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Tiger King is toast! … PPE masks in Woo … + more🎶

First …


A big Thank You♥️ to my art director for sewing me – by hand♥️ – this beautiful facial mask!:

Face Masks are PPE ALL WORCESTER SMALL AND BIG BIZ EMPLOYEES MUST NOW WEAR if they deal with the public – per City of Worcester/City Manager Ed AUGUSTUS. Ed is also recommending all Worcesterites wear facial masks in crowded places where we can’t always social distance – like supermarkets and drugstores.

… Wow. Gov. Charlie Baker refuses to give hazard pay to State of Mass hospital workers! (He’s ok’d the pay raise for nurses and medical paraprofessionals in public/state hospitals through out Massachusetts.) But the other folks – often minorities – are left out! Yet these workers are ESSENTIAL, too. Essential workers at UMass, Memorial, Family Health Center and Hahnemann hospital – they sweep the hospital floors, wash the floors, wash the windows, sanitize the inside of elevators, wash stairwells, empty the trash or sit behind the cash registers at the hospitals’ cafeteria (food handlers/cooks work for a subcontractor) or work at the hospital gift stores. These workers RISK THEIR HEALTH, THEIR LIVES, AS THEY WORK TO create a safe and sterile environment for all patients and medical staff – they INTERACT WITH THE DOCS AND NURSES IN THE CAFETERIA, throughout the hospital, during this global pandemic. Why can’t we pay them $5 more an hour? Or at the very least an additional $3? They are making little more than minimum wage now! And they are essential workers – in the thick of COVID 19!! WHY NOT RESPECT THEM FOR DOING VITAL WORK – KEEPING OUR HOSPITALS CLEAN AND SANITIZED. Keeping people safe. Helping to save lives … Gov. Baker: Pay these workers a hazard pay rate DURING this awful PANDEMIC – pay them this rate for four months … six months … a year. Or two.

– Rose T.


A recap, from PETA.ORG:

Tim Stark of ‘Tiger King’ Just Lost a USDA Appeal — We’re Not Surprised

Published February 7, 2020, by PETA. Last Updated April 13, 2020.

Two months after a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) order revoking notorious animal exhibitor Tim Stark‘s license and requiring him and his shoddy facility, Wildlife in Need, to pay a combined $340,000 in civil penalties, Stark just lost his appeal in the USDA administrative lawsuit against him and his roadside zoo.

Abusers – and murderers

PETA applauds the judgment – Stark has encouraged patrons to hit tiger cubs, swing and toss monkeys by their tails and hips during public encounters, and he bludgeoned a leopard to death with a baseball bat. HE SHOULD NOT HAVE a federal Animal Welfare Act exhibitor’s license.

Stark has 60 days to appeal the USDA’s ruling to a federal court, and in the meantime, PETA is continuing to call for the animals in his custody to be transferred to reputable facilities — and urging everyone to stay away from roadside zoos.

Originally published February 7, 2020:

After years of PETA action, another animal abuser is in serious trouble. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just issued an order to revoke notorious animal exhibitor Tim Stark‘s license permanently and ordered him and his sham “sanctuary,” Wildlife in Need, to pay a total of $340,000 in civil penalties — $40,000 of which was assessed against Stark individually. The issue will go into effect 35 days after the date of the order if Stark and Wildlife in Need don’t appeal.


Stark is well known to animal advocates and the USDA. The agency filed an administrative lawsuit against Wildlife in Need (based in Charlestown, Indiana), alleging more than 120 willful violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act between 2012 and 2016. These include when Stark instructed patrons to hit big-cat cubs during “Tiger Baby Playtime” events, swung and tossed monkeys by their tails and hips during public encounters, and bludgeoned a leopard to death with a baseball bat.

The court also found that he went months without an attending veterinarian and provided a USDA inspector with an official document bearing the forged signature of a veterinarianwho hadn’t been the facility’s attending vet in years. Numerous animals died at the facility of preventable causes, including a kangaroo and three otters who were denied veterinary care, big-cat cubs who were declawed and later died of their injuries, and 41 animals who died in a fire.

“The USDA has effectively cut Stark off at the knees, preventing him from continuing to torment and exploit vulnerable lemurs, sloths, dogs, and other animals for a quick buck,” says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet. “PETA looks forward to seeing this terrible place shut down and the animals moved to reputable facilities where they’ll never again be used for photo ops.”

The ruling is a historic victory for animals. PETA is pressing forward with our pending Endangered Species Act (ESA) lawsuit against Stark and Wildlife in Need, aiming to get endangered and threatened animals out of his hands and into reputable facilities.

