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NY Mysteries April 4, 2020 

 

Good Morning, Survivors! I went to the liquor store (essential services) on Ave. B and stood outside in a line. I thought I’d fallen into a B movie. The front door was sealed. Someone said behind it What you want?  “The Margarita mix,” I said. Seconds later the voice said $9 and change. I pushed some bills through a crack and the margarita mix was shoved in a bag out the door. Very exciting. So Graham Green in Cuba.  

 Henco Espag, Judson’s Musical Director posted this message on 3/27/20. Working with Henco is heavenly. Grab this opportunity. 

Hallooo Judson,

We are putting together a Judson Quarantine Artbook to feature creations inspired by our shared social distancing experience both for our virtual services and in a live in-person concert once we are all back together again.

Below is the website link to the contest and the full submission guidelines pasted in as well.  Please share this with everyone!!!!

We already received submissions within 10 minutes of posting.

Thank you!

Henco

https://www.judson.org/quarantine-artbook-contest

 

 

 

From a Chinese friend in Shanghai
Squirrel + Muffin
From happier times: Judson Choir directed by Henco Espag

Virtual and Zoom are among the most frequently used words these days.

Judson Memorial Church has a daily meditation service, a Monday evening service and a Sunday service. Rev. Micah Bucey presides over the daily services and participates in the Sunday service with Rev. Donna Schaper and Rev. Valerie Holly.

Last Sunday, Micah shared his poem, A Covenantal Prayer dedicated to his husband, their beagle and the two cats. Here is the beginning:

I begin with three confessions:
I have eaten all the pita chips,
I am nearly out of dog treats,
And I have not cleaned the litter box in five days.

Surely, you all will have noticed these things by the time you hear this prayer.
You will all look at me with eight brutally beautiful eyes, saying:
“You were supposed to take care of this. This was a covenant.

 

 

Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college. 

NY Mysteries March 21, 2020

 

Treasuring the things we take for granted….Remember travel? I come from the American Express check era. The first foreign country I spent time in was Italy.  In Piazza di  Spagna  there was an American Express office and I stood in line with many others to cash the check  and to change to lira. 600 Lira were the equivalent of a dollar.  The Italian currency was gorgeous and enormous. The 10,000 lira note was like a billboard. The 500 lira coin was beautiful, heavy metal. Change was scarce so we were often given candies, trinkets instead. Very annoying  at the time but a funny memory. I lived in a Victorian house off Via Salaria. My roommates and I took the octagonal elevator with etched windows and a padded seat to the fifth floor after we had fed a coin machine in the elevator several 10 lira coins and smacked the machine sharply. 

Another travel memory: the Egyptian House in Penzance. This is enchanting. It’s been owned by the Landmark Trust since the 1970s and was built in the 1850s, shortly after Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt. 

The Egyptian House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Egyptian House

Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college. 

NY Mysteries March 21, 2020

 

God has a sense of humor. In the midst of the corona virus pandemic, the stock market wobbling and the current administration, we have had wonderful weather. Remember 9/11? It too was a perfect day, weather wise.

Books to start reading in quarantine: George Eliot’s Middlemarch. After the first chapter buy the audio. Naxos has a wonderful and pricy edition read by Juliet Stevenson. Years ago, BBC had a wonderful presentation. If you can find it, I recommend that you glue yourself to the TV and watch it.

Another book that’s usually read when stranded on a desert island is Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. I can read a chapter or two and have tried listening to an audio. For me, it’s deadly. Right up there with Joyce’s Ulysses of which I didn’t understand a word. 

Minister Micah Busey leads a daily meditation group during these troubling times.  It’s on video so I can see everybody’s living interior but they can also see mine. I tune in promptly at 9 am but before I do, I comb my hair, put a sweater on over my night gown and make sure underwear isn’t hanging from a door knob.  It’s a self-affirming 45 minutes. It’s gentle and kindly. That also describes Micah.  

I found Governor Cuomo amazingly down-to-earth when he gave a recipe for alcohol wipes. “So buy some alcohol,” he snarled, “and put it on some cotton. That’s it.” He’s an able politician but I disagree with his  attempt to kill off New York’s Third parties.

