Archive for November, 2011

“I Never Died,” Says He…

November 11, 2011

I’ve been waiting a long time for something like Occupy Wall Street to come along, something that would show the 1% just what the rest of us think of the world they’ve built with their billions. It’s bringing generations of activists together in a way I never expected to see. A few Saturdays ago, I spent the afternoon down at Zuccotti Park with my daughter and my 5-year-old granddaughter – who could ask for anything more?

How about Joan Baez singing at the park? Here she is with Joe Hill. Please enjoy!


It’s Veteran’s Day

November 11, 2011

Veteran’s Day is a complicated holiday for me. I was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam era – I know I did the right thing, but have always been haunted by the knowledge that someone fought in my place. Is his name on that big wall of names? I went and looked for it once.

War is too big a topic for this blog post. I’m thinking today about the individuals who decided to put on a uniform and fight. One of them was Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian who helped raise the flag on Iwo Jima Hill in 1944. Hailed then as a hero, he found when he returned home that life for him and his tribe hadn’t changed very much. Peter LaFarge wrote a song about him that was most famously sung by Johnny Cash, but I first heard it sung by Patrick Sky, and Sky’s version is still my favorite. Here it is – audio only, but still powerful. Happy Veteran’s Day.