PETA won a preliminary injunction early in the case that prevents Stark from carrying out abusive activities — including declawing big cats, prematurely separating cubs from their mothers without medical necessity, and holding “Tiger Baby Playtime” events, in which cubs can be subjected to hours of direct contact with the public — while the case is being decided. A second PETA lawsuit against the sham sanctuary’s attending veterinarian resulted in a first-of-its-kind agreed-upon ruling holding that declawing ESA-protected big cats without medical necessity violates the ESA.

We’ll continue working until every animal at Wildlife in Need is in a reputable facility.





This past Saturday: CAMBRIDGE STREET, empty playground (brand new, too!) and park:
pic: Rose T.


Happy Birthday, Loretta Lynn! I saw her with the old beau several years ago in Webster. She was in her 70s – and still sounded INCREDIBLE. She wore this hot red taffetta gown, and when she sat in her chair to sing, it puffed up all around her creating this tomato effect. Beautiful♥️
– Rose T.

Monday wrap-up: Chef Joey, Rose, Dorrie + more

First …

Text+pics by Rose T.

A little self-care this a.m:

Thinking about our homeless …
This past Saturday: Worcester’s Canal District.

… Thinking that despite Dr. Hirsh, Mayor Petty and City Manager Ed Augustus’s Herculean Efforts to safeguard them from COVID 19, treat/test them, and quarantine them in a beautiful new space, Worcester’s homeless folks and the people who feed them, care for them, ♥️love them are contracting COVID 19 at an alarming rate.

Woo’s PATRON SAINT OF THE HOMELESS – BILLY RILEY – the Worcester guy who FOR YEARS has fed our homeless, the alone, the suffering, and the working poor at the St. John’s Church soup kitchen on Temple Street, even giving folks groceries for their week (every Sat. morn) HAS CONTRACTED the Coronavirus. Billy is at home now, praying and self-quarantining. DEPRESSED AS HELL, no doubt! BILLY LOVES HIS FULL-TIME VOLUTEER GIG. It is city-wide, it is doing a million good things with a million good folks. Jesus’s work. For the good of Worcester. … Good Luck with contact-tracing for Billy, Dr. Hirsh!

I learned this weekend that Father Richie – the other hub of help for the city’s homeless – has contracted COVID 19. Father Richie – the street pastor who for years HAS OVERSEEN St. John’s HOTEL GRACE, THE CITY’S EMERGENCY WINTER SHELTER – is out of commission, too. At home self-monitoring. Good luck, Dr. Hirsh, with contact-tracing in this case, too.

The homeless under the Green Street Bridge

Our pal Dorrie, another person who loves our homeless, says Abby’s Shelter for women has laid off most of its workers – except for our Dorrie! She is holding the fort there, and Abby’s is paying her for her community service at the “Seed.” DORRIE CONTINUES TO DO HOMELESS OUTREACH AT THE MUSTARD SEED soup kitchen in our Piedmont neighborhood. She is helping homeless people with bkankets, clothing, backpacks – and STILL GIVING THRM PET FOOD AND SUPPLIES FOR THEIR DOGS AND CATS! All the while wearing PPE – a face mask and latex surgical gloves. And practicing social distancing as best she can.

Gordon and his other son

Saint Dorrie!!!! We pray for her and other social service workers’ safety!

Dorrie says she believes A THIRD OF WORCESTER’S HOMELESS POPULATION has contracted COVID 19.

She works in the middle of this plague and believes the global pandemic is a sign – a warning for us all to become more self-sufficient.

No one is to blame for COVID 19 attacking OUR HOMELESS COMMUNITY/WORKERS. Many homeless folks do not – cannot – have problems with sheltering in place, staying put – and safe. IT REQUIRES DISCIPLINE – IS A HARD THING TO DO if you are struggling with other issues.

SO … DO our homeless inadvertantly SPREAD COVID 19 …ol on downtown benches, door ways, stoops, stairs, WRTA hub shelters? THRU NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN!


HOW DO WE STOP – OR SLOW – THIS SPREAD, city leaders? To save lives and reopen Worcester …


From🇫🇷 Chef Joey:

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Joe Joe!🇫🇷🇫🇷😊

☀️Spanish Omelette!

Text+pics by Chef Joey

You don’t need a big meal to feed your family. How about a Spanish omelette for breakfast or lunch?

You need an onion …

2 cloves of garlic

1 large boiled potato, quartered and cut into slices.


Add a tablespoon of butter and some oil to a frying pan.

Add your onions, sauté until clear.

Add the potato, and as they brown with a cover, add the garlic.

