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Oct. 16th, 2017 09:15 pm
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Weeks are going by in a blur of exhaustion, and any time I get to myself at the end of the day is interrupted by a kid that doesn't want to go to bed. I keep failing to write. Especially when I have anything interesting to say.

My cousin Amy's wedding was the weekend before last. My parents and Melissa were in town for that. Melissa had another wedding to attend in Boston this past weekend, so she stayed the week with us. Melissa was very helpful in looking after Eris, and it was a very pleasant visit.

Work is very busy, still trying to pick apart a thorny customer issue with a lot of annoying edge-case behavior.

Weather was very warm surprisingly late into October this year, but it's finally starting to get chilly.

Eristic improvements: Eating yogurt with a regular bowl and spoon unassisted, refusing to wear a bib.

Wonder Woman shawl

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:45 am
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The pattern for this came out on Ravelry, and I knew I wanted to make it before i knew who it was for. 
(Now it's a surprise present that needs to go to the post office, for someone who I don't think reads this journal).

Tons of garter stitch and short row shaping, and a pleasant-to-work-with yarn.

Wonder Woman red and gold shawl, draped over a black jacket

Wonder Woman red and gold shawl, stretched out for blocking

Pet bunny found, Hodgkins-Curtis park

Oct. 15th, 2017 12:15 pm
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[personal profile] mem_winterhill posting in [community profile] davis_square
Hey folks, be on the lookout for people searching for their pet bun. This is definitely not one of the wild locals, it's an intahlopah.

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Everybody knows a non-apology when they see one. The apology with the fine print that's not so fine: "Sorry about that, but listen while I explain that I have no obligation to you..." We resent the social pressure to apologize, and in our resentment, we turn to justifying and rationalizing, as a means of pre-emptive self-defense. This turns so many apologies into hollow rituals, which do nothing for either the giver or the receiver. The receiver hears little but the justification; the giver is bewildered that the ritual does not produce forgiveness -- and deep down, I think givers of non-apologies often sense how little they have offered. Humans aren't dumb, but we form habits. And so we go on, turning the crank on an endless cycle of abuse.

Some of us see this impulse in ourselves, some of us fight it, and sometimes we overcome it. I don't think it's easy to consistently produce a real and valuable apology when I screw up, and I don't assume it's easy for anyone else either. It's even harder to apologize for my sins of omission of action, which are many. But this is an important part of my project to become a better person. Real apologies, unencumbered by justification, can heal relationships and communities when they are wounded. I want healthy relationships and communities. Managing my impulses in realtime may be complicated, but knowing after the fact which choice was better is pretty simple.

In the realm of action, the surly twin sibling of sorry-not-sorry is help-not-help. Help with strings attached; help only for those who can prove their need and their worthiness, and are properly thankful, and will never ask again. One root of help-not-help is resentment at social pressure to help others, and fear that an act of help might grow into an obligation. Another root is our desire to make things transactional: we want something in return, and one of the things we want is affirmation that our own sense of material security is justified.

Whatever the exact motivation, the result is an awful lot of making people in need of help jump through hoops as a condition of receiving it. Whether it's someone asking for money on the street, or a family showing up at a homeless shelter, or somoene receiving disability or welfare money, or millions of people struggling to survive on an island that has been wrecked by a storm, we want them to show us why they deserve it -- not just that, but *prove* that they're not undeserving. And on top of this judgmental approach, we prefer the process of receiving help to be onerous enough that people would do pretty much anything to avoid needing it.

I say "we", because while many of us want to do better, that's all we can manage to do, as a country. Need is shame; help is grudging; and being an American means never having to say you're sorry. Nothing could be worse than accidentally helping someone who turns out to be an ordinary human, with virtues and vices just like the rest of us.

I believe that America has had moments of greatness, flashes of greatness, and has always had the potential for more. But we're not heading for greatness right now. We're heading straight for that flaming dumpster of empires who had their moments and then were burned to ash. Every one of them was prodded into the fire by small men who seemed great for a time, exploiting fear, greed, and prejudice, promising greatness, but who delivered calamity instead.

