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    Choosing vintage or antique jewelry to wear and/or gift, is a way to be gentle on the planet. Remembering the Waste Hierarchy Triangle, folks who love the planet should always try to…”Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. Please share or donate your own jewelry and try buying vintage rather than new.

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    Reflections on Occupy Wall Street, with photos, fun, and good wishes for the future. eBook, Occupy Wall Street: What Just Happened? (Only $.99 !) In the eBook, the Occupy movement is explored through original reporting, photographs, cartoons, poetry, essays, and reviews.The collection of essays and blog posts records the unfolding of Occupy into the culture from September 2011 to the present.  Authors Kimberly Wilder and Ian Wilder were early supporters of Occupy, using their internet platforms to communicate the changes being created by the American Autumn.

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US Green Party calls for halt to endless-war policies, threats against Iran, Venezuela, and Russia

Greens call for halt to endless-war policies, threats against Iran, Venezuela, and Russia

via Green Party Watch » Blog Archive » The US Green Party calls for halt to endless-war policies, threats against Iran, Venezuela, and Russia – America’s #1 Source for Green Party News & Views.

Boog Poets Theater Call for Work by 5/31/15

Ian & Ki rehearse at 2012 Boog's Poetry Theatre

Ian & Ki rehearse at 2012 Boog’s Poetry Theatre

Call for Work: Boog Poets Theater
Deadline May 31, 2015.
email plays (as attachments) and inquiries to: Kris Lew, poets theater curator klew357@gmail.com


  • Open reading period for submissions of plays.
  • New playwrights / underrepresented voices encouraged, all welcome
  • Pieces should be no more than 15 minutes long (under 15 pages long).
  • Be sure to put title, your name, address, phone, and email on cover sheet.

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Julian Assange update: Sweden offers to question Assange in UK

Julian Assange, a co-founder of Wikileaks, has had some interesting news. Story at Sierra Leone News: Ending deadlock Swedish prosecutors offer to question Assange in UK

Another news story from The Belfast Telegraph: We’ll Quiz Assange At Embassy…

Updates and background on the Julian Assange/Wikileaks/Manning drama at This Day in Wikileaks: here.

Some background on why Julian Assange sees his stay at the embassy in England as political asylum:
No Secrets, from The New Yorker. Includes reference to the Collateral Murder video.

Just for fun, Kimberly’s parody tribute to Julian Assange:

Happy Pi Day of the Century!

Pi Day of the Century happens today. π is fun! You can experience ten digits of Pi at exactly 3/14/15 at 9:26 and 53 seconds.

To celebrate the beauty of math, and the perfection of circles, below is a classic poem. Onthewilderside dedicates this poem to anyone who has ever used Pi as a calculation…


Old Euclid drew a circle
On a sand-beach long ago.
He bounded and enclosed it
With angles thus and so.
His set of solemn greybeards
Nodded and argued much
Of arc and circumference,
Diameter and such.
A silent child stood by them
From morning until noon
Because they drew such charming
Round pictures of the moon.


by Vachel Lindsay

Thoughts on the poem, “Euclid”: When I read this poem in college, I thought it was saying that math was stodgy, boring, and not magical. Now that I am older, I see the poem as celebrating math, the purposefulness of the academics, and the way their studies are connected to the moon and to the wonder of childhood. -KW

Celebrating Pi Day 3/14/15 for preschool through early elementary

Pi Day of the Century

Pi Day of the Century 2015 sign

Pi Day of the Century sign

This Pi Day, Saturday March 14th, is an epic day for engineers, mathematicians, and other number crunchers. As Edutopia.org points out, on Pi Day this year, 3.14.15, at 9:26:53, the date and time will reflect the first 10 digits of Pi (3.141592653). This math/date convergence happens only once per century.

We are sure that there will be a lot of Pi Day celebrations for high school students and college kids. Though, we wanted to make sure that preschoolers and young elementary students could get in on the act. Resources below about how to get little ones excited about Pi.

A long list of simple Math, Circle and Pi Day Activities for pre-school, kindergarten, and early elementary students. (PDF) Compiled by Kimberly Wilder, based on the book Circles by Catherine Sheldrick Ross.

What is Pi? Read more »

WRHU Interview on Free Speech Zones

Ian Wilder was interviewed on WRHU by Rebecca Gianarkis  about the “Free Speech Zones” at the Hofstra 2008 and 2012 Presidential Debates. Wilder discussed the ironically named “Free Speech Zones” which kept public speakers caged and separated from public officials, media, and the Hofstra community. 

A rough map of the interview and related thoughts are below.  At the end of the post are links to our full coverage of the 2008 and 2012 debates. Read more »

Welcome to Boog City 8.5 Fest 2/14/15-2/15/15

Welcome to Boog City 8.5 poetry, music, and theater festivalSaturday., February 14 – Sunday. February 15, 2014, Boog City will be putting on their annual winter event, Welcome to Boog City 8.5 poetry, music, theater, and film festival. It will feature 46 poets, 12 musical acts, 4 short films, 1 poets theater play, and 1 d.a. levy lives visiting press over the two days.

You can view the web-only color pdf version of Boog City’s Welcome to Boog City program issue here:


The New Yorker listing

TimeOut listing

replete with:  Read more »

Groundhog Predictions for Winter/Spring 2015

What has the groundhog said about 6 more weeks of winter? Below and at the readmore are 4 groundhogs we keep an eye on, plus a link to more at weather.com.

