Thursday night my husband and I went to see Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues. He was appearing at the Grand Theater in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Grand Oshkosh, originally known as The Grand Opera House when it opened its doors on August 9, 1983, holds many such stage shows, but we’ve never taken the opportunity to visit this grand old theater. But this was it. How could we not want to see anything related to the Moody Blues — our favorite all-time music group! A group that finally this year was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Read more…]
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When I was a child, we used to see a vine we called Wild Cucumber (Echinocystis lobata) along roadside fencelines and trees in ditches, but today we see something called Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica). It’s gotten quite a hold along the fencelines and ditches and I suspect it is because for years, we thought we were still seeing Wild Cucumber. A non-native perennial from Asia, it is classified as noxious in almost all the states.
Introduced by Rep Bella Abzug (D-NY) in 1971, Congress designated August 26th Women’s Equality Day in 1973 in commemoration of the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. It was the token achieved by the massive, mostly peaceful state and national civil rights movement which began in the 1840s to give women equal rights to those of men. And after all this time we still don’t have equal rights….
But, the annual proclamation of Women’s Equality Day calls attention to our continued efforts to achieve equality. We only need one more state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) before we can again bring the ERA amendments before Congress for a vote.
So, however you can, plan to participate in Women’s Equality Day activities and keep the momentum going.