Mud Bay & PNA Village

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Have you heard the news? Mud Bay has generously partnered with PNA Village to help our members and their animal companions.

  • Do you need someone to walk your older dog once a week on an ongoing basis?
  • Need a friendly cat visitor while recovering from an illness?
  • Interested in preparing an emergency kit for your cat or dog?

Mud Bay staff have been trained as PNA Village volunteers and are eager to help provide assistance with these and other tasks!

logo-mudbayMud Bay stores and employees are a wealth of information for all your pet care questions. From tips on how to choose a healthy dog food to how to brush your cat’s teeth, they’ve got great handouts available in stores and online. Helpful “Creating an Emergency Kit” checklists for dogs and cats (available in-store) are valuable additions to your own emergency preparedness kits.

Our friendly Greenwood Mud Bay is located just across from Fred Meyer at 8532 1st Avenue NW (206.789.7977) and available online at: http://mudbay.com/stores/Seattle/Greenwood

There’s also a Mud Bay in Ballard, located at 5314 15th Avenue NW (206.783.1328) and available online at: http://mudbay.com/stores/Seattle/Ballard

Contact the Village today at village@phinneycenter.org or call 206.789.1217 to get connected with these great volunteers!

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Martín’s Journey to the White House

Sky above the Truman Balcony of the White House Sep 29 2009. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

By Dick Gillett

Across the alley from our church, the four members of the Martínez family to whom St. Andrew’s has given shelter for the past twelve months will be moving on by the end of October. Their sponsor, Compass Housing Alliance, has provided excellent logistical and counseling support. The parents, Martín and Natividad, have both been thoroughly immersed in training and English language courses to equip them for the next phase of their lives. Their youngest son, Brandon, 15, will be a sophomore at Roosevelt high this fall and is on the football team. Martín Jr., 20, has just graduated from Everett Community College and begins this fall as a full-time student on scholarship at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. He has also been working full-time this summer for a construction company and is saving up for college expenses as well as putting money into the bare-bones family budget.

Says Deacon Anne Novak, our early liaison with the Martínez family, “They have been wonderful occupants of Brighton House—very self-reliant, and have never asked for a single thing. I’ll be extremely sorry to see them go,” she says. Those of us who have had a small part in offering moral support and encouragement to them are humbled by their determination and resolve despite tremendous personal obstacles.

#Not1MoreBut this story is primarily about young Martín, whose outstanding achievements at Everett, and enrollment at EWU this fall are only part of this young man’s story and his keen sense of responsibility for his family, his fellow Latinos, and the larger community. In a recent extended conversation with him I learned that he helped organize a trip to Washington, D.C. this past June with some of his fellow students. Their purpose: to advocate in front of the White House for two days, for comprehensive immigration reform. On August 8 I interviewed Martín again at length about this trip and about his own future aspirations.

I should note that Martín is a “Dreamer”, the informal name for the granting of legal status to those who came at a young age across the border to the United States, and who have been in school here for at least five years. Two years ago President Obama established this category by executive order under the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Initiative (DACA). Martín qualified.

Q. Martín, while you were a student at Everett Community College you helped organize this trip. Who went, and how did you get there?

A. There were eight of us, and we drove in two cars. Together we raised all the money for our transportation expenses, sleeping in our cars en route across the country. We also paid for a pretty shabby apartment, sleeping there on the floor as well as the beds.

Q. Why did you go, and what did you want to accomplish?

A. As young Latinos now living and studying in the United States, we wanted to go in front of the place where the president lives, to create more awareness of the critical need for immigration reform. But I also can’t deny that on the way we enjoyed some sightseeing as we crossed the country for the first time, and I wondered later whether we might have done more than we did.

Q. Say a little about the experience of demonstrating in front of the White House.

A. We were there with our placards for two days, for five hours each day. As we started protesting, several people gave us dirty looks. We listened to verbal abuse—“You’re not supposed to be in this country,” “Go home, wetback”, “You people take our jobs away”, “You don’t pay taxes”, and worse. It felt really bad to actually hear this face to face. But some other people gave us high fives and joined our protesting cause—especially college students. We even had over 80 people protesting with us. That felt really good.

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Q. Did any of you visit the offices of Washington’s congressional representatives?

