in December approved the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act (H.R. 729), a package of 10 bipartisan coastal resilience bills that aid coastal ecosystems and economies, improve ocean monitoring and research, and offer coastal managers tools to protect coastal communities most vulnerable to climate impacts.

In October 2019, the House passed Rep. Joe Neguse’s (D-Colo.) Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, which designates wilderness areas, recreation management areas and conservation areas in Colorado; and Chair Grijalva’s Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which protects more than 1 million acres of public lands north and south of the Grand Canyon from new extraction activities.

In September 2019, House Democrats passed a collection of bills to protect our nation’s coastal waters from destructive offshore drilling. That package included Rep. Joe Cunningham’s (D-S.C.) Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, which prohibits oil and gas leasing in the Atlantic or in the Straits of Florida; Rep. Huffman’s Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, which protects the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling; and Rep. Francis Rooney’s (R-Fla.) Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act, which blocks offshore leasing in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.

In April 2019, the House passed the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act (H.R. 2030), which implements a water-sharing agreement known as the Drought Contingency Plan between Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, California, New Mexico and Nevada that accounts for ongoing water shortages and regional climate change throughout the Southwest. The bill, authored by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), became law and received unanimous praise from Colorado River basin states, tribes and other stakeholders.



New Chef Joey recipe🍅♥️ … cold pups😢 … + more🎶


Recipe+pics by Chef Joey

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Chef Joe-Joe🍪♥️🍪. file pic:R.T.

So follow my usual sauce🍅🍅 recipes… Sautee onions and garlic …



But now add:

fresh fennel

toss in some cherry tomatoes

… add a can of chopped tomatoes

a handful of fresh parsley

… and a can of white navy beans – or any other white beans.

And Voila! You have a light pasta topping!

Cook for 30 mins and you are done!

Cook your pasta or rice while your sauce is cooking!



Cold Dogs Need Warmhearted People to Watch Out for Them!

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

Lilac in the eve…We are all listening to music. Cozy-town♥️

Cece♥️. pics: Rose T.

Jett loves his mats – Huskies like it a bit cooler …

Rebel is one of the lucky ones. Starved, neglected and chained outdoors in rural Tennessee in the freezing cold, the bone-thin dog likely wouldn’t have survived more than another day or two. But last month, a kind man who was working on a power line nearby noticed him, along with two others who were also chained on the property. The man and his coworker gave their lunches to the dogs and poured their bottled water into the dogs’ bowls so they could quench their thirst.

Then the man did something that changed the lives of Rebel and the other dogs forever: He notified humane authorities, who rescued them. And as soon as Rebel became available for adoption, the man who first spotted him made him a member of the family. “He’s putting on some weight, and he sleeps in the bed with me,” Rebel’s rescuer reports. “He doesn’t have to sleep outside in the cold any more. He’s got it made now.”

Rebel’s story has a happy ending, but countless other dogs are still out there, tethered by chains or locked inside muddy pens, shivering in the bitter cold. They need warmhearted people to watch out for them — and to take action.

“Man’s best friend” is simply not equipped to survive frigid temperatures. Many succumb to hypothermia, alone and suffering, within a tennis ball’s throw of the warmth of their owners’ homes.

Even if they make it through the winter alive, spending it outdoors is pure misery. Many shiver constantly and desperately curl up into the tightest possible ball to try to retain their body heat. Others shift from foot to foot in an effort to find relief from the freezing-cold ground. Frostbite and dehydration (when water sources freeze) are constant threats.

Add to this the extreme loneliness and mind-numbing monotony of spending hour after hour, day after day, week after week, with no social interaction, affection, exercise or stimulation, and it’s easy to see why so many chained and penned dogs go mad or fall into a deep depression. For these highly social pack animals, solitary confinement is tantamount to torture.

The very least that dogs require to survive a winter outdoors is a solid wooden doghouse with a flap over the door, elevated off the ground and stuffed with straw. They also need a source of unfrozen water and increased food rations, because trying to maintain body temperature in cold weather burns extra calories.

But many people who leave dogs outdoors are unaware of their needs—or unwilling to meet them. If you see a dog in immediate danger (one who is very thin, ill or injured or lacks adequate shelter, food or water) or if chaining is illegal in your area, follow the example of Rebel’s rescuer and notify police and/or animal control officials immediately. Your call could mean the difference between life and an agonizing death.

In situations that are legal but still miserable, work with the owners to improve the dog’s living conditions. Offer to take the dog for walks, ask if you can provide toys or treats, and try to talk to the owners — politely — about the dog’s need for adequate shelter and food.

Being forced to live outside 24/7, whether on a chain or in a pen, is no life for a dog — it’s a life sentence. But, like Rebel, many neglected dogs’ lives have been turned around because someone cared enough to get involved. Each of us can be that someone for a dog in need.

WPD CHIEF Steve Sargeant – HE IS IN CHARGE OF WORC DOG OFFICERS. If a Woo pup or cat is hurt or in trouble call the WPD BIZ#(508) 799-8606. They will CONNECT YOU TO WPD DOG OFFICERS…OFFICER CHERRY AND CO. They try …




Elliott Smith wrote this song for his mom: she was a music teacher – loved to sing. In the song: Here she is at a karaoke bar singing the Everly Brothers’ CATHY’S CLOWN – with her new hubby in the audience – Eliott’s stepfather who most likely sexually abused him when he was a little kid. Elliott told no one, couldn’t take it … left home at 14 and moved to Portland, OR, to live with his real dad. He adored his mother… missed her … felt he betrayed her when he went away for good. HENCE the song title XO….KISSES AND HUGS! … to waltz time♥️ …Waltz #2♥️♥️♥️

Memories + inspiration…lead to ART

– Rose T.


