It is such a secret place …. the land of tears/by Osyth

“The following quote by Catherine M. Wallace is my add on to Osyth’s Post.” i’mgoing.homeScreenshot_20180122-211431-picsay

Half Baked In Paradise

At seventeen, in keeping I imagine, with most seventeens I could not wait to be eighteen and proclaim myself adult.  Adult enough to do all the things thus far forbidden even if I was really too timid or scared or plain perplexed to really want to try them.   Nothing would be out of my reach, I would emerge from ugly duck-dom as the rightful swan and I would, clearly discover all the things that the adults before me had failed to find.  I would invent love and sex and I would invent drinking and I would travel to far flung exotic places and I would absorb by osmosis more wisdom than any adult before me – dullards all – could ever hope to.  At seventeen.

At seventeen I bought a book which seemed to wink at me even though it’s cover was pummelled and punished, tired and tawdry in the…

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Our Silences

October, 1985

Where does our power lie and how do we school ourselves to use it in the service of what we believe?

How can we use each other’s differences in our common battles for a livable future?

All of our children are prey. How do we raise them not to prey upon themselves and each other?

And this is why we cannot be silent, because our silences will come to testify against us out of the mouths of our children.

Audre Lorde

A Lighter Moment Needed

Once again I’m in need of a lighter moment. So, here are a few ‘things’ from my file. Each item I have kept has reminded me of a person I know, a person I’ve known or a person I’d like to meet.



Most people are products of their time. Only the rare few are its creators.

Maria Popova



Screenshot_20180128-133758-picsay.pngWritten by Ruth Krauss/Illustration by Maurice Sendak



“Being in love — falling in love” — now I understand it — now I know what it means — what happens to me when I am writing: I am in love with the work, the subject, the characters, and while it goes on & a while after, the opus itself. — I function only by falling in love: with French and France; with the 15th Century; with microbiology, cosmology, sleep research, etc. at various times — I could not have written A Week in the Country without having fallen in love with current DNA research! … What it is I suppose is the creative condition as expressed in human emotion and mood — So it comes out curiously the same whether sexual or spiritual or aesthetic or intellectual.

Ursula K. Le Guin



Civil Rights Hero Fannie Lou Hamer/by Michael Harriot



Tougaloo College Receives Grant to Finally Tell Story of Civil Rights Hero Fannie Lou Hamer

zpbchonmutzwffdwsdp3Fannie Lou Hamer speaks to Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party sympathizers outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 17, 1965. (William J. Smith/AP Images)


Of all the stories from the civil rights era, perhaps the most extraordinary and least told tale is that of the icon and freedom fighter Fannie Lou Hamer. An upcoming documentary will finally tell Hamer’s stirring story in her own words, thanks to a historic grant by the Kellogg Foundation to Mississippi’s Tougaloo College.

Keith Beauchamp, whose 2005 film, The Untold Story of Emmett Till, prompted the Department of Justice to reopen the investigation into Emmett’s murder, will serve as executive producer of Fannie Lou Hamer’s America. The doc will use Hamer’s letters, speeches and recordings to recount the life of one of the seminal heroes in Mississippi’s long and complicated history of pushback and resistance.
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Known for bringing the spirituals she sang while picking cotton to the freedom struggle, Hamer was reportedly the first person to sign up to travel around the state of Mississippi to register black voters after hearing a speech in 1962. A few months later, she was beaten by Winona, Miss., police officers so badly that it took her two months to recover. Even though the beating left her with physical and psychological side effects, Hamer was not deterred.

But it was the “Freedom Summer” of 1964 that made Hamer a legend. At the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Hamer led a group called the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to the floor of the convention and claimed that they were the rightful delegates for Mississippi’s Democratic Party because they were the only ones elected without a discriminatory ballot.

The move so divided the party that the white Mississippi delegates left the convention, prompting the MFDP to make the appalling move of sitting in the abandoned seats on the floor of the whites-only convention. It is said that the MFDP’s actions and Bloody Sunday in Selma, Ala., were the two catalysts that prompted the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Tougaloo College was awarded a grant by the Kellogg Foundation as a financial partner in the film because of the HBCU’s long history of involvement with the civil rights fight. The money not only will help fund the film but will also go toward developing a K-12 civil rights curriculum for the state.

Fannie Lou Hamer’s America will tell the story of how this hero overcame brutality, poverty and injustice to lead her people to freedom. When asked why she was so fearless in her pursuit of freedom, Hamer said:

I guess if I’d had any sense, I’d have been a little scared—but what was the point of being scared? The only thing they could do was kill me, and it kinda seemed like they’d been trying to do that a little bit at a time since I could remember.

Find out more about the upcoming documentary here.

and a song with a message for all… 


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This resistance needs all of us, every day, fighting for the collective liberation of all people. Because none of us are free until ALL of us are free.

Women’s March Global is a proactive international movement, not a U.S. election-specific protest per se, which has galvanized people to defend women’s rights and those of others in response to the rising rhetoric of far-right populism around the world.



