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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 #66, 5/24/2020 Zoom Birthday

This week we Zoom-celebrated (zoom-abrated?) the first birthday of our grandson. This was a very different kind of party in our family which ALWAYS celebrates kid’s birthdays. We always have over a few too many friends and relatives. We always have a mound of presents the kids doesn’t actually need. We always have appetizers and pizza, an activity for kids, and a cake. We always sing Happy Birthday too slowly while the kid stares at the candles.

Quarantine Diary #65 – 5/22/2020 Shontay & Irresistible Iridescence

Science Daily website reports this scientific discovery. Bats have an unusual mammal response to viruses they encounter; they don’t get sick to fight the virus like the rest of us mammals do. Instead they act as a kind of long-term host for viruses. A bat is a repository of the viruses it has encountered in its batty life.

Quarantine Diary #64, 5/20/2020 Twenties & Assets

First of all, tonight at 8:20 the time will be 20:20 on 20/2020. If you have kids, or if you are your own odd duck, I think that would be a good time to celebrate. When our kids were young we celebrated New Year’s Eve by piling, on a table on a tablecloth, a crazy stack of metal cookie sheets, muffin tins, bread pans, and bowls. When midnight struck they would try to pull the tablecloth out from under the stack, everything would teeter and then tumble with a terrific crash and the cats would run and it was satisfying.

New Photo & Old Column About Spring

The photo is from this morning and is for you, Michol! This dam on the Fox River is alive with rushing water.

Quarantine Diary #63 - 5/18/2020 Flooding, It's changing now

We had three inches of rain here yesterday. This is what the Fox River by Riverwalk condominiums looks like today.

While I was walking along here, an older woman (says me, ahem…) was standing on her sidewalk with her nervous beagle, looking at the over-its-banks river.

Quarantine Diary #62, 5/16/2020 - Invisible Crisis, Spring

Little Women Again: Louisa May Alcott volunteered as a nurse during the Civil War. She intended to serve three months but after several weeks she became deathly ill with typhoid pneumonia and went home. Typhoid was treated at that time with a medication made with mercury. She survived typhoid but would deal the rest of her life with an autoimmune disease possibly triggered by the mercury.  

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