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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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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 »

Suffolk Green Party Endorses Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Green Party of SuffolkThe Green Party of Suffolk continues to support Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR).   TDOR is a worldwide event held every November to raise awareness about discrimination, violence, and murder directed at transgender (living as or expressing a gender other than the one expected at birth), intersex (biologically in between or outside male and female), and gender-nonconforming (acting in any way contrary to gender stereotypes) people.

The Green Party believes in supporting the safety, dignity, and equality of all people.  Our Diversity Platform includes LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) individuals.  We are opposed to discrimination and violence, including any directed against a person’s expressed or perceived gender or sexuality.  In keeping with our Pillars of social/economic justice, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom, and peace/nonviolence, The Green Party of Suffolk supports Transgender Day of Remembrance, both as an event and in its local observances.  For general information about Transgender Day of Remembrance, visit tdor.info.  Upcoming TDOR events in Suffolk County include:

*Stony Brook Unitarian Universalist Fellowship event, Transgender 101, followed by Q and A by organizers of Greater Long Island TDOR, 11/16 starting at 10:30am.  Location: Stony Brook U.U., 380 Nicolls Rd.  Visit uufsb.org or call (631) 751-0297 for further information.

*The Greater Long Island Transgender Day Of Remembrance: Sunday 11/16 at 7pm.  Location: 1st Presbyterian Church of Port Jefferson – 107 South St. and Main St.  Log onto litdor.org for full details.

*Long Island GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) Services Center TDOR, Wednesday 11/19 from 7-10pm. Location: Bayshore office, 34 Park Place.  For additional information, please visit www.ligaly.org or call (631) 665-2300.

*Stony Brook University TDOR, Thursday 11/20 at 7pm.  Location: SAC (Student Activities Center Plaza).  For information, please call the Center for Prevention and Outreach at (631) 632-2748.



Green Party Election Results 2014: NY Governor, national Green Party, etc.

The Green Party NY Governor ticket has earned more than the 50,000 votes needed to keep the Green Party as an automatic, ballot status party!

Updated Election Results Links:

National Green Party overview from gp.org:

Green Party State-by-State Election Results from Green Party Watch:

Election Night notes and comments from onthewilderside:

So far, the Green Party Governor/Lt. Governor ticket has 89,345 votes, with 7,922 of 15,178 districts reporting. That is 4.69% of the vote, though the percentage will probably change a lot depending on which districts are reporting first.

For New York State Election Results, click on the NYS BOE website:here, and refresh a lot.

Based on current figures, the Green Party could move up on the ballot to be at the number 4 spot. It looks like the new ballot arrangement might be: Democrat; Republican; Conservative; Green Party; Working Families Party; Independence Party; Stop Common Core Party (may or may not get the 50,000 for automatic ballot status); Women’s Equality Party (may or may not get the 50,000); SAP Party (may or may not get the 50,000); Women’s Equality Party (may or may not get the 50,000). And, the SAP Party will probably not get the 50,000.

Notes: With 6,538 of 15,178 reporting…
Working Families has surpassed the 50,000 automatic ballot status number
Independence Party has 30,370 votes, so there is a small chance they will not reach 50,000 ballot status
Stop Common Core (created by Astorino supporters) has 23,884, so there is a chance it could reach 50,000 ballot status

Some other Suffolk, Nassau, and Statewide results to follow…

In Suffolk County, for NY Congressional District 1, incumbent, Democrat Tim Bishop has lost to Republican Lee Zeldin.

In Nassau/Suffolk, for NY Congressional District 2, incumbent, Republican Peter King has won his seat again.

Green Party candidate in Nassau County, William D. Stevenson, running in the NY Cong District 2, won 1.6% of the votes.

OTWS: Suffolk Ballot Propositions 2014

Suffolk County Ballot Propositions 2014 results:
Prop 4 – Financial Consolidation – PASSED (61.45% to 38.54%), with the ironic outcome that the County Executive just gave more power to the County Comptroller position, and a Republican won for Comptroller. At least there is some justice in this world!)
Prop 5 – Shuffling and returning environmental funds – PASSED (65.66 to 34.44)

For Suffolk County election results, check out the fancy data page at the Suffolk County Board of Elections: here. (Remember that it is Suffolk-only totals, so the statewide races will not necessarily reflect the overall winners and losers.)

