JAMES ‘WHITEY’ BULGER DEAD IN PRISON – Marilyn Armstrong

"WHITEY" BULGER DEAD AT 89 They could have found him sooner had they tried harder. It took them 16 years to find him. A lot of people knew where he was or knew enough to ask the right questions from the right people and get the correct answer. If they had wanted to. But he … Continue reading JAMES ‘WHITEY’ BULGER DEAD IN PRISON – Marilyn Armstrong

99 New: Rumination

As a Jewish woman married to a Brown man, this really hits home. This whole week has been a bit of a nightmare for me. This is personal. It’s impossible to NOT see this as the start of a new period of nationalism and murder. Remember, folks, the actual name of Nazi was the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Nazi is only how it came to be known, but Nationalist was always front and center. Guess who says he’s a “nationalist?” You got it on the first try!

Red's Wrap

Anti-Semitism isn’t just the stuff of white nationalist Neanderthals. Some of your best friends have anti-Semitic reflexes.

Oh, your friends would never admit to this. They’re too intelligent, too socially conscious. They wouldn’t be caught dead showing bigoted or anti-Semitic attitudes and they’d take great offense to the suggestion that they are unconsciously anti-Semitic. But some things a person can’t control and one of them is the reflex of anti-Semitism learned when they were children.

Who killed Jesus?

It starts there. Every kid in Sunday School learns that ‘the Jews killed Jesus.’ Later, when they grow up, they sometimes sort out who did what with Jesus; grown-up minds can deal with complexity if so inclined. If not so inclined, the original notion that the Jews were to blame for the agony of Christ’s suffering on the cross gets embedded in people’s psyches. Hence, the reflex business. And the Inquisition.

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AS THE WORLD TURNS, SO THE CLIMATE CHANGES – Marilyn Armstrong

End of October I was just reading a post on "NewEnglandGardenAndThread" about how in several years, New England's climate will change from 5 to a 7 or 8. Here's a quote and a map: (The speaker said that) ... in her ‘lifetime’ (she was 50), New Hampshire would go from growing zone 5 to a … Continue reading AS THE WORLD TURNS, SO THE CLIMATE CHANGES – Marilyn Armstrong

UNDAUNTED ANGELIQUE – Marilyn Armstrong

"Nounou," inquired Angelique, "Why did Giles de Retz kill so many children?" With these words, one of the world's greatest series of historical fiction begins. It is a translation from French. I have been told that much was lost in a not-very-good translation. But I don't read well enough in French. Once, I did, but that was a very long time … Continue reading UNDAUNTED ANGELIQUE – Marilyn Armstrong

FESTIVAL OF LEAVES & FLOWER OF THE DAY: A WALK BY THE CANAL – Marilyn Armstrong

Week # 6: Walk By The Canal FOTD – October 30, 2018 It should have been spectacular color, but it was mostly still green with some yellow. Still, it was definitely pretty, especially when the amber light hits it in late afternoon. Still, it was a crisp fall day. If the leaves were not scarlet, they … Continue reading FESTIVAL OF LEAVES & FLOWER OF THE DAY: A WALK BY THE CANAL – Marilyn Armstrong