And the reason she was strange was ’cause all her life, over fifty years, she kept telling stories to the people. She even sang songs about it. She was telling the folks that if she ever left this island, she’d take it with her. People thought she was crazy. But it happened.Read More
And from there, I went to Memphis, Tennessee. I was in Memphis when Doctor King was killed.
Not that I knew that much about Doctor King at the time. But I was there at that time.Read More
Absurd as it is, Old Joe's association of Big Island with the maybe real, maybe legendary 16th-Century Indian leader Hiawatha persists to this day.Read More
Sweet America.Read More
There are certain things that have been very constant, but prayers have changed and often changed with the times. So, I believe any ritual or practice needs to—make sense isn’t the right word. But, even if it’s an ancient practice, for me, it needs to be in harmony with the physical plane in 2016.Read More
The story of Warren Street and of Hudson’s recent past—of natives and newcomers, of property tax bills and reassessments, of work and morphing rents, of sparring cultural currents—is a complicated one to tell. Makes me tired to think of trying to tell it.Read More
There was a mystical quality about Helen and the things she witnessed during her tenure on this planet. I noted in the introduction to my Interviews From 2015 book that, “when Helen Henderson was born, World War I was still three years away. The world population, at roughly 1.8 billion, was less than a third of today. Automobiles were a novelty for the cutting-edge wealthy. Electricity and indoor plumbing were still a decade or two away for most rural homes in the Hudson Valley. And many veterans of America’s Civil War were still walking around and telling their tales.”Read More
Summer's not over till we all agree it's over.Read More
"It was Herkimer who first reversed the gloomy scene.
He served from love of country, not for reward."
—Gen. George Washington
What if pleasure and displeasure were so tied together that whoever wanted to have as much as possible of one must also have as much as possible of the other?Read More