“Two Mangy Apple Trees and a Lot of Love” – my opinion essay in the August 26, 2018 Baltimore Sun–

Four years ago, Tree Guy came out to give us an estimate for gypsy moth spraying. As long as you’re here, I said, take a look at these apple trees and tell me what you think.

The two small trees were decades old. The summer cottage’s previous owners who planted them had passed on years ago, and a series of residents and renters neglected the property. …

Read the rest here, in today’s Baltimore Sun online.apples 2018

“Home, at Last,” the poetry of Jackie Oldham

I encourage you to take a look at Jackie’s poem, published on her website, Baltimore Black Woman.

Anyone who has cared for  an aging parent until death will recognize the combination of grief and relief as the adult child reclaims her own life after the parent’s passing.

 

 

 

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Civics 101: The First Amendment, Freedom of the Press, and Donald J. Trump–Journalists are NOT the Enemy!

I commend to all of you reading my blog today, the Boston Globe editorial, “Journalists are Not the Enemy.”

I write today in solidarity with American journalists who’ve been under a mounting attack by President Donald Trump,  in his  campaign against all those media outlets–and their writers–who criticize any aspect of his speechifying, social media claims and comments, programs, positions, behavior, or philosophy.

I support the Boston Globe and 300 other newspapers and media outlets of every political stripe, that today, August 16, have joined together to push back against the President’s claim that journalism is nothing more  than “fake news”  and “the enemy of the people.”

Freedom of the press is enshrined in our foundational document, the U.S. Constitution.

That is a fact.

Freedom of the press extends to all media outlets, no matter the editorial affiliation with political party.

That is a fact.

Preamble

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

 

Bill of Rights:

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

~LSV

 

 

Walking at Day’s End

 

34e0f0dad2aa4cfb595664163e11d044-1Explain to me how the sea

puts parentheses around the years

since my father held my waist.

We jumped the waves,

and he sang off key to me.

So much time has stacked up

but I walk along at low tide,

the water here dotted with bits of red seaweed,

feel only the water and the sand,

walk over shells of small crabs, or parts of their legs,

till the water laps up again and I see only

foam at the water’s edges.

Show me why the sea is so like

old words on the page,

why I can read and reread a poem

its meaning constant

text embedded deep in my neurons

though life whirls me

from single to married

childless to primagravida

to mother of two

to mother of two grown, off in the world.

 

~Lynne Viti

 

Originally published in Poetry Pacific literary magazine