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Key West, Signs of Fall & Ta-Nehisi Coates on Trump

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Key West on My Mind

As Irma heads for Florida my thoughts and prayers are for its residents, but especially for those in Key West where I lived from 2001 until 2007. I moved there desperate for a break from Syracuse’s unrelenting snowfalls and days of limited sun. I have cherished friends in Key West whom I still visit and write. They’ve evacuated by now, but not before partaking in Key West’s hurricane tradition of lighting candles in a grotto at the island’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s, praying for the storm to skip their island. They claim success with this practice.   But this time . . .

Pat Taub, WOW blog, Portland, Maine

Key West in a quiet moment


Early Fall Mornings

Although the days in Maine are still somewhat summery, recent mornings have been chilly enough for me to turn on my gas fireplace.   For me, fall is a treasured time when summer’s light reading is replaced by more serious books and sweater weather along with comfort foods like roast chicken. I plan to make my first fall roast chicken this Sunday. Mainers are fortunate to be able to enjoy the comforts of their homes while so many across the country and the world are digging themselves out of hurricane and earthquake damage.

Maca Powder

My youngest son, a health fitness addict who lives in Santa Monica, recommended Maca Powder for its energy boosting properties. I ordered some from Amazon, apparently choosing a larger size than I needed. After taking it for two weeks, I don’t exactly feel like Wonder Woman, but I’ll give it a little more time.


A Good Read for Understanding How Trump Won

I recently came across Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article in the October issue of The Atlantic entitled “The First White President.” Coates challenges the popular analysis that white working class people who felt disenfranchised elected Trump. Coates’ research found that a majority of whites of all economic classes voted for Trump. Coates concludes that voters wanted a white president to undo Obama’s legacy and to preserve white dominance. The article is long but well worth the read.

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.