Author Archives: laurie

 Pearls of Wisdom

1. Dr. Seuss On the Golden Years I cannot see I cannot pee I cannot chew I cannot screw Oh My God What can I do? My memory shrinks My hearing stinks No sense of smell I look like hell My mood is bad–can you tell? My body’s drooping Have trouble pooping The Golden Years […]

 Reflections on the 4th of July

(from, July 3, 2013) Celebrating Progressive Patriotism on the 4th of July by Peter Dreier and Dick Flacks July 4th is an occasion for Americans to express their patriotism. But the ways we do so are as diverse as our nation. To some, patriotism means “my country — right or wrong.” To others, it […]

 Another Legend Gone

Just two weeks after the passing of Maya Angelou, another great artist and humanitarian has left us, the actress and activist Ruby Dee. With thanks to the New York Times: Ruby Dee, one of the most enduring actresses of theater and film, whose public profile and activist passions made her, along with her husband, Ossie […]

 Maya Angelou, April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

Still I Rise You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like […]