Take 8 eggs and blend them and add to the mix.

Cover about 6 mins – until it sets and place a plate on top and flip over.

Cook another 6 mins or less on a low flame and slide on to a plate.


Make a salad and lunch is served!


Animal shelters must not wash their hands of responsibility during this pandemic

By Teresa Chagrin

Rose’s Jett and Lilac were shelter rescues♥️

While we race to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, we are in danger of forgetting what started it: our own species’ blatant disrespect and disregard for the other species who try to share our world but often aren’t permitted to. The novel coronavirus originated in one of the world’s many live-animal markets — violent, filthy places where animals, terrified and trembling, are crammed into cages stacked on top of each other. Excrement, pus and blood from animals in the top tiers drip down onto the animals below, spreading disease, until it is time for them to be butchered in full view of the others.

Now, in the midst of this human-created crisis, other animals who depend on humans for almost everything, from drinking water to their very lives, are also being treated as expendable: Many animal shelters are closing their doors, refusing to accept dogs and cats from people who sometimes have no other recourse. As a result, animals are being abandoned on the streets and essential, lifesaving services like spaying and neutering, which prevent the births of more homeless animals, have ground to a halt. This is inhumane and irresponsible and will cause more animals to suffer and die. It needs to be rethought.

Animal sheltering services are more essential and critical now than ever before, and that’s saying a lot. Millions of people are out of work and scrambling to pay their bills, putting animals at risk of going without necessary food and veterinary care. Animals whose owners are hospitalized can be left with no one to care for them. What do those people do?

Shelters are the last resort for many, and when even taxpayer-funded facilities won’t help, some people take matters into their own hands. For example, a Pennsylvania man admitted to strangling his own ailing dog to death after being turned away from his local shelter. In Virginia, a Georgia woman, who testified that she had contacted two shelters and was refused help by both, admitted to shooting and killing a litter of puppies and dumping their bodies over an embankment.

Horrifying cases like these are reported nearly constantly in communities across the country where shelters have made it difficult or impossible for people to surrender animals. Others who are refused help by shelters simply dump animals in the woods or on the streets to die of starvation, be hit by a car or succumb to the elements.

So while debates continue over what constitutes “essential” work during the pandemic, there is no question that lifesaving animal sterilization surgeries should continue. Every sterilization saves countless lives, by preventing millions more unwanted dogs and cats from being born into a world with too few acceptable homes, a world in which many will suffer and die on the streets or at the hands of cruel or neglectful people or end up being euthanized in shelters that must make room for an endless flood of animals in need.

Suspending spay/neuter clinics’ vital services will exacerbate a crisis that was raging long before anyone had heard of COVID-19 and set back the progress that the humane community has painstakingly made to reduce animal overpopulation. Not only will it result in more homeless animals, it’s also likely to cause a spike in cruelty cases and in diseases contagious to humans, including rabies.

Humans have created the dog and cat homelessness crisis by domesticating animals and then failing to take responsibility for them. Animals depend on shelters to stand strong and do what is right. That means keeping their doors and clinics open when animals need them the most.


The 2020 Iditarod race is now officially over … BUT DOGS SUFFERED …+ more☮️

First …

Took my Huskie Jett and Lilac to the park today …

Look! I need a haircut, and I am getting fat with all the sheltering in place!!!:

Saw a tiny white chiuaua in the gutter! She was looking for food! I screeched to a halt to see what was up (she had a home). Of course, global pandemic be da*ned, everyone behind me STILL HONKED AND CUSSED AT ME!:
I saw a teeny tiny chiuaua here …


Worcester’s homeless folks still struggle – BUT THE CITY IS REALLY TRYING TO KEEP THEM SAFE AND HEALTHY. …

I miss being on the road, seeing a slice of 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸:


♥️♥️P.S. And this text just now from gal pal Dorrie:

“Do u still live at your place I was going to drop off some dog & cat food?”

I texted back to her: YES! BUT I DO NOT WANT YOU NEAR ANY OF THESE ABUSERS/HARASSERS and haters! I WILL PICK UP the goodies! ♥️ ♥️YOU!!!! – R.

– text+pics: Rose T.



The 2020 Iditarod race is now officially over. The last musher, Kaci Murringer, crossed the finish line with exhausted dogs in tow this afternoon.



Nicolas Petit forced his dogs to continue the race even after all of them reportedly vomited, one was injured in a fight with another dog, and three got frostbite. He finally stopped racing at mile 852, likely because the dogs simply couldn’t run any farther.
Jessie Royer accidentally set her own sled on fire.