New York State Ballot Proposition 2014 results:
Update as of 11/5/2014: All three propositions passed. Article at “Capital New York”: here.

Suffolk County Ballot Propositions
and New Y
ork State Ballot Propositions

Onthewilderside Voting Guide:

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Don’t forget to FLIP your ballot paper over
for the propositions!

Prop 1Redistricting Commission
MIXED THOUGHTS. This bill would make only a small improvement to a very bad statewide redistricting process. Many advocates want to hold out for an even better solution. Vote yes or no, depending on how adamantly you feel about it. (A statewide proposition)

Prop 2Electronic versions of bills
YES. Will allow some versions of bills to be posted on-line instead of on paper. Seems like a measure to keep our government and laws up to date with the information age. (A statewide proposition)

Prop 3Bonding for technology
NO. The purchases under this proposal will include buying computers for private and parochial schools with our tax money. Anyway, why put anything with a short shelf-life on debt? (A statewide proposition)

Prop 4Financial Consolidation
NO, NO, NO. Seeks to combine the county Treasurer and Comptroller office. This prop seems like a gimmick to combine two elected offices and pretend that will save money. Though, the prop is even worse, because it takes away some financial oversight of our local government. (A Suffolk County prop. Resolution No. 507-2014. Sometimes called Suffolk County Proposition “1”)

Prop 5An environmental cover-up

NO, NO, NO. The County Executive played a game and spent earmarked funds in the wrong way. This prop tries to “cover his tracks”. Let’s go back to the drawing board for a solution, and let our elected officials know that financial shenanigans are not too easily forgiven.
(A Suffolk County prop. Resolution No. 579-2014. Sometimes called Suffolk County Proposition “2”)

Why are we RAVEN about

Prop 4 and Prop 5 ????? Read more »

Edgeleft: The Case for Howie Hawkins for NY Governor

English: David McReynolds speaking at a party ...

David McReynolds

by David McReynolds

Election day is just a week away and I am sending this to my Edgeleft list, and to others – if you are in New York state, please consider Howie Hawkins and if you are outside of the state, send it, if you can, to friends in New York.

Howie Hawkins is the Green Party candidate governor.  (He is also a member of the Socialist Party and Solidarity, and has wide support from the democratic left  in New York).

I know Howie, I’ve been up to his district and know he has a solid base in the community. His background is important – he has worked in construction, helped build a worker cooperative, is a former Marine who helped organize opposition to the Vietnam War and in the 1970’s and 1980’s was a leader in the anti-apartheid divestment movement in the US.

He works at UPS unloading trucks, and is a member of Teamsters Local 317 and is active in Teamsters for a Democratic Union, US Labor Against the War, and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer HealthcareRead more »

Green Party Governor candidate Howie Hawkins in Nassau County 10/27/14

Nassau Meet-and-Greet With Green Party Governor candidate Howie Hawkins!

English: Howie Hawkins

A chance for Nassau Howie Hawkins supporters to meet the candidate! Find out how you can help get out the vote in the final days of the campaign. Light refreshments served. Please RSVP or contact Jim Brown, Chair of the Green Party of Nassau County, in advance.


October 27, 2014 at 6:30pm – 7:30pm

The Home of Al and Shelly Dorfman
134 New York Ave
Freeport, NY 11520
United States
Google map and directions
Jim Brown, Chair, Green Party Of Nassau County · jrb398@yahoo.com


Halloween Fun: Carved Pumpkin Ideas and more…

Carved Pumpkin Face

Decorated Pumpkin: Daisy Eyes

The Riverhead Country Fair 2014 was great fun on a beautiful day. Lots of folk art and community expression. Had to share some of the ideas for carving pumpkins. Will share a couple of photos here. More fun at our Flickr album: Carved Pumpkin Ideas.

Carved Pumpkin

Carved Pumpkin: Hen House

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