When we justify, dismiss, and hedge in the face of inequality, and in the sight of wrongs that we do to each other and the world, we become less. When we take responsibility for our actions, and for the actions of institutions that benefit us, we become so much more.

When we grasp for excuses to ignore the need and the trapped potential around us, America fades away. When we find reasons to reach out and help people, and free ourselves from the shackles of judgment and indifference, we reach for greatness.

Our American calamity is here, and it will get worse. One thing we can all agree on is that it's gut-check time, time to find out what this country is truly made of. Is America a country of small men pretending to be great, or a country where strangers help each other out without a second thought?

We can't be both. One of these answers leads to ruin. The other leads to survival, and it could make America great again.
[personal profile] somervilleplanning posting in [community profile] davis_square
Join the Somerville Planning Department for our second Davis Square Neighborhood Plan fall meeting. During the first meeting, participants identified and discussed various topics they wanted to be addressed in the plan, in the second meeting we will focus on three of those topics: Proactive Maintenance of Assets, Arts in the Square, and Housing Affordability. Participants, planners, and experts will brainstorm strategies on how to achieve these shared goals through broad-based collaboration between the city, local non-profits, residents, community partners, and businesses.

Thursday, October 19, 6 pm, in the Baptist Church at 31 College Avenue

To learn more about the Davis Square Neighborhood plan go to https://www.somervillebydesign.com/neighborhood-planning/davis-square/

If you have any questions about the event please contact us at planning@somervillema.gov

Davis Square new restaurants

Oct. 12th, 2017 02:04 pm
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Kor Tor Mor (former Golden Light location) is ready to open; the owner posted yesterday on Facebook that they're waiting for inspection and expect it to take another 2-3 weeks.

Mortadella Head (former Deli-icious location) is still under renovation but has been posting photos of sandwiches on Instagram.

Anybody know what's going on with the former Subway location? It's been well over a year since Chef Nookie announced the development of that spot into some kind of cafe/coffeehouse, and there's been no work on the place since, and he hasn't posted to any social media since 2016.

airplane noise meeting

Oct. 12th, 2017 08:05 am
[personal profile] pearlythebunny posting in [community profile] davis_square
Boston West Fair Skies (BWFS) will hold its quarterly meeting Thursday November 2nd in Belmont.

BWFS works towards redistributing airplane noise more fairly among our communities.

Thursday November 2nd, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 P.M.
Belmont Public Library
336 Concord Ave

We are a citizens grassroots organization which includes Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, Watertown and Winchester – all communities affected by the increased airplane noise due to the implementation of 33L RNAV (using GPS) departures at Boston Logan Airport. The quarterly meeting location rotates to different towns.

BWFS is fighting for a more equitable distribution of airplane noise. Since our creation in 2013 we have made good progress with officials at the state and national level. We are hoping that Boston Logan will soon be the first airport selected by the FAA to have RNAV departure procedures re-evaluated. Everyone affected by the increased airplane noise is strongly encouraged to join the fight.

Please join us! All are welcome!

Kathryn Klosky Howlett
Communications Chair

More info at: www.bostonwestfairskies.org
[personal profile] vlayne posting in [community profile] davis_square
Just got this email from Somerville:

Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 22:20:51 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: TRAFFIC ALERT: Powderhouse Rotary, Area Closed to Traffic Thurs. PM, Fri. AM

This is a message from the Somerville, MA Community Alert System.

Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville with
important traffic & parking information related to the funeral services
and procession for Somerville Police Officer Luis Remigio, which are
expected to cause significant traffic closures and delays in the
vicinity of Ball Square, Powderhouse Rotary, and West Somerville on
Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.
For public safety, and to accommodate the several thousand people
expected to pay their respects over the next two days, vehicle traffic
will be detoured away from the Powderhouse Rotary between 2 and
approximately 8 p.m. on Thursday, and 10 a.m. and approximately 1 p.m.
on Friday.
A detour plan is detailed below [and available at
www.somervillema.gov/detours], however we strongly advise that
motorists avoid the Powderhouse Rotary area during funeral services if
at all possible.
We are heartbroken at the loss of one of our finest officers, and we
sincerely thank you for your patience during this difficult time for
our community.
College Avenue, Northbound
Traffic detoured onto Kidder Ave, Willow Ave, Broadway, and Boston Ave.
College Avenue, Southbound
Traffic detoured onto Dearborn Ave, Boston Ave, and Broadway
Broadway, Westbound
Traffic detoured right, onto Boston Ave.
Broadway, Eastbound
Traffic detoured onto Wallace St, Holland St, Grove St, and College Ave
Warner Street, Southbound
Traffic detoured on Boston Ave to Broadway
Powderhouse Blvd, Eastbound
Traffic detoured on Packard Ave, Broadway, Wallace St, Holland St,
Grove St, and College Ave
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​Theatre@First takes the stage this weekend with six brand new short plays to raise money for hurricane disaster relief!

