Monthly Archives: November 2019

30 November 2019

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Assorted college football games.

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Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving 2019 was spent at the Shire in New York. Sean and Henrik came and visited. Cooking went well with the exception of dropping a bowl of oysters on the floor. They would have been a new recipe. Ah well. Some other time.

The bison steak was the star of the plate.

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29 November 2019

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Crimson Parsons – Keith Secola
Sand Creek Massacre Mourning – Otis Taylor
Fiume Sand Creek – Fabrizio De Andre
Jerusalem – Steve Earle
Dignity – El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe
Bala Hdood – Ettijah (YouTube)
We Shall Overcome (Song for Palestine) – Roger Waters (YouTube)
Untitled – Kallemi (YouTube)
Song for Palestine – Nora Roman & The Border Busters
Jerusalem – Abraham Jam
He Mele Lahui Hawai’i – Tavita Te’o
Hawai’i Pono’i – Kamehameha Schools Children’s Chorus
All Along the Watchtower – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Where Is the Love? – The Black Eyed Peas
Divine – Earth, Wind & Fire
Fountain of Sorrow – Joan Baez
Take a Bow – Rihanna
So Young – The Corrs
Siasi – O’Shen

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28 November 2019

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Cooking (of course the calories expended were more than offset by eating while the cooking was taking place).
Opening Song for the Maker – Joy Harjo
Meadowlark Sunrise – Fire Crow
Sacred Promises – Brule
The Prayer – SupaMan
Rockin the Res – John Trudell
Rez Yard – Native Root
Farer of the Waters – Jack Gladstone
Akua Tutu – Kashtin
You’re a Brave One – Joanne Shenandoah
For My People – Litefoot
Red Streaking into the Water – R. Carlos Nakai
Brave Heart – Luis Cachiguango
I Walk in Two Worlds – Shelley Morningsong
Golden Feather – Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble
Edge of America – Annie Humphrey
Trail of Freedom – Bill Miller
Our Precious Mothers – Bear Fox
Native North American Child – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Zuni Friendship Song – Chester Mahooty
Back to the Beginning – Frank Waln, feat. Tanaya Winder
Never Let Go – Nitanis “Kit” Largo
So Beautiful – Pamyua
We Are Hear – Sharon Burch
We Are the Children – Thunder Bird Sisters

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27 November 2019

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Initiation – Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai
Tragedy – Emmylou Harris
Oh My God – A Tribe Called Quest
It’s You – Rory Gallagher
Expectations – Belle & Sebastian
Gratitude – Earth, Wind & Fire
Roscommon Reel/Gravel Walks – Aurora Celtic
Circle Game – Ian & Sylvia
Scanning These Crows – Bruce Cockburn
Chico Buarque – Various Artists
Satisfaction – Otis Redding
Rock in This Pocket – Suzanne Vega
Roses from My Friends – Ben Harper
Baby You’re a Rich Man – The Beatles
American Tune – Paul Simon
A Groovy Kind of Love – The Mindbenders

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26 November 2019

Walking. Whitestone.
Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Sunrise on Brooklyn – Black 47
That’s the Way God Planned It – Billy Preston
Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
Hate It Here – Wilco
7 – Frank Waln, feat. Tanaya Winder
Colonel Bogey – New York Philharmonic
Strange Fire – Indigo Girls
Sisters, O Sisters – Yoko Ono
Na Buachailli A’Lainin – Clannad
Gliding – Spyro Gyra
Stressed Out – A Tribe Called Quest, feat. Faith Evans
Crying Won’t Help You – B.B. King
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac

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I wanted to throw up

I wanted to throw up.

My friend shared the news about the death of Ruth George on her Facebook page. Since I had not heard what happened, I went looking.

In an online story, the Chicago Tribune reports that Ruth George, an honor student at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus was killed Saturday night.

According to the story, Cook County prosecutors allege that Ruth George’s accused killer grew angry when she ignored his repeated attempts to talk. He followed Ruth into a parking garage. There he attacked her. Prosecutors report he dragged Ruth to her car where he sexually assaulted her. She died from strangulation.

After I read the story, I returned to my friend’s Facebook page. I noted that the story broke my heart.

My first reaction, however, was an urge to throw up.

The attitude that men are entitled to the attention of women, which is an element of rape culture, lies behind this horrific incident. And that sickens me.

A woman refusing to speak to a man is no reason for the man to respond in anger. But too often men do.

Men have no right to women’s conversation, time, attention, bodies, anything. The presumption that we do is wrong and must be challenged and changed.

Women do not have to speak to men … do not have to speak to men they know … do not have to speak to men they don’t know … do not have to speak to men.

No is always an appropriate answer. No talk. No interaction. No touching. No sex. No anything. No everything. No is always an appropriate answer without exception and with no explanation needed.

No means no. The challenge to men is to recognize the meaning of no … to understand the need for consent … and to honor no and consent.

We (speaking as a man) must guide our lives by the standard of no and consent. We must hold one another to the standard of no and consent. We must teach the standard of no and consent to our sons.

My heart does break. For Ruth George and her family and friends. For the University of Illinois at Chicago community. For all the women who are victims of similar horrors. For my friend (I have since learned that Ruth George was a student of my friend). For the harm rape culture and male entitlement does to us all.

We can do better. Let’s get to it.

Note: written in the heat of the moment in response to the killing of Ruth George by a cis hetero male, this reflection takes a binary point of view. A more nuanced reflection would recognize that this issue impacts people across every sexual orientation and gender identity.

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25 November 2019

Treadmill. Stretching. Blink.
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monáe, feat. Erykah Badu
No – Shakira
Control – Janet Jackson
Say Her Name – Bear Fox
Break the Chain – One Billion Rising
One Woman: A Song for UN Women – Various
Confident – Demi Lovato
You’ve Got to Run – Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq
Sit Still, Look Pretty – Daya
Red Dress – Amanda Rheaume, feat. Chantal Kreviazuk
Follow Your Arrow – Kacey Musgraves
Fight Like a Girl – Kalie Shorr
I Get Out – Lauryn Hill
We Are Rising – Taína Asili
My Revolution Lives in This Body – Rosario Dawson

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24 November 2019

Walking. Penn Station.
Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Walking on my own without any dogs.
Reel A’ Bouche – John McCutcheon
Say Hey – The Treniers
Good Morning Baltimore – Marissa Jaret Winokur
Song of Our Country – Miles Davis
Carole King – Now and Forever
Matswali _ Caiphas Semenya
A-Tisket A-Tasket – Ella Fitzgerald
My Precious Love – Lenny Kravitz
Desprendimiento Del Angelito – Victor Jara
Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
The Waiting Game – Roberta Flack
Candide: Overture – Candide Pit Orchestra
Falling Star – Karla Bonoff
Kosciuszko – Midnight Oil
The Sound of Silence – Paul Simon

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23 November 2019

Walking with Henrik. Chelsea.
Walking. Morningside Gardens
Of Time and Rivers Flowing – Richie Havens
The Other Side, Welcome – Ruby Ibarra
Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
Cement – Citizen
Amazing Grace/Nearer My God To Thee – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
John Henry – The Mammals
Alam’i – Koudede
Don’t Say Okay – Mary Black
State of the Nation – George Clinton
Dreamboat – Troy Andrews
Transmetropolitan – The Pogues
Girl from the  North Country – Bob Dylan
Moving On – Sweet Honey in the Rock
Broken – Bear Fox
Dime Mi Amor – Loss Lonely Boys
Treasure Island – The Chieftains

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