Reclaiming our Strength, Dignity and Values

A speech delivered by Marcia Amarsingh …

Marcia Amarsingh

Good evening everyone, I feel honored to be the guest presenter this evening on such a vital topic as “Reclaiming our strength, dignity and values.” I will begin with a quote from the great Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a national hero for Jamaica and a prominent civil rights militant in the US in the early 20th century also a predecessor for Dr. Martin Luther King.

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds. “These words were later echoed in Redemption Song by Bob Marley.

What does this quote mean?

Emancipate yourself, according to the Merriam –Webster dictionary, the word emancipate means to free from restraint, control or power. Other words or synonyms which typically means the same are – liberate, unbind and unchain.
Another question to ask ourselves as African Americans or Blacks is “ Are we still enslaved? Or Are we still chained?

The answer to this question is variable, depending on whom, when and where we ask.

This day, February 7th, 2020 we might answer “NO” we are not enslaved as slavery was abolished in the United States of America on January 1st, 1863. Even though we are not being physically enslaved we continue to be mentally enslaved. This is true and the statistics which I will now share will support that statement.

A research done by Noonan et. al, published on October 3rd, 2016 on determinants in the US summarized as follows: the mechanisms for social determinants on health care includes racism at both the macro and individual levels, Incarceration and mental health issues among blacks needs to be addressed as African Americans remain the least healthy ethnic group in the USA. This they believe is a somber legacy of years of social injustice and a formidable challenge to equitable healthcare for all.

In 1928, ninety-two years ago Louis Dublin a Jewish American statistician wrote “an improvement in negro health to the point where it would compare favorably with the white race would at one stroke wipe out many disabilities from which the black race suffers, improve its economic status and stimulate its native abilities as would no other single improvement. So Louis Dublin recognized that health care parity would cause significant changes in the black community.
In 1984, fifty-six years after Dublin’s report, Margaret Heckler, then Secretary of Health and Human Services dissatisfied with the way health disparities were being reported to congress provided the first comprehensive review of health disparities through health education and promotion and access to health care. This was known as the “Heckler Report.”

However, today, another thirty-six years after the submission of this report African Americans still endure unacceptable health disparities. The end of slavery did not mean that African Americans could suddenly lead healthy lives. We continue to be subjected to systematic discrimination and oppression even after 157 years since the abolishment of physical slavery.

Disparities can also be seen in education, housing, access to healthy foods, environmental exposures, violence, criminal justice, poverty and I could go on and on.

What are African Americans doing to change that? As our population grows it seems the disparities become wider. The CDC projects that by 2050, there will be approximately 61 million blacks in the USA, that’s 15% of the population. It is therefore imperative that we strive for equality. African Americans need to reclaim their strength, dignity and values.

What do I mean by “reclaim” – to retrieve or recover something previously lost. Let me use the next few minutes to elaborate and boast on what Africa was and who Africans were pre- slavery.
We were not always slaves, a race seen as inferior. Back in Africa, we have today the oldest existing and continually operating educational institution in the world which is the University of Karueein founded in 859 AD in Fez, Morocco.

Africa had the very first university in the world, Sankore University of Timbuktu, which started operation in 13 BC. (Mali in West Africa). Africans were educated, brilliant people and not uncivilized and uneducated as the Europeans portrayed us. Africa had great civilizations such as Kush, Axum, Mali and the great Zimbabwe. The empire of Songhai and the Kingdoms of Mali, Benin and Kongo were large powerful monarchs. Art, learning and technology flourished in Africa. Africans were skilled in medicine, mathematics developing geometry and algebra, skilled in astronomy, domestic goods, made fine luxury items in bronze, ivory and gold. Africans participated in extensive international trading networks and in trans-oceanic travels.

There were great religious and philosophical minds, as evidenced by the establishment of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian church. In fact, all evidence of human existence and our immediate hominid ancestors has been found in Africa. Kemet now known as Egypt found on the continent of Africa, is best known for its great monuments, architecture and engineering such as the construction of the Pyramids. Egyptian produced early types of paper, devised a written script and developed a calendar. In medicine, Africans wrote on the idea and understood the body’s dependence on the brain more than 1000 years before Greek scholars came up with the same idea.

Yes, slavery robbed us of all that, crippled us! Destroyed our ego, took our dignity, strength and our values. After years of slavery and discrimination African Americans have developed counterproductive behavior patterns. The trauma of enslavement has been carried by African Americans through generations and is currently manifesting in many health problems. Mental Health for example, according to the Minority Health office of the Department of Health and Human Services, black adults are 20% more likely to report serious psychological distress than white adults and are more likely to have feelings of sadness, hopelessness and worthlessness than whites.

We have developed what is termed as “Cultural Trauma”, a state that occurs when people’s cultural worldview has been de-stabilized to the point where it does not effectively provide a buffer against anxiety and uncertainty. So, cultural trauma leads to anxiety related conditions, poor health and maladaptive behaviors.

Trauma however can be treated, so African Americans need to resolve the Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and have more responsibilities in developing our full human potential. We need to move beyond the feelings of shame and embarrassment associated with the degradations of slavery. This Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome can only be resolved fully after profound social change in us individuals as well as in institutions that continue to promote inequity and injustice.

