Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Candy anyone? Or dyou wanna keep your teeth? Poetry book - Paterson, NJ - I still have this book, somewhere - Mom's Ashes

 Ellen received a note from THE PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE to mail us the ashes of the late Bernice Greenwold.


Ellen will sign and date the form.

Also sister Donna, at the library I finally picked up AMOR TOWLES book THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY.

Can't wait to start reading.

Actually while I was in bed waiting to read this, I had absolutely NO ENERGY. That is because my sugar was low.

One of the worst. 38.

Almond crackers to the rescue. 

PLUS Kind Bars.

Was on phone for a couple hours arguing to have my blood tests picked up by my BCBS health insurance. First spoke to India, then David, then Rachel.

Possibly the reason MEDICARE blocked initial payment was the WRONG CODE was written in.

It's impossible to provide more than a synopsis of the thought behind the work Paterson, and more than a fragment of it's lines, on one simple web page. We leave you, the reader, with an excerpt from Book One, and hopefully an understanding of the heart underlying our musical and visual response.

"Paterson lies in the valley under the Passaic Falls
its spent waters forming the outline of his back. He
lies on his right side, head near the thunder
of the waters filling his dreams! Eternally asleep,
his dreams walk about the city where he persists
incognito. Butterflies settle on his stone ear.
Immortal he neither moves nor rouses and is seldom
seen, though he breathes and the subtleties of his machinations
drawing their substance from the noise of the pouring river
animate a thousand automations. Who because they
neither know their sources nor the sills of their
disappointments walk outside their bodies aimlessly
for the most part,
locked and forgot in their desires-unroused.

—Say it, no ideas but in things—
nothing but the blank faces of the houses
and cylindrical trees
bent, forked by preconception and accident—
split, furrowed, creased, mottled, stained—
secret—into the body of the light!

From above, higher than the spires, higher
even than the office towers, from oozy fields
abandoned to gray beds of dead grass,
black sumac, withered weed-stalks,
mud and thickets cluttered with dead leaves-
the river comes pouring in above the city
and crashes from the edge of the gorge
in a recoil of spray and rainbow mists-

(What common language to unravel?
. . .combed into straight lines
from that rafter of a rock's

A man like a city and a woman like a flower
—who are in love. Two women. Three women.
Innumerable women, each like a flower.

But only one man—like a city."


 Maybe 'THE BOSS' should also win the Nobel Prize. 

My friend Judy has been to most of his concerts. 

Good for you, Jude!

Guess what? Ellen found us a lawn mowing service!

They will be here the morrow, May 18, in the afternoon.

My timer is set for 37 minutes for AMY'S ENCHILADA DINNER.

Am finally reading the JOAN DIDION issue of the Atlantic.

Thank you, Remdidion. 

Sister Ellen had NO IDEA that the bird houses outside on my front lawn have baby birds in them.

Chickodees, I think.

Hold on.

Pic from Internet. 


His music and lyrics are part of the American Songbook.

Never repetitious. 

Does he still live in Remsen NJ.

Does he mow his own lawn? 

While his voice is recognizable to most Americans, he uses it in new ways, often with his harmonica.

I hold you in my arms, I saw you baby or is it just a grim disguise.

Concerns of most Americans. 

Thank you Alexa, for playing BRUCE FOR US.

Only 23 more minutes till chow time.


A rock & roll true believer with a poet's heart, the Boss defined mainstream American rock in the late 20th century. Wikipedia

Reflections of Bob Dylan winning Nobel Prize in 2013

 While making breakfast, I call ALEXA, Top Ten.

I am not familiar with that, she says.

ALEXA, Bob Dylan I say.

This photo is from the BBC. 

There were hints he might win the award. 

My sister Donna was the first Greenwold Girl to recognize his greatness.

Let us see what the Academy wrote about him.

Bob Dylan was born on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. He grew up in the city of Hibbing. As a teenager, he played in various bands and with time his interest in music deepened, with a particular passion for American folk music and blues. One of his idols was the folk singer Woody Guthrie. He was also influenced by the early authors of the Beat Generation, as well as by modernist poets.

