Tis the season

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Cranberries, apples and celery in jello. Add sugar to taste to offset the cranberries.

I’ve managed to set up the small ceramic holiday tree and buy the ingredients for the seasonal jelly with fruit. Today we will haul food to the food pantry so others might eat. Yes, it matters.

This week, I began reading Evicted: Poverty and Profit in an American City, by Urban Anthropologist, Matthew Desmond.   Not a cheery book, but having spent much of my life living with and among people with substance abuse problems, I am very familiar with the suffering underclass and how others exploit their misery and how fruitless is the “war on drugs” and locking up people afflicted with misery.

Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when I was working on a degree in anthropology at Catholic University, I did some ethnographic fieldwork in a part of DC that has become since those days a classy neighborhood.

Urban renewal, gentrification, and “cleaning up a derelict neighborhood” generally mean pushing out the poor and making them homeless. Desmond’s book explores the lives of those on the receiving end of these efforts.

Carlos Lozada, Washington Post book reviewer, lists the book as one of his notable books of the year, and says it is “The best book I read this year.”


The other book I am reading concurrently is The Ghost Map: London’s most Terrifying Epidemic and how it changed Science, Cities and the Modern World, by Steven Johnson.

A hopeful book, and certainly written before the Flint Michigan water crises, which makes all of us wonder, just how far have we progressed?

Feeling badly this year because a certain person who made his billions exploiting others won a high office?  Well, its time to get angry and fight back. As Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over til it’s over.”

15 thoughts on “Tis the season

  1. I’m so discouraged, Dianne. I don’t know how to fight. I recently discovered that one of my very Christian friends voted for Trump and was very happy he won. I couldn’t understand it. I just can’t.

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  2. The salad looks delicious! Very festive.

    We haven’t taken our donations to the food bank yet this month. Our local food bank does great work too. There are lots of needy people here as well.

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