It’s not going to be easy, we have had to fight for freedom, to fight for the rights to vote, to fight for education, fighting is now in our DNA. Of course we will have resistance, according to the great Dr. Martin Luther King, ‘when negroes assertively moved on to ascend the second ring of the ladder, a firm assistance from the white community developed”. As Dr. King saw it then, it’s the same now.

We need to create cultural institutions to nurture and promote black values, startup businesses especially in the health industry, more mental health clinics, more African American Therapists who truly have the ability to understand and empathize with our children. We need supportive treatment facilities such as half way houses, sober homes and other transitional facilities to address substance use and mental health. We know there are also disparities in sexually transmitted diseases, we need to build more facilities to treat HIV/ AIDS, Hepatitis C and HTLV-1 which no one is talking about.
We need to build more schools to educate our children, create and develop public education campaigns. We need more African American city councilors, school committee members and other local elected offices. We need to have more voices in politics, the senate and congress, participate in civil rights movements and most importantly we need to use our ability to vote.

These are some of the ways to reclaim our strength, value and dignity.

Thank you so much!

Marcia Amarsingh holds a Masters Degree in Counseling, is an Independently licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, Executive Director of Amarsingh Integrative Counseling Services LLC, President of Renewal Sober Living and Executive Director of Renewal Integrative Psychotherapies LLC

Book review w/ a twist by Steve📚 … Kirk’s ♥️ for his dogs + 🎶


By Steven R. Maher

When Fiona Hill testified in a pronounced British accent before the House of Representatives this year, she gave straightforward testimony about the Ukrainian arms deal. She testified that the Russians had interred in the 2016 American Presidential election, and stated that the claims the Ukrainians interfered in the election was a falsehood fabricated by the Russian intelligence service.

Recently I came across a biography by Hill, of Russian strongman and former KGB agent Vladimir Putin.

Entitled “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin”, the book was co-authored by Clifford G. Gaddy. This 2013, 390 page publication by the Brookings Institute has the advantage of being published before Donald Trump was elected President, and then subjected to the impeachment hearing before which Hill testified. It is a unique view of the Russian dictator by an informed intelligence analyst, and allows us to view the Russian dictator in light of his history.

“For most of the first decade of the 2000s, Putin displayed remarkable political strength as a political actor in the Russian context. This strength was derived from the combination of the six individual identities we discuss and highlight in this book, not from his staged performances,” wrote Hill.

“We term these identities the Statist, the History Man, the Survivalist, the Outsider, the Free Marketeer, and the Case officer. We discuss each in detail, looking at their central elements and the evolution and their roots in Russian history, culture and politics,” continues Hill, “…Vladimir Putin is a composite of them.”

Wikipedia defines a “statist” as “an advocate of a political system in which the state has substantial centralized control over social and economic affairs.” Putin and his followers believe in a strong state to protect Russians from outside invaders and chaos at home. Americans prefer a strong state to safeguard them economically and protect individual rights.

The 1990s under Boris Yeltsin were called a “time of troubles” by Hill and Gaddy. The time of troubles” is a reference to the chaos following the collapse of the pre-Romanov dynasty in the 1660s. Hill and Gaddy argue that the 1990s, the first post-Soviet era, was a similar era of upheaval. Many Russian citizens were impoverished during this period. Putin campaigned for a return to the pre-Soviet state, arguing that history justified it. “Vladimir Putin is a self-designated student of history,” writes the authors. “Throughout his time in office, Putin has actively deployed his own and his team’s interpretation of Russian history to reinforce policy positions and frame key events.”

The Survivalist

Putin is the child of World War II survivors, a vital subject in his developing world-view. “Their collective experience has turned the Russian population into survivalists, people who constantly think of and prepare for the worst.” Putin showed this during during the 1991 food crisis. Putin bartered natural resources for food to feed the St. Petersburg population. Putin stored up reserves for future such crisis.

Hill focuses briefly on Putin’s KGB experiences in East Germany prior to his rise in Russian political circles. Hill traces Putin’s inner circle and argues that none of them, but above all Putin himself, saw themselves as outsiders in the bureaucracy. She argues further than this gave Putin the advantage of watching the disintegration of the Soviet state from a distance, observing who in the Russian bureaucracy made the wrong moves.

Putin advocated free markets. In 2011, during the global financial crisis, Putin Russian oligarchs wanted to transfer their monopoly enterprises back to state control. Putin refused.

Putin also believed in building up his financial reserves to weather financial difficulties. In the 2000s Putin “had amassed enough food to supply the entire country for up to three months, as well as sufficient fuel, clothing, medications, and other products and equipment for a similarly lengthy period. The authors also credited Putin with having created sufficient financial reserves to weather the 2008 banking collapse. It’s too bad Putin did not advice to his admirers George W. Bush and Donald Trump on the importance of balancing budgets and storing up cash reserves.


Perfect tune🎶 for the Trump era:



Kirk Douglas Had Something to Teach Us All

By Lindsay Pollard-Post

Acclaimed actor, producer, author, and philanthropist Kirk Douglas, who died on February 5 at the age of 103, had iconic roles in movies such as Spartacus, Paths of Glory, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Bad and the Beautiful, Lust for Life, and many others. Everyone remembers him for these performances — as well as for his chiseled features — but what many may not realize is that this Hollywood legend was also an animal advocate who boldly spoke out against injustice.

