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!

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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.