Punxsutawney Phil from Pennsylvania says: YES, six more weeks of winter.
Phil seems to be the most famous groundhog.

Holtsville Hall says: YES, six more weeks of winter.
Holtsville is in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY
And, by the way, the ceremony had to be canceled this year due to snow and ice. Read more »

Google Doodle for 2/1/2015: A Langston Hughes animated poem

In honor of poet Langston Hughes’ 113th Birthday, the Google banner has a wonderful, animated video of the poem “I Dream A World”. Peace Couple couldn’t be happier than seeing Google honor a poet and a vision of peace in the world.

For an interesting, annotated version of the Langston Hughes poem, “I Dream A World”, go to Genius.com: here.

Langston Hughes: Born February 1, 1902. Died May 22, 1967.

If you are looking for a Langston Hughes poem to share with preschoolers to elementary students, this one is beautiful:

Dream Variations Read more »

Super Poem Sunday 2/1/15

2011 Super Poem Sunday: Three champs

2011 Super Poem Sunday: Three champs

A Super Bowl event for poets and their fans…

from http://www.waltwhitman.org/component/eventlist/details/251

Super Poem Sunday
Sunday, February 1, 2015
1:00 – 4:30

It’s that time of year again, for the annual Super Poem Sunday, co-sponsored this year by the Bards Initiative and the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site.

The annual Super Bowl Alternative for Poets (which still ends in enough time for you to catch the actual Super Bowl if you want!) will be as usual a poetry slam! (Note: you do not need to memorize your poems to compete.)

Every participant will get 3 minutes to perform a poem.

$100 prize to the winning poet. 2nd and 3rd place prizes will also be awarded.

$10 entry fee, food will be provided.

Please RSVP via email to bards@bardsinitiative.com to confirm your reading spot for the event.

Want to find a football poem for your Super Bowl Party?  Read more »

LI Blizzard Juno 2015: Our Riverhead home in snow

Blizzards can be fun, if you are safe and warm inside. I work at a nursery school, so we knew we were off work the day before.

Wanted to share my fun photos of our Riverhead house and neighborhood from the blizzard. Both doors were covered with snow. Though, it was fluffy enough to push aside.

You can see our whole Flickr album here: Long Island Blizzard 2015, gallery.


LI Blizzard 2015
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LI Winter 2015 Music

Bill Staines

Bill Staines

Our Times Coffeehouse

Bill Staines

Third Friday January 16 at 8PM. $15 donation
Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island38 Old Country Road Garden City, Meadowbrook Parkway Exit M1 Old County Rd. West about 1.5 miles going past Roosevelt Field, County Court House & Offices. Ethical Humanist Society on Left (South) Side Just passed the Garden City Water Tower. When you have gone too far Old Country Rd turns North, becomes Herricks Rd and goes under the LIRR
   + Third Fri Jan 16, 2015 Bill Stains + Third Fri Feb 20 Gathering Time: Gathering Time’s WinterFolk (a program of special songs for the snow season) + Third Fri Mar 20 + Third Fri Apr 17 + Third Fri 15 + Check Fri June +  Sept 18 The Kennedys + Oct 16 Spuyten Duyvil + Nov 20 Claudia Schmidt

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Eleven Reasons To Love Antique and Vintage Jewelry

For those of us who already love vintage jewelry, we don’t need any more reasons to hunt it down, wear it, and gift it. Though, if you haven’t included vintage in your wardrobe, yet, or you are still mulling over holiday gift ideas, we wanted to give a shout out for how vintage jewelry can add sparkle to your life and help save the world!

Vintage Jewelry: A thing of beauty

Vintage Jewelry

1. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” – Keats. You will always look beautiful wearing a graceful cameo, or something elegant with pearls.

1b. Something unique and funky will stand out in any era. (Didn’t want to forget those of us who like Retro, Kitsch, and/or the Austin Powers influence.)

2. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” makes the world a better place. Vintage fashion is inspired reuse. And, crafts that make old jewelry into new are an artsy way to recycle (upcycle).

3. An Antique or Vintage piece is often unique or one-of-a-kind. Sometime, you may have the only piece like it left in existence. Though, at least you can be fairly certain that no one else at the party will have the same thing!

4. Put your money where you heart is. Buying vintage items take money away from big corporations and mass market spending, and diverts resources to more local businesses and artful marketplaces.

4b. Vintage and Antique jewelry supports ethical buying. There are no worries about new impacts regarding unfair trade or cruelly mined gemstones.  Read more »

Uneven Recovery: Place, Race and Mortgage Lending on LI 12/10/14

An Uneven Road to Recovery:  New Findings on Place, Race and Mortgage Lending on Long Island

Long Island Housing Services, Inc.Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Hofstra University, University Club, North Campus, Hempstead, New York

Long Island Housing Services (LIHS), the private nonprofit fair housing advocacy and enforcement agency serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties, in partnership with Hofstra University’s National Center for Suburban Studies and the Department of Sociology, will present results of its most recent research into lending patterns.

The symposium will provide an overview of fair housing/fair lending laws.  All are welcome: academics, attorneys, advocates, government, non-profit, housing counselors, press and public stakeholders.  This program is made possible with the support of HUD’s Fair Housing Organization Initiative Program. A light lunch will be served.

RSVP by Monday December 8, 2014 using the following link: http://events.hofstra.edu/index.php?eID=10081 Admission is FREE, but space is limited and advance registration is required

Keynote Speakers   Read more »

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