I’ll be putting up a few items on the Virtual Assignment Desk for next week. If you register at the WorcesterActivist site, you can update this as well. Hint hint.
If you don’t have a blog but want to report on something, let me know and I’ll post it here. Also, please feel free to send in nominations for “What I Learned from Blogs This Week.” I tend to collect news-ish items during the week, but please let me know if I’ve missed anything of note.
Contests & Other Publicity
Worcester Mag’s Best of Worcester has a category for Best Local Blog. Vote your conscience, as long as your conscience directs that you vote for Wormtown Taxi! (Also, Albert Southwick for best columnist!)
Thursday, February 25 – 7:30 p.m. at AAS — Researching and Writing African American Biography: The Life of William Wells Brown
Pecha Kucha, vol 4, Saturday night.
What I Learned This Week
508 turned 100.
Bill on super markets, task forces
Tracy on the possibility of a new charter school in Worcester, and follows the Central Falls story.
Sean finds no fault with Robert Z. Nemeth this week. I also nominate him to evaluate every local candidate’s website, as he did with Karyn Polito’s.
Jeff on the T&G’s anti-cop agenda, WooTube controversy, and the omnipresence of Thiro trucks.
Paulie discusses housing loans and the Dismas House Family Farm.
The abyss between left and right, and the need for a senator’s clarification.
Victor on a weekend in the literary life of Worcester.
MassMoments discusses Esther Howland. (Also, AAS on hairy valentines.)
The need for a Worcester TARDIS; “Worcester Illustrated“; the best T&G letter of the year; CitySquare rumblings; tracks, sightings, and more tracks; the city recycling rate; a reminder that I need to brush up on my Finnish.
Telegram.comment of the week
Sean pointed out the comments to the article on Jill Stein. While I was tempted by some of the comments referring to “moon bats”, I think the “George Washington died of an STD” non sequitur of this comment puts it over the top:
Presidents Day is finally here and not one headlined article.
Two great presidents,one was murdered,the other died of syphilis,how sad for both. — Happy Holiday
The Week in Tirella
Sean did it for me.
The Week in Southwick
This column is Southwick at his best. I’d been meaning to read The Naked Quaker, so I was glad to hear a glowing review of the book from him.
Albert Southwick always seems to bring up topics that I’ve been thinking about. We were watching the second installment of Faces of America, and I was overwhelmed by the story of Kristi Yamaguchi’s grandfather. I can’t imagine that it was comfortable for her to hear about the sufferings of her ancestors (rights taken away, relocated to internment camps, the inability to become citizens for a ridiculously long time), but I’m sure it was equally wonderful to hear all sorts of great stories about their successes.
My husband and I talked about whether I’d ever be interested in doing genealogical research. I said at some point, I’d put together what’s rattling around in my head, for the benefit of our children, but that I wouldn’t go to the old country to do any additional research. I don’t think there are any records to be found. Even if there were, I’d be afraid of what I’d find.
Many of the celebrities profiled can be proud of their ancestors. Their ancestors worked hard, were positively profiled in the New York Times (as in the case of Queen Noor) and escaped forced famines (as in the case of Stephen Colbert). I don’t get the sense that anyone profiled in the series was worried that their ancestors left their countries of origin not to make a better life, but because they’d done something so bad that coming here was the only option to save their skin. And that’s what I worry about, with a certain side of my family.
What I appreciate about Albert Southwick is that he’s very honest — here and in other places — about his family’s history of owning slaves. It’s very easy to be proud of your ancestors, and it’s very easy to only see the best in those long dead. It’s much harder to know their flaws and wonder if those flaws could just as easily have been yours, had you been in the same circumstances.