PETA Supporter Kirk Douglas with his beloved dogs. Photo Courtesy of Kirk Douglas

Following the killing of Cecil the lion, Douglas wrote a brave piece in which he opened up about his one (and only) experience of trophy hunting in the past — which he came to regret deeply and called “the most stupid thing I’ve ever done.” Explaining his change of heart about hunting, Douglas wrote,

“[O]ne day I looked up and all my trophies seemed to be staring at me. I realized how obscene it was to kill them. I quickly got rid of all the ‘trophies’ and tried to forget the sin that I had committed.”

He called the actions of Walter Palmer, who lured Cecil out of a park and shot him with a high-powered weapon, “inexcusable” and said that the practice of killing animals for sport “must be stopped.”

A PETA supporter, Douglas spoke with PETA in 2011 about his biggest fans—his canine companions. Through all the highs and lows of his long life, Douglas found joy and solace in spending time with his dogs.

“I’ve had dogs all my life …. They have never failed to give me friendship,” he said. “If I come home and the dogs are not there (they may be at the vet), the house feels empty. If you don’t have a dog, you are missing a lot in life.” He joked, “My wife says I could live without a wife but I could never live without dogs.”

Douglas’ compassion for others began early. As a child, he was deeply touched by seeing his mother give food to those in need even when their own family didn’t have enough to eat. “My mother said to me, ‘You must take care of other people.’ That stayed with me,” he said.

Kirk and Anne Douglas

He carried those early lessons in justice and doing right by others into his movie career. Douglas said that his proudest achievement was the role that he played in breaking the “Hollywood blacklist.” In the 1940s and 1950s, many prominent members of the film industry were banned from working because they were suspected of sympathizing with humanitarian causes or were branded a “communist threat.” Douglas stood up against this injustice by crediting blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo for his work on Spartacus.

Douglas’ remarkable life is an inspiration to us all to care for others and speak out against injustice.♥️

Chef Joey 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷 Recipes!

Text and pics by Chef Joey

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Chef Joey on vaca in🇫🇷 – coming home soon!

As I mentioned before we are headed back to simple, nutritious meals that bring us back to the sustainable market, do not cost a fortune, are delicious and filling.

We had the opportunity to visit an old Italian friend named Gilda. Gilda Is 89, lives by herself and says, “I spend all my money on good food, it makes me happy, it keeps me busy and healthy.” She also drinks a glass of wine every day, she insists that’s the digestion helper.

Gilda, left, and Joey’s mom

So we get to her house and low an behold there is a feast for us to indulge in. I had taken her to the open market the other day in Vigntimiglia Italy to shop for fresh produce, mainly artichokes, amongst other fresh items.

So she pulls out the first tray – she had cleaned out the artichokes, sliced the heart into thin slices, which she floured, egg washed and breaded, fried them quickly in sunflower oil and served with a sprinkle of salt.

Artichoke chips basically – these artichokes cost .20 cents each and each one made 10 slices, more than enough.

Next course was the bomb, and my next recipe is something you can make on the fly: GNOCCHI!


These beauties are mashed potato, flour, salt for a vegan option. Add an egg for a less flour option than normal.

You need:

2 pounds of potato peeled, boiled and mashed (add a couple cloves of garlic for extra flavor)

You mix the cooled mashed potatoes with ½ pound of flour (about 2 cups) 1 teaspoon of salt. If vegan, you need to add ¼ cup flour additional, traditional add an egg and mix well.

Roll out into tubes, on a floured surface until about ½ inch wide – …

You can get fancy and make fork marks on them like the edge of a pie crust …

But who cares?! They taste the same! Cut them into ½-inch-wide pieces, and add them to a pot of BOILING water.

Cook about 5 to 8 minutes, until they float to the top. This is done – be careful don’t overcook for risk of mush.

Drain and top with your favorite sauce:


I sautéed 3 cloves diced garlic and a handful of chopped parsley until translucent. I added a large can of crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper and cooked it for about 20 mins – a light marinara.

You can use diced tomatoes and a pinch of basil helps, too. A jar of pesto goes well with this simple dish and cost – yeah less than $5 for up to 8 people – go with it.
So enjoy, my friends, and remember to eat well! Mangia Bene!



Lemon tree outside Joey’s mom’s house

February is Crèpe Month in France and that being said: “It’s not just for dessert!”

You can melt cheese on them, add ham and fold it and make it your lunch or dinner. Try smoked salmon, or keep it simple with sprinkles sugar, or jam, fresh clotted cream, cream cheese and jelly – the list goes on.

I made one plain with sugar and the other with jelly and another with Crème Frâiche – A French secret ingredient. It’s like sour cream without the sour!

Here is the basic recipe for a batch of these delicious wonders!

2 cups flour

3 eggs

just over 1 cup of milk (about 17 ½ oz)

1 pinch of salt 4 tsp sugar

½ tsp vanilla

2 tbsp melted butter

a shot of dark rum for dessert

Mix the flour, sugar and salt, add the eggs, and pour in the milk little by little and mix well to avoid lumps (I pre mix the eggs in a bowl and add them in).

Add the melted butter last (then rum if you want).

Heat a non-stick pan with a little melted butter spread with a paper towel and wipe lean – add a ½ ladle of the batter to the top of one side and twirl your pan as fast as you can to distribute it everywhere – you want these crèpes to be thin!

Once the sides start curling, pick it up (about a minute) with your fingers and flip it – it won’t be that hot, or use a spatula.

Cook the other side and put on a plate – continue this until all the batter is gone.

You can try flipping it if you have a proper crèpe pan – I use my fingers! … You are done, add your topping or eat them plain!



