Monthly Archives: October 2019

31 October 2019

For a variety of reasons, a number of workouts have been missed.
This playlist was originally intended for October 14.

Treadmill. Stretching. Gym at the Shire.
For Those Who Cried – Jack Gladstone
Some How – Nizhoni Girls
The Art of Survival – Bill Miller
Yo Soy Boricua – Taino
Brave Hearts – Brule
Red Dress – Amanda Rheaume
No More – Fawn Wood
You Got to Run – Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq
Rest of My Days – Indigenous
Broken – Bear Fox
Hawai’i ’78 – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
You’re a Brave One – Joanne Shenandoah
Rockin the Res – John Trudell
We are Here – Sharon Burch
We Were All Wounded at Wounded Knee – Redbone
Akua Tuta – Kashtin
Tell Them We Exist – Luis Cachiguango
And We Will Fly – Mary Youngblood
Roots and Culture – Native Root
2 Live & Die on the Plains – Frank Waln
Shimmer, Prayer for Cleaning the Water – Joy Harjo
Wake Up – Pamyua
Song of Hope – Thunder Bird Sisters


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28 October 2019

Treadmill. Stretching. Strength work with NK Body Philosophy.
An Old Children’s Song – Haruki Mino
Mr. Soul – Buffalo Springfield
Paper Heart – Si Kahn
You Keep Me Hanging On – Diana Ross & The Supremes
It’s a Long Way to the Soup Line – John McCutcheon
You Belong to Me – Carly Simon
Danza – Solaris
Dawn – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
You Belladonna You  – Jessie Ed Davis
Come Stop Me – Awkwafina
The Man from Mullingar – The Wolfe Tones
The Boy Feels Strange – Melissa Etheridge
Kol Hanshama – Abraham Jam
Lil’ Lil’ – Black Eyed Peas
So Long Dearie – Hello Dolly
Luka – Suzanne Vega
Infamous Angel – Iris DeMent
Blackberry Blossom – Ellen Ivers & John Whelan


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27 October 2019

Am I back? Maybe
Walking. Morningside Gardens.
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue – Bob Dylan
Bad Dog – John Trudell
Love You Forever – Zendaya
Fight the Power – Public Enemy
The Return of Jimi Hendrix – The Waterboys
One Time One Night – Los Lobos
That’s the Way We Flow – Queen Latifah
I Was in the House When the House Burned Down – Warren Zevon
Shadowland – Steve Earle
Stay with Me – Indigenous
All I Really Want to Do – Sussan Deyhim
Anata – Hikaru Utada
Colours – Donovan
I’ll Tell Me Ma – Van Morrison & The Chieftains

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Arthur Ashe

Arthur AsheI finished Arthur Ashe by Raymond Arsenault tonight. Here are several six word stories about Arthur Ashe. I will keep trying.

Black man,
white game,
undying love.

Days of glory,
days of grace.

Calm in storm,
gone too soon.

blazing serves;
justice for injustice.

Living well,
dying young,
never forgotten.


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Cardboard on sidewalk,
he bows, prays

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17 October 2019

In honor of Congressman Elijah Cummings of Baltimore, sharecropper’s son and a giant for justice. Assembled this morning, this playlist features songs about Baltimore, songs from artist with connections to Baltimore, and songs by Fannie Lou Hamer – a sharecropper’s daughter, a sharecropper, and a giant for justice. 

Walk. Morningside Gardens.
On Being a Sharecropper – Fannie Lou Hamer
Run Mourner, Run – Fannie Lou Hamer
Streets of Baltimore – Gram Parsons
Silver – Rik Ocasek
Raining in Baltimore – Counting Crows
You Think You’re a Man – Divine
Baltimore – Audra McDonald
Precious Lord – Fannie Lou Hamer
Baltimore – Nina Simone
This Little Light of Mine – Fannie Lou Hamer
Baltimore – Lyle Lovett
Road to Hell – André De Shields
Baltimore – Randy Newman
Baltimore Fire – Charlie Poole
Baltimore – Prince
I Know Where I’ve Been – Queen Latifah
Amazing Grace – Fannie Lou Hamer

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Andy Henriquez – #CLOSErikers

IMG-0663We honor the memory of Andy Henriquez, 19 years old. He begged for medical attention in solitary confinement on Rikers Island. He died there due to neglect in 2013.

From time to time, I have had the honor to stand with the community working to close the jail complex on Rikers Island and replace the jails with smaller justice centers based in four of the New York City boroughs. People directly affected by the Rikers jails led this effort.

Today the New York City Council voted on a proposal. I joined the community for a rally in the time before the vote. Participants were invited to read brief statements honoring individuals who had died on Rikers.

I read the words about Andy Henriquez. He was arrested for participating in a heinous crime. He  was held for three years without a trial. He was held in solitary confinement. He complained of pain and called for medical attention as did others held near him.

He needed to be held accountable for his role in that crime. But that would have involved a speedy trial. And it would not have involved dying alone in a cell. Whatever he did, whatever he did not do, as a child of God, he deserved better. So did Mohamed Jollah for whose brutal murder Andy Henriquez was arrested. So do all people.

May today’s New York City Council vote mark steps on the journey to a criminal justice system that emphasizes restoration and rebuilding community.

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Justice giant

Sharecropper’s son,
Baltimore’s own,
justice giant.

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings
January 18, 1951 – October 17, 2019

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The news

The news
shattered me;
rebuilding continues.

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Six words

Don’t ask why.

Nor how often.

Nor how long it will last.

But the concept of the six word story (Google it if you need to do so) has grabbed my attention.

Nothing I write will compare to the classic story attributed to Ernest Hemingway:

For sale: baby shoes, never used.

But I have no intention of competing with The Old Man and the Sea.

If this proves fun, it will distract me for a while.

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