Jo Mayne Casey

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To Write or Not to Write

In 2017, Winter at Sonnystone on January 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm

From my position of white-woman, christian privilege,  I can walk over refugees in the airport, knowing my citizenship won’t be questioned.  From my location in a town where the Muslim population is less than 1%, it’s easy to overlook their presence.  This town is still pretty segregated, and I could stay on my side of town, showing my usual christian-caring smile to the African-Americans that I brush up against while I’m shopping, and ignore their struggle.

So, why should I write about it?  What is there to write that can’t be better summed up in articles shared on social media?  I could tell you how I Feel about it, share my grief, rage, and tears.  I don’t think it will do any good, since I’d be preaching to the choir (folks with divergent attitudes quit following me long ago).

But read these blogs, written by women who Are affected by this…  As each of them mentions, no one who supports these decrees will bother to read them, so if any of you who are happy with how last week turned out somehow landed here, I challenge you to give them a chance…

They are two people just like me, bloggers, readers, moms,  only without that white-privilege.  They are afraid.  Their children are afraid.   All in the name of keeping America safe?  Safe for who?

https://misfortuneofknowing.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/the-importance-of-writing-is-it-different-now/

http://kateaaron.com/the-price-of-silence/

 Write about it we must—Yoda (not really)…

Peace

Laundry Room Re-do

In 2017, DIY Projects, Winter at Sonnystone on January 26, 2017 at 1:50 pm

I’ve been using the New Laundry Room for a week or so now, but just today got the picture of the finished product.  I’m a little embarrassed about how gross it was before we started, but we kept telling ourselves (for 13 years) that we would do fix it soon.   All done now, in 3 weeks of retirement…

Our house is anywhere from 80-150 years old, depending on where you’re standing.  The laundry room is attached to the 1931 building that was apparently built as a garage, but there is no archaeological evidence of a driveway…

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It doesn’t look like there’s been much done between 12/30 and 1/5, but that’s when all the plumbing (there was a pink bathroom in the room we tore down), electrical, and gas hook-ups got done.  You can see we heated the old thing with a cube heater, but now we have fancy-shmancy state of the art gas heat…  I do my laundry more often now.

 

Peace

 

Week-end Wrap-up

In 2017, week-end wrap-up, Winter at Sonnystone on January 22, 2017 at 1:46 pm

The Women’s Marches around the world yesterday were absolutely exhilarating to those of us who have felt despondent since November 9.  It was a fabulous showing of solidarity, one that sprang up spontaneously on facebook.  Even Eville sent out 2 buses!  The local marches were just as inspiring—throughout the red states there were strong women emerging from their post-election funk to join together, rise up, and use their Voices against policies and politicians who would limit our liberties.

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Our Eville March was a small affair, not focused on women at all.  “With Liberty and Justice For All” presented 4 wonderful speakers who shared their hope for a world where All can feel safe and free.  A poem written for the occasion called it “the inauguration day of a new movement”.  Then the crowd moved down the riverfront to Main and up to the Library…

At the library, there were over 20 groups represented with volunteer sign-up sheets and lots of info about their causes and missions.  By the time I left, the place was packed…

I met some people who I want to work with.  I’ll keep you informed as I explore some of the groups that were represented.  I hope that in your world you are looking out for groups that promote social justice and peace.

I don’t know who wrote this, but I wish it had been me…

“People want to belittle this effort by calling it a “little walk.”

“What’s a little walk going to do,” they say.

A little walk by protesters to Boston Harbor sparked a nation’s independence from a monarchy.

A little walk from Selma to Montgomery, and from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial sparked the enactment of civil rights legislation for the American descendants of former slaves and changed the world’s conscience about hate and the importance of nonviolent protest against the evils of this world.

A little walk by students and young people to Washington, DC helped to change America’s conscience about the Vietnam War.

A little walk by a Chinese boy in Tiananmen Square helped the world see the oppressive regime of the People’s Republic of China.

