It’s Over

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Good riddance to bad rubbish. Let their names and their words be erased from the world’s memory for eternity — except in the event of their prosecution for war crimes and offenses against the Constitution.

On the Backs of Giants

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Pushing the wheelchair of civil rights legend Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, on March 4, 2007, Barack Obama marched over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. He was part of an outpouring of activists commemorating the forty-second anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” a historic moment in the civil rights battle. “If you had […]

Last Time I Call Him Barack

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In a recent post, I wondered aloud (in print? in pixels?) whether people would still call the president elect by his first name after he is inaugurated.  I got an answer to my question within a couple of days. At a meeting with Democratic congress members, someone addressed Barack Obama as […]

The Official Portrait

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Below is Pete Souza’s official portrait of the man who will become our President at noon on Tuesday.  I think it’s wonderful, but I wish Barack didn’t feel it was necessary to wear a flag pin on his lapel.  No one who has not held public office (and quite a few […]

Playing for Change

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Musicians from all over the world combined their talents in this performance of the Ben E. King classic “Stand By Me.” This video is an excerpt from the documentary “Playing for Change: Peace Through Music.” It runs for 5 minutes and 27 seconds. If you’re on dialup, I have a tip.  […]

“Like It Was With Moses”

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson James Presley stands six feet, two inches tall and weighs 214 pounds, but the nickname he got when he was five has stuck with him all his life.  The youngest of eight children, and his father died he became “the little man of the house.” So, although he’s now 78 and […]

Don’t Let This Chance Pass You By

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Well, nothing lasts forever and it looks like the Obama transition team’s citizen input web site is going away once Barack is inaugurated. Here’s part of a blog post on the site: Our Open Government initiatives have showcased the powerful role that everyday Americans will play in the coming Administration. They’ve […]

Going to the Inauguration. Or Not.

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The Boston Globe has a delightful story about the creativity of some people who are going to DC for the inauguration, and one who is not.  I think the last paragraph is truly adorable. It’s a quote from a woman who hasn’t made up her mind whether to go, talking about […]

Cornelia Wallace, Kitchen Garden Advocate, Dies at 69

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Cornelia Snively Wallace, former wife of the late Alabama Gov. George Corley Wallace, Jr., died Thursday of cancer in Sebring, Fla.  She was 69. Mrs. Wallace is probably best known for having thrown herself over her husband’s body to shield him in an assassination attempt as he campaigned in Laurel, Md., […]

Another Boost for Rural Broadband

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Tom Daschle, President Elect Barack Obama’s pick for secretary of Health and Human Services, appeared before a Senate confirmation hearing yesterday (January 8).  He called for a change in the way we think about health care — with the emphasis on preventing illness rather than waiting for it to strike. Asked […]