A senior dog used by Matthew Failor named Cool Cat developed twisted intestines and almost died of painful bloat.

Mitch Seavey — already the subject of a recent PETA undercover investigation that found that dogs were chained up, denied veterinary care, and even killed during training — reportedly threw a dog down and pinned her muzzle to the ground while on the race’s livestream. He previously admitted to beating, depriving, and neglecting dogs.

Thomas Waerner — who chains his dogs to wooden boxes in the snow at his kennel (a common practice for mushers) — left behind four dogs he pushed beyond the breaking point during the race.

Richie Diehl admitted that he dropped out of the race because five dogs had coughs and were showing signs of the beginning stages of pneumonia.

As of March 20, a dog named Betty used by John Schandelmeier was in critical condition with pneumonia and dogs Thunder and Charlotte weren’t eating, had lost a lot of weight, and had fevers, diarrhea, and persistent coughs.

Three mushers had to call for rescue after running dogs through part of the trail blocked by seawater overflow. Rescuers reportedly found the mushers in sleeping bags, and they required oxygen. But there was no word as to the conditions of the wet dogs in the below-freezing temperatures.
More than 220 dogs were pulled off the trail because of exhaustion, illness, injury, and other causes, leaving the rest to have to work even harder.

These instances are in addition to ongoing complaints surrounding the Iditarod, including the deaths of more than 150 dogs since the race began.



I think I heard our Jim May😊:


New recipe from Chef Joey … and Bill Coleman on COVID-19, love, history, hope … +more

These Days

By William S. Coleman III

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Bill Coleman, right, and James Bonds working to get the World War II Black Honor Roll monument re-erected! pic submitted

Strange and challenging times, these COVID-19 days, weeks, possibly months. I called upon my family to help me, to give me guidance, to let me know how they’re feeling as we are living in our communities and our country, the world … As we ALL experience the devastation of microbes killing Harmony – hospitalizing so many of us, killing thousands, too.

I asked my son, who lives in California, to tell me his feelings. I asked my daughter who told me a few weeks ago that this is something like none of us will have ever seen in our lifetimes. I asked her to share, to continue to share her thoughts with me. I asked my extended family to share with me their thoughts and their feelings about what’s going on in this world today. How they are DOING!

I believe that this is the time that we really need to look to our fellow humans and to reach out to each other – and to talk about what’s going on.

To know our history is to know our present and future. But today we have an opportunity not to judge what’s going on but to think about what we mean to each other. Life is so precious and so limited in time! We could be here today and gone tomorrow! What will we have learned?

If we look at our past histories … of things that have happened in this world: the swine flu, AIDS, the Bubonic Plague, the Influenza Virus of 1916 to 1920 … so many people died during those times. If we look at wars that we have participated in or by reading articles in the newspaper or listening to conversations on the radio or even following breaking news on the Internet … when do we get a chance to really express how we feel to people in our family or our close friends?

As I look back and read old newspapers and try to find newspaper articles to get the feelings of people years ago as they experienced these different pandemics, all the suffering, I find things have not changed all that much in the way people have reacted and interacted with each other. How many can remember the scourge of Polio? There are a lot of articles about polio and how families felt when one of their children was diagnosed with it. What were the feelings of FDR – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt – when, in his late 20s, he was diagnosed with Polio? What was that like? Did it make him a better, a GREAT, President? I think YES!

I remember what it was like during the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic was running rampant – people didn’t understand. They were accusatory of a certain gender of individuals, saying: Oh, this is God’s Wrath on Them. Then we found out it was a simple disease … Or how about people coming down with the swine flu, the bird flu – all these different types of illnesses that were affecting our society? Some of us stood in judgment. How can we stand in judgment? When we look at the Ebola crisis that happened in parts of Africa, when we look at the illnesses because of infected water that happens in our country … HOW CAN WE JUDGE????

When we look at people who are victims of constant War – 24 hours a day – in various countries. It is still going on, and there are cries to end the wars, but the bombs do not stop!

If we can learn anything from COVID 19, we realize that there are no borders that can stop us from getting sick or dying from some force greater than our inability to care. Every once in awhile it seems like we all need a wake-up call. Then maybe our society, the world, will change for the better.

Maybe during this holy time of Passover and Easter we can fight the ills of our society by kindness – not judgment. Maybe, just maybe, 100 years from now, people will look back and see what happened in our society and say: They did their best. They did what they had to do.

And they were kind to each other.

Bill Coleman today … at the Woo Sox stadium groundbreaking celebration.


From Chef Joey:


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Missing our chef!

We all seem to keep using the same side starches: rice, noodles, pilaf, potato, mashed potato. How about polenta?