Killing off New York’s Third parties – Not Today!

03/13/20 — The New York State Green and Libertarian Parties applaud the State Supreme Court ruling that stopped the Democratic Party’s attempt to assassinate smaller political parties.

Justice Ralph Boniello Thursday tossed out the law establishing a commission purportedly set up to create a system of publicly financed campaigns, but instead deviated into attacks on third party and independent candidates. The Judge ruled that the measure creating the panel was “an improper and unconstitutional delegation of legislative authority.”

Officials from both parties vowed at a December press conference that a joint lawsuit against the commission’s overreach would be forthcoming if the State Legislature did not act and the commission’s recommendations became law in 2020. The lawsuits brought by the Working Families and Conservative Parties in state court have now turned the tide against the Democratic Party’s heavy-handed attacks against their independent and third party competition.

“In the age of Trump, it is sad to see the Democratic Party use their control of the state government to suppress political debate and electoral challenges by true national third parties. Democracy is on life support in New York and our country. It was a slap in the face to everyday New Yorkers for Governor Cuomo and the Democrats to unilaterally rig the system in an attempt to crush any political party who challenges them,” said Green Party of New York Co-Chair Gloria Mattera.

The Green and Libertarian Parties are prepared to file a lawsuit in federal court to prevent further attacks on third parties and independents if the lawsuits in state court by the Conservative and Working Families do not ultimately prevail against appeal.

Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college. 

NY Mysteries March 13, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Afraid anyone? What’s your favorite flavor  – the coronavirus? the stock market? the current administration? Do you have a combination? 

To set the mood: a man jumped off the Empire State Building. On his way past the 23rd floor someone called: “How’s it going?” 

“So far. So good,” he replied.

Of course Governor Cuomo had to cancel the Saint Patrick’s Day parade. It doesn’t mean people won’t celebrate. My neighbors decorated their door. And I’ve been combing the stores for corned beef. I’ve succeeded! 

 

 

 

 

 

My neighbors’ St. Patrick Day’s Decoration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week a friend and I had such fun at The Morgan. We had an enormous lunch, gossiped for a few hours and then visited several exhibits which featured artists who struggled. One was the very elegant Jean-Jacques LeQueu exhibition. He struggled for ten years to sell his paintings.   LeQueu was born during the tumultuous reign of Louis XV (1715-74).  We also went to a contemporary exhibit featuring the work of the late Al Taylor (1949-1999). He was a quirky artist who used found objects in his art. He did this originally because he could not afford to buy canvas. 

Jean-Jacques LeQueu
Al Taylo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Thompson’s Saint Frances is an endearing film featuring a 34 year old looking for her life, played by writer and actor Kelly O’Sullivan,  a lesbian couple and their two children. It examines life from the view point of the women. 

Killing off New York’s Third parties – Not Today!

03/13/20 — The New York State Green and Libertarian Parties applaud the State Supreme Court ruling that stopped the Democratic Party’s attempt to assassinate smaller political parties.

Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college. 

NY Mysteries March 6, 2020

 

It’s been another busy week. Last Saturday a friend and I went to  Essex Market at 88 Essex Street. I hadn’t been in that area of the Lower East Side in years. The new (to me) Essex House is warehouse enormous. We cruised around the main floor which is like an indoor carnival. What’s your flavor? Japonese? Brooklyn? Mexican? Sicilian? In addition to food vendors, you can grab thrift shop clothes or go to the barber. We went downstairs for lunch. The menu featured dishes from upstairs and a neat beer arrangement. For $4 dollars a glass you receive three glasses of any of the millions of beer they have on offer. Nicely tanked, you’re ready to explore the Market again.

Essex Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essex Market

 

 

Roadmap to Apartheid was sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church. It was shown in the annex at 12 West 11 Street. First Tuesdays of every month the Church is brewing up controversial issues shown in screenings. Roadmap to Apartheid showed the influence Israel had in the  South African apartheid movement. It also showed in harrowing detail the brutal similarites in the treatment of South African Blacks and Israeli Palestinians. It was an eye opener for some and for others a reminder of what we Americans support in the Middle East. 