Giving@First: A 24-Hour Play Festival for Hurricane Relief
Saturday, October 14th at 8pm
Suggested Donation $20

Giving@First is a one-night-only festival of short plays that will be created from page to stage within a 24-hour period. Our talented team of more than 20 writers, directors, and actors will scramble overnight and all day long to create a full festival from scratch! This play-in-a-day event will be a unique experience to see live theatre that is fun, frantic, unforgettable, and for an important cause!

All donations and sales collected at this event will be given to Americares' Hurricane Disaster Relief efforts, which directly aids survivors of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. For every $10 they receive, Americares provides $200 in aid. Help us make a difference in the lives of those in need.

To learn more about Americares and their work, visit their website, Americares.org.

For more information about Giving@First, visit theatreatfirst.org.
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Wednesday, Oct 11

Paramount Theater - Bright Family Screening Room
559 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111


Alex Foster. Kevin Sullivan. Sean Curtis. They are all gone. Opioids took them one by one. They had shared a place called Somerville. A new STAT documentary takes an intimate look at a group of friends who grew up together, and who each fell prey to an epidemic.

More details over at the page, and a registration button.

Word of the Day

Oct. 7th, 2017 08:13 am
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Wikipedia says that the god of the underworld and the god of wealth were initially worshiped separately, but they had similar names.


Oct. 5th, 2017 05:20 pm
[personal profile] lancedavisward6 posting in [community profile] davis_square
FOUND: New dress (tags still on it) on Highland Ave near Willow. Message me if you lost one!

Free flu shot clinics announced 2017

Oct. 5th, 2017 01:22 pm
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This is actually the sign of fall that usually starts to put me in the mind of the upcoming cold weather--time to get your flu shot! Not only does this protect you from the misery of aches and fever and missed work days, it's a community service to get a shot.

We have neighbors who are getting cancer treatment, and they are counting on you to help us keep the flu away. When my nephew was getting leukemia treatments, I was so worried he'd get an otherwise-preventable infection that would be so hard on him. But--thanks to the neighbors, he was ok and now in remission (and all his vaccinations are back up to speed).

So please--for yourself, for your vulnerable neighbors--get protected.

Schedule available here: https://www.somervillema.gov/events/2017/10/05/free-flu-shot-clinic

X-post from WHNA.

Sukkot at Havurat Shalom

Oct. 3rd, 2017 02:08 pm
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[personal profile] havurat_shalom posting in [community profile] davis_square
Everyone's welcome to come and enjoy Havurat Shalom's sukkah as we have several services and meals coming up!

Sukkot services Wednesday 10/4 at 6:30 pm, followed by a vegetarian potluck in the sukkah, and Thursday 10/5 at 10:00 am, also followed by a vegetarian potluck in the sukkah.

Shabbat services Friday 10/6 at 6:30 pm, followed by a vegetarian potluck in the sukkah, and Saturday 10/7 at 10:00 am, also followed by a vegetarian potluck in the sukkah.

Havurat Shalom
113 College Ave
Somerville MA 02144

for more info
call: 617-623-3376 (voice)
go to: http://www.thehav.org/
or https://www.facebook.com/HavuratShalom/
or email: info@thehav.org

The 1st floor of Havurat Shalom is wheelchair accessible, including the prayer room, dining room, living room, and bathroom. For the health of those with allergies and chemical sensitivities, we request that you not wear perfume, aftershave, or cologne to Havurat Shalom. The bathrooms are all-gender.


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