“We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For”

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson A warning: Not because of the religious holidays, but because of the winter solstice, when primitive people like me wonder if the sun will come back, I get into my most spritual mode. When I say “sprirtual” it’s not a synonym for “religious,” It’s about reverence for life, awe for the […]

Obama Moves on Broadband

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson This is from the transition team’s press site.  Good news for those of us slogging along without broadband. Note reference to the FCC’s possible action Dec. 18.  I’ll stay on top of it and keep you informed. I find it interesting (and gratifying) how many segments of the government are beginning […]

Saving More Than Money

by Bob Massie   As Barack Obama prepares to tackle the vast problems ahead for America, he has consistently made two bold proposals. First, he intends to make an immense investment in infrastructure – roads, bridges, railways — to jump-start jobs. Second, he plans to boost clean green technologies to make up for the squandered […]

Fifty-eight Better Than Fifty-Nine?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Over at the blog 538 (the number of votes in the Electoral College) the beyond-brilliant Nate Silver has a theory about why the Democrats, who now hold 58 Senate seats, may be better off if Al Franken loses the legally-mandated recount in Minnesota.  If he wins, the Dems hold 59 seats, […]

December 8, sixty-one years later

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I was five years and eight months old on Pearl Harbor Day. I remember the events of the day as clearly as if I had been an adult. My father took me to the Cathay Tea Garden in downtown Philadelphia to buy take-out chow mein for dinner, a glorious adventure. When […]

Let Barack Hear You

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson A remarkable dialog between the Obama-Biden transition team and a portion the general public — those most engaged in thinking about tomorrow — is going on at change.gov.  You should be part of it. Understandably, given the economic situation, the disaster that is health care American style, the money-sink in Iraq, […]

Chambliss Wins in GA: How Bad is That?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Saxby Chambliss will go back to the Senate for a second term in January, having defeated Jim Martin, his Democratic opponent, in a runoff election triggered by both candidates’ failure to poll 50% plus 1 vote in the November 4 election, as Georgia law requires. Chambliss is that bucket of slime […]

Where Are the Acorns?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson We have a little three-sided shack with a tin roof out near the henhouse.  Originally, it was a shelter for the lambs we raised for food. When the death of a couple of lambs turned what was an economical way to provide food for our table into an expensive hobby, we […]

Laying Down the Vigil

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Two weeks ago, North Quabbin Women in Black, an organization devoted to peace and nonviolence that I co-founded, held its final witness for peace. For seven years we had stood in silence for an hour each Saturday, at the edge of a small park dedicated to the memory of veterans of […]