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Brush fire at Edgewood Preserve in Dix Hills, Long Island, NY

Edgewood Preserve

Edgewood Preserve

Just heard the news that there was a brush fire at Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve today, Saturday, April 25th. I am not sure if the fire was related to the way the Edge Wood Preserve is managed. Though, the crisis of a fire might be a good time to reflect on the value of the preserve, and the need to manage it responsibly.

The Edgewood Preserve is located on Long Island, New York. It is managed by New York State, and covers land in the towns of: Huntington, Babylon, and Islip.

Below the Newsday story of today’s event are background stories, photo links, and video of the preserve.

From Newsday:

Firefighters from 26 departments battled a brush fire that charred roughly 20 acres of woods in Dix Hills and Deer Park on Saturday afternoon [4/25/15]….

Friends of the Edgewood Preserve website (the organization is now defunct). Includes great photos and information about the natural habitat. (Also, see message from the Friends website at our readmore.)

Save The Oakbrush Plains website. Edgewood Preserve.(Currently dormant. Looks like an abandoned plan for a website about activism concerning the preserve.)

Video which includes a walk through the preserve. This video was taken for one of the Wilders’ poetry projects…

From the Friends of the Edgewood Preserve website: Read more »

Green Party NY wants to end ‘LLC loophole’ for $150,000 political donations

Green Party Watch » Blog Archive » Green Party of New York State calls for end to ‘LLC loophole’ allowing $150,000 political donations – America’s #1 Source for Green Party News & Views.

http://i1.wp.com/www.chambercoalition.org/images/Brian%20jones%20CANDIDATE%20FOR%20LT%20GOVERNOR%202014.jpg?resize=267%2C150Albany – The New York State Green Party said today that the Commissioners of the New York State Board of Elections should move immediately to close the infamous “LLC Loophole” that allows limited liability corporations to skirt corporate campaign finance laws and donate $150,000 a year to candidates. The Green Party pointed out that the Board of Elections can choose to reclassify LLCs as corporations for campaign finance purposes without approval from the Legislature or Governor Cuomo, putting a $5000 cap on donations. Green Party representatives said that while this would be an important reform, only full public campaign financing at all levels will eliminate New York State’s pay-to-play politics.

A poem for Nigel Hayes and his “beautiful” comment

Nigel Hayes of the Wisconsin Badgers was slightly embarrassed when his comment meant for the guys was broadcast to everyone in the room. Are beautiful women all men talk about when they are alone?

I had to share the poem that Hayes’ words reminded me of…

What Men Talk About When the Women Leave the Room Read more »

Thomas Berry & Earth Community of Life 4/18/15

A Celebration of Thomas Berry and The Earth Community as One Community of Life

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Thomas Berry

Homecoming Farm will be offering it’s Fifth Annual Spring Awakening on April 18, 2015 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Helen Butler Hall at Dominican Village, 565 Albany Avenue, Amityville, NY  11701. The program is entitled “A Celebration of Thomas Berry and The Earth Community as One Community of Life. The registration fee of $30 per person includes lunch.

Proceeds will benefit Homecoming Farm & Sophia Garden.   Please visit their website at www.homecomingearth.org to learn more about Homecoming Farm. For more information, contact  S. Jeanne Clark, OP, earthhomej@aol.com, 631-842-6000, Ext. 338.

This year Homecoming Farm will be celebrating the vision and legacy of Thomas Berry that lives in our hearts and our work. They will be welcoming
  • S. Miriam Therese MacGillis, OP, founder of Genesis Farm ,
  • S. Margaret Galiardi, OP, Author of Where  The Pure Water Flows,
  • S. Margaret Mayce, OP, The Dominican  NGO Representative to the UN,
  • S. Jeanne Clark, OP, Founder of Homecoming Farm and
  • Elizabeth Keihm, Executive Director of Homecoming Farm.
This  event will include presentations, media, and discussion of our shared experience of living the vision of Thomas Berry, now and into the future. 

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Remembering Danny Schechter, “The News Dissector”: Pioneering Journalist, Filmmaker & Activist | Democracy Now!

Remembering Danny Schechter, “The News Dissector”: Pioneering Journalist, Filmmaker & Activist | Democracy Now!.

The author, filmmaker and media reform activist Danny Schechter has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. Danny Schechter rose to prominence as the “The News Dissector” on Boston’s WBCN radio in the 1970s. He went on to work as a television producer at ABC’s 20/20, where he won two Emmy Awards, and at the newly launchedCNN. But he left corporate media to lead MediaChannel.org and Global Vision. Schechter wrote 12 books, including “The More You Watch, the Less You Know,” and was a leading activist and journalist against apartheid in South Africa, making six nonfiction films about Nelson Mandela. He was a frequent guest on Democracy Now! over the years. The last time he was on the program, he discussed the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

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…

Euclid

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:

http://www.boogcity.com/boogpdfs/bc97.pdf

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 »
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