A. Yes, we visited the offices of Rep. Suzan DelBene (Dem., District 1), and Rep. Rick Larsen (Dem., District 2). Both representatives spoke personally with us.

Q. What was their response to your advocacy for immigration reform?

A. Rep. DelBene was very supportive; she understood the issue very well.

“Keep pushing for what you want”, she told us. And she reminded us that not only Latino immigrants needed our support, but also those from countries other than Latin America. However, after keeping us waiting for an hour, Rep. Larsen gave us only ten minutes. He told us our cause was useless, that the immigration situation was never going to change.

Q. In this issue of immigration as our country is currently facing it, are there moral or historical reasons why it’s important to you personally?

A. First, this affects me and my family personally. Secondly, immigration reform is basically a human rights issue. We immigrants are devalued as human beings; we are deprived of our human rights due to the lack of a social security number. Another thing regarding the terms “Hispanic” and “Latino”. It was Europeans who used the term Hispanic to designate us, giving it a colonial connotation. Latino is a better term; we ourselves began to use it in preference to Hispanic.

Q. How can we in the churches respond better to the issue of immigration reform?

A. First, understand the issue! Create awareness. Educate people. Also the churches can support or join community and other organizations that are supporting immigration reform.

Q. Martín, what are your own personal goals as you set off for Eastern Washington University as a full-time student?

A. First, to get my bachelor’s degree. My major will be business management and administration, with a minor in psychology. At Everett I was president of MEChA, a national student group advocating the rights of Latinos. At EWU my classes begin the last week in September. I’ve already contacted the MEChA chapter there, and they’ve asked me to be a leader in their group.

Q. Finally, what would you like to do now to continue furthering the cause of immigrant rights?

A. I have a dream: to organize a large event for immigration reform that actually places the students themselves in the leadership of the event, as opposed to just participating.

Thank you sincerely, Martín! It’s been a special privilege.

Martín & Friends in front of White House June 2014

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This article by fellow PNA Village Member (The Rev. Canon) Dick Gillett was originally published on the blog of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. To see the original posting, please visit:  http://www.saintandrewsseattle.org/martins-journey-to-the-white-house/

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Book Review: “Book of Ages”

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
By Jill Lepore
(Vintage Books paperback edition, 2014)

Review by Marguerite Langlois

Book of Ages cover“While Benny was improving his writing by arguing about the education of girls, Jenny was at home, boiling soap and stitching.” Benny is Benjamin Franklin, and Jenny is his sister Jane, six years younger. They were close throughout their lives. The quotation neatly sums up what it was like grow up as a boy or as a girl in the 1700’s. But Jane would never quite completely go along with those strictures. At one point she confided to him: “I Read as much as I Dare.” (The capitals are hers, reflecting the writing style of the day.)

Jane was married at fifteen. Sometime in her teens, she created for herself what she called her “Book of Ages,” part register of family history and part personal journal. She literally made the book, cutting the paper and binding it herself, again showing that she was not quite like many of the young women of her age.

Her life was bound up with major historical events, including the American Revolution. She was widowed in her fifties, and during the Revolution had to flee Boston and make her life elsewhere. And always, whatever else was happening, she managed to stay in touch with her brother Ben. Their letters, along with her Book of Days, give us a fascinating history of her own life, as well as a personal account of life, culture, and a woman’s role during that period.

Author Jill Lepore has done extraordinarily detailed research, and the books appendices are as interesting in some ways as the book itself: extensive family genealogies, a calendar of the letters, a list of the books in Jane’s personal library, a map of Jane’s Boston, and Lepore’s methods and sources.

You can enjoy the book from several points of view: a woman’s life in the 1700’s, the history of revolutionary America seen from one of its prominent players, a rich description of culture and daily life at the time – and last but not least, a very different telling of history than most of us learned in school.
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Find this book!

Seattle Public Library:  http://seattle.bibliocommons.com/search?custom_query=(0307958345)+

IndieBound:  http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780307958341

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17262121-book-of-ages?ac=1

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Fresh Pick: Our Summer Newsletter

PNA Village CONNECTIONS newsletter Summer 2014

It’s here! Our summer “Connections” edition is hot off the presses and ready for your enjoyment in whichever format you prefer−mail, email, or online−or all three! Check it out here first:

http://www.phinneycenter.org/village/newsletters/PNA_Village_2014_07.pdf
(Adobe Reader required to view PDF file)

We hope you’re enjoying these summer days…and thanks for reading!

