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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Enlighten Radio: Revolution Radio Begins at 9 AM this Morning

Enlighten Radio: Revolution Radio Begins at 9 AM this Morning: The Thursday, March 30, 2017 lineup on Enlighten Radio Here is our player 7:00 Dylanesque -- Bob's own and Friends' covers ...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

maia'a video via youtube

here it is via youtube (in case  your browser does not support flash)



Maia helps make a video

My granddaughter Maia helped make this video from her first grade class at an International School in Montreal, Quebec.

Here is the video:




Monday, March 27, 2017

Enlighten Radio:The Poetry Show -- Case's choices -- March 27, 2017

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Blog: Enlighten Radio
Post: The Poetry Show -- Case's choices -- March 27, 2017
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fwd: [CCDS Members] POEM: THE LOW ROAD.....

Thie beautiful Marge Piercy poem, via an old contrary comrade in California, Gary Hicks, fits like a glove.



The Low Road
What can they do
to you? Whatever they want.
They can set you up, they can
bust your fingers, they can
burn your brain with electricity,
blur you with drugs till you
can't walk, can't remember, they can
take your child, wall up
your lover. They can do anything
you can't stop them
from doing. How can you stop
them? Alone, you can fight,
you can refuse, you can
take what revenge you can
but they roll over you.
 
But two people fighting
back to back can cut through
a mob, a snake-dancing file
can break a cordon, an army
can meet an army.
 
Two people can keep each other
sane, can give support, conviction,
love, massage, hope, sex.
Three people are a delegation,
a committee, a wedge. With four
you can play bridge and start
an organization. With six
you can rent a whole house,
eat pie for dinner with no
seconds, and hold a fund raising party.
A dozen make a demonstration.
A hundred fill a hall.
A thousand have solidarity and your own newsletter,
ten thousand, power and your own paper,
a hundred thousand, your own media,
ten million, your own country.
 
It goes on one at a time,
it starts when you care
to act, it starts when you do
it again after they said no,
it starts when you say We
and know who you mean, and each
day you mean one more.
 
- Marge Piercy
 

--
John Case
Harpers Ferry, WV

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Poets and Mechanics: Call to Meeting -- 26 March 2017

Call to Meeting -- 26 March 2017

Friends: 

We meet for worship in the tradition and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the second floor reading room of the Four Seasons Bookstore, 114 W German St, Shepherdstown, WV, 8:30 AM. The bookstore is not open at 8:30, so, enter the "private entrance" gate immediately to the left of the store and walk back to the staircase. Enter the landing closest to the front of the store -- that's the EPIC Radio Studio. Go thru the kitchen into the reading room.

 If you have a harmonious spirit, feeling or personal witness towards the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship, and the Light of the Divine in each life, or simply a curiosity -- Welcome!






Query: Spring has arrived. What awakens?  What must be put aside?

Practice: Demeter and Persephone: Do we need a God's permission to knock at the gates of the Underworld?


Poem for Reflection: The Myth of Demeter and Persephone

Listen to Fanny Crawford's moving version on this podcast.




In the myths and religion of ancient Greece, Demeter was the daughter of Zeus, lord of the Gods, and Goddess of the Harvest.


Demeter loved her daughter, Persephone. They played together in the fields almost every day. Persephone loved her mother, and Demeter was happy. and the crops grew high and healthy. Flowers bloomed everywhere. Food was plentiful. As time passed, Persephone grew into a lovely goddess.

While she was gathering flowers, Hades, god of the underworld, captured and raped her. No one had any idea where she had gone to or what had happened to her.

Persephone was gathering flowers, Hades, god of the underworld, captured her. No one had any idea where she had gone to or what had happened to her.

Demeter was sick with worry and grief. She asked Helios the sun god what had happened. When she learned that Hades had captured her daughter she became very angry. For a year she caused crops and plants to wither and die.

A terrible famine gripped the earth.

Zeus commanded that Hades release Persephone. Persephone was overjoyed. However he tricked her into eating some pomegranate seeds before she left the underworld. He knew that if she ate anything from the land of the dead, she would have to return to him for a part of each year.

Demeter was delighted that her daughter had returned to her. However every time Persephone had to return to Hades, Demeter mourned terribly again.

This is why for a part of each year the plants and crops stop growing. When Persephone returns to earth, the land once again bursts with life.

In a related, but earlier, Sumerian version of this mythical entanglement of death, life, and rebirth, Inanna (goddess of the harvest) does not need permission to knock down the gates of the Underworld. Spring is her own creation.

