Beautiful message of hope.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
If you live in the Tampa Bay area, don't miss the Jobsite Theatre production of Embedded. You have this weekend and next to get out there and get yourself all riled up for the election. Hilarious, infuriating, unique, intelligent, it's good, provocative theater. And the masks are really so cool.
Obama/Biden sounds really good to me. I'm feeling encouraged and excited. But they've got lots of work to do. Especially since we have all seen in the last few elections, and historically, how Republican presidential campaigns "can degenerate to the rankest kind of ruthlessness and ugliness, usually at the expense of the Democrat.
Joe Biden is a good model to follow here. A few months ago, after being asked on MSNBC about attacks on Senator Obama that were being unleashed by Senators McCain and Joe Lieberman, Mr. Biden said:
'I refuse to sit back like we did in 2000 and 2004. This administration is the worst administration in American foreign policy in modern history -- maybe ever....Every single thing they've touched has been a near-disaster.'
A populist message and a willingness to take the fight to his opponent is Barack Obama's ticket to the White House."
Read the rest of Bob Herbert's column in today's New York Times.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
See where some big corps are placing their influence.
Think about where you place yours.
FedEx, HP, Merrill Lynch, not so much.
Citigroup, Google, JPMorgan Chase, that's more like it.
Time to let them know what you think. Money talks.
Read more about it in today's New York Times.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This morning we broke ground on the new North Tampa Branch. I worked there years ago and loved it, headed it up for 6 years. I'm excited to be the Chief over this library and thrilled the crummy old building is gone. The new one will be huge and beautiful and ready in about a year. It poured down on the ceremony but it was joyful just the same.
That's a bunch of Friends of the Library with Joe and me, wet but very happy.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
That is what this election should be focusing on. Everything else is just bogus rhetoric designed by cynical candidates who think Americans are so stupid — so bloody stupid — that if you just show them wind turbines in your Olympics ad they’ll actually think you showed up and voted for such renewable power — when you didn’t."
From Thomas Friedman's excellent Op-Ed piece in today's New York Times.
You can see more photos of the place on the website, but here are some of the things we loved about the place.
The dogs loved the fenced common yard that is filled with artsy touches and beautiful plants. We loved being able to open the doors to the deck and letting them out first thing in the morning.The dogs loved the inside of the apartment as much as the outside; so did we.The west side of Provincetown, where we stayed, is very much New England and we enjoyed the short walk to town.We also visited Val, Tony and their new dog, Toby, in their little cottage at the far east end of Ptown.
Toby is a friendly, sweet, and very handsome boy.
We all wandered the town,
and Dylan tried to convince us to buy him a stroller so he could ride everywhere. Marley said he'd consider riding in it too from time to time. Maybe someday.
We met Val, Tony, and their friends Ron & Buzz, for breakfast with a view one morning.We did a lot less than usual in Ptown this year. The weather wasn't great all that often and we had to contend with my arm pain which involved wasting lots of time at a medical clinic and some alternative treatments. But we did see a couple of plays in Provincetown and in Wellfleet, visited both Wellfleet, which is really a nice town we'd consider staying in sometime, and Orleans, and got a lot of sleep and reading in.
Thanks to everyone, in Tampa and Hillsdale, Brooklyn, Provincetown, who made this vacation great for us.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
And then, Thursday, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Traffic, tolls, crowds, and a two hour wait for the concert to get started due to a major accident that kept people from getting there on time. Not us, we were early, so waited about three hours, actually. I think Mark and I were the only ones who brought books to read while waiting in the stadium. But finally...it was loud and wild and we loved him, loved them, loved it all.
The next day Mark and I met Jesse for lunch in Soho near her new job. And watched her walk back to the office before heading down to the lower east side for a bit of shopping.
Uptown the next day Mark and I headed to the roof of the Met to see the Jeff Koons balloon sculptures.Love how New Yorkers enjoy their parks. Central Park is spectacular. Prospect Park is nice too, and we enjoyed a picnic by the lake one day.
Prospect Park is pretty trashy though, so Mark did his bit to clean up the environment.
There was a great little show of Picasso sculpture at MoMA too.
We ended up back in Brooklyn at Beer Table.