We Can — and We Will

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Nothing can stop us now but our own doubts and fears. May the spirit embodied in this video sustain and inspire you in the new year and beyond. Wishing you peace and joy, Miryam

Incoming Secretary of Agriculture Sends a Signal — He Gets It

by Deb Kozikowski Local officials in Chicopee, Mass., celebrate School Nutrition Week.   At a news conference last week in Chicago, Tom Vilsack, President-elect Obama’s choice for agriculture secretary, said he would put “nutrition at the center of all food-assistance programs,” which anti-hunger groups are taking as a hopeful signal that he will get involved [...]

Obama Transition: Health Care Community Discussions

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The Obama transition and Secretary of Health and Human Services-designate Tom Daschle are stimulating a nationwide discussion on the future of health care in America. Hundreds, maybe thousands of such discussions have been held. The purpose is to get input from citizens and feed it back to the health care transition [...]

Eye Candy for Women

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson   What’s eye candy for women should be an inspiration for men. Guys, this is what happens if you work out for an hour every day, as Barack does.  I don’t mean you get to be president elect and be spied upon by paparazzi with very long lenses.  I mean you get [...]

Class Warfare and the Auto Industry, Take 2

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Nobody I know of has pointed this out, and somebody needs to, so I will. Tax cuts for the rich help the economy because the rich  get more money to spend, putting more in circulation. That makes more jobs for working class people, putting money in their pockets. Taking money out [...]

A Study in Contrasts

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson As we head into what is for many the most precious day of the year, I offer a study in contrasts — how Barack and W relate to babies.  I’ll be following up on this theme when everyone’s attention returns from the Christmas holiday.  Meanwhile, enjoy… This is a collage of [...]

On Class Warfare and the Auto Industry

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In late November, CEOs of the three major US automakers, accompanied by the president of the United Autoworkers, came to Congress to ask for $25 billion in aid. Two of the three said they faced bankruptcy if the aid didn’t come by the end of the year. Congress sent them home [...]

America’s Forgotten Children

Child poverty is closely linked to poor health, deficiency in academic performance, emotional problems, and delinquency. As adults, children raised in poverty are more likely to earn less and be unemployed more often than children brought up in families with incomes above the poverty line. Rural areas historically suffer greater numbers of poor families. And [...]

A Long Winter’s Nightmare

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I didn’t mean to be away this long, but nature, in the form of an ice storm, had plans for me. We were off the grid for five days. The first day was fun: we fired up the Coleman lanterns, thawed some lentil soup from the freezer, mostly stayed out of [...]

Swearing in Barack Hussein Obama

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Photo: flickr/clia cliapop In this post and a few to come, I’m going to take excerpts from the words of the Hopi Elder that I posted yesterday, and explore how they relate to the spirituality that I see guiding Barack Obama’s actions and decisions. I’ll start with this: At this time [...]