Simple corn meal! Cook according to the package directions and add a bouillon cube – either vegetable or chicken.

If you want to add protein, as it is cooking, add 2 beaten eggs to the mix. Spread it out and let it chill. Cut into cubes and layer a pan. Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake for 20 minutes until heated through. Serve! Simple and delicious! It tastes great with pasta sauce, too! Even pesto!






Passover teaches us that ALL suffering matters to God! … + more☮️🎶



Passover—the universal story of dignity, hope, and freedom—teaches that all suffering matters to God. And that means, of course, that it should matter to us as well. It is odd to celebrate freedom if we still dine on the flesh of animals who spend their lives caged in cement stalls no bigger than their own bodies, never able to look up at the sky or feel grass beneath their feet. The very premises that lead many to conclude that it is permissible to eat meat—that animals have no merit beyond how they might taste and that animal suffering is of no consequence—are antithetical to the humanity and compassion of Judaism.

Refusing to have a hand in that suffering is especially timely at Passover, for in commemorating the escape of the Jews from Egyptian bondage, the holiday reminds us of the importance of continuing the battle for freedom. Prayers said on Passover call on us to be kind to those who are now oppressed and to deepen our commitment to liberty today. What better time than Passover to extend our compassion to every living being? And what better way to celebrate the spirit of the holiday than by practicing vegetarianism?

“It appears that the first intention of the Maker was to have men live on a strictly vegetarian diet. The very earliest periods of Jewish history are marked with humanitarian conduct towards the lower animal kingdom. … It is clearly established that the ancient Hebrews knew and perhaps were the first among men to know, that animals feel and suffer pain.”

—Rabbi Simon Glazer

We hope that you will start a new Passover tradition this year by adding kindness to the plate. Traditionally, most Jews include an egg on the ritual seder plate—to symbolize spring and life—but many now replace it with a flower. Using an egg from a chicken who spent her short life in death-like conditions—squeezed inside a tiny, crowded cage, barely able to move—mocks that symbolism. In place of the shank bone set on the seder plate to remind us of “the mighty arm of God,” many Jews use a beet, as allowed in the Talmud. And the cholesterol-laden array of animal foods often found on the Passover table can easily be replaced with delicious, healthful, and humane dishes. Check out our favorite Passover recipes to get started.

Protesting against injustice should lead to a table free of cruelty, as people of all religions begin to recognize that suffering is suffering-no matter who is experiencing it.




This is traditionally a mixture of chopped nuts, apples, honey, spices, and wine. Check out our delicious, honey-free version.


Red beet is permitted on the Seder plate in lieu of a lamb shank.


The Torah commands that “bitter herbs” be eaten. Romaine lettuce, horseradish, and celery all suffice as bitter herbs.


You can substitute an egg with an avocado, a flower, or a white eggplant (without the stem).


Any green will do, but spring parsley is a popular choice. Dip the green in saltwater or vinegar (depending on your tradition) before consuming.



New from Chef Joey: LEMON SQUARES🍋 + more🎶

Text and pics by Chef Joey

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Chef Joey sends🇫🇷 his ♥️ + 🍋🍋!

Having two giant lemon trees in my mom’s yard, here in 🇫🇷 …

… and in constant need for snacks for a growing Gigi, I researched a few recipes and came up with lemon squares.

Joey and daughter Gigi😊

These treats are not your traditional lemon squares – more like a lemon cake made with lemon juice and yogurt. It’s a very simple recipe – takes about five minutes to put together and another 15 minutes to bake. Then, you’ll have some healthy snacks for the family to enjoy!

You need:

one cup of flour

half a cup of sugar

a quarter teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

two eggs

1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt (basically one small container)

3 tablespoons of oil

the zest of two lemons and their juice



Put everything in a bowl. Mix well.


Pour into a parchment lined 9 x 9 pan:

Bake for 350° for about 20 minutes, depending on your oven. Cool for five or 10 minutes …

… and cut into squares and serve.

You can make a glaze, if you like, of 1/3 cup confectioners sugar mixed with a little lemon juice and a tablespoon of milk. But they’re delicious plain! ♥️





Louis – a Worcester hero!

Text and pics by Rosalie Tirella

Yesterday, I went out for groceries. I was so IMPRESSED by this Worcester 7-11 CASHIER – Louis – and 7 Eleven in general.


Louis, behind his slab of plexi glass, did not have to be so sweet when I rushed into his 7 Eleven store and cried: One HOT PIZZA SLICE!!!! Please!!!

