Note; Prepared for the Swarthmorean, which may have decided not to run it
How I spent my summer Vacation,
in 500 words or less
A good section of my summer was spent on the
O For Congress (O being Owen Powell for CD 7)
Campaign and attendent activities;
including Press Releases, securing required signatures on
the Nominating Petition in various
Delco Farmers Markets/Towns. Though we did
not attain Ballot Status, we did achieve the following;
We brought up cut military spending, created
a 99% Party (see Facebook) that any of us can continue to work on and
a diverse group of individuals learned to work together
for a common cause.
Democracy Unplugged, which I Facilitate, presented
a July 14th Congressional Forum. This event
generated a good article in the Delco Times and
some great discussion. (even though the D & R
“were unable to attend”)
Out of the above, my writing turned to opinion pieces,
of which the Delco Times has published two.
I am working on more as time permits,
which it often doesn’t.
Unlike most Swarthmoreans, I’ve never learned
to work magic with Compost. During these times,
I remember my past in a South Philly 3rd floor walkup with
I’m still trying to access my inner Composter,
in fear that my Compost pile won’t measure up.
I’m continuing reading studies in Russian Literature,
inspired by a fantastic LLC at the College,
taught by Professor Thompson Bradley . Currently,
I’m reading a History of Russian Literature by D. S. Mirsky,
actually lent to me by a Swarthmore Comrade, after which
I’ll return to Dr. Bradley’s Reading List.
Periodically, I return to my creative side, transcribing my
Montreal Poetry Notebooks to Word and then email them to
myself as attachments. I must
learn a simple Blog to share these Poems.
The last few weeks I’ve been in Philly to help the
Constution/Libertarian Parties try to beat
back the Pa Gop Challenge
to their Presidential Petition Sheets.
This arguing over individual signatures has
been draining yet energizing.
The Pennsylvania Ballot Access
Coalition, which I also facilitate,
has been quoted in articles in the Philadelphia
Daily News and Weekly, the Web-based
Pa Independent, among others.
Wife and i continue providing ongoing primary
care and control for
two dogs, three cats, and backyard poultry.
This is an animal based household, like many in Swarthmore.
Leaving Russian Literature, I retreat to
Agatha Christie, reading of
various Sportive Sections, and political websites.
While typing this, I listen to BBC Proms on
BBC Radio 3, only available
two weeks after, if unBrit.
(The Proms end September 8th.)
After this, WPRB Princeton
(Classical Discoveries with Marvin Rosen
also only two weeks after, Jerseyite or no.)
We had visitations from
Phyllis of the Desert, my daughter, her
daughter with boyfriend-in-law,
learned to love DVR technology
for westerns and other old/new movies.
Besides all this, there’s a part-time job,
the ongoing deletions of
the basement’s unneeded items,
(once I decide something is unneeded),
plus house/yard maintenance,
Summer 2013, having time again,
I will attend some minor league
This may sound like my hair is constantly on fire
but some lives are spent that way,
and who’s to say what dreams are best.