Accra, Ghana

Nairobi, Kenya

Abuja, Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria

Kampala, Uganda

Lusaka, Zambia (Page Coming Soon)


Beijing, China

Shanghai, China

Saipan, CNMI

Osaka, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (Page Coming Soon)

Taipei, Taiwan (Page Coming Soon)

Bangkok, Thailand


Vienna, Austria

Brussels, Belgium  

Auvillar, France

Cassis, France







San Jose


Saint Vincent and The Grenadines


Ajijic, Jalisco


San Carlos, Sonora

San Felipe

San Miguel de Allende


Saint Croix




Ballarat (Page Coming Soon)








Buenos Aires, Argentina

Medellin, Colombia

Quito, Ecuador



Women’s March Global,

Chris Matthews: What Robert Kennedy Knew About Gun Control

My reason for posting the following article about RFK by Chris Matthews is:  (CNN) The House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday (12/6/2017) loosening gun regulations and allowing those with permits to carry concealed weapons to legally travel with those firearms to other states, a top priority of the National Rifle Association.

The bill passed mostly along party lines, 231-198, the first major firearms-related bill Congress has voted on since the massacres in Las Vegas and Texas earlier this year.

Republicans argued that Americans’ Second Amendment rights to bear arms should not end when they cross state lines.

“I DO NOT want any representative from our current administration speaking for me or any other ‘sane American’. i’mgoing.home





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Roseburg, Ore. It’s one of those American places — Aurora, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino — now branded by a mass shooting. On Oct. 1, 2015, a 26-year-old shot and killed eight fellow students and a professor at the local community college. When the town’s name was still hot with grief, the watchword from the gun people was “politics.” No one was to talk about what might have prevented it.

It has been just like that this month. Two years to the day after Roseburg, a man killed 58 people and himself in Las Vegas. Again, the gun-rights lobby warned against speaking now, of all times, of the case for gun control. Last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan ruled out action even on the “bump stocks” that the Las Vegas shooter used to make his semiautomatic rifles shoot like Tommy guns.

At Roseburg, someone did try raising the alarm earlier, much earlier in fact, early enough to have done some good.

On May 27, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy of New York, campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, made the case right on the eve of that state’s primary for doing something about the ease with which people got guns. He was warned not to dare try it: The local sheriff said there would be hostile demonstrators facing him, knowing the personal interest he had in the subject.

Kennedy went ahead anyway. There he stood on the steps of the county courthouse looking out over a crowd of 1,500; before him stood wary lumberjacks, most of them gun owners, many of them carrying signs with pro-gun, anti-Kennedy messages.

Yet the New York senator refused to alter his course, making his case with angry indignation. He spoke of the outlandish case of a man on death row in Kansas, a murderer who had killed a half-dozen people, who had sent away to Chicago for a mail-order rifle and managed, with little difficulty, to have it delivered to his cell.

“Does that make any sense?” Kennedy demanded, “that you should put rifles and guns in the hands of people who have long criminal records, of people who are so young they don’t know how to handle rifles and guns?”

He looked at the hecklers. “I see signs about the guns,” he said. “I’m wondering if any of you would like to come and explain.”

A man with a “Protect your right to bear arms” sign did. He held a petition against a bill Kennedy was backing that “forbids mail order of guns to the very young, those with criminal records and the insane.”

“All this legislation does is keep guns from criminals and the demented and those too young,” Kennedy challenged him. “With all the violence and murder and killings we’ve had in the United States, I think you will agree that we must keep firearms from people who have no business with guns or rifles.”

Yet even this drew boos. “They’ll get them anyway,” came a shout.

It was easy enough for anyone there in Roseburg that day to fathom Kennedy’s own passion on the subject. His brother the president had been shot and killed five years earlier — by someone using a mail-order rifle. Just eight weeks before, Kennedy had stood in an African-American neighborhood in Indianapolis, telling those who’d come to cheer him that Martin Luther King Jr. had just been shot and killed in Memphis.

Then, while he could not know his own fate, 11 days after he addressed the Roseburg crowd, his own death arrived at the end of a .22-caliber revolver in Los Angeles, just after he won the California Democratic primary.

But there was Robert Kennedy, candidate for president, survivor of a president, consoler the night of King’s death, having to defend his daring to raise the issue of gun control.

We are a country blanketed by cities, towns and schools best known for killing sprees. Orlando, Fla.; Charleston, S.C.; Virginia Tech; Columbine, Colo. — the list grows, as John Wayne said, “as sure as the turning of the earth.”

Is this as good as it gets here? Assassinations by gunfire separate us from the rest of the world — from Lincoln to Garfield to McKinley to attempts on Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and Truman, the killing of John Kennedy, the near-killing Ronald Reagan, the killing of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy and all these mass shootings. They scream but refuse to be heard: “Only in America.”

I was in Montreal when Robert Kennedy was shot. A French-Canadian cabdriver taking me back to the airport kept mumbling: “The giant has stubbed his toe. The giant has stubbed his toe.”

We are not, we know, a giant stumbling in the dark. We know the country we live in. If some believe this is the best we can do, let them say so.

If there are those who believe we can do better, let them say so all the louder. Now, loud and clear, now more than ever.

– Chris Matthews is the anchor of MSNBC’s “Hardball” and the author of the forthcoming “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.” –


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Origin and Etymology of patriot: Middle French patriote compatriot, from Late Latin patriota, from Greek patriōtēs, from patria lineage, from patr-, patēr father