I was hungry – and sick of doing the right thing at my apt @ 36 Blackstone River Rd. I was out with my pups, shopping AND enjoying the car ride, the sky, the fresh air, the trees, the precious interactions with PEOPLE♥️♥️♥️! … Louis said he could no longer do puzza slices…I assumed that was cuz of COVID 19 – large pizzas sitting in the display window was a no no now. …So I said: Anything else? Louis said: Chicken sandwich or sausage …I said: I am a vegetarian. No meat! I’m hungry…anything cheese???

Louis smiled and said: WAIT HERE. HE WENT IN BACK, GOT A LARGE PIZZA, put it in their oven and said: Two minutes. I went outside after I paid him my $1.50. Then … out came my hot, delicious pizza slice. Louis did not put the rest of the pizza in the display case to sit – it went in back (now his pizza$?). I said: THANK YOU, LOUIS! You are so nice!

Rose’s slice of pizza – to go!

Later I thought: and so smart and professional during these COVID 19 days.

Two things:

First – Because I am a regular customer, 7 Eleven IS ALWAYS SUPER CLEAN. And it has GREAT pizza and Coffee – Green Mountain Coffee! Starting at $1 – all flavors, decaff, real cream, half and half, milk – at a great coffee station that is a bit different these days …

7 Eleven sells terrific Green Mountain coffee, starting at $1/cup

Second: The conveience store/gas station yesterday looked especially clean and sanitary: plexi glass between Louis and his customers … bottle of hand sanitizer on counter for all customers to use … light plastic disposable gloves for all customers who are buying gas and pumping it at the 7 Eleven gas pumps.

♥️Best of all: a polite, courteous counter person – Louis – helping his customers with grace and ♥️ during these dangerous COVID 19 days. Louis, like all gas/convenience store cashiers /counter staffers, KEEPS WORCESTER ROLLING. He is an essential worker! He is as heroic as a nurse or doc – maybe more so because many service workers may not be fully aware of the super-contagiousness or deadliness of the coronavirus. …They certainly are not making money commensurate with the health risks they take doing their job. WHY NOT $$BONUSES FROM THE STATE, THEIR COMPANIES?? Why not a $15/hour LIVING WAGE for them?

Louis – a Worcester hero!🇺🇸♥️🇺🇸🍕


Meat markets breed killer diseases: Are we just going to ignore them? … and more🙏🎶


Will any Worcester Coffee Shops / Coffee Roasting companies step up? Step up for our hero docs, nurses, EMTs and hundreds of Worcester County health worker-angels who ARE KILLING THEMSELVES TO SAVE LIVES HERE IN WORCESTER?

– Rose♥️


Meat markets breed killer diseases: Are we just going to ignore them?

By Heather Moore

COVID-19. Swine flu. Bird flu. SARS. MERS. Ebola. Creutzfeldt-Jakob (mad cow) disease. Hoof-and-mouth disease. The number of emerging dangerous infectious diseases has increased significantly in recent decades.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 75% of new infectious diseases affecting humans originated in animals. But animals aren’t to blame for outbreaks of animal-borne, or “zoonotic,” diseases — humans are. Many animal-borne diseases exist largely because humans don’t leave animals in peace. Instead, we crowd them together on filthy factory farms — breeding grounds for pathogens — in order to satisfy our voracious meat habit.

Unless we find the status quo satisfactory, we can’t continue to ignore what we are allowing to happen and the link between meat and outbreaks of zoonotic diseases. Health experts report that COVID-19 originated in a Chinese “wet market” that sold fish, live poultry and exotic animals, like the gentle pangolin, for human consumption. Cages at these markets are typically stacked on top of each other, and animals at the bottom are invariably soaked with excrement, pus and blood, providing ideal conditions for viruses to spread from one animal to another — and to humans who touch them or step in the ooze.

While it’s easy to point the finger at China, there are disease-ridden animal factories here in the U.S. that officials have warned, time and again, also pose major health risks. They are like volcanos that could erupt at any time. More than 80 live-animal markets and slaughterhouses operate in New York City alone, and San Francisco and Los Angeles are awash in them. But beyond live-animal markets, the enormous demand for chicken, pork, beef and other animal flesh means that animals must be mass-produced in crowded, feces-ridden farms, travel in filthy trucks, and be slaughtered on killing floors that are covered with bodily fluids and dangerous pathogens.

In 2009, hundreds of sick pigs died in a massive pig operation in Mexico, just before the swine flu outbreak spread to the U.S. and resulted in more than 274,300 hospitalizations and 12,400 deaths. The outbreak, as USA Today recently pointed out, stemmed from the pig populations of both countries. And some historians suspect that the virus associated with the 1918 flu pandemic — also known as the Spanish flu — originated at a chicken farm in Kansas.