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John Case
Harpers Ferry, WV

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Call to Meeting -- 26 March 2017

Friends: 

We meet for worship in the tradition and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the second floor reading room of the Four Seasons Bookstore, 114 W German St, Shepherdstown, WV, 8:30 AM. The bookstore is not open at 8:30, so, enter the "private entrance" gate immediately to the left of the store and walk back to the staircase. Enter the landing closest to the front of the store -- that's the EPIC Radio Studio. Go thru the kitchen into the reading room.

 If you have a harmonious spirit, feeling or personal witness towards the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship, and the Light of the Divine in each life, or simply a curiosity -- Welcome!






Query: Spring has arrived. What awakens?  What must be put aside?

Practice: Demeter and Persephone: Do we need a God's permission to knock at the gates of the Underworld?


Poem for Reflection: The Myth of Demeter and Persephone

Listen to Fanny Crawford's moving version on this podcast.




In the myths and religion of ancient Greece, Demeter was the daughter of Zeus, lord of the Gods, and Goddess of the Harvest.


Demeter loved her daughter, Persephone. They played together in the fields almost every day. Persephone loved her mother, and Demeter was happy. and the crops grew high and healthy. Flowers bloomed everywhere. Food was plentiful. As time passed, Persephone grew into a lovely goddess.

While she was gathering flowers, Hades, god of the underworld, captured and raped her. No one had any idea where she had gone to or what had happened to her.

Persephone was gathering flowers, Hades, god of the underworld, captured her. No one had any idea where she had gone to or what had happened to her.

Demeter was sick with worry and grief. She asked Helios the sun god what had happened. When she learned that Hades had captured her daughter she became very angry. For a year she caused crops and plants to wither and die.

A terrible famine gripped the earth.

Zeus commanded that Hades release Persephone. Persephone was overjoyed. However he tricked her into eating some pomegranate seeds before she left the underworld. He knew that if she ate anything from the land of the dead, she would have to return to him for a part of each year.

Demeter was delighted that her daughter had returned to her. However every time Persephone had to return to Hades, Demeter mourned terribly again.

This is why for a part of each year the plants and crops stop growing. When Persephone returns to earth, the land once again bursts with life.

In a related, but earlier, Sumerian version of this mythical entanglement of death, life, and rebirth, Inanna (goddess of the harvest) does not need permission to knock down the gates of the Underworld. Spring is her own creation.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fwd: REMINDER and notes for BYM Peace & Soc.Concerns Networking Day - Sat., 4/1/17 - 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Friends Meeting School, Ijamsville, Md.

via BYM -- if you wish to attend, please contact jcase4218@gmail.com


Dear BYM Networking Day participants-


We look forward to seeing you on Sat., 4/1, at 10 a.m.!


Our program will feature:


  • Continental breakfast (10 a.m.), display / information tables,  and welcome


  1. Debate Into Dialogue (10:20 a.m.) - Practicing effective communication with those who disagree on fundamentals


  • Lunch (noon), including possible discussion groups. (Donation will be welcome to defray costs!)


  1. Workshops:


Session 1 (12:45 pm) - options

1) Addressing climate / environmental issues

2) Making a difference in criminal justice


Session 2 (1:45 pm) - options

3) Helping refugees & immigrants

4) BUT---*Working for economic justice and

 -- Working for racial justice -- have become two separate workshops as the workshop leaders have agreed they can better "do justice" to the topics with more time  and tighter focus for each.  So you have yet another option! A short description follows to distinguish the two.  Handouts should be available for the second workshop as Friends will only have time to attend one of these.


*4a. Economic justice: "Without justice there can be no peace."  We will explore ways our culture perpetuates economic injustice and what we as a faith community can do to help eliminate it and bring about a more peaceful society." Presenters: Clinton Pettus & Kathryn Pettus.

4b. Racial Justice: Barriers to participation in our Quaker Meetings encountered by people of color undermine our social justice testimony and activism. We will explore a variety of practical approaches to removing those barriers. Presenter: David Etheridge.


Conclusion (2:45- 3 pm) and evaluation forms!


Two other notes for workshop participants:


1) In recent emails, Friends have pointed out that our BYM website contains little issue-related information or resources on the topics of our workshops -- with the exception of BYM's Unity with Nature Committee page.  If time permits, BYM's Peace & Soc. Concerns Committee invites all Networking Day workshop participants via workshop leaders or via your evaluation forms to let us know what YOU would like to see on more substantive BYM webpages & if you would like to help make this happen.


