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August 25, 2004

Sudan needs your help now

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 5:49 pm

genocide now download this poster


What is happening in Darfur? Let us not say we did not know.

We know and we must do something. Let us speak up and speak out against

the atrocities in Darfur. Those dying are God’s children.

They are our sisters and brothers. Let us act now before it is too late.

              – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, June 7, 2004


You can download this poster, and an accompanying fact sheet.

[Copyright 2004 Passion of the Present]

Thanks to Jim Moore, Katrin Verclas of Passion of the Present

and Greg Moore of




watching the women

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 5:01 pm


I’ve been greatly enjoying William Martin‘s novel Harvard Yard, which asks whether William Shakespeare brought

John Harvard’s parents together and bequeathed to them a secret play.  The novel also features the feisty character

Lydia Wedge, who was insisting at the start of the 19th Century that Harvard admit women.  Lydia would have loved

the news in the September-October 2004 edition of Harvard Magazine (soon available at the site):

Gender Milestone:  For the first time, slightly more women than men will

enroll in the cohort of students entering Harvard College, making the class

of 2008 an historic group even before they begin their studies.

Mrs. Wedge, who is told in the novel that women are already being trained for teaching, the role to which their

intellects are best suited, might have smiled at the article “Blackboard Brain Drain.”    The findings of economics Professor

Carolyn Hoxby are summarized: “high-aptitude women” have turned away from teaching, both because other fields are

now open to them and because the flat wage schedules preferred by unions do not reward excellence.


briefcase women neg small



In the early 1800’s, like the fictional Lydia Wedge,

Kobayashi Issa was contemplating women’s roles: 


Great Japan!
a woman, also
digs with the plow



in the spring breeze
they’re out to watch the women…



women also
are Twelfth Month singers…
our Great Age!



flitting firefly–
don’t get tangled
in women’s hair!

translated by David G. Lanoue   

briefcase women neg small flip

p.s.  Sorry, Rufus, if the above title lured you here under false pretenses. As Evan

might say, if you came here looking for T&A, “keep moving.”  Or, as

Beldar and Arnold  put it, “just move on.” [But, come back soon!]


far from darfur

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 6:08 am



far from home
an empty swing
half my size

hands stained

with tiger ilies

all day this heat

swings gray



credits:  “hands stained”: South by Southeast 5:1

  “far from home”: (for Anita Virgil) from A New Resonance 2:  

  (Red Moon Press, 2001), and Frogpond XIX:3 (1996)



their babies

never cry

never stop crying        

[Aug. 25, 2004]                                



don't forget tack . . . . . .  Join the Sudan Day of Conscience, today! August 25th    (see why it’s important) . . . . . . don't forget tack

    • State Dept. Report: Pattern of Atrocities in Sudan.  (NYT, Aug. 25, 2005)


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