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More Life With a Dog

Abby Rodgers ©Ann Rodgers 2014

By Ann Rodgers, PNA Village Member

Reading the recent article posted here, On Life With a Dog, by Jane Brody, made me want to share my own story with the Village.

I am doing something about loneliness and widowhood as well. I have rescued a 3 year-old (best guess) Shih Tzu urchin named Abby. We are on our learning curve now. Both of us are changing our ways a bit. I am enjoying every minute of it. It is affirming to walk a dog and stop and greet and just plain have fun.

Maybe there are others in the Village who would like to join us on walks? Abby has already been around Greenlake and on a friendly visit, too.

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Jane E. Brody’s complete essay on the many health and social benefits of later-in-life dog companionship in The New York Times “Well” blog permalink:  http://nyti.ms/1khA93r

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Like the Story of Brigadoon

By Marilyn Zuckerman

Days-Eyes I | ©2014 HouseofHank.me

I see them only one day a year
−dawn
the sun appears
through trees,
mist rises over bog and meadow−
and they come racing
over the brow of the hill
crying, Grandma, Grandma
Watch me! Watch me!
The boy steps forward to sing all the stanzas
of the Mets team song
with gestures,
then the girl, dressed in green leotards,
does an Irish clog dance
while the baby takes her first steps.
Now brother and sister face each other like duelists
and hurl insults full of potty words at each other
until one of them cries.
Finally, the girl, with cigar clamped between her teeth
and the boy with Chico’s Italian accent
act out the funniest lines
from A Day at the Races.
The baby watches in admiration.

Days-Eyes II| ©2014 HouseofHank.meAs night falls
and the silhouette
of the others fades into the background,
the girl falls to the ground,
throws her arms around my knees
in mock supplication.
I watch as she disappears
arms first, then torso
her upraised face like
the Cheshire Cat’s
−only her smile
lingers

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June is graduation month and in my case two of my grandchildren are graduating – one from high school and one from college. This poem, which I wrote many years ago when we lived in different cities, is dedicated to them.

From my book, In the Ninth Decade, Red Dragonfly Press, 2010.

www.marilynzuckermanpoet.com

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Classical Music Fans, Unite!

Carmina Burana (München, 1959) via Wikipedia

By Dick Gillett

Like many in the Seattle area, I listen to our local, classical music station King FM 98.1. Often on my way to coffee on Phinney Ridge, I find myself waving my arms, “conducting” behind the steering wheel (look out!) and wishing others were in my company sharing in the musical moment.

Chanson "Belle bonne, sage" by Baude Cordier via WikipediaLast week, after enjoying our Village’s second anniversary party I thought, why don’t we Village classical music fans get together? Perhaps once per month we could meet at a host’s home, where we could bring a favorite musical passage on CD and share together both the music and our thoughts…and get acquainted in the process! Together we might wave our arms at Brahms’ violin concerto, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, or listen more quietly to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Of course, all would be welcome to join in regardless of whether one has particular pieces of music to share.

Does this idea sound appealing to you?  If there’s enough interest for a first meeting from Village members and volunteers we could figure out together how and where to best make it happen. Please reply to me at dgillseattle(at)yahoo(dot)com or give me a call at 206.789.1354.

I look forward to hearing from you and exploring the world of classical music together!

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Bradley’s Village

Bradley Rodgers
By Ann Rodgers

Sometimes, it takes a Village to love a dog. In this case, my hearing dog, Bradley, and our Village.

Bradley recently developed serious separation anxiety. The first incident was his clean sweep of my refrigerator. How did he get the door open? How did he manage to pile all the food in a gooey mess? I must admit it was a bit funny. I did not know it was the beginning of separation anxiety syndrome.

Within two weeks, I had a traumatized dog. He stopped at nothing to find me. The moment he thought I might be leaving my apartment, he began a whole series of wild behavior. It was scary and puzzling and oh so sad.

What to do? Enter the “Friends of Bradley” plus my knowledgeable veterinarian and trainer from Dogs for the Deaf (http://www.dogsforthedeaf.org/).

All listened to my fears as I learned how to help Bradley. Kelly, Donna, Marisa, Judy, Cathy, Duncan, Heidi, Laurel—helpers all. Not only was Bradley in a panic, I was not doing well myself! We had a team from the Village and its volunteers. Dog sitters appeared.