🇫🇷Quick! Escarole and beans soup🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷


😊Escarole and beans go together like no one’s business, and it’s a great soup. And it’s vegan!
😊You need 4 veggie bouillon cubes , 2 onions chopped small, 2 cloves garlic chopped small, 1 head of escarole washed well (very important – there can be dirt around the base) and chopped small, and 2 large cans of cannelli beans.
😊And a couple tablespoons of oil – that you put in the bottom of a large pot. … Sautée the onions and garlic until soft – add 2 liters of water (1/2 gallon) and bring to a soft boil.
😊Add the escarole and cook 30 mins slightly covered. Add the beans’ juice and all.
Salt and pepper to taste.
You can add chopped carrots, too.♥️
This soup will cost you around $5 and feeds eight.

“Jo,” don’t go!♥️

Text and pics by Rosalie Tirella

Driving in downtown Worcester yesterday …

Front Steet


…I spied Worcester City Council sweetheart-gadfly “Jo” – the old woman who, for several years, attended each and every Worcester City Council meeting, every Tues nite. And each Tuesday nite Jo got up and calmly railed against the stupidity and pointlessness of Worcester and our elected officials. No one ever really “got” what she was saying, but listening to Jo you felt Worcester was on the brink of an existential crisis. Long grey hair in a smooth pony tail – or in a puffy bouffant sometimes – umbrella and tote bag in hand, a tan raincoat on her slim body, Jo was our inner-city prophet – sometimes speaking in tongues we did not understand. Yet the council – everyone in the room – was always respectful. Haughty yet ever ready with a thin-lipped smile, Jo was da*n serious when she stood up to pontificate – for the papers and the public record and her sense of purpose: WORCESTER’S SIDEWALKS WERE A MESS, THE LEADERS OF THE CITY CLUELESS, THE INFRASTRUCTURE NONEXISTENT. … Didn’t we all get it? Couldn’t we SEE?

Not really.

Still, it broke my heart when I saw a disheveled, confused looking Jo walking down Front Street. Without that sense of haughty purpose. Without that lean, clean, angular walk – sometimes too hell bent on fixing Woecester to walk on our crumby sidewalks! She walked in the gutter, agsinst downtown traffic.

So it was no surprise to hear that this winter, while walking the streets of Worcester, she was hit by a truck. A plow truck.

Seeing her at a shop, seeing her in our downtown – NOT SEEING HER AT CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS – makes me sad. … I called out to her from my car when I saw her on Front Street yesterday: Hi, Jo! Do you need a lift? Where are you going? Walking past CVS, she said: The Worcester Court House! … A sweet Latina girl helped her cross the street and get into my car. My mutts were happy to see a new person in the jalopy, I held her coffee as she struggled to get in. The girl held her bag and eased her in … A Mass State Police SUV pulled up aside of me: A PROBLEM?! … I said: No officer, this woman has special needs. I am giving her a ride. He hurumphed: YOU’RE BLOCKING TRAFFIC.

In the car Jo immediately told me I had the heat on too high and that her legs were burning up from my heater. “It’s a mild day,” she said, giving me that famous don’t you get it? look. Exasperated at my stupidity. …She had a point. It WAS pretty mild out yesterday.

She wore a big grey plastic neck brace. Her pocketbook was old and faded in spots, her shoes too big, her hair chopped like from razor strokes or a crazy at home infront of the mirror haircut. Four inch, two inch strands of hair jutted out from the back of her head.

I said: Are you Ok? Safe? A place to live? She said YES. What about a social worker from Elder Services popping over to help? I asked. She said: Nope. I am an independent sort. Besides, my building is a dump. I said: We haven’t seen you at council meetings. She said: Soon. She is still recovering from being hit by a truck.

I dropped Jo off at the Worc Courthouse on Main and made a mental note of the newer clothing, pocketbook, shoes Jo needed. Then I texted Dorrie for the goodies…

And as Jo, now hunchbacked and unsteady in the slush, trudged to the Courthouse Library, I yelled: SEE YOU AT CITY COUNCIL, JO!

Worcester Needs a New PIP … FYI + more! 🧣🇺🇸❄️🍲

Worcester Need a New PIP!

text+pics by Rosalie Tirella

I pulled together a few of my fave, almost new, winter scarves yesterday to give to the kids under the Green Street Bridge. Saw a girl at the edge of the light at the end of the tunnel: she was wearing a dark, light-weight fall jacket, visibly COLD. Her nose and chin tucked down into her jacket collar … And there she sat, pale, thin … as if patiently waiting for spring. Warm temps.


THEN IT OCCURRED TO ME: These kids need SO MUCH MORE THAN WARM OUTERWEAR!! All these people that I see all over our city – high, homeless, freezing, suffering – really suffering! – would gat a respite from their pain, even REAL HELP, IF THE PIP SHELTER WAS STILL OPEN in Main South.

The PIP was a wet shelter that used to SHELTER for the night, CARE FOR, MEDICALLY TREAT, COUNSEL, FEED and LOVE♥️ the addicted: to alcohol – or opioids of any kind.

Former District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller of Castle Street – calling herself “the only legitimate person” in the PIP ‘hood – was the main force that shut the shelter down. Barb and her ally, the long-gone Billy Breault.

I was OK with the closure because it seemed things could get a tad out of hand there sometimes, and Barb and city officials PROMISED us all that the people would still be cared for – AND HOUSED. HOUSING FIRST! was their slogan. The new model.

But that hasn’t happened.

