My Family at the Democratic UNITY RALLY

Sunday, September 9th 2018

Waiting to get inside


I had work and could not go, but managed to cajole my Dear Hubsand and Cheerdlen to attend the “UNITY RALLY” with our newly elected U.S. Representative AYANNA PRESSLEY and our U.S. Senator ELIZABETH WARREN!

My “Queen” Elizabeth:  The embodiment of positive values and persistence.


I wish I could have been in the room when she said,

‘Listen up, Mr. President: Tick, tock!’


Yet alas DH diligently sent me these photos, and the cheerdlen diligently ducked out to the playground throughout the rally.  But my son has recently named Ayanna Pressley as his personal hero, and ClaraJane told me that all the candidates had to pass by the playground and that Ayanna smiled and WAVED to me!


This Goddess Right Here: Ayanna Pressley


Lots of other representatives and personal heroes were there too:

  • My fave personal State Rep. and ALL AROUND GOOD GUY, Mike Connolly.
  • Massachusetts State Rep. and friend, Marjorie Decker
  • U.S. Representative Catherine Clark
  • Political Comedian, personal hero and regrettably no-longer running for MA Lieutenant Governor, Jimmy Tingle
  • Our Cambridge City Mayer and friendly acquaintance, Marc McGovern


I know it didn’t mean as much to my flamly as it did to me, but I am just so thankful my cheerdlen children are growing up in a community in which Goddesses like these are AROUND, ACCESSIBLE and IN POWER.

“Democratic speakers …emphasized the party’s priorities, including broadening health care coverage, criminal justice reform, environmental protection, support for immigrants, and ending tax breaks that favor big businesses and the wealthy.”      ~Boston Globe


And god willing come November mid-terms we will keep it that way, at the VERY least.



#BlueWave   #PinkWave   #AllVotesMatter  #FlipCongress2018


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The Map of Gavin

September 6th 2018

This just in from the first week of school!


Gavin’s Autobiographical Map – 5th Grade


Hi Jenny,

Gavin asked me to send a pic of his autobiographical map. 

He has been working so hard and is off to a great start! 

Quite the 5th grade role model :)






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At Rise: Key to the City

Thursday, September 6th 2018


AT RISE:  The Oberhauser Four are eating extra peacefully tonight.  Even Mom is not talking, and is just enjoying the sights and sounds of Flamly Eating-In-Peace.

[Dishes gently tinkle along with the occasional slurping of clam chowder.]

Gavin:  I have a question.

Mom:  What is it honey?

Gavin:  Well you know how sometimes, if you do something really special and everything, they give you a “Key to the City?”  And it’s really big?

Mom:  Mm-hmm.  What about it honey?

Gavin: Well, does it actually unlock anything?  Or…?

Mom [assuming a misty-eyed air of facetious wisdom]:  Well, only the heart of your dreams, the potential of your future… and the pride of your parents.  [Looks at him gravely, tries not to laugh.]

Gavin:  Oh.  [Goes back to eating.]

Mom:  [Looks over at Dad with a look of shock that her B.S. answer worked.  Shrugs, goes back to eating.]



Note:  Later the kids start doing hand signals to each other, in a secret code only they understand. Mom still has no idea what they were talking about.

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And This Goddess Right Here

September 5th 2018

As the SCOTUS nomination hearings for Brett #Kavenaught continue, here’s a gem from the incomparable, inestimable California Senator Kamala Harris (46 seconds).

Brett Kavanaugh Struggles To Answer Kamala Harris’ ‘Simple Question’ [0:46 secs]:

“Senator Kamala Harris pushed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to to answer questions about abortion rights during his confirmation hearing on September 5. Kavanaugh seemed to struggle to grasp the question of “Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?” at first, and then answered that he could not think of any.”


Here she is again asking #Kavenaught if he has discussed the Mueller Investigation with Trump’s lawyers.

Senator Kamala Harris Grills Brett Kavanaugh On Robert Mueller Investigation | NBC News [2:25]: 

During Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Senator Kamala Harris grilled the nominee on his ties to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz and whether he previously discussed the Robert Mueller probe with anyone at Kasowitz’s firm.


Now that is a Goddess right there.  I know our country is still WAAAY too racist and sexist to abide a WOC POTUS, but she would be spectacular.



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In Defense of 5th & 6th Graders

Thursday, September 6th 2018

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Supremely Destructive Leaders


Amidst all the hubbub from Bob Woodward’s FEAR book detailing the Crazytown White House, it has been noted that our so-called president exhibits an understanding of National Security at about a 5th or 6th grade level.

Specifically, in trying to explain to him why we need to maintain military presence on the Korean Peninsula, in order to

…detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds vs. 15 minutes from Alaska, according to Woodward. Trump questioned why the government was spending resources in the region at all.

“We’re doing this in order to prevent World War III,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told him.

After Trump left the meeting, Woodward recounts, “Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ”


First of all, I’m quite sure my seven year old could understand this, as a 2nd grader.

But moreover, the fifth and sixth graders that I know are beautiful young humans that possess something our so-called president does not;

a willingness, interest and ability to LEARN. 

They’ve also probably heard of empathy, but that is another topic.

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At Rise: Just Do It

Thursday, September 6th 2018

How the Kids Dressed Themselves Today


AT RISE:  After bringing Boy up to date on the prominent extraordinary current events such as:

  1. Ayanna Pressley’s historic win in our OWN Congressional District,
  2. The GOP trying to bum-rush the Kavenaugh SCOTUS nomination hearing,
  3. Bob Woodward’s new book, FEAR, detailing the “Crazytown” White House,
  4. Anonymous rogue operatives taking government protocol into their own hands from within the White House;

Mom notices Gavin is wearing his Colin Kaepernick t-shirt to school and is telling him about the new Nike “Believe in Something” campaign featuring Kaepernick (re-igniting the tantrums of racists who believe blacks have no right to peacefully protest inequality during the national anthem).

Mom:  So guess what the racists are doing then?

Gavin:  What?

Mom:  Burning their sneakers!


Uncontrollable, hysterical laughter.



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These Goddesses Right Here

Tuesday, September 5th 2018

US House candidate, NY-14

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Retweeted Justice Democrats

Congratulations to my sister in service, , on continuing her historic path into Congress tonight. Let’s push together to make Medicare for All, tuition free college, & living wages a reality in America – all without corporate PAC money. 🇺🇸

About the above photo:  

US House candidate, NY-14

This photo was taken months ago. . + I bonded over running while constantly told it’s “not our turn,” that we “weren’t ready,” “good enough,” or “experienced” enough. We kept going anyway. In June, I won my primary. Tonight, she won hers. Here’s to November.



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