What Pete Seeger Taught Me About Activism
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What Pete Seeger Taught Me About Activism

(Mother Jones) It was 2008, and I was there ostensibly to write for the New York Times about Seeger’s weekly Saturday protests against the Iraq War. But the secret reason I went was because I’d recently entered local politics, and I wanted to know how a man who’d been castigated, blacklisted, and stoned, had kept the faith. … Continue reading

Catskill Cultural Center Saved, and Renewed, Thanks to a Fiddler’s Tune
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Catskill Cultural Center Saved, and Renewed, Thanks to a Fiddler’s Tune

(New York Times) OLIVEBRIDGE, N.Y. — On a spring Sunday in the Catskill Mountains, Jay Ungar, a fiddler wearing a black vest and hiking boots, and his wife, Molly Mason, playing guitar, stood on a stage in a barnlike performance hall that did not exist a year ago. “Can you stand to hear this tune … Continue reading

More Musings on “Ashokan Farewell”
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More Musings on “Ashokan Farewell”

The Places “Ashokan Farewell” Has Taken Jay Ungar — I had to leave this story out of the New York Times piece I wrote about Jay Ungar’s bittersweet song, “Ashokan Farewell,” but I love it: In the spring of 2006, Ungar and his wife, the musician Molly Mason, joined renowned flutist Sir James Galway in … Continue reading

Thomas Jefferson’s Radical Plan to Avert the Fiscal Cliff
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Thomas Jefferson’s Radical Plan to Avert the Fiscal Cliff

(History News Network) Those looking for guidance on how to chisel the federal debt today might re-examine how Thomas Jefferson and his Democratic-Republican party tackled the issue. Jefferson, who fought personal debt all his days, made the erasure of the federal debt his number one priority after his first election in 1800. He believed debt … Continue reading

Five Presidents’ Rocky Roads to the White House
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Five Presidents’ Rocky Roads to the White House

(History Channel) Just in time for Presidents’ Day, guest contributor Dennis Gaffney, co-author of “The Seven-Day Scholar: The Presidents,” offers a list of five presidents who triumphed over major personal hurdles on their way to winning the highest office in the country. 1. George Washington’s Aggressive Nature
“Had he been born in the forests,” said Gilbert … Continue reading