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WOODIE GUTHRIE CALLED TO REMIND THE LANDLORDS

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This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island; 
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters 
This land was made for you and Me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway, 
I saw above me that endless skyway: 
I saw below me that golden valley: 
This land was made for you and me.

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps 
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts; 
And all around me a voice was sounding: 
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling, 
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling, 
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting: 
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking I saw a sign there 
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.” 
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing, 
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people, 
By the relief office I seen my people; 
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking 
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me, 
As I go walking that freedom highway; 
Nobody living can ever make me turn back 
This land was made for you and me. 

via woodieguthrie.org

SILENCE IS GOLDEN, THEN IT’S NOT

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Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan is home to 80,000 displaced Syrians. via world economic forum

Now and then I’ve had to speak up. It started when I got married.

Up until then I was a wallflower, a gentle person of meek disposition, always looking for others to give credit to. You know, that kind of guy.

Then I got married in a downpour so loud I could barely hear the preacher standing in front of me under the wedding tent.

He asked me if I took Elaine, yada, yada, yada, and since the congregation was huddled under roof eves on the other side of the front yard instead of near the well cover I got married on, I wanted them to know my answer.

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MARIJUANA: ADDICT OR ACTIVIST

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By now most folks understand the marijuana difference between 1969 and 2019.

Finger counting shows fifty years between the two.

In 1969 people bought a lid, four fingers, maybe three, an ounce, a stick, or a brick for the daring.

In 1969 people knew people who stayed anonymous. Hand over the money and the person who knew the people handed over a baggie. Everyone hoped for the best, but it didn’t matter as much because any weed was better than none.

In 2019?

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FIRST LETTERS IN MEMOIR: M E

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via Willamette Writers

I interrupted my blogging career when a story that needs telling appeared.

The cancer that jumped to a bump on my neck opened the door to a bigger picture than, “Oh my, cancer in my neck. How did this happen?”

I’ll always wonder how it happened, wonder how things would have been without it, wonder why I responded the way I did.

Because of all this wondering, I’m writing a memoir work in progress.

Yesterday I learned one of my competitors, a man who wrote a book on his cancer experience, died.

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BLOG READERS, BOTS, AND WRITERS

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via shoutmeloud

Google analytics on blog readers is either the biggest tattletale in history, or an effective research tool.

It shows and tells where blog readers like you find boomerpdx.

Apparently I’m a big hit in Chicago, at least that’s what the bots say.

Bot? What else hits a blogger page fifty times for an average of one second? Fast readers, or something more devious? Why would Chicago be devious?

Portland, on the other hand . . .

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10 BOOMER HEALTH NOTICES

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SHARE THE BURDEN, NOT ADD TO IT

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OVER-POPULATED PORTLAND? STOP COMPLAINING

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INSULTING ENVIRONMENT CLOSES ROADS, MINDS

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KEN KESEY, SOMETIMES A GREAT OREGON IN KERNVILLE

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BOOMER TRAVEL: GO IT ALONE?

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Boomer Tuna And The Deep Blue Sea

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Portland Italian Festival, Portland Haute Couture

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BUNKUM STONE FINALLY DEBUNKED BY LOAD OF BUNK

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