Category Archives: Current Events

12 October 2020

Walking. Germantown.
Stretching. Strength work. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
For Those Who Cried (Cherokee Removal) – Jack Gladstone
Some How – Nizhóní Girls
Native North American Child – Buffy Sainte-Marie
The Art Of Survival – Bill Miller
Yo Soy Boricua – Taino
Brave Hearts – Brulé
Red Dress (feat. Chantal Kreviazuk) – Amanda Rheaume
No More – Fawn Wood
Rest Of My Days – Indigenous
Broken – Bear Fox
Washita Love Child (With Eric Clapton) – Jesse Ed Davis
Hawai’i ’78 – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
You’re A Brave One – Joanne Shenandoah
Rockin The Res – John Trudell
We Are Here – Sharon Burch
The Prayer – SupaMan
Akua Tuta (Fais Attention) – 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 3:46 Joy Harjo
Wake Up – Pamyua
A Tribe Called Red – Angel Haze
Song Of Hope – Thunder Bird Sisters
Vuelvo – Inti Illimani
Alcatraz – Redbone
Retribution – Tanya Tagaq
How I Feel (feat. Leonard Sumner, Shad & Northern Voice) – A Tribe Called Red
We Shall Remain – Kalolin Johnson

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19 September 2020

Walking. Germantown.
The Long View (A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 9 Songs):
No. 1, Prologue. Foresight – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 2, Celia. An Imagined Letter from 1949 – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 3, Advice from Morris – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 4, On Working Together – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 5, Anita’s Story – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 6, New York, 1961 – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 7, The Elevator Thief – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 8, Dissenter of de Universe. 5 Opinions and a Comment – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 9, Epilogue. The Long View, Questions Answered – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
2 Dickinson Songs: No. 2, Wider Than the Sky – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
Pot Roast à la RBG 4- Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
My Dearest Ruth – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
Scalia/Ginsburg: You Are Searching in Vain for a Bright-Line Solution -Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang

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To remember, to motivate

God of justice,
God of love,
God of grace,
we thank you for the life of
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
We remember her service to our country,
her compassionate, caring heart,
her fierce devotion to fairness,
her persistence in pushing for equity,
her brilliant dissents,
her commitment to pursuing justice for
women, the LGBTQ community, and people pushed to the margins.
We marvel at the incredible courage and grace
she publicly displayed in the face of illness.
We are grateful that she
“used whatever talent she had
to do her work to the very best of her ability”
and that she helped
“to repair tears in her society,
to make things a little bettert
hrough the use of whatever ability she has.”
We give thanks for the life of
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
May her memory be a blessing.
Amen.

Note: the words in quotations are quotes from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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12 September 2020

Walking. Slow jogging. Germantown. #Gaza5K
This playlist was built before the date of the Gaza 5K had been announced.
There are parallels.
Steve Biko – Beenie Man
Steve Biko (Stir It Up) – A Tribe Called Quest
Biko – Peter Gabriel
Biko’s Kindred Lament – Steel Pulse
The Death Of Stephen Biko – Tom Paxton
Long Walk To Freedom (Halala South Africa) – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Prisoner – Lucky Dube
Kazet – Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens
Not Yet Uhuru – Letta Mbulu
Tomorrow Nation – O’ Yaba
Hellfire – African Jazz Pioneers
Unfinished Story – Stimela
Nkosi Sikelel ‘IAfrica – Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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11 September 2020

Stretching. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Walking. Germantown.
Mychal – Black 47
One Morning In Bar Harbour – Eric Bogle
Into The Fire – Bruce Springsteen
Believe – Yellowcard
Rules – Wu-Tang Clan
Hole In the Sky – Juliana Hatfield
Our Town – Linda Bonadies
I Can’t See New York – Tori Amos
My Last Breath – Evanescence
Heroes – David Bowie
Out of Our Heads – Sheryl Crow
The Proud – Talib Kweli Quality
The Bravest – Tom Paxton
I Heard an Owl – Carrie Newcomer
Akai Inochi (Featuring Erykah Badu) – MISIA
Tuesday – Five for Fighting
Welcome To the Rock – Come From Away
38 Planes – Come From Away
On That Day – Leonard Cohen
Manifiesto – Victor Jara Manifiesto
Venceremos – Ventiscka
Compañero Presidente – Angel Parra

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A prayer from Fr. Mychal Judge

Lord, take me where You want me to go;

Let me meet who You want me to meet;

Tell me what You want me to say;

And keep me out of Your way.

