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Boos for Collins, Holiday Memories & Record Poverty in the US

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Boos for Senator Collins

I was very proud of Mainers for the way they birddogged Senator Collins, urging her to change her vote on the cruel tax bill. In the end she voted for it, insisting that her amendment to restore health benefits would be added in 1918. This weak promise did not go down well with Mainers. Move.On is issuing yard signs that call-out Collins for betraying Mainers.

Pat Taub, WOW Blog, Portland, Maine

A protest outside Sen. Collins’ Lewiston Office

Warm Christmas Memories

I have fond memories of Christmases when my sons were small. My memory trail seems to obliterate the fatigue I experienced from baking and cooking up a storm and throwing big holiday parties. Here’s a favorite photo I trot out every year. It’s interesting that the boys’ personalities still carry traces of those early years. David, with dark hair, is still moody, while Jonathan, the personification of a Christmas elf, remains capricious.

 

 

A Sad Holiday Memory

My ex-husband, with whom I was on good terms for the last ten years of his life, fell in the ice and drowned over the holidays four years ago. It was a crushing blow for the entire family, but in time we all managed to turn a corner. Thoughts of Marvin will haunt our celebrations.

Pat Taub, WOW blog, Portland, Maine

Marvin, with grandson, Max in 2010, when Max was 5.

Sky-rocketing Poverty in the US!

This week I was riveted by an article in the Guardian describing a UN study that found a record number 41 million Americans live in poverty in substandard conditions. My son in LA tells me that he’s noticed a growing number of young people among the homeless there. This is inexcusable. I hope that progressives can use this data to implement corrective legislation.

Wishing everyone warm wishes for the holiday that you celebrate: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or another! May we radiate kindness into the world!

 

Pat Taub, WOW Blog, Portland, Maine

Pat Taub is a family therapist, writer and activist and life-long feminist. She hopes that WOW will start a conversation among other older women who are fed up with the ageism and sexism in our culture and are looking for cohorts to affirm their value as an older woman.

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