Bird flu spreads easily on chicken farms so crowded that they make a subway car during rush hour in Tokyo look roomy. There are at least 144 different strains of bird flu, including the H5N1 variety, which kills the most birds and about 60% of humans who catch it. And as if we didn’t have enough to worry about with COVID-19, bird flu was recently discovered on a poultry farm in Germany, as well as being identified in the Philippines, India, Ireland, England and some other countries.

PETA recently sent a letter — and launched an international petition — to the World Health Organization, urging it to call for the permanent closure of all live-animal markets.

Animal markets were banned in China after the SARS outbreak, which also originated in such a market, but they were reopened in 2003. We see where that’s gotten us. While some live-animal markets in China have been closed again, at least temporarily, many such pockets of disease continue to operate throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the U.S. Regardless of the country it takes place in, raising and killing animals for food threatens human health and causes tremendous animal suffering. It’s not only time to end live markets but also to take responsibility, to get away from consuming animals and their “products.” It is safer, kinder and better for the environment for all of us to eat vegan — not just now but also after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.





Palm Sunday. Coronavirus morning …

Text and photos by Rosalie Tirella

This a.m: My breakfast – because it is all I’ve got left in my kitchen cabinets:
Tuna and Triskets. Bleh. But I am desperate, I am hungry, so I will wolf it all down.

Now I’v just got oatmeal and orange sauce. Am I eating alphabetically these days? No, phonetically! And I am hungry! So I park my tastebuds in the discarded Bumblee can and eat. I grew up poor in Green Island. I know what I have to do to survive.

God, help me. I would prefer to be eating the my Water Street’s Widoff Bakery bulkies, slathered with soft butter, and planning a fun day with my two dogs! But this is the new reality, how things roll these days … days of death, days of a global pandemic, with no cures in sight. … Yet. We humans – all over the globe – are thrown back hundreds and hundreds of years, and we are left with the remedies our Neandethal ancestors were left with during killer epidemics: STAY AWAY FROM ME, Freddo! GO DIE QUIETLY, ALONE, IN YOUR OWN CAVE, Rita! And the strong drink water! Eat! Pray to the clay gods and the cave paintings painted in bloodroot.

During these COVID-19 Days/Daze this atheist prays her Hail Mary’s, not because I’ve found Jesus, but because they remind me of my late mom, who prayed her Hail Mary’s three or four times a day – in our Lafayette Street kitchen, in the morning before we little kids were up for breakfast, before I headed out to my beloved Lamartine Street School. “Ma” prayed on one of our rickety wooden kitchen chairs that she had pulled out from the green wooden (so ugly) kitchen table and placed in the middle of our kitchen where she faces the open window, and sunlight, and a picture of Jesus, hammered into the kitchen wall, a few inches above our icebox. She kneels on the kitchen chair, blesses herself and hangs onto the back of the kitchen chair for balance. It is her mother’s beatup paintining of The Virgin Mary she is whispering to. An heirloom in our slummy tenement. My late mother, in all her strength and moral beauty …
Rose’s mom, Cecelia, in downtown Worcester, circa 1961

… beams down her love and strength onto me these awful days of ventilators (not enough), old ladies sewing pretty, but useless, cloth face masks, youngish doctors dying in their hospitals as they save the HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS of moaning, begging, crying, sick patients – some of them waiting for help for 5 hours in their gurneys parked in the ER hallway – the docs leaving their little sons and daughters back home, waiting for them … orphans. Like me without Ma! But I was old when I lost her, and I enjoyed my childhood with her. Because of her.

Did I mention my mother was enchanting? So was my Polish immigrant grandmother, Bapy, … and my pretty aunties:
WW II – on the roof of The Block, Bigelow Street

Today, before I go grocery shopping and pick up other necessities, I eat crap and miss EVERYBODY! Even a nemesis or two. Or three. Or four or five.😢 Today, I recite, whispering over my dogs and my cup of black coffee, …

… my Hail Mary’s. For my enemies!… Hatred. Such a waste of LOVE, the lifeforce!