2) Also, we remind Friends of our BYM Interim Meeting recommendation that Monthly Meetings may wish to consider joining FCNL and hundreds of other organizations in signing  onto an "Open Letter to President Trump" urging him to reconsider his campaign rhetoric about deporting every illegal immigrant and instead to continue the except for "Dreamers" -- immigrants innocently brought into the U.S. as small children who have known no other home.  The President, in recent weeks, has indicated that he may reconsider.  If any Meetings wish to join this effort, you may bring or send your letters to us at BYM Peace & Social Concerns Com. Networking Day. Or, email a copy to me as BYM-PSC clerk at pcaroom@gmail.com.


Thanks again to all for signing up! If you have other questions or concerns, please let us know by reply email. We look forward to seeing you soon!


-Phil Caroom

for BYM Peace & Social Concerns Com.







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Harpers Ferry, WV

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Eastern Panhandle Independent Community (EPIC) Radio:The Poetry Show -- March 20, 2017 -- Cindy Hunter Morgan

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Call to Meeting for Worship -- March 18, 2017


Call to Meeting for Worship -- March 18, 2017

Friends: We meet for worship in the tradition and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the second floor reading room of the Four Seasons Bookstore, 114 W German St, Shepherdstown, WV, 8:30 AM. The bookstore is not open at 8:30, so, enter the "private entrance" gate immediately to the left of the store and walk back to the staircase. Enter the landing closest to the front of the store -- that's the EPIC Radio Studio. Go thru the kitchen into the reading room.

 If you have a harmonious spirit, feeling or personal witness towards the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship, and the Light of the Divine in each life, or simply a curiosity -- Welcome!

Query: Who is the immigrant?Who is the alien? Who is human?

Practice: Should we become a sanctuary meeting?


Poem for Reflection

The Immigrant's Song 

BY TISHANI DOSHI

Let us not speak of those days
when coffee beans filled the morning
with hope, when our mothers' headscarves
hung like white flags on washing lines.
Let us not speak of the long arms of sky
that used to cradle us at dusk.
And the baobabs—let us not trace
the shape of their leaves in our dreams,
or yearn for the noise of those nameless birds
that sang and died in the church's eaves.
Let us not speak of men,
stolen from their beds at night.
Let us not say the word
                                            disappeared.
Let us not remember the first smell of rain.
Instead, let us speak of our lives now—
the gates and bridges and stores.
And when we break bread
in cafés and at kitchen tables
with our new brothers,
let us not burden them with stories
of war or abandonment.
Let us not name our old friends
who are unravelling like fairy tales
in the forests of the dead.
Naming them will not bring them back.
Let us stay here, and wait for the future
to arrive, for grandchildren to speak
in forked tongues about the country
we once came from.
Tell us about it, they might ask.
And you might consider telling them
of the sky and the coffee beans,
the small white houses and dusty streets.
You might set your memory afloat
like a paper boat down a river.
You might pray that the paper
whispers your story to the water,
that the water sings it to the trees,
that the trees howl and howl
it to the leaves. If you keep still
and do not speak, you might hear
your whole life fill the world
until the wind is the only word.
--
John Case
Harpers Ferry, WV

The Winners and Losers Radio Show
7-9 AM Weekdays, The EPIC Radio Player Stream, 
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Call to Meeting for Worship -- March 18, 2017

Friends: We meet for worship in the tradition and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the second floor reading room of the Four Seasons Bookstore, 114 W German St, Shepherdstown, WV, 8:30 AM. The bookstore is not open at 8:30, so, enter the "private entrance" gate immediately to the left of the store and walk back to the staircase. Enter the landing closest to the front of the store -- that's the EPIC Radio Studio. Go thru the kitchen into the reading room.

 If you have a harmonious spirit, feeling or personal witness towards the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship, and the Light of the Divine in each life, or simply a curiosity -- Welcome!

Query: Who is the immigrant?Who is the alien? Who is human?

Practice: Should we become a sanctuary meeting?


Poem for Reflection

The Immigrant's Song 

BY TISHANI DOSHI

Let us not speak of those days
when coffee beans filled the morning
with hope, when our mothers' headscarves
hung like white flags on washing lines.
Let us not speak of the long arms of sky
that used to cradle us at dusk.
And the baobabs—let us not trace
the shape of their leaves in our dreams,
or yearn for the noise of those nameless birds
that sang and died in the church's eaves.
Let us not speak of men,
stolen from their beds at night.
Let us not say the word
                                            disappeared.
Let us not remember the first smell of rain.
Instead, let us speak of our lives now—
the gates and bridges and stores.
And when we break bread
in cafés and at kitchen tables
with our new brothers,
let us not burden them with stories
of war or abandonment.
Let us not name our old friends
who are unravelling like fairy tales
in the forests of the dead.
Naming them will not bring them back.
Let us stay here, and wait for the future
to arrive, for grandchildren to speak
in forked tongues about the country
we once came from.
Tell us about it, they might ask.
And you might consider telling them
of the sky and the coffee beans,
the small white houses and dusty streets.
You might set your memory afloat
like a paper boat down a river.
You might pray that the paper
whispers your story to the water,
that the water sings it to the trees,
that the trees howl and howl
it to the leaves. If you keep still
and do not speak, you might hear
your whole life fill the world
until the wind is the only word.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Great Town Hall with Senator Manchin in Martinsburg, WV

