I was reading an old magazine—one that I hadn’t read at the time it came out. The cover asked, Tired of the Doom and Gloom? I could give you the same answer then as I would now. Yes, I am tired of the doom and gloom.
This slice of timely irony encapsulated by an Utne Reader from September/October of 2008 came out at a not-so-great time for many of us. It reflected my feelings perfectly, then and now. So much so that I couldn’t even read what it had to offer at the time, but now it was one of the my last mags left to keep or recycle. This one was a keeper.
Halfway through the magazine, I came upon The Art of the New Deal by Joseph Hart who was touting socially responsible posters from the Works Progress Administration, a part of FDRs New Deal. The WPA was responsible for putting people to work, including construction workers, miners, office workers, but also artists, actors, and writers. It was a true slice of progressive Americana.
The article advised that these historical posters would be available online through an organization called WPA Living Archive. I kept repeating the phrase in my mind until I got to my laptop. (It was early morning; I hadn’t finished my first cup of coffee, and my brain requires java for memory.) I entered the address, and came up with nothing. I searched the words and found Posters for the People, and an incredible collection took over my screen—remnants saved from a bygone era when government, at the very least, seemed to care.
For those of you who aren’t aware, we wouldn’t have Mount Rushmore, the Hoover Dam and bridges like the Golden Gate without the WPA. It was a socially responsible program to get people back to work after the Great Depression. I know the concept sounds foreign, especially after dealing with a congress that can’t even pass a jobs bill.
To be blunt, it’s a shame we can’t find that kind of determined love of country in our government now because we would be in a heck of a lot better shape if politicians put workers first, so I say the American citizenry needs to demand it. Only then is it possible for a new congress to emerge—a congress that actually cares to do its job, and do it well.
Change will only happen if we do our job. We need to call our elected officials out, and if that doesn’t work, vote them out. And on that note, I raise my second cup of mud with a toast, “Here’s to a new deal for us all.”
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
My second article for Eco Home Ideas, a website filled with eco-friendly articles:
As you go through the attic, basement or storage space of your home or a loved one’s, it’s difficult to know what to do with old pictures, memorabilia and family heirlooms. You want to keep it all, but it’s not possible. Not to worry, you can find a respectful home for items you cannot keep.
One rule of thumb is to give what you can to family members, especially articles of sentimental value, and distribute historical artifacts to organizations that can provide a setting where the viewing public can appreciate it.
The first step is to get your boxes and labels ready, so when you peer into the eyes of an old doll, flip the pages of a revered book or grasp the handle of a timeworn teapot, you can consider who in your family can truly appreciate its significance.
Here’s the tough part: giving away pieces to non-family members. What can make this an easier task is having comfort in knowing that a much-loved keepsake is going to a home that your parents, grandparents or great grandparents would appreciate. You can contact a local historical society, sports club or museum in your town, city or state about submitting treasured items. Likewise, if your relative is from another country, you can contact a local library, museum or college for guidance. In the United States, the following institutions welcome gift donations:
The National Archives and Records Administration accepts documentary materials.
The Naval Historical Foundation accepts photographs, artwork, books, physical artifacts and paper documents through its Naval History and Heritage Command. The NHHC headquarters is in Washington, DC, but it has museums located throughout the United States.
The Library of Congress takes books and other materials.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum accepts artwork, clothing, uniforms, textiles, documents, correspondence, diaries, propaganda and other objects directly associated with the Holocaust. In addition, the museum accepts prewar, wartime and postwar photographs as well as liberation photographs.
The National WWII Museum accepts books and periodicals, photographs, letters and journals, medals, uniforms and insignia as well as service documents, scrapbooks, ration books, postcards, leaflets programs, tickets, souvenirs, news articles and wartime brochures as well as Axis pistols and rifles.
Since guidelines vary, prospective donors should contact organizations directly about gift-giving procedures. Furthermore, donors should avoid vigorous cleaning of an item; unintentional damage can occur, making the item unfit for donation.
Remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and thanking our troops who serve:
Originally posted on Maureen French:
Please take a moment this Memorial Day to give thanks to those who have given their lives to defend our country, to those who are risking their lives to protect our country, and to their family and friends who wish they could be safe and sound back home.
The USO provides all of us the opportunity to send an email to those who serve and to their families: Thanking Those Who Serve
And for those of you who wish to serve those who serve us, you can volunteer: Serving Those Who Serve
Freedom is never free.” - Author Unknown
Today, we give thanks to our Veterans, but actions speak louder than words, so remember to advocate for them as well.
Originally posted on Maureen French:
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It may be the unofficial start to summer, but this day has more meaning. Don’t just celebrate Memorial Day, support our Troops and Veterans who have fought for our country. There are many issues that need our attention, but this Memorial Day’s post focuses on two incredibly pressing concerns.
“Delay, deny, wait till I die.” I was stunned to hear this statement from one of our Veterans. The phrase has become a rallying cry about Veterans’ benefits. It’s a sad state of affairs when Veterans who put their lives on the line for our country are not taken care of when they return home. If we can pay for a war, then we can pay to support our Veterans. Case in point: The Department of Veteran Affairs approved one WWII Veteran’s pension benefits three months after his death. We need to…
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Please don’t ever drink and drive, but also remember that driving should be your primary focus, not responding to a text, changing a radio station, or any other task at hand. Remember, you may feel like you’re in control, however there are other drivers on the road, and you don’t know what they’re doing while they’re driving. Anything can happen in a split second. Be safe and focus on the task at hand: driving. Thank you.
Originally posted on Luigicappel's Weblog:
How about a quick, honest but anonymous poll:
I was listening to the Peggy Smedley Show this morning while cleaning the bathroom and enjoyed some great interviews in her Distracted Driving Month series. The topics were great, everything from the value of reversing cameras through to why car manufacturers are putting social media technology into their cars.
Anyway, a subject that peaked my interest was comparisons of factors impacting on or causing accidents.Talking or texting on the phone is one that that police and others who examine the results of motor accidents look for by default these days.
Peggy quoted a study (can’t remember which university) where they found that people with a blood alcohol level…
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To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. - Buddha