A little walk by protesters in Cape Town, galvanized the world against South Africa’s apartheid regime, and helped to free the Freedom Fighter who was in jail for over 2 decades, who would one day become South Africa’s first Black President.

A little walk by tired and frustrated citizens to Tahir Square in Egypt caused a 30 year President to resign.

Little walks are powerful and can change a nation.

Little walks are powerful and can change the world.”

We’re Stronger Together…Keep it Going

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Peace

A short note on MLK Day…

In 2017, Winter at Sonnystone on January 16, 2017 at 5:26 pm

For the last week or so, Sonnystone has sunk into the graycold monotony of January.  Casey’s work on the laundry room has kept him occupied.  I have whiled away my hours planning gardens, trips, and dinners, reading and playing.

Until! a couple of days ago, I got so excited to see that Eville is actually going to have a Sister March…well, not exactly a Sister March, but an inauguration day march.  It will not be particularly protesting anything, but will be affirming a commitment to “Liberty and Justice For All”.   I’m for that.  There will be a Fair down at the library with over 20 groups represented.  I’m so excited to join with folks who share my hope that All of Us, Everyone,  can respect and support each other as we strive for equality and inclusion.

You’ve all heard my mantra of Peace, but it is especially fitting on this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, to pledge to do more than talk about it, or march about it.  As we join hands, we must join our hearts to the cause of Peace, to lend our hands to the organizations that promote Peace, and to lift up the folks who need the touch of Peace.  Because, actually, all you need is Love; give Peace a chance. (tee-hee)

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epiphany…

In 2017, Winter at Sonnystone on January 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

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Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian feasts. It was celebrated since the end of the second century, before the Christmas holiday was established. Like other Christian seasons, the church appropriated Epiphany from an old pagan festival. As early as 1996 BCE, the Egyptians celebrated the winter solstice (which then occurred on January 6) with a tribute to Aeon, the Virgin. It is important to note that the holiday was established prior to the Gregorian calendar’s introduction.

Let’s add a little Meaning to the day and commemorate all those epiphanies that have led us here, right now.  Let’s drink to the Illuminating Revelations, Glimpses of the True Nature of Life, the Simple Intuitive Grasps of Truth that have led us to This Moment.   Some of our epiphanies were the result of a fall, or a failure, a betrayal, or loss.   Some of our epiphanies were at the top of the mountain, under a green canopy of forest, or watching waves crash on the shore.  Some were while we gazed into the eyes of newborn baby, held an Aged One’s hand, or listened to the minor fall and major lift of Music. Remember, honor, and celebrate All that has brought us to This Now, This Epiphany…

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Peace

2017 at 5-days-old

In 2017, updates, Winter at Sonnystone on January 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm

You know I’m not perfect, nor do I have one iota of desire to be so, even though my blogs only show my good side.  Why not?  Who wants to read about my New Year’s Eve gallbladder attack (heroically faced down with magic vinegar shots and warm lemon water)?   I don’t want to whine about the $$ not being there when I planned for it, or to complain that I’m spending hours (literally) on the phone with numerous representatives of the insurance company, because ultimately these problems will all pass.  Who cares if I’m re-arranging the furniture (again) in a effort to control what I can, since I’m out of control of everything else?  You might be mildly interested to hear that Casey’s retirement=transition is going well:  he started remodeling the laundry room and is out there All Day…I visit him there and remind him that he’s supposed to be home by 3:30.

Today was our first snow, a kind of wimpy snow, and I love having Casey here with me.  It seriously brightens my whole outlook knowing there’s somebody else here.  The birds, my reliable winter companions, keep me entertained and now there’s 2 of us to watch them flit around, devouring our seed and suet.

I’m busy planning trips, especially the Kick-Off of  the “When I’m 64 Tour” beginning in February.  Looking forward to milder temps, for sure, but for now the snow and cold are feeling warm…

Peace

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