Senator Joe Manchin showed he can work a crowd with the best of them yesterday at a Town Hall held at the WVU Health Sciences center in Martinsburg, WV. He also showed why he wins elections. All the Republican Congressmen and the other Senator are running from the Town Halls, like the yellow and blood-sucking vampires they are in the light of day. "Oh myyyy, I caaan't face those terrible professional  protesters! Woo Woo". Not Joe. He is comfortable with friends and adversaries alike, knows the issues, and understands the questions being asked, as a competent politician should be able to do!

The Town Hall was organized by West Virginia Citizen Action  with the help of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care to review the Republican anti-health-care-give-the-rich-another-tax-cut bill presented by Speaker Ryan this week. A dramatic presentation by two patients, one a victim of the flood of opiates into West Virginia in place of actual medical practice, and another of a longstanding illness, opened the event, which was standing room room only in a theater with over 400 seats. The testimonies highlighted the dramatic life-saving benefits of the Affordable Care Act, especially expanded Medicaid, in West Virginia, and the dreadful costs of the Ryan bill, which would result in up to 600,000 West Virginians losing coverage. The labor force in West Virginia is approximately 800,000.

The crowd was diverse. Health care providers from several clinics and hospitals took off work to attend in force, and gave powerful testimony on behalf of their patients and colleagues. Environmental, Religious, and other progressive groups also came to both listen and give testimony. Senator Manchin brought a good portion of his staff with him to facilitate getting ALL the questions and comments from those for whom there was not enough time to get to the microphones.

Senator Manchin's message on Ryan-Trump "care" was straightforward: he would vote against any bill that would reduce West Virginians coverage under Obamacare. Republican Senator Capito has also been REPORTED making a similar pledge. However, he warned that Republicans are so committed to destroying Obamacare that they may ram it through the House of Representatives even if it is a political abortion on passage. That will create tremendous partisan pressure on the Senate.  "Only Trump," Manchin said, "may be able to kill this bill. Call him or email, because regular mail takes two months to reach elected officials since the Anthrax scare. This whole thing will be over by then. Perhaps even next week." 

Advocates for a single-payer health care plan were also out in force and at the microphones as well.  Manchin's reaction to this dialog was interesting. I re-listened to the exchanges on this question in my recording, and summarize/ paraphrase Manchin's replies: "The imminent threat is the removal of 24 million, mostly working people, patients like the ones that testified today, from coverage under the Republican Plan. It is not yet clear we can stop this big step backward to a situation WORSE than before Obamacare, without an all out effort directed at the President, now, to keep his pledge that no one will lose coverage. Single Payer works well in Canada, but at a high tax rate. The insurance industry is a very large interest in the United States. Do we really want, or have the power,  to put it out of business, and have tax rates move toward 35-40%? I don't think that's practical, and like Bernie Sanders [a slight tease to a mostly progressive crowd], I do not like to waste precious time on something that cannot get the necessary votes or sponsors now to move forward."

Even though the meeting was focused on health care, Eastern Panhandle fracking pipelines, and controversial Manchin support of Trump cabinet choices -- anti-education Betsy DeVoss for Education Secretary and racist Jeff Sessions for attorney general  -- were also raised. He gave the typical political answer that executives have the right to choose their team on the cabinet nominees, and did his branded "big tent", butter bread on both sides reply on fracking pipelines: in this case he would get the CEO of the main pipeline company to meet with unhappy residents about fears of water contamination.

It is good that Senator Manchin came, and came prepared, to the Town Hall. He is addressing and hearing from others across the state this week and weekend. He got an earful in Martinsburg. It is also a bit of a thrill to watch someone gifted with such impressive political skills as Joe Manchin. 

At the same time, his fundamental message was on the sobering side, and not very optimistic on the deep divisions in politics. Quite an admission from a man who philosophically plays politics like a football player, from first down to first down, and holds  "opportunism"---finding the center, so to speak -- in high ideological esteem. 

