Quote of the moment: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, on the role of journalism

March 15, 2018

Marjory Stoneman Douglas worked mostly outside of the spotlight, writing for Florida newspapers and magazines. Among other things, her collected works prompted Floridians to come to love the wild Everglades, and so to save this wonderful wilderness from drainage, and development.

In the past few decades someone named a high school after her, probably hoping to inspire a few women to greater achievement, and all students to good work.

You may know the rest of the story.

Recently someone made a banner of something Ms. Douglas said, and posted it on a fence near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Ms. Douglas said:

Be a nuisance where it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action. Be depressed, discouraged and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics — but never give up.

Words to live by, and help others to live.

Tip of the old scrub brush to @BrittanyWallman, “Senior reporter, South Florida Sun Sentinel, covering Fort Lauderdale and regional growth/development.”

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James Baldwin’s record collection

March 15, 2018

Interesting Tweets from an organization in France, Les Amis de la Maison James Baldwin (The Friends of the House of James Baldwin), showing off his collection of records. They are recordings of music, on vinyl. Baldwin died in 1987, when it was still possible to avoid music on compact discs.

I love our old vinyl records. They have great works of art on the covers, often, and they have real notes in a readable font. We turned to CDs when some releases stopped coming on vinyl, after 1987.

Now it’s difficult to get CDs, and the tech magazines talk about the death of medium.

But in this short series of Tweets, more photos than words, Les Amis de la Maison James Baldwin take us back into his mind and art, and give us a glimpse of what could have been a wonderful time, sitting in his home in Paris, listening to great music on his record player — stereo I presume, though there is no information on what equipment he had.

He played some of it loud.

Good.

A photo of the vinyl record albums of James Baldwin, from the group that takes care of his home in Paris.

A photo of the vinyl record albums of James Baldwin, from the group that takes care of his home in Paris.

Diana Ross, Carmen McRae, Patti Labelle, more Carmen McRae, more Diana Ross, Donna Summer. Brenda Lee, Nina Simone and more Nina Simone. The Pointer Sisters. Deborah Brown Quartet (bet you don’t have that one in your collection). Aretha Franklin, “Here Comes the Sun” by Nina Simone, and more Aretha. One of the jazz albums produced by Creed Taylor (you have some of that, certainly). “From a Whisper to a Scream;” Allen Toussaint?

It’s a great collection in that first photo. We might expect polemics from Baldwin, but the polemic comes only from the entire field of artists and material. It’s the art he collected, and that carries a deeper, more powerful message than any one song or one artist.

Les Amis de Maison James Baldwin said,

Les Amis de Maison James Baldwin said, “Neighbors and friends recall music played at volume from the Baldwin villa.”

In the case of Aretha Franklin, “at volume” is a good thing, easily understandable. Heck, that’s true of every record in that collection.

Tweet caption: Well lived, well loved

Tweet caption: Well lived, well loved

Lou Rawls, Frank Sinatra, the Platters, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. Dinah Washington. Solid stuff.

Les Amis de Maison James Baldwin said:

Les Amis de Maison James Baldwin said: “James Baldwin occupied the villa on Chemin du Pilon from 1970 to 1987.”

Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin captioned this photo:

Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin captioned this photo: “He was reportedly entranced by gospel singer Sara Jordan Powell. He played her Amazing Grace again and again and again.”

Shirley Bassey, Bill Withers, Ray Charles, Otis Redding.

James Baldwin appears not to have had a very large collection of records in his home in France. But what he had, was great. A lot of artists are missing that we may wish Baldwin could have heard, and heard often in his own home. Perhaps he was just building up.

What a firm, great foundation.

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Lymphatic filariasis eliminated from Cambodia, another victory for WHO’s public health teams

March 15, 2018

Cambodia’s last case of lymphatic filariasis showed up eight years ago.

WHO now declares Cambodia free of the mosquito-borne disease.

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Jerry Garcia’s essentials, from a Spotify playlist

March 12, 2018

Cover of 1975 first album from Old and In the Way, a bluegrass band featuring Gerry Garcia, David Grisman, Vassar Clements and Peter Rowan, and John Kahn

Cover of 1975 first album from Old and In the Way, a bluegrass band featuring Gerry Garcia, David Grisman, Vassar Clements and Peter Rowan, and John Kahn

Bluegrass Situation put together a play list of the key Jerry Garcia stuff all fans oughtta know — so it includes Grateful Dead and Old and In the Way.

You’ll probably have to sign in for Spotify (at Spotify.com), if you aren’t already registered — but if you’re a Garcia fan, it might be worth it.

If you’re not a Garcia and Dead fan, more is the pity.

It’s a good listen, any time.

Cover of Grateful Dead's landmark Workingman's Dead, 1970. Wikipedia image

Cover of Grateful Dead’s landmark Workingman’s Dead, 1970. Wikipedia image


#MarchForLife kid vs. NRA’s slick script reader

March 10, 2018

Who comes out with the better case?

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How St. Patrick’s Day migrated farther than the Irish

March 10, 2018

Interesting news on the spread of culture, internationally.

www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2018/03/economist-explains-7


Polar bears demand Goldilocks ice; she’s baked to death in the sun

March 9, 2018

Polar bears need Goldilocks ice. There isn’t much.

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