In Case You Don’t Remember

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The video here runs 2 minutes and 33 seconds and will give you the inspiration it takes to do what I’m doing here: to roust out people who have lost their enthusiasm for Obama and the Democratic Party, can’t bring themselves to vote Republican, and so are intending to ignore what’s [...]

What Flows Downhill

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Marco Rubio, the radical right’s Senatorial candidate in Florida, is a man with whom I could hardly disagree more. But he’s saying one thing that I totally agree with, although he means one thing when he says it, and I mean another when I agree. Rubio is reminding us that this [...]

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, as Benjamin Franklin left Independence Hall a Mrs. Powel approached him and asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got — a republic, or a monarchy?” Without skipping a beat,the 81-year-old Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” A republic is [...]

If they’re in charge, what happens to you?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson After weeks during which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (not to be confused with the lunch bunch in your home town, a group of local shopkeepers and independent business people who have a pretty good idea of what it’s like to be you) has pumped millions of dollars into attack ads [...]

What They Say / What They Mean

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Let it be known at the outset that here I will be talking about radical Republicans and their enablers and not everyone who is registered to vote or self-identified as a Republican. It’s easy to stick labels on people, especially when stress trumps nuance, as it does in these times. But [...]

Raw Nerves Over Raw Milk

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The big guys in the dairy industry, The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), have their long knives out for rural dairy farmers who sell raw milk locally. We needn’t be surprised. We’re seeing the convergence of two social trends: a growing concern among people [...]

Blog Action Day: Measuring Your Water Footprint

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson     This is Blog Action Day. Thousands of bloggers are writing about water. This is but one essay. The rest are here. When your water comes from a public water supply, it can be hard to remember what a treasure you have at your disposal. I grew to adulthood in what was [...]

Thoughts About Columbus Day

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I can’t explain this, but from the time I was a child I’ve had mixed feelings about Columbus Day. I don’t know many indigenous people, or at least I don’t know many who identify themselves as such. But I remember thinking, the first time a teacher said Columbus discovered America, “What [...]

Be Careful What You Wish For

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Three scenarios.  Take your pick. 1.  Disappointed that Obama hasn’t whupped more ass and accomplished more in the year and nine months since his inaugural, the people who put him in office stay home November 2 and let the Republicans and their Tea Party doppelgängers take over the Senate and House [...]

10-10-10: My Act of Worship

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Family stuff kept me today from going to 350.org‘s 10-10-10 event in Brattleboro, Vermont, which had the virtues of being the closest to my home and the most interesting (to me) around here. So instead I went out with my camera and made pictures of what I want to remember when/if  [...]