Rain could not deter Democratic activists, led by Senator Ed Markey, from holding signs and rallying for their candidates, especially Seth Moulton, candidate for the Massachusetts 6th district Congressional seat. Photos
For a few hours, Peabody Main Street was more than a symbol of old-fashioned community—it was a melding of many communities including Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Irish, Jewish, Caribbean, Brazilian, Armenian; and with corresponding church and social clubs. And every kind of food!
A grass-roots movement of Attleboro citizens, mobilized by the Council on Human Rights and supported by City Councilors Richard Conti and Walter Thibodeau, has convinced the City Council to create an Attleboro anti-bullying commission. They seek to create an Attleboro that respects and welcomes all people throughout the City. UPDATES & NEWSLETTER AT StopBullyingCoalition.org
I am deeply concerned for the well being of "Margaret." She is frail and ill, lives with multiple disabilities, yet is being forced out of the shelter where she has been surviving since being bullied, mobbed, and evicted from subsidized housing—possibly to live on the street. But as I look around, I see no help for her, nor indeed for many persons in desperate need and no solutions for the larger social problems, no mending of the frayed social safety net. Instead of strengthening our society, we are breaking it.
Heartbreaking. Said by the Newtown mother of first grade student Noah Pozner, the youngest of the victims murdered on Friday, who had just turned 6 years old November 20. According to Rabbi Shaul Praver. Reported by Ha'Aretz from an NPR interview.
My grown children amaze and delight me. I learn from them all the time. I am proud, though their achievements and wisdom are their own. I share with you an essay by my daughter, Elana; somehow each of her blog posts touches me. Perhaps you will also find inspiration from her.
Elana's thoughts on 9/11: "On a day like this" http://elanahalberstadt.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/on-a-day-like-today-rem...
When HUD created subsidized housing for elders, the goal was to create a safe and secure home for people who could not afford full market rate housing. But certain realities were created to confront elders. Owners believed that not only were they in charge of their buildings, but that they were in charge of their tenants.
Living with Age will treat old age as a chronic condition to be fought at every turn.
New England winter offers great challenges for the elder seeking adventure and excitement. There are some little-known types of adventure, for example, walking someplace in the city after a snowfall. This sport is readily available to anyone who no longer has an automobile, and is practically unknown to the majority of people who use a car to do all their errands.
Sitting on the lawn, listening to music! On a July evening, in a small green park just steps away from traffic and the city hall.
Jim at 85 is a lucky elder.
It is a dark and stormy night. After weeks of foul weather marked by unrelenting rain, Riverby is inundated by a fierce thunderstorm and torrential rain, a true nor'easter. The town center is flooded. Riverside Manor, an apartment building for the elderly, is surrounded by flood waters that keep even emergency personnel from approaching.
Do you need to raise funds for your non-profit in these difficult economic times?
My appreciation of Salem MA has been confirmed. Salem's historic downtown has been recognized as one of the 10 best neighborhoods
A Path to Another Country Psychologists say that moving, divorce, and the death of a loved one are three of the most difficult life transitions. Have they measured the difficulty of moving to that other country, the land of the aged?
What to do when a person or couple is no longer able to maintain a household independently? Assisted living is one option for those who can afford it. It is one way to live with age.
It is more difficult to find out about progress in Salem, than the impact of the plant in Columbia. The spokesperson for Dominion, the owner of the Salem Harbor Plant, has not responded to my repeated queries.
The most wonderful events, next to the birth of a human child or grandchild, are the birth of puppies...and the bittersweet moment when the eight-week-old puppy leaves with the new owner.
About 700 people visited the art exhibit in the historic Old Town Hall of Salem, with comments reported like "how special the event made our trip to Salem!"
Installing the Footbridge: Like Threading a Needle
"Building bridges" has a dramatic symbolism. But there is also drama in building a bridge. And sometimes drama comes to us. A photographer has no choice but to document the event.
By the way, did you know I had coffee on the deck of the Friendship yesterday?
Is 70 the new 60, or the new 70? How are the elderly, defined by the Census Bureau as those over 65, living?
Al Gore searches for a new framework for understanding and action:
We are a nation asleep. Millions of Americans don't get enough restful sleep. If life were like a fairy tale, sleep disorders including sleep apnea would not still be a major public health problem.
Seeing History and the Environment in Salem, MA
Salem is a proud city with a proud past. As tourists, we see grand homes and sailing ships, shops with witch costumes, cobbled streets, and a once-busy harbor. It also has hidden areas of great natural beauty. If we look only at the surface, we make pretty photographs that tell a surface story. However, if we bring some background knowledge and thought to interpret what we see, we may see things in a different light. More, with photographs: Salem's Global Warming... http://www.photoluminations.com/assignments/salem/salem-warming.html
A photograph is a work of art that can be powerful if it combines what one knows, understands, and feels. A photograph illuminates, records, and interprets.