I cannot WAIT TO GO OUT DOORS TODAY! Who, knew, as Michael Moore says during one of his Rumble Podcast, that we humans are hardwired to be around our fellow humans! That we CRAVE PHYSICAL CONNECTION, the surging, dirty-faced masses! That we want to rub shoulders against ALL PEOPLE, the beautiful COVID 19 asymptomatic and beautiful symptomatic COVID 19 hoi polloi! So good to see you, my Woo friends! I know – cuz it happens every time – that as I take my large McDonalds coffee and quibble over napkins with the takeout girl in the window – my heart will swell with JOY! I am JUST SO FREAKIN’ HAPPY TO SEE HER! And those golden arches! And that prosaic stretch of Greenwood Street! And that gas station with my pal at the cash register! And the sky above! And maybe a seagull or two diving outa the clouds to pick up a stray Wendy’s french frie! Hooray!!! … Last week I saw a woman standing in the Burlington parking lot feeding scores of swooping seagulls hunks of bread from a big plastic garbage bag. She was smiling! HAPPY TO BE OUTDOORS TOO! TO SEE PEOPLE AND SEAGULLS IN ALL THEIR BIG BELLIED BEAUTY. Amen.

Today, as I get my $1 special McDs coffee, I will be so slaphappy ecstatic!!! HELLO, WORCESTER! HELLO, BEAUTUFUL ROUTE 20 STRIP MALL! I ADORE YOU! Every brick that needs repointing! Every door that needs sanitizing! … On to CVS … Every pothole that sends me and Jett and Lilac flying in my jalopy! I love you, too! My car is such a piece of crap!!! GOD LOVE IT!

Yesterday I was cruising Youtube, picking out songs for this post. I wanted the tunes to reflect these COVID 19 days: societal collapse, pain, anxiety, darkness, death. So I looked for the dark, devil lovin’ Stones …

… another tune:

… But I ended up being attracted to:

…and then finally choosing this song to encapsulate my feelings these days. Choosing Armstrong, our earth, our animals, love OVER DEATH. AS WE ALL DO! Because we are human. Because, despite these temporary hard times, we human beings and our planet earth will endure. We are BRILLIANT. ♥️:

Chef Joey in Rose’s space: SCONES! ♥️ + more🌎🎶


Text, recipe, pics by Chef Joey

Chef Joey😊😊😊

Welcome to COVID-19 lock-down. We have been experiencing this since March 13. The opportunity to walk away from duty is huge … we were running to accomplish the unnecessary … overindulging on items at Burlington because the prices were so good … buying bigger vehicles because gasoline was still reasonable. And then the Coronavirus comes around and sends the world into a screeching halt.

The good part is all countries are in the same camp, so no one must sweat this one out alone – we hope.
Being stuck at my mom’s home here in France has its advantages, and with a now 5-year-old little girl who thinks it is OK to watch television all day with the lack of school … So the Internet has turned into a learning tool for me. Our French school sends us lesson plans and a web page to follow and print outs assignments for Gigi to work on. I had to change the media format because tablets can be changed to cartoons when parents are not looking; and since I never had a tablet she has the one up!

So, I have reverted to old fashioned 1960’s early ’70’s style afternoons. The word I am using is “chores!” … so steps need sweeping, chair legs need wiping down and, since we cannot run off to the store, we have to make things.

What better way to make school like it was before? – Home Economics!!!
Gigi’s too young to iron or sew, but the concept of baking and mixing is a natural for kids who are not in a sand box.

So “High Tea” that was created for that afternoon snack before the dinner was the theme for snacks. Today we made cucumber sandwiches with butter, but yesterday’s scones with heavy clotted cream and home made strawberry jam were a hit …
A scone

… and instead of “tea,” Miss Gigi indulges on hot cocoa.

This scone recipe is either gluten free or regular gluten – it is an easy recipe as it uses self-rising flour. If you just have regular flour, no big deal: just use a packet of yeast, mix with some sugar, warm water and a couple tablespoons of flour. It takes 10 minutes to set up and add it to the recipe. Soy flour works great and keeps them light!

Enjoy this snack! Take the 10 minutes to sit and enjoy these with anyone from a child to a partner to a neighbor – if you can still do that. Sconen go a long way and cost less than $3 a batch.

Quickie Scone Recipe♥️:

Made with gluten-free, self-rising flour. If you can’t get it, use gluten free flour and one packet yeast.

Add a tbsp sugar and some warm – not hot – water. Mix together. When it bubbles, add the flour.

Basic scone recipie:

2 cups self rising flour
1 stick soft butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
I two lemon juice
an egg and 1/4 cup warm milk and 1 tbsp baking powder

Mix all the dry ingredients.

Then swish the butter with you fingers.

Add the milk and other wet ingredients.

Flour your surface and add flour as needed to make a soft dough.

Roll into rolls and cut circles …


… brush with another egg.


Bake at 350F 10 to 15 mins. If you add raisins to your dough, boil them first to make them plump.

Kids love to cook. Now may be a good time to teach them the basics …