Michelle Y. Thompson, the Director of Arts and Community Engagement at Judson Memorial Church added a new video. It centers on Michelle’s son and his pride in being black. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 
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Governor Cuomo wants third parties to increase their number of votes if they’re to remain on the ballot. I belong to the Green Party and received this disturbing letter from the Green Party. Howie Hawkins, our presidential nominee, is quoted. 

In an open letter, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, and other progressive luminaries insisted that Howie Hawkins and the Green Party vote Democrat for president in battleground states.

They condescendingly describe Green votes as a self-indulgent “feel-good activity” as if Green votes are not votes for urgent climate action, real social and economic justice policies, and peace policies.

Don’t they see that the Democrats have joined the Republicans in supporting pro-corporate economic policies and pro-war foreign policies that have generated growing inequality at home and endless wars abroad?

As Howie said, “The left cannot outsource fighting the right to the Democrats.”

Howie points out that the Democrats have helped to normalize Trump by joining with him to overwhelmingly support military budget increases, the US Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (NAFTA 2.0), and the prosecution of Julian Assange and persecution of Chelsea Manning.

 

 

Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college. 

NY Mysteries February 28, 2020

Coppelia: Welcome to Cuba on West 14th Street. It’s named after a favorite restaurant in Havana and is an ongoing 24 hour party, festive decor, cosy booths, delicious Latin food with a Cuban slant.  All Day Breakfast is a marriage of the best in Latin American and North American food.Snacks? Sure. Croquetas de Queso are yummy cheese croquettes. Don’t forget the oxtail and the cocktails.

As their cheerful yellow and red neon sign says: Vive y bebe que la vida es breve.

 

 

Coppelia Restaurant
Street of Hunger
Coppelia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Cuomo wants third parties to increase their number of votes if they’re to remain on the ballot. I belong to the Green Party and received this disturbing letter from the Green Party. Howie Hawkins, our presidential nominee, is quoted. 

In an open letter, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, and other progressive luminaries insisted that Howie Hawkins and the Green Party vote Democrat for president in battleground states.

They condescendingly describe Green votes as a self-indulgent “feel-good activity” as if Green votes are not votes for urgent climate action, real social and economic justice policies, and peace policies.

Don’t they see that the Democrats have joined the Republicans in supporting pro-corporate economic policies and pro-war foreign policies that have generated growing inequality at home and endless wars abroad?

As Howie said, “The left cannot outsource fighting the right to the Democrats.”

Howie points out that the Democrats have helped to normalize Trump by joining with him to overwhelmingly support military budget increases, the US Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (NAFTA 2.0), and the prosecution of Julian Assange and persecution of Chelsea Manning.

 

 

Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college. 

NY Mysteries February 21, 2020

I have attended Judson Memorial Church for a number of years. Judson is known for its dance movement, its civil rights stand and for being a member of the sanctuary movement.  Until recently, it was very white. Thanks to the current ministers and ministry that’s changing slowly. Michelle Y. Thompson is the Director of Arts and Community Engagement. On February 16 Michelle’s production of Black Women as Sacred Text was the Sunday service. Our chairs circled an open space. Nehemoyia  Young danced and created an altar with a combination of photos of accomplished women, flowers, and tech. Vanisha Gould and her trio sang and played Song of Songs. Dora King, Nia Calioway and M. Alsando reflected on their experiences. It was a moving and awakening moment for our congregation. 

 

Black Women as Sacred Text Service
Black Women as Sacred Text Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Shepard’s photo of Black Women as Sacred Texthttp://benjaminheimshepardplay.blogspot.com/p/bio.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sisters in Crime presented AN EVENING WITH PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR CATHERINE TOWNSEND. 

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You can imagine mystery writers licking their lips as Cathereine fascinated us with her adventures as a private eye in California, New York and Kansas. It was in Kansas that she began her detecting. Her sister’s friend was murdered and Catherine was determined to find the killer. She then moved to California and worked for three years for an investigator, in part, to obtain her license. We peppered her with questions. No, she doesn’t carry a gun. Yes, she often works with a partner. Process serving could be dangerous. She avoided serving someone in a deserted area. Catherine has a podcast, Hell and Gone. We then went to Sammy’s for supper. Sammy’s is a dark, simple Chinese restaurant that could have been featured in a James M. Cain novel. How apt is that??