Dylan moved to New York City in 1961 and began to perform in clubs and caf├ęs in Greenwich Village. He met the record producer John Hammond, with whom he signed a contract for his debut album, Bob Dylan (1962). 

In the following years, he recorded a number of albums which have had a tremendous impact on popular music: Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited in 1965, Blonde On Blonde in 1966 and Blood On The Tracks in 1975. His productivity continued in the following decades, resulting in masterpieces like Oh Mercy (1989), Time Out of Mind (1997) and Modern Times (2006).

Dylan’s tours in 1965 and 1966 attracted a lot of attention. For a period, he was accompanied by film maker D. A. Pennebaker, who documented life around the stage in what would come to be the movie Dont Look Back (1967). 

Dylan has recorded a large number of albums revolving around topics such as: the social conditions of man, religion, politics and love. The lyrics have continuously been published in new editions starting in 1973, under the title WritingsandDrawings, subsequently changed to Lyrics. As an artist, he is strikingly versatile; he has been active as a painter, actor and scriptwriter.

Besides his large production of albums, Dylan has published experimental work like the prose poetry collection Tarantula (1971). He has written an autobiography, Chronicles (2004), which depicts memories from the early years in New York and which provides glimpses of his life at the center of popular culture. Since the late 1980s, 

Bob Dylan has toured consistently, playing over 3000 concerts during the last 20 years. 

Dylan has the status of an icon. His influence on contemporary culture is profound, and he is the object of a steady stream of literary and musical analysis.

Presidential Medal of Freedom

Medal of Freedom

Monday, May 16, 2022

Thank you Sister Ellen for saving me from a Scam

I argued and argued. No, I said, Judy Bardes, former member of DOUTY FOUNDATION, who I never hear from, asked me to do the following:

And this is what I did:

Got a gift card for $250 from AMAZON which I would then deposit into Judy's account as there was something wrong with her bank account.

How I protested! 

Finally I got AMAZON on the phone and they REMOVED the gift card.

Spoke to Pandar from India.

They checked several times and finally put the $250 back into my account.

How I used to laugh at folks who were victims of scams.

The worst things, though, are to marry a con artist.


Whatever happened to the Douty Foundation ? Posted in 2013

The Douty Foundation is committed to advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through its philanthropy.

****The Douty Foundation will be sunsetting at the end of 2021. Please read more about that here.****

Since 1968, the Douty Foundation has provided funding to organizations working to foster equitable opportunities for children and youth in Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania.

The foundation supports organizations that:
• have demonstrated roots within the community;
• have a commitment to community engagement;
• have limited access to funding sources;
• provide or promote educational opportunities for children and youth;
• are focused on long-term social change through its work;
• are willing to take risks in terms of program delivery or the development of solutions to needs or problems

Latest News from Douty:

August 3, 2020: Please take a moment to read about our recent announcement on our upcoming funding application deadline (9/15/20) and the decision to ‘close shop’ at the end of 2021.

April 6, 2020: Douty Foundation releases 25% of its endowment in emergency funding in response to COVID-19 crisis. Click for  PRESS RELEASE

Fall 2019 ‘Immigrant Communities Safe & Thriving’: We are thrilled to announce our cohort of organizations that will be supported with Douty funding over the next 3 years. We hope that our multi-year support will help build the capacity of the individual organizations involved and also help build the collective power of our immigrant communities and friends. We look forward to opportunities to listen, learn and grow together.

2019The Douty Foundation is part of the inaugural Equity cohort of Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia: a peer-based model that will take a deep-dive into equity with constructive support for implementing change.

2018: Jennifer Leith, Host Committee Chair of Exponent Philanthropy’s 2018 National Conference

2017: Rapid Response Grants Opportunity for immigration/refugee rights & reproductive rights. Read more here.

The Douty Foundation was among 97 organizations across the United States which made Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ Honor Roll for our increased support of LGBTQ communities by 25 percent or more in 2016-2015.