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Next to the Statue of Liberty the following poem stands!
“NEW COLOSSUS” Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
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AN ILLUSTRATED TALK ON “THE LESSONS OF ELEANOR ROOSEVELT”
Theresa McCormick shares the following:
Description: Lorraine Toly, a USUU Member, attended a conference about Eleanor Roosevelt at Campobello last fall. She’ll give an illustrated talk, sharing some of what she learned about the life and philosophy of the former First Lady and human rights speaker. Q & A will follow.
Date: Sunday, March 8th
Time: 12:45 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Fireside Room of WSUU Church (7141 Calif.)
MY TRIP TO THE AMSTERDAM RED LIGHT DISTRICT!
I’m very liberal about human sexuality; I don’t care what consenting adults do as long as they are truly consenting, are adults, and I don’t have to look at them. That said I was quite interested to see what the Red Light District of Amsterdam would be like. I expected to see sophisticated women who were “experts” if you will, who specialized in various sex acts but what I actually saw were young (seemingly 16-22 year old) blonds in bikinis like you see on any beach. It made me so sad. So sad, in fact and rather so, well I’m not quite sure what, that I struck up a conversation with our hotel clerk about it. He was young (around 30) so expected him to say it was great. I was quite surprised to hear his comments that he wished it was gone. Not because he was a prude but that try as Amsterdam might to make it “clean” corruption and trafficking from eastern european countries continued to be a part of the industry even though licenses were issued, etc.
Food for thought!
THERESA’S NEW MEMOIR
Theresa McCormick, WSDW member has written a memoir! Here’s some information about the memoir, A Far Cry From Here: Growing Up and Out of Fundamentalism (UBS Press, Seattle, 2014).
She says, “It is the story of my growing up in rural Texas in a Christian fundamentalist family and details the long road I traveled and the struggles I had in searching for an authentic identity free of fundamentalism. It reveals my gradual growth into an independent empowered feminist womanhood. I recount the high personal costs I paid for choosing a different spiritual path from my parents’. Breaking away was extremely painful. I made choices and took actions that flew in the face of all my family believed in — especially offensive were my rejection of their faith and my divorce.”
“In spite of all these hurdles, I gradually carved out my own identity as an independent educator, social activist, writer, and artist. In the process of shattering my family’s traditional expectations, I had broken out of their rigid mold, but my heart broke open to reveal both its vulnerability and its strength. … I also learned how unusual it is for someone to reject their parents’ core beliefs and not be permanently estranged from them. I discovered that my efforts over the years to be considerate and kind were not in vain. In those years before the Internet, I stayed in touch by writing letters, sending cards and gifts, making phone calls, and traveling to Texas for visits nearly every year. Somehow we managed to stay cordially connected in spite of our deep differences. I am so happy that they eventually accepted me, their prodigal and dissident daughter and sister, back into the fold.”
“Barack Obama asks in Dreams From My Father: ‘What is family? … is it … a store of shared memories, say? An ambit of love? A reach across the void?’ … I answer, Yes, it is all of these and much more. When you read my memoir I hope you will join me in celebrating family stories and the web of connection woven by families of all configurations, including your own.”
Some history about this amazing woman, an artist, a writer now of two books, an amazing woman!
Quoted from _______________ Theresa’s diverse artwork reflects the fact that she was an art teach for years and that she has traveled widely around the world and United States. Some of the works she does are abstract, some realistic, some expressionistic, and some whimsical including silkscreen prints (serigraphs), watercolor and acrylic paintings, mixed media, collages, fabric wall hangings, and pencil drawings. Her fascination with texture, a constant in her art, is reflected in the way she uses materials and in the techniques she chooses to create multi-layered surfaces in her mixed media and fabric collage pieces.