Bernie's message, to my mind, is also sobering but more hopeful. Like Sanders, I believe that social democracy -- more socialism, so to speak, to help the advanced capitalist/market-oriented parts of the economy work better for all -- is the direction of sustainable growth, and the elevation of both living standards, and democracy for the ourselves, and the generations to come. Finding the center can be a slippery proposition, as Joe and his skills attest.  Creating a new one, a la Sanders, feels like a more sure-footed path.

I am glad Joe  is committed to keep the hospital doors open. But making us stupid with an anti-public-education Education Secretary, and terrorizing or imprisoning us with a racist Attorney General seems a high price.

I support efforts to find a "Sanders-smart" primary challenger. Accommodations to fascism should not get a free ride.


peace

John



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John Case
Harpers Ferry, WV

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Eugene Robinson: White supremacy ready to roar

White supremacism is ready to roar

By Eugene Robinson Opinion writer March 13 at 7:58 PM

White supremacism was never banished from American political thought, just shoved to the fringe and hushed to a whisper. Now, in the Age of Trump, it's back in the mainstream and ready to roar.

Witness the words of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on the subject of immigration: "Culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies." King offered these sentiments Sunday in a tweet expressing solidarity with Geert Wilders, an openly racist and Islamophobic Dutch politician who has a chance of becoming prime minister in elections this week. Wilders is someone who "understands," King wrote.

And we understand just what King meant. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke certainly got the message, using his vile Twitter account to proclaim, "GOD BLESS STEVE KING!!!"

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Just so there's no confusion, King went on CNN Monday to say that "I meant exactly what I said." He added: "I've been to Europe and I've spoken on this issue and I've said the same thing as far as 10 years ago to the German people and any population of people that is a declining population that isn't willing to have enough babies to reproduce themselves. I've said to them, 'You can't rebuild your civilization with somebody else's babies. You've got to keep your birthrate up and you need to teach your children your values."

Why am I hearing faint strains of "Deutschland über alles"? And why am I not hearing a loud chorus of condemnation from King's Republican colleagues?

King told CNN that he is merely "a champion for Western civilization," which he called "a superior civilization." Which means, of course, that he considers other civilizations inferior. But we knew that.

After all, King has a history of inflammatory immigrant-bashing. In 2013, he said that for every undocumented immigrant who becomes a valedictorian, "there's another hundred out there that — they weigh 130 pounds, and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."

And as for race, a guy from Iowa who keeps a Confederate battle flag on his desk is definitely sending some kind of message. He tried unsuccessfully to block the federal government's plans to remove Andrew Jackson's image from the $20 bill and replace it with that of Harriet Tubman. King says he is proud that some of his ancestors were abolitionists. One wonders whether he knows what the word means.

We should pay attention to his lexicon, however, because today's white supremacism tends to shy away from overtly racial terminology. Listen instead for words such as "culture" and "civilization."

The idea is that the United States is the land of the free and the home of the brave because its "civilization" is "European" or "Western" — euphemisms, basically, for "white." According to this view, immigrants have been assets to the country only to the extent that they have fully assimilated into the dominant culture. And while previous waves of immigrants may have become part of the fabric of our society, recent Latino immigrants are not blending in. And as for Muslims, well, forget about it; the Constitution may forbid the establishment of any official religion, but our civilization is resolutely Christian. African Americans are okay so long as they accept the foregoing as true — and do not assert any sort of distinct African American identity.

I think that's a fair reading of modern white-supremacist doctrine. Of course, it's a bunch of racist, ahistorical claptrap.

Immigrants — both voluntary and involuntary — have shaped this nation since long before its founding. The first Africans were brought here in bondage in 1619, one year before the Mayflower. Americans have never been a single ethnicity, speaking a single language, bound by the centuries to a single patch of land. We have always been diverse, polyglot and restless, and our greatness has come from our openness to new people and new ideas.

King's distress about birthrates can be read only as modern-day eugenics. If he is worried about the coming day when there is no white majority in the United States, he has remarkably little faith in our remarkable society — or in the Constitution that he, as a member of Congress, is sworn to support and defend.

President Trump played footsie with the white supremacist movement during his campaign. His chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, waged civilizational war when he ran the Breitbart News site. Trump could definitively denounce King's racism with a statement or a tweet, but so far his silence is deafening.

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John Case
Harpers Ferry, WV

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Call To Meeting -- March 12, 2017

The Poets and Mechanics Worship Group -- 12 March 2017 




 Friends: We meet for worship in the tradition and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the second floor reading room of the Four Seasons Bookstore, 114 W German St, Shepherdstown, WV, 8:30 AM. The bookstore is not open at 8:30, so, enter the "private entrance" gate immediately to the left of the store and walk back to the staircase. Enter the landing closest to the front of the store -- that's the EPIC Radio Studio. Go thru the kitchen into the reading room.