Now, instead of the great PIP staff – ♥️Executive Director Buddy Brusseau (who was in recovery himself and called PIP guests his “brothers and sisters” and gave hugs to all♥️ ), Health Director Dr. Garcia (wonderful♥️), the excellent cooks, the excellent social workers – caring for the people, people like the girl under the Green Street Bridge WE HAVE NOTHING.


We need a new PIP.




Yesterday …

The other side of Kelley Sq

… more construction mayhem in the Canal District. Weird – the only truly gentrified neighborhood in Worcester – is my old neighborhood – Green Island Kelley Sq!! We regular peeps/businesses had weak advocates: Green Island CDC, run by Billy Breault’s neice, had financial disaster after disaster and was disbanded by former CM Mike O’Brien who really weakened the neighborhood CDCs – bees in his dictatorial bonnet. The Green Island Residents Group, led by Lorraine Laurie, was just a happy pappy rubber stamp for Allen Fletcher or whatever else the city power brokers wanted. Esp at the end. The Green Island CDC was supposed to be absorbed into the Oak Hill CDC, headed by Mullen Sawyer. He did very little by us regular folks – and like Lorraine played paddy cake with the money guys thinking they would have his back. They didn’t. No more Oak Hill CDC. Bye bye, Mullen! Bye bye any REAL NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCACY GROUP.
Just in time for the WooSox. How convenient.

– text+pics by Rose T.






Go, Mike;


Quick! A Chef Joey Recipe…from …🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷

Chef Joey🇫🇷🇺🇸🇫🇷. file pic: Rose T.

😊Escarole and beans go together like no one’s business, and it’s a great soup. And it’s vegan!

😊You need 4 veggie bouillon cubes , 2 onions chopped small, 2 cloves garlic chopped small, 1 head of escarole washed well (very important – there can be dirt around the base) and chopped small, and 2 large cans of cannelli beans.

😊And a couple tablespoons of oil – that you put in the bottom of a large pot. … Sautée the onions and garlic until soft – add 2 liters of water (1/2 gallon) and bring to a soft boil.
😊Add the escarole and cook 30 mins slightly covered. Add the beans’ juice and all.
Salt and pepper to taste.

You can add chopped carrots, too.♥️
This soup will cost you around $5 and feeds eight.
🎶🎶🎶🎶so beautiful:

All Saints Church hosts Lunch Program for Worcester’s Homeless Community … and more♥️🧣🎶

By James Coughlin

All Saints Episcopal Church on Irving Street

For more than four years, All Saints Episcopal Church on Irving Street has hosted a free community meal for members of Worcester’s homeless community.

Held from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, church staffers and volunteers give a generous welcome to the guests. A line began to form at one of the church’s auxilliary entrances at noon. The doors opened promptly at 12:30.

God’s love brigade! pic: J.C.

Arriving guests were asked to give only their first names and register with the reception desk. They were each given a nametag. There is also an area where the guests can freely help themselves to all kinds of free clothing, including underwear, socks, gloves and scarves.

Sandwiches, ranging from turkey and cheese to tuna fish,were served initially along with soup and a small salad; later, a main dish consisting of some kind of pasta or eggplant was provided.

About 10 volunteers who prepared the food and acted as hosts and hostesses were dressed in their “Sunday best,” and wore bright yellow vests.

Not officially part of All Saints Church the volunteers are part of an association known as but rather “Worcester Fellowship Interfaith Hospitality.”

The Rev. Lyanna Johnson, pastor of the hospitality program, has overseen the effort for the past four years. She is planning to leave in two weeks to take up a ministry in Austin, Texas. “We are offering this program because they are our brothers and sisters,” she said. “Our being here is a way of reminding each of them that they are God’s beloved children.”

Johnson is being replaced by Pastor Zach Kerzee of the Simple Church in Grafton.

Several of those whom I initially asked to be interviewed declined to talk and I totally honored their “No.” Eventually, I met a couple, a man and a woman who agreed to be interviewed. For the purpose of my article, they went by their first names of Dave and Amy.

Dave told me that he has been coming to the All Saints lunch for about two years. He said that he has been “homeless for about two years” and has been staying at a “combination of shelters and living outside.”

However, he said that within the fairly recent past he has been staying in subsidized housing in Worcester that has been provided by South Middlesex Opportunity Council, SMOC.

Dave said he had formerly been successful as an electrical engineer,“working all over the country” for IBM, and in several states including North Carolina, Texas, Georgia and New York.

When asked to go on the record about the weekly meal, he said, “This place helps a lot of people with mental illness because there is a stigma involving mental illness and being homeless.”

“I developed a problem with anxiety, and with my concentration and could not do the job,” he said. He added that he does not currently work and but plans to interview for day labor jobs

“It’s the only thing I have enough concentration to do,” he said.Amy, his friend, has been homeless “off and on” and she, too, is also living in SMOC housing.

She has had similar experience with being homeless, “off on on” and she too is also living in SMOC Housing, (off Queen Street in Worcester.) She formerly worked as a Corrections Officer at MCI – Framinghhman for six years and in law enforcement. She also said that she previously worked as a Paralegal.

Amy, like David said she became homeless “because of a mental breakdown.” One of the guests who freely identified himself for this article was Julian Burgos who has lived in Worcester for two months. He said he has been homeless for only about a week and became homeless as a result “of drinking and said something, and the landlord called the police and I spent the night in jail.”

