August 29, 2011 – early in the morning we looked out our apartment window overlooking Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, and saw three parts of the new “Remember Them” sculptures on huge trucks ready to be shifted around the corner and installed in the permanent location next door to our apartment building! I blogged about this important installation a few weeks ago, and have been eagerly anticipating the scheduled “unveiling” ceremony on September 6. If you are in Oakland, plan to come — Maya Angelou is rumored to be on the schedule of honored guests! You can see the details on the Facebook “Event” page for the project.
Being one not to miss a great occasion, I raced downstairs Continue reading
If you have not found the HBO documentary “Gloria: In Her Own Words” check it out (or put it in your queue for the DVD when it is ready)! I highly recommend it for a number of reasons! One is that
Gloria Steinem in 2008
Gloria is a true inspiration to all who aspire to be vibrant and active well into our later years! When the documentary was filmed she was 76 years old. Her voice is almost indistinguishable from the much younger voice that you hear throughout the documentary when they show clips from notable events throughout her life. Mind you, I am not a fan of people attempting to maintain a younger appearance and I actually love the etched patterns that appear on the skin as people age. But Gloria’s appearance has changed very little, except for some really gorgeous “wisdom wrinkles” that to me reflect who she is on the inside. She comes across as calm, reflective, wise, and still firm in her analysis of women’s rightful place in the world.
A deeper reason that I recommend the documentary is because it is an excellent reminder for all of us where we started when she first appeared on the scene of political and social activism. First and foremost, the film is a reminder that indeed, we have come very far along in changing the world for the better for women, and in turn for everyone in the United States and many other countries as well. Much of the change is directly attributable in large part to Gloria Steinem. The film does not glorify her – in fact, I was a bit saddened to glimpse how tender and vulnerable Gloria has been at certain points and in response to certain events. She spoke openly about her struggle with depression several years ago. She spoke several times about things Continue reading
I have long loved Malvina Reynolds and her amazing music. On my walk this morning I saw this beautiful little flower pushing through the concrete and was reminded again of Malvina’s song — “god bless the grass.” Unfortunately, there is not a recording of this song by Malvina on iTunes (although some songs of hers are there). But Sara Thomsen, and also Pete Seeger, both have beautiful recordings of the song. I had not listened to the words in quite a while, so it was especially meaningful to realize the connection that Malvina drew between the grass growing through cement, and
that fights toward the sun;
the lies roll over it, and think that it is done.
It moves through the ground, and reaches for the air
And after a while, it’s growing everywhere.”
I wish Sara Thomsen had a YouTube Video of “god bless the grass,” but she does have a wonderful YouTube collection of other songs, and this one in particular will be one of my all-time favorites! A Woman’s Place … you will not regret taking a few minutes to view this!