 If you have a harmonious spirit, feeling or personal witness towards the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship, and the Light of the Divine in each life, or simply a curiosity -- Welcome!

 Query: Can the Dead hold the Living in the Light?

 Practice: What accommodation should Quakers make with Fascists?




 A poem for reflection.

Womans Work 

by Maya Angelou, in remembrance of International Women's Day

I've got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry
The baby to dry
I got company to feed
The garden to weed
I've got shirts to press
The tots to dress
The can to be cut
I gotta clean up this hut
Then see about the sick
And the cotton to pick.

Shine on me, sunshine
Rain on me, rain
Fall softly, dewdrops
And cool my brow again.

Storm, blow me from here
With your fiercest wind
Let me float across the sky
'Til I can rest again.

Fall gently, snowflakes
Cover me with white
Cold icy kisses and
Let me rest tonight.

Sun, rain, curving sky
Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone
Star shine, moon glow
You're all that I can call my own. 

--
John Case
Harpers Ferry, WV

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Poets and Mechanics Friends Worship Group:Call To Meeting -- March 12, 2017

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Call To Meeting -- March 12, 2017

The Poets and Mechanics Worship Group -- 12 March 2017 




 Friends: We meet for worship in the tradition and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the second floor reading room of the Four Seasons Bookstore, 114 W German St, Shepherdstown, WV, 8:30 AM. The bookstore is not open at 8:30, so, enter the "private entrance" gate immediately to the left of the store and walk back to the staircase. Enter the landing closest to the front of the store -- that's the EPIC Radio Studio. Go thru the kitchen into the reading room.

 If you have a harmonious spirit, feeling or personal witness towards the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship, and the Light of the Divine in each life, or simply a curiosity -- Welcome!

 Query: Can the Dead hold the Living in the Light?

 Practice: What accommodation should Quakers make with Fascists?




 A poem for reflection.

Womans Work 

by Maya Angelou, in remembrance of International Women's Day

I've got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry
The baby to dry
I got company to feed
The garden to weed
I've got shirts to press
The tots to dress
The can to be cut
I gotta clean up this hut
Then see about the sick
And the cotton to pick.

Shine on me, sunshine
Rain on me, rain
Fall softly, dewdrops
And cool my brow again.

Storm, blow me from here
With your fiercest wind
Let me float across the sky
'Til I can rest again.

Fall gently, snowflakes
Cover me with white
Cold icy kisses and
Let me rest tonight.

Sun, rain, curving sky
Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone
Star shine, moon glow
You're all that I can call my own. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

RE: Fund-Raising "Friendly Eleven" in Bolivar West Virginia

John and all,

 

Thank you so much for your generosity. I am hoping we have some representation from West Virginia at Spring Lobby Weekend. One of my colleagues was out there recruiting not too long ago. Senator Moore Capito is definitely going to be an important voice on Medicaid expansion, so hopefully we can get some young people in her office sharing their stories with her and her staff. Additional funding to support young adults come to Spring Lobby Weekend is so helpful as we continue to try to expand our base and reach new audiences.

 

In gratitude,

Andrew

 

Andrew Silva

Events Planner & Registrar

Friends Committee on National Legislation

(202) 903-2526 | (508) 933-8054 (cell)

 

From: John Case [mailto:jcase4218@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, March 5, 2017 7:48 PM
To: Andrew Silva
Cc: Fanny Crawford; Gayle Becker; Margaret Becker; Janet Harrison; Andy Mosholder; Carol Robbins; Cathy; John Case; Zakee McGill; Michael Zeleke; Poets And Mechanics Blog; Garrett Moran
Subject: Fund-Raising "Friendly Eleven" in Bolivar West Virginia

 

Andrew Silva

Planner and Registrar, 

 

 

 

Dear Andrew

 

Our "Friendly Eleven" dinner party in Bolivar, West Virginia raised $470 for the FCNL Spring Lobbying Weekend Scholarship fund. The checks are in the mail! We are pleased and proud to have helped friends and neighbors, near and far, raise their voices to help protect and defend health care for all, and to prevent loss of coverage for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians, or even a single American.

 

Thanks to the fine friends and neighbors that joined us for dinner and contributed to the effort: Fanny Crawford and her husband Jose, Gayle and Margaret Becker, Janet Harrison and Andy Mosholder, John Case and Carol Robbins, Zakee McGill, Cathy Robbins, and Michael Zeleke.

