By the Time we got to Woodstock

Sixteen, pampered and fearless. We took my mother’s car and Leona drove to beautiful up-state New York, a Music and Art Fair, Aquarian exposition. How great did that sound?  I’d packed my coolest clothes and tucked my pillow with its starched white cover under my arm and set off on an adventure. The traffic crawled. Leona stillContinue reading “By the Time we got to Woodstock”

Did you Know this About May 5th?

Re-posted from May 5th, 2016 We often think of Cinco de Mayo as the Mexican 4th of July. When it really was the day that the poor Mexican people bettered the rich and powerful French. Short history: After four years of civil war, Mexico owed millions in foreign debt. President Benito Juarez suspended payments of those debts forContinue reading “Did you Know this About May 5th?”

Labor Day Blues

It’s Labor Day, time to settle that age-long dispute over who founded it. Some say it was Mathew Maguire of the International Association of Machinists others claim it was Peter McGuire from the Brotherhood of Carpenters. Maguire vs McGuire, really? I am going to settle this dispute right here and now. The idea of LaborContinue reading “Labor Day Blues”

A Hero from the Mills of Lowell

He was a great story teller and a bad poker player. A veteran of World War II and he became a union leader at a time when few dared to be. How do you fit a story like his in a blurb? He puzzled me. He often retreated into a catatonic-like stare and I’d wonder where he’d gone.Continue reading “A Hero from the Mills of Lowell”

Did you Know this About May 5th?

We often think of Cinco de Mayo as the Mexican 4th of July. When it really was the day that the poor Mexican people bettered the rich and powerful French. Short history: After four years of civil war, Mexico owed millions in foreign debt. President Benito Juarez suspended payments of those debts for two years so that theyContinue reading “Did you Know this About May 5th?”