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[PERSONAL NOTE:] Summer break. Mental health week. Vacation. Breather. Whatever you call it, it means time away and I'm putting some distance between me and this blog for a week.

Posts here will be a combination of new that I've written ahead and golden oldies. Note, however, that all posts at The Elder Storytelling Place linked at the bottom of each post on this blog are new so please do read them.

I'll check in occasionally during the week to see how it's going around here.

A good while back Peter Tibbles, Time Goes By's estimable music guru who holds forth here on Sundays, sent me a collection of one-off music tracks he calls interludes for me to use when a want I day off.

Among those tunes is one from American protest singer of the 60s and 70s, Phil Ochs, titled Miranda:

♫ Phil Ochs - Miranda

If you were of a certain age and disposition back in that era, you know of Phil and that, tragically, he committed suicide in 1976.

I knew Phil. Sort of. He was more than an acquaintance – we shared a few dinners and the occasional joint with mutual friends – and on a number of occasions I booked him on the radio program I produced in those days. But I did not know him well enough to say we were friends.

Peter's selection of Miranda brought back those memories and reminded me, too, of another Phil Ochs song, Outside of a Small Circle of Friends.

It was – and still is - one of Phil's most seering songs, an attack on apathy that was inspired by the murder of Kitty Genovese in Queens, New York in 1964, whose screams were heard and ignored by dozens of neighbors.

As an appeal to our better nature, the song is a reminder that we are all in this together, responsible for one another and our communities, that we are our brother's keeper.

I was thinking how the lyric could be turned on it side only a little bit to be applied these many decades later to the gigantic rift going on between the one percent and the rest of us. Take a listen and see what you think.

♫ Phil Ochs - Outside of a Small Circle of Friends

At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Brenda Verbeck Mortensen: Times Do Change


Because of my hearing loss I had to find the lyrics on the Internet. I vividly remember the murder that inspired these lyrics. I remember how horrified I was to think that not one person even dialed 911.

We seem to be our brother's keeper now only if he looks like us and is in our same economic social strata. Unfortunately that isn't true just of the 1% vs the rest of us, but it is more defined as the wealthy have no idea how the poor really live. Nor do they care or want to know.

"Let them eat cake" is the attitude of the 1% towrd the downtrodden. (By the way, Marie Antoinette never said those words)

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