 

Here's tot he success of your Sping campaign!

 

Best wishes from the Poets and Mechanics Worship group and members of Shepherdstown Friends Meeting.

 

peace

 

John Case

 

 


 

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Re: Fund-Raising "Friendly Eleven" in Bolivar West Virginia

John and Carol,
Thanks again for a wonderful evening of conversation and goodwill.
Take care. 


On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 7:53 PM, Zakee Mcgill <zakeemcgill@gmail.com> wrote:
Awesome!!!!  
That's two representing for us 
Thanks for organizing this, John 
What a satisfying evening 
Zakee 

On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 19:47 John Case <jcase4218@gmail.com> wrote:
Andrew Silva
Planner and Registrar, 



Dear Andrew

Our "Friendly Eleven" dinner party in Bolivar, West Virginia raised $470 for the FCNL Spring Lobbying Weekend Scholarship fund. The checks are in the mail! We are pleased and proud to have helped friends and neighbors, near and far, raise their voices to help protect and defend health care for all, and to prevent loss of coverage for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians, or even a single American.

Thanks to the fine friends and neighbors that joined us for dinner and contributed to the effort: Fanny Crawford and her husband Jose, Gayle and Margaret Becker, Janet Harrison and Andy Mosholder, John Case and Carol Robbins, Zakee McGill, Cathy Robbins, and Michael Zeleke.

Here's tot he success of your Sping campaign!

Best wishes from the Poets and Mechanics Worship group and members of Shepherdstown Friends Meeting.

peace

John Case




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Re: Fund-Raising "Friendly Eleven" in Bolivar West Virginia

Awesome!!!!  
That's two representing for us 
Thanks for organizing this, John 
What a satisfying evening 
Zakee 

On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 19:47 John Case <jcase4218@gmail.com> wrote:
Andrew Silva
Planner and Registrar, 



Dear Andrew

Our "Friendly Eleven" dinner party in Bolivar, West Virginia raised $470 for the FCNL Spring Lobbying Weekend Scholarship fund. The checks are in the mail! We are pleased and proud to have helped friends and neighbors, near and far, raise their voices to help protect and defend health care for all, and to prevent loss of coverage for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians, or even a single American.

Thanks to the fine friends and neighbors that joined us for dinner and contributed to the effort: Fanny Crawford and her husband Jose, Gayle and Margaret Becker, Janet Harrison and Andy Mosholder, John Case and Carol Robbins, Zakee McGill, Cathy Robbins, and Michael Zeleke.

Here's tot he success of your Sping campaign!

Best wishes from the Poets and Mechanics Worship group and members of Shepherdstown Friends Meeting.

peace

John Case




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Harpers Ferry, WV

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Fund-Raising "Friendly Eleven" in Bolivar West Virginia

Andrew Silva
Planner and Registrar, 



Dear Andrew

Our "Friendly Eleven" dinner party in Bolivar, West Virginia raised $470 for the FCNL Spring Lobbying Weekend Scholarship fund. The checks are in the mail! We are pleased and proud to have helped friends and neighbors, near and far, raise their voices to help protect and defend health care for all, and to prevent loss of coverage for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians, or even a single American.

Thanks to the fine friends and neighbors that joined us for dinner and contributed to the effort: Fanny Crawford and her husband Jose, Gayle and Margaret Becker, Janet Harrison and Andy Mosholder, John Case and Carol Robbins, Zakee McGill, Cathy Robbins, and Michael Zeleke.

Here's tot he success of your Sping campaign!

Best wishes from the Poets and Mechanics Worship group and members of Shepherdstown Friends Meeting.

peace

John Case




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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Call to Poets and Mechanics Meeting for Worship -- March 5, 2017

Call To Meeting



Friends: We meet for worship in the tradition and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the second floor reading room of the Four Seasons Bookstore, 114 W German St, Shepherdstown, WV, 8:30 AM.

The bookstore is not open at 8:30, so, enter the "private entrance" gate immediately to the left of the store and walk back to the staircase. Enter the landing closest to the front of the store -- that's the EPIC Radio Studio. Go thru the kitchen into the reading room.

If you have a harmonious spirit, feeling or personal witness towards the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community,  equality and stewardship, and the Light of the Divine in each life, or simply a curiosity -- Welcome!


Query: Can the Dead hold the Living in the Light?

