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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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Quarantine Diary #312

“You know me, I think there ought to be a big old tree right there. And let's give him a friend. Everybody needs a friend.” ― Bob Ross

This tree lives in Waukesha and stopped me in my tracks when I was out for a walk.


 When will this Quarantine Diary end? When Len and I drive out not wearing masks to go to a place where we will stay overnight. Just letting you know. FYI we started last year on Friday the 13th of March.


Quarantine Diary #308 1/15/2021

My life is pretty fine, and I bet yours is, too. Warm place to live. Food to eat. Friends to share and laugh with - even if we have to do it via Zoom.

At the same time, who isn’t feeling anxiety and dread? Will the white supremacist insurrectionist knobs attack the inaugural? Will they screw up state capitols and infrastructure? One lone guy blew up Nashville a mere three weeks ago. What the hell is going on?

Quarantine Diary #307 Brain Names

Remember when there was no autism? Sure, there were kids in our schools who were weirdly able to remember stuff, or were hard to control, or whose emotions triggered at the oddest time. We generally ignored those kids. Those of us who were kind did, anyways. Others bullied. 

Remember the mopey kids in high school who knew too much about depressing art and angsty music and sometimes killed themselves?

Quarantine Diary #306 Hunched Over & Paying Attention

I am going to write some Quarantine Diary entries again. There’s a lot going on and sometimes it helps to hear a small voice as well as the big voices of journalists, pundits, networks, the other public media we follow.

I have had a small headache off and on for days. I worried that I might have contracted Covid, except dang it, I haven’t gone anywhere! And then, thinking about it, I realized I am hunched over my phone much more than usual. These mild on-again, off-again headaches are from eyestrain and weird posture.

Rime and Treason

These photos were taken by Len on Monday in that other time and world that existed before the Trump gorgons mobbed the Capitol. (Gorgons existed in Greek literature. Gorgons are the poisonous siblings with hair of living snakes. Those who beheld them face-to-face turned to stone. Or were killed by being beaten by a fire extinguisher.)

I have been trying to write about that but it is too hard. There is so much that is clear and is informative. You are reading it as much as I am. Blessed be the journalists, right? 

Quarantine Diary #292 New Year's Eve

Many of us feel as if we are in limbo until Biden takes office. I don’t think you need me to say a lot about how long and hard this year has been; we’ve been in this dentist’s chair together.


Did you see how many days quarantine has lasted? 292 days.

So far.

This week I read a remarkable essay. On Natural Landscapes, Metaphorical Living, and Warlpiri Identity, by Barry Lopez. Life is weird. The day after I read it, Mr. Lopez died.

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