— Fr. Mychal F. Judge, O.F.M.

FDNY Chaplain

5/11/33  —  9/11/01

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I saw Roberto Clemente play … and live

As Major League Baseball celebrated Roberto Clemente Day on Septmber 9, I was moved by the posts honoring this amazing man. Viewing photos, watching videos, sharing posts, memories flooded over me.

A friend shared a post by a baseball fan lamenting never seeing Clemente, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ great right fielder from 1955 until his untimely death in 1972 play. “If there’s one athlete, past or present, that I wish I could have seen play, it would be Roberto Clemente.”

I understand the sentiment. Because I saw Clemente play. And I am forever grateful. 

At Forbes Field and at Three Rivers Stadium, I had the privilege to see Roberto Clemente play. On numerous occasions, I saw him play with the skill and grace and passion that few brought to the game. Slashing hits. Unmatched arm. He covered right field like a blanket. He ran the bases with abandon. 

But as great a player as he was, Roberto Clemente was an even greater human being. He cared for children, offering clinics in Puerto Rico and Pittsburgh. He advocated for civil rights. He demanded that he be treated justly as he challenged the systemic racism that permeated baseball and society.

Interviewed after he led the Pirates to victory in the 1971 World Series, Roberto Clemente spoke first to his parents – in Spanish. There was not a dry eye in my house. I suspect there was not a dry eye in many places. Tears fell in puddles when Clemente died on a humanitarian mission to aid the people of Nicaragua.

Yes. I saw Roberto Clemente play. More importantly, I saw Roberto Clemente live. And I am better for it. 

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9 September 2020

Stretching. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Walking. Germantown.
Te Recuerdo – John McCutcheon
Take Me Out To The Ball Game – Jaqueline Schwab
Sueño De Un Niño – Tito Allen
Somos La Fuerza Latina – Andy Montañez & Ismael Miranda
Roberto Y Tirabala – Andy Montañez
Roberto – Ismael Miranda
Orgullo De Borinquen – Lefty Pérez
Lo Mejor Que Dios Ha Hecho – Ángel Ramírez
Jugando La Pelota – Jesús “Chocolate” Coombs
Jardinero Del Amor – Wichi Camacho
Forever Young – Pete Seeger With The Rivertown Kids
Clemente (Estrella 21) – Edel Borrero

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Te recuerdo Roberto

Major League Baseball designates this as Roberto Clemente Day. All the Pittsburgh Pirates will wear 21 on their jerseys–Clemente’s number which the club retired in 1973, shortly after his death. Puerto Rican players are also allowed to wear 21. It is my honor, as a non-player, to join the remembrance.

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7 September 2020 – Labor Day

Walking. With Tricia. Germantown. Smoketown.
Working Class Hero – Green Day
Joe Hill – Paul Robeson
9 To 5 – Dolly Parton
Working On The Highway – Bruce Springsteen
Workin’ At The Carwash Blues – Jim Croce
Bread and Roses – Judy Collins
Three Miles Down – Gil Scott-Heron
Which Side Are You On – Natalie Merchant
Weary Mothers – Joan Baez
The Hands That Built America – U2
1913 Massacre – Arlo Guthrie
Bracero – Phil Ochs T
More Than a Paycheck – Sweet Honey In the Rock
Stand Up! – John McCutcheon
Solidarity Forever – Pete Seeger
Ship In The Sky – Woody Guthrie

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