Practice: Vietnam was sharply divided into different ethnic groups. Its history was littered with conquerors who exploited these differences to assist in their rule. Call one group Red, and another Green. Reds complained that the Greens were favored and Reds slighted and oppressed by the collaboration of some Greens with the Conquerors. They felt intensely the pain of discrimination and exploitation. When Ho Chi Minh attempted to unite the Reds and Greens, first against the Japanese, then  the French, and then the Americans, the Reds resisted, unable to tolerate the humiliation of working with Greens. But Ho explained. "The wooden block hates the nail which wounds it. But the problem is not the nail. Its the Hammer, wielded by the conquerors. "

A poem for reflection.

The Ancestors Explain How Envy Grew 

BY AFAA MICHAEL WEAVER

Calm appeared, his soul stopped, a crow
staring as he snatched down miniature angels,
trapped them in jars, capping the light away
to make a hush out of glory songs, a crying out
from the joyful aubades they breathe as easy
as moonlight on jars of preserves, their throats
full of fear now, the brave breast crumpled
in his child fingers, their prisons invisible
to the cherubim searching for heaven's missing
songsters trapped in blind ways of getting even
at a world that would make him small, make
him an impotent wonder, curl his genius under
like a witch's toes when his father died
chewing on cheese and cornbread, chocolate
surprise in the sun, an unkind ending.

He grew in the way of genius, no charts
showing where he ended and the world began,
how cities figure in the jagged sweep of cornfields,
endless thousands of shouts up into the evening,
listening to the future speaking, like the old man
in the schoolyard, a stranger by the wishing pond
in the woods, or dogs that stand up like men in hats—
these the Corinthian signs he mistook
for an alphabet giving the right to molest children.
Now wisdom is sour rubbing medicine pasted
over nightmares, not the proper wealth of an old man,
the arms of his neighbors around him like laurels.

Afaa Michael Weaver, "The Ancestors Explain How Envy Grew" from The Government of Nature. Copyright © 2013 by Afaa Michael Weaver.  Reprinted by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.

Source: The Government of Nature (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013)

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Harpers Ferry, WV

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Call to Poets and Mechanics Meeting for Worship -- March 5, 2017

Call To Meeting



Friends: We meet for worship in the tradition and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the second floor reading room of the Four Seasons Bookstore, 114 W German St, Shepherdstown, WV, 8:30 AM.

The bookstore is not open at 8:30, so, enter the "private entrance" gate immediately to the left of the store and walk back to the staircase. Enter the landing closest to the front of the store -- that's the EPIC Radio Studio. Go thru the kitchen into the reading room.

If you have a harmonious spirit, feeling or personal witness towards the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community,  equality and stewardship, and the Light of the Divine in each life, or simply a curiosity -- Welcome!


Query: Can the Dead hold the Living in the Light?

Practice: Vietnam was sharply divided into different ethnic groups. Its history was littered with conquerors who exploited these differences to assist in their rule. Call one group Red, and another Green. Reds complained that the Greens were favored and Reds slighted and oppressed by the collaboration of some Greens with the Conquerors. They felt intensely the pain of discrimination and exploitation. When Ho Chi Minh attempted to unite the Reds and Greens, first against the Japanese, then  the French, and then the Americans, the Reds resisted, unable to tolerate the humiliation of working with Greens. But Ho explained. "The wooden block hates the nail which wounds it. But the problem is not the nail. Its the Hammer, wielded by the conquerors. "

A poem for reflection.

The Ancestors Explain How Envy Grew 

BY AFAA MICHAEL WEAVER

Calm appeared, his soul stopped, a crow
staring as he snatched down miniature angels,
trapped them in jars, capping the light away
to make a hush out of glory songs, a crying out
from the joyful aubades they breathe as easy
as moonlight on jars of preserves, their throats
full of fear now, the brave breast crumpled
in his child fingers, their prisons invisible
to the cherubim searching for heaven's missing
songsters trapped in blind ways of getting even
at a world that would make him small, make
him an impotent wonder, curl his genius under
like a witch's toes when his father died
chewing on cheese and cornbread, chocolate
surprise in the sun, an unkind ending.

He grew in the way of genius, no charts
showing where he ended and the world began,
how cities figure in the jagged sweep of cornfields,
endless thousands of shouts up into the evening,
listening to the future speaking, like the old man
in the schoolyard, a stranger by the wishing pond
in the woods, or dogs that stand up like men in hats—
these the Corinthian signs he mistook
for an alphabet giving the right to molest children.
Now wisdom is sour rubbing medicine pasted
over nightmares, not the proper wealth of an old man,
the arms of his neighbors around him like laurels.

Afaa Michael Weaver, "The Ancestors Explain How Envy Grew" from The Government of Nature. Copyright © 2013 by Afaa Michael Weaver.  Reprinted by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.

Source: The Government of Nature (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013)