We are both still a work in progress. Bradley has had his first two days of calming medication. He sleeps peacefully. I am the one who is relaxed! I am not surprised that we have a whole group of animal lovers in the Village. Somehow it just fits.

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More on separation anxiety in dogs: https://www.avma.org/News/Journals/Collections/Pages/AVMA-Collections-Canine-Anxiety-Disorders.aspx

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Happy New Year: Instant Book Delivery Available!

By Marguerite Langlois

Keep Calm and Browse Inside

You’ve probably seen the news about Amazon wanting to use drones to deliver books (or other orders) to customers’ homes within a half-hour. And you heard what the weather did to some holiday gift deliveries. Well, we had to share this with you: we know how you can get instant book delivery! That’s right…the minute you request the book. It’s a strange but amazing institution called…your local bookstore!

Of course, you do have to go there. But that just means that you get added physical and mental health benefits free with your visit! (Can’t drive? Remember, we have Village volunteer drivers who will happily get you there…they like doing this kind of thing too!)

So, with this in mind, we bring you again our “directions for shopping for a book.” Our cold, grey winter days are prime “reading season,” time to curl up with a good book.  Enjoy!

1.  Pick your local favorite bookstore. Right here in our Village neighborhood, we are fortunate to have two delightful ones: Santoro’s and Couth Buzzard Books. We’re also near Secret Garden Books just down the hill in Ballard, and not too far from Third Place Books in Ravenna, on the other side of Green Lake.

2.  Dress comfy. This may take a while. And there is no dress code for bookstores.

3.  Coffee or tea or goodies for fuel? Couth Buzzard has them in-house; Santoro’s is right across the street from Caffe Vita, Herkimer’s Coffee, Bluebird Microcreamery & Brewery…

4.  When you enter the bookstore – this is important – do not, repeat, do not head immediately to the shelves that hold a specific book you might be looking for. Pause to take in the atmosphere, the special smell of books, the sense of all those ideas and stories waiting for you. Meander. You never know what you’ll find. My library holds many wonderful books I’ve found on the way to something else.

5.  Most bookstores are somewhat quiet places, but if you are near another shopper who is looking at a book you’ve enjoyed, nothing wrong with smiling and saying “Oh, I loved that one, especially….” Bookstores are one of those places where we can still make those mini-connections with people who like the same things we do, and for a moment or two share things we like or laugh about or enjoy learning.

6.  Do use the comfy chairs you see. They are not just for resting. They are for “trying on” books. Go ahead, take one or two or three books to a chair, sit, and see what you’ve got. It’s one of the best ways to choose a book. For myself, I know that if I find I’ve read most of a chapter, well, obviously I need that book!

7.  Pay and take home your books right away…instant delivery…as you leave!

8.  Share! Brag! Tell all your friends and relations what a great time you had, and how easy it is to get books without waiting!

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84th Birthday

By Marilyn Zuckerman

©2013 HouseofHank.me

In memoriam
Newtown, Connecticut: December 14, 2012

After all these years
of hoping that things will get better—
so this poem is for every child gunned down,
blown up as they walk down the streets of their villages,
in Mexico
in Sudan
in the Congo and cities in America—
for every child who goes to bed hungry
for the homeless abroad and in the U.S.A.
for the victims of border wars and those kidnapped by drug
lords or pirates,
renditioned by the state itself
for those sent overseas and those who come back damaged
for the elderly, who now must work until they die
for all the species of birds, animals and plants that will become
extinct in a new, Great Dying
for cities slowly drowned by the rising seas, from glacier melt
and bad levees
for the millions of refugees on the road and in camps that barely
keep them alive
for those living in failed states, trying to lead lives of quiet
decency
for the dying of the earth and the terror of nuclear disaster
for those who still love peace and seek it
for those who tell the truth and are murdered for it.

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There is more,
like the dying old man in the movie “Soylent Green”
watching pictures of earth as it once was,
forests
families of deer
cataracts of water tumbling down
wildflowers
snowcapped mountains
dense clouds of migrating birds
blue skies and the sea.

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From my book, In The Ninth Decade, from Red Dragonfly Press.
Also published in the anthology, Perfect Dragonfly, from Red Dragonfly Press.

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