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On April 2 I wrote about the Mashpee Wampanoag people and the situation they are in right now –this damnable administration is removing them from their land. Read my explanation here.

Thursday, May 7th is their next court date. Day after tomorrow. Today I received an email that includes these two suggestions. I already sent my email; it was not hard. The wording is in the script they suggest.

This Thursday, May 7th, there will be a hearing in the U.S. District Court in Washington DC to hear the Tribe’s Motion for an injunction against the attempt to remove their land from trust. For more information, here is a link to a recent article.

If you'd like to do even more to support the Tribe, here are two more action steps to take:

1) Contact Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt and/or Senator Hoeven, Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, and let them know directly that you oppose this action against the tribe.  You can find their contact information and respective scripts HERE.

2) In advance of the May 7th court hearing, join in the virtual Sacred Fire Prayer Protest where prayer fires and candles are being lit nationwide in support of the Tribe and to denounce the Trump Administration for attempting to disestablish their reservation. Light your candle/fire, let it burn 1-4 days, and post a picture with the hashtag #StandWithMashpee.  


I am getting used to quarantine. I have most of what I need to be safe and comfortable. Sure, I chafe when I think about this too much. I sputter when I read that we are “opening up” many states and businesses AS new Covid-19 cases are going UP.

But like a frog in the pot that is getting hotter and hotter, I find myself adapting more than shrieking, yelling, or kicking really hard.

What about you? There is SO MUCH to do and SO MANY places to respond that it seems calmer to turn it all off and retreat to our own hot puddles.

However, if I want the world to hear the voices of others then I have to believe in my own voice, too.  We allow ourselves to be disempowered when we allow ourselves to believe our email or phone call won't make a difference.

Also, here’s a case for giving money to local candidates and to the Democratic party in general. 

It isn’t that Democratic politics is uplifting and perfect and filled with angels singing in crystal voices.  BUT the Democratic party works towards political values I care about. Climate change. Addressing gun violence. Education. Programs to fight poverty. Health care for all. International aid. And more.

These values are political concerns. If we elect good politicians, then THEY can do more of the work of affecting politics towards directions I believe in. I’d rather send a politician into politics to represent me than do all this stuff myself. So I give money to politicians and to the Dem party. 

I appreciated hearing this argument not long ago and decided to pass it along to you.

Len ordered a watermelon in our grocery order. It came yesterday and we cut into it this afternoon and MY OH MY it’s been a long year. If you get a chance to eat watermelon, go for it. Close your eyes with those first bites. Remember how excellent life really can be, if you take it a few bites at a time.


Peg and Neal needed to drive almost a thousand miles. We were talking about that, I said to take any photographs that seemed to show what is going on in our nation during Coronavirus quarantine. 

She sent this photo taken while driving through Cleveland in the middle of the afternoon in the second largest city in Ohio.  Wow.












Done! The Great White Father does not keep his promises!
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Cool! Your voice and my voice are double just one of us!

All I know is that I'd love to see your Quarantine Diary become a book - photos and all. It would be a joy to turn physical pages, leafing back and forth to revisit connections across your observations, thoughts and activities through this weird time.
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I've been asking myself for a week now if I should even be doing this. Thanks for saying this. I'm trying to think how to grow my readers - without spending too much more time at this than I already do - usually 1.5-3 hours a day. Sigh. Thanks.

Yes, you so should keep going. You should be writing history books. Your narrative make a situation come alive. I've had this idea for at least two decades to create chap books of history with room to write and color and add more to the story for middle school kids. Their social studies books are soooo... boring. You make history alive, intriguing and connected to today.
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Ooh. Thank you. I don't really know enough, but I know enough to know it should not be boring. I listen to these podcasts often: and I LOVE the idea of stories with room for pictures and fun questions (Ben Franklin could do almost anything. Who in your family is most like Ben Franklin?) notes.

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I heard part of an NPR / Fresh Air interview with writer Ayad Akhtar so I borrowed the book from the library and read it.

In the 1960’s his parents earned medical degrees in Pakistan and then emigrated to the US where Ayad was born and has lived all his life. (His parents are now deceased.) His dad was a highly respected cardiologist. In the 1990’s, when Donald Trump was having heart issues, Dr. Akhtar was flown to NYC to examine Trump.

Susan's Birthday Questions 10/19/2020

(One decorates for October birthdays with orange trees.) 

Last week was my birthday. My niece Susan sometimes sends me birthday greetings where she asks excellent questions. She doesn’t know I still have the card she sent six years ago; I meant to answer her questions in the blog I had then, but I never got around to it.

Stereotypes Day

Today is October 12th - Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Not Columbus Day, okay?

I was in the process of giving birth to one of our kids and it was getting on towards midnight. The midwife wondered whether our baby would be born on the day we were in or whether it would be a few more minutes and then the child would have the next day as their birthday.

10/11/2020 This Crazy Advent We're In Now

This painting is by Andrea Kowch


Regarding Time: It’s been about a million months since the quarantine started. It will be an at least one epoch if not two, until a vaccine is available to quell it. Election Day is here now (I’ve already voted, have you?) yet it feels as if it will never be done and gone. Even when Nov 3 arrives we could be in for more epochs of anxious and angry waiting as ballots are tallied, argued over, recounted, all while lawyers and politicians fight and scrap.

Quarantine Diary #204 10/4/2020 3 Short Takes

Three things to say today and none are about our goatish, swag-bellied, canket-blossomed president. How to create a Shakespearean insult. 

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