 Now for a stern note. Governor Cuomo wants third parties to increase their number of votes if they’re to remain on the ballot. I belong to the Green Party and received this disturbing letter from the Green Party. Howie Hawkins, our presidential nominee, is quoted. 

In an open letter, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, and other progressive luminaries insisted that Howie Hawkins and the Green Party vote Democrat for president in battleground states.

They condescendingly describe Green votes as a self-indulgent “feel-good activity” as if Green votes are not votes for urgent climate action, real social and economic justice policies, and peace policies.

Don’t they see that the Democrats have joined the Republicans in supporting pro-corporate economic policies and pro-war foreign policies that have generated growing inequality at home and endless wars abroad?

As Howie said, “The left cannot outsource fighting the right to the Democrats.”

Howie points out that the Democrats have helped to normalize Trump by joining with him to overwhelmingly support military budget increases, the US Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (NAFTA 2.0), and the prosecution of Julian Assange and persecution of Chelsea Manning.

 

 

Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college. 

NY Mysteries February 14, 2020

A word of warning: don’t eat popcorn in bed. In my endless quest to lose weight I embraced popcorn. Unfortunately, in my ardor the bag burst and popcorn flooded the bed, under the bed, on the floor. You get the picture. 

A friend and I went to Phaeton Piano Trio, part of the Frick concert series. The German trio, Friedemann Eichhorn, Peter Horr, and Florian Uhlig, play violin, cello and piano. On Sunday evening we were treated to both Beethoven’s and Mendelssohn’s  Piano Trio in D Major as well as Dvořák’s Piano Trio No 4 in E Minor. The enthusiastic audience welcomed a Beethoven encore. For supper we went to Via Quadronno. My friend regaled me with her hike from Brooklyn to the upper west side of Manhattan to feed her newborn. Oh, yes. It was on 9/11.

On Thursday afternoon a friend and I went to a Vintage Posters auction at Swann auction galleries. The auctioneer is a face you would recognize on Antiques Roadshow. He stood at his podium, identified each poster and waited for bids from the floor and from the phone. The room in which the auction was conducted was layered in the posters that were for sale. It was glorious.  

Swann Auction Galleries
Swann Auction Galleries
Swann Auction Galleries
Swann Auction Galleries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for a stern note. Governor Cuomo wants third parties to increase their number of votes if they’re to remain on the ballot. I belong to the Green Party and received this disturbing letter from the Green Party. Howie Hawkins, our presidential nominee, is quoted. 

Swann Auction Galleries

Last week in an open letter, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, and other progressive luminaries insisted that Howie Hawkins and the Green Party vote Democrat for president in battleground states.

They condescendingly describe Green votes as a self-indulgent “feel-good activity” as if Green votes are not votes for urgent climate action, real social and economic justice policies, and peace policies.

Don’t they see that the Democrats have joined the Republicans in supporting pro-corporate economic policies and pro-war foreign policies that have generated growing inequality at home and endless wars abroad?

As Howie said, “The left cannot outsource fighting the right to the Democrats.”

Howie points out that the Democrats have helped to normalize Trump by joining with him to overwhelmingly support military budget increases, the US Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (NAFTA 2.0), and the prosecution of Julian Assange and persecution of Chelsea Manning.

 

 

Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college. 

NY Mysteries February 7, 2020

Last week I attend the Grolier Club’s exhibit, Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work. It’s a vast collection and highlights the tragedies endured by women to achieve goals. It reminded me of John Stuart Mill. He was a British philosopher who lived from 1806- 1873. What most impressed me was his belief in the equality of women. In his teens he came upon a dead infant in a London Park. It motivated him to distribute contraceptive pamphlets.  When the British Empire made the buying and selling of slaves illegal, Mill stated in Parliament that women were also slaves. His book The Subjection of Women ( published 1869)  attempts to make a case for female/male equality.[53] He went to jail during his life because of his beliefs and was caricatured in many periodicals. This caricature is by SPY and was published in Vanity Fair in 1873. Its title is “A Feminine Philosopher.”