For the time being, he has been staying at both the Hotel Grace near St. John’s Catholic Church on Temple Street and the Queen Street Shelter across from the site of the former Worcester City Hospital.
Burgos, born in Westchester, PA said he was previously jailed for a short time in Pennsylvania and among those who were being held at the facility where he was staying was the former TV sitcom actor and comedian Bill Cosby, (formerly known as “America’s Dad) who was sentenced in 2004 for up to ten years in prison for aggravated sexual assault.

He said he saw the former actor, now visually impaired, behind a glass partition and was happy to meet him “because he was a major part of my life.”
Burgos said, “Cosby was a nice guy.”

Among the crew of volunteers at the lunch on Thursday, January 23rd were Page Cassidy and Vulia Nguyen, two students from Worcester’s Bancroft School, who said they are in the process of getting other students from their school to donate blankets and other articles of clothing for the guests at theHospitality Program.

Retired Episcopal Bishop Mark Beckwith greeted the guests as they came into the meal. He previously served as the bishop for the Newark Diocese, from which he retired in 2010. Other volunteers who have been helping from the very beginning of the program included Larry Schuyler, formerly of Worcester, and his wife, Lynne. The couple now lives is Oakham
At the conclusion of the meal, when the volunteers were doing the breakdown of the meal, Schuyler briefly organized the volunteers for a “laying on of hands and prayer” for retiring Pastor Johnson who is returning to her home in Austin, Texas.

This was a very touching moment for some of the volunteers, along with this reporter, in saying good bye to her because she touched the members of the program so deeply.

“Via con dios,” Pastor Johnson: Spanish for “Go with God.”


Make our city a better city!

Slumlords galore in Woo!

This city is challenged – social ills, broken families, welfare cheats – dysfunction junction! This doesn’t mean we give up! Two great city depts:


For your building/three decker: Call the City of Worcester Inspectional Services. Good peeps who know the challenges. They will come down to your apartment and check it out FROM TOP TO BOTTOM … and the City WILL cite your lanlord if there are code violations! Their phone number: (508) 929-1300


– Rose T.



gifts …

Dorrie gave me two blankets, a comforter, jacket, mittens and more to hand out to Worcester’s homeless youth and street people – which I did! ALWAYS AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE! THE LOVE, the high of giving!! Feels great to connect one on one – chat and see folks immediately wear/use what you just handed them. Every face unforgettable … so beat up, missing teeth, squinted eyes, red eyes …
❄️Rose: Can you use this blanket?
Guy: You bet!! Thank you!
Grabs the blanket and places near his backpack.

❄️Rose: Do you need mittens and this comforter?
Gal: Everything! (and she walks to my car and reaches in to pet my dogs. Lilac gives her kisses!♥️) She says: YOU HAVE THE BEST DOGS!
Her face is covered with little red spots and a bigger red blotch – she is suffering. The women on the streets have it so hard!! Pray for them!! Help them!! Last week one girl I gave a scarf and hat to had a black eye and bruises on her face!

🙏🙏Please HELP our homeless youth and street people, CITY OF WORC AND THE PEOPLE OF WORCESTER! Do not look away and pretend to not see…

– text/pics: Rose T.



Mart Magic!!

Text and pics by Rosalie Tirella

Boy, with my old neighborhood, Green Island/Kelley Square, being gentrified up the yazoo …


… I am really itchin’ to go and patronize … the old THE MART of Main South! Right now! Even though it went out of business decades ago and is now a neighborhood grocery store. I want to buy things like: Bengay arthritis cream!, ladies polyester underwear briefs (white, medium)!, Vicks Vapo Rub!!, a beige pet mouse and mouse supplies!!, a packet of Sea Monkeys!!!, a pair of flannel pajamas!, a small pot and a big pot!, gold spray paint!, a Kinks lp or, most likely if we’re talkin’ The Mart, a Kinks knock-off lp. And a bag of Baby Ruths!

THE POLAR OPPOSITE of the Canal District boutiques and shoppes that have now moved into my old poor world and would never sell things like suppositories, ladies girdles, Q Tips and “dusters” – those polyester/cotton-blend snap-up house coats you bought for your granny every Christmas. You know, clothing, supplies, items and personal care products that REAL PEOPLE NEEDED AND USE – still need and use! – every day. But the Canal District is a kind of upper-middle-class fantasy land, streets where everything – greeting cards, shoes, sweaters – is in such good taste that no one would ever need to use a suppository! The Mart and the Green Island/Kelley Square stores and shops of my childhood and teen years were gritty reality-based. Driving down my old Green Island streets, once criss crossed by winos, kids, dogs (no leash laws), cops, slumlords, Mrs. White with her 1-foot-high black-dyed bouffant hair do, an old sunbaked window washer/popcorn salesman, drunk hairdressers, Polish immigrant Bapies now feels surreal! Everyone these days is usually female, young, attractive, artfully dressed, middle-class and white! The meals at the eateries are so aryfully arranged – they look like paintings! $90 linen blouses. Locally sourced carrots! $8.50 artisan loaves of bread. Artisan. It’s like passing through a Julia Roberts movie … the ones where she has great gal pals, journals, does yoga, finds her better self.

At the old Mart we all wore pink polyester Mart pants and vests – hot pink. Everything was made in Hong Kong!! Sometimes we farted! Sometimes we Mart shoppers were ahead of the curve and bought Mart shoes that were “vegan” – not made of leather (a cruel industry) but a kind of shiny black heavy vinyl material. My uncle wore his big black shiny Mart shoes (with white cotton ankle socks – also bought at the Mart) to church every Sunday morning. Then he’d drive down to Widoff’s Bakery on Water Street to buy a dozen of bulkies. At Widoff’s many of the workers were also wearing Mart shoes with white ankle socks – reflections of our city’s once modest, hardworking and thrifty working class. A working class that owned or was saving up$$ for their own three deckers!

Everything BOUGHT FOR A SONG at The Mart brought you closer to home ownership! Snatched from one of the scores and scores of Mart sales bins parked smack dab in the middle of the store, contents changing every week. Bin after bin after bin filled with sale items like: navy blue or black knit winter crew hats, dishwashing liquid, facecloths, Kotex pads, writing pads, shelf paper. … Remember shelf paper?! … and the sometimes decorative trim that came with it, self-adhesive tape at the top? If you wanted to, you could use thumb tacks to really secure the trim – thumb tacks also for sale at The Mart. White or red. Lined up in 10 rows, punched in a white notepad sized piece of cardboard.

The Mart! The sprawling downtown/Main South icon bargain store my family used to walk to practically every Saturdat! You walked in the store, just past the Aurora Hotel …

… and let your imagination run wild! You only needed $5 or $10 to buy your treasures. The handwritten sale signs written in red or black magic marker font and plastered all over the store’s utilitarian beige walls pointed you to stuff that was NEW. CHEAP. LAYAWAY AVAILABLE, if you needed it. And I loved it all: board games like TROUBLE, CANDYLAND, CHECKERS or LIFE in their big toy department downstairs, across from the pet section: golden hamsters, white mice, turtles, gold fish, yellow canaries, blue and violet parakeets … all so colorful and lively, beautiful and innocent, chirping, eating, sleeping under those harsh Mart fluorescent lights.

And The Mart ramp – that little stretch of bumpiness you felt as you walked down a kind of grey carpeted ramp down to yet another Mart section, but on the same floor – the first floor. The Mart had just one floor – the first floor. But it was long and winding, making left and right turns. Then there was the basement, home to the toy/pet department. Maybe the lamp section, too.

I remember being in the 7th grade and walking into the lamp department – three aisles of lamps, stacked on shelves that practically reached the ceiling – and picking out a huge white ceramic lamp, its base the shape of an old fashioned country milk bottle – a big rooster painted on it – for my mom. It was her birthday. I bought it for our used living room end table, given to us by my aunt, my mother’s big sister, after her husband, my Uncle Mark, an elementary school principal, bought his wife a brand new matching living room set from O’Coins. The rooster lamp, huge and probably meant for the kitchen, was proudly placed on that two-shelved, glass-water-stained, slightly wobbly maple, hand-me-down end table by my mom. Then we walked into the kitchen where we sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU around the candle-lit Duncan Hines Cherry Supreme cake my mother baked for herself a few hours before – knowing that was my favorite cake! Then I shouted – couldn’t help but crow to Ma – “I bought it for you at The Mart, Ma!” We all smiled.



By Steven R. Maher

Trump being Trump

The vote on whether President Donald J. Trump should be impeached will take place this Wednesday February 5, 2020. To no one’s surprise, a Senate majority will vote to exonerate Trump. That was foretold in the 53-47 party breakdown in the Senate between the parties at the beginning of this process. In this hyper-partisan era, party registration is everything.

Trump will contribute nothing to the reconciliation of a deeply divided America. To the contrary, Trump will make the situation to worse. He will denounce everyone involved in the impeachment. He will denounce the system as “rigged”, even though he benefited the most from any “rigging” which took place.

Addicted to Tweeting

How many problems has Trump made better with his verbose denunciations and damning tweets? Recently I was in a phone conversation with one Trump supporter. I said Trump’s popularity would be far above what it is now if he stopped tweeting. This person heartily agreed.

Another Trump supporter emailed me that Trump was a patriotic American who loved his country and his country’s freedoms. I concede Trump does love his country. If Trump is re-elected, his love of our country’s freedoms will be severely tested. Second terms are when Presidents are usually impeached, and the Presidents get involved in scandals that threaten the Presidency itself (think of Nixon with Watergate and Bill Clinton with Monica Lewinsky.)

Most Americans will put up with a lot, but Trump has clearly become addicted to tweeting, to the point of obsession. A life without tweeting would appear a penalty worse than death to President Trump. He is like a heroin addict who has to maintain a continual state of being high in order to exist. To expect patience, understanding, or an extended hand of reconciliation from an individual trapped in such a circumstance is to expect manna from heaven.

Pelosi’s Goals

I think Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had several goals in this first Trump impeachment. First, she wanted to send a strong message to Trump that there were lines he dare not cross. Despite what everyone thinks, Trump suffered greatly during this impeachment process. Donald Trump is a human being, and press reports describes his rages during this impeachment as choleric, that he was angry to the point of imbalance. Trump will approach some issues differently to avoid going through something like this again.

Pelosi’s second goal was to force the Republicans to defend Trump using legalistic arguments (“what Trump did was not an impeachable defense”). This could end up turning large masses of voters against the Republicans. In the wake of the Nixon resignation in 1974, there was a Democratic landslide. Whether that part of Pelosi’s plan was a success we will know in November 2020.

Impeachment as a tool against Trump by the Democrats is dead right now. If an effort is made to impeach Trump again, it will have to come from the Republicans. Given the bizarre nature of Trump’s Presidency, if Trump found himself a lame duck no longer feared by his party, that is an entirely possible event.

Elliott Smith

Before Spring arrives:

And before GOOD WILL HUNTING, the early version of “Miss Misery” (which I like better than the reworked one for the movie):