 

 

 

 

 

I’m honored to have been asked by the Green Party to once again be a State Committee Representative.

Now for a stern note. Governor Cuomo wants third parties to increase their number of votes if they’re to remain on the ballot. I belong to the Green Party and received this disturbing letter from the Green Party. Howie Hawkins, our presidential nominee, is quoted. 

If you thought Bernie Sanders was the only one facing the wolves this election season, let us inform you that he’s not.

It’s become pretty obvious that there’s all-out war against Bernie Sanders, and the DNC’s picks for the committees that will oversee nomination convention business certainly underscores this reality. And now with Barack Obama threatening to “go public” on his opposition to Sanders, you know the fix is in.

Last week in an open letter, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, and other progressive luminaries insisted that Howie Hawkins and the Green Party vote Democrat for president in battleground states.

They condescendingly describe Green votes as a self-indulgent “feel-good activity” as if Green votes are not votes for urgent climate action, real social and economic justice policies, and peace policies.

Don’t they see that the Democrats have joined the Republicans in supporting pro-corporate economic policies and pro-war foreign policies that have generated growing inequality at home and endless wars abroad?

As Howie said, “The left cannot outsource fighting the right to the Democrats.”

Howie points out that the Democrats have helped to normalize Trump by joining with him to overwhelmingly support military budget increases, the US Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (NAFTA 2.0), and the prosecution of Julian Assange and persecution of Chelsea Manning.

 

NY Mysteries January 31, 2020

It’s been a busy week. Saturday night supper  was at La Lanterna Di Vittorio on MacDougal where lasagna is king. Afterwards, we wandered across Bleecker to McNulty’s on Christopher. McNulty’s, as every New Yorker knows, has different, delicious coffees and teas. The shop is stacked with similar goodies from all over the world and it reeks of coffee. It was like stepping back into the seventies.

On Tuesday, I visited friends on the very west side, had a delicious, cosy meal in front of their Christmas tree and fireplace. We went to Boxers for an after dinner drink. Boxers??? Not the place where gay waiters serve you wearing swimming shorts? Yes, indeed. I was hoping for some naughty stuff. It was so innocent. 

On Friday, I attended a talk along with four million other people (3,999,995 were women) at The Grolier Club. It was 500 Years of Women’s Work. Lisa Unger Baskin walked us through parts of her collection which are beautifully displayed at the Grolier. It dates from 1478 to the Twentieth Century. The permanent collection is at Duke. The one at the Grolier runs until February 8.

 

 

 

500 Hundred Years of Women’s Work
Banner outside The Grolier Club
Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work

Now for a stern note. Governor Cuomo wants third parties to increase their number of votes if they’re to remain on the ballot. I belong to the Green Party and received this disturbing letter from the Green Party. Howie Hawkins, our presidential nominee, is quoted. 

If you thought Bernie Sanders was the only one facing the wolves this election season, let us inform you that he’s not.

It’s become pretty obvious that there’s all-out war against Bernie Sanders, and the DNC’s picks for the committees that will oversee nomination convention business certainly underscores this reality. And now with Barack Obama threatening to “go public” on his opposition to Sanders, you know the fix is in.

Last week in an open letter, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, and other progressive luminaries insisted that Howie Hawkins and the Green Party vote Democrat for president in battleground states.

They condescendingly describe Green votes as a self-indulgent “feel-good activity” as if Green votes are not votes for urgent climate action, real social and economic justice policies, and peace policies.

Don’t they see that the Democrats have joined the Republicans in supporting pro-corporate economic policies and pro-war foreign policies that have generated growing inequality at home and endless wars abroad?

As Howie said, “The left cannot outsource fighting the right to the Democrats.”

Howie points out that the Democrats have helped to normalize Trump by joining with him to overwhelmingly support military budget increases, the US Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (NAFTA 2.0), and the prosecution of Julian Assange and persecution of Chelsea Manning.

 

 

Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college.