April is The Cruelest Month . . .

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. . . and this year, ridiculously busy! Yet despite my too-long To Do list, I’ve been led to organize a “thank you note” party at Somerville Community Growing Center in honor of Arbor Day—and my beloved community’s trees!

A little background: Somerville is the most densely populated community in New England, with lots of people and buildings and cars and parking lots; trees and open spaces? Not so much. So whatever trees we do have that have managed to survive development and pollution and gas leaks and neglect certainly deserve our entire community’s hearty thanks! Especially since, given our heating-up planet, this summer promises to be, as New Englanders say, “A Skawchah.” (translation: Scorcher, i.e. hot as hell.) And with both an interstate and several major thoroughfares transecting our 4.209 square miles, we need every leaf from every tree to help mitigate all that heavy traffic!

So, Friday evening, weather permitting, we’ll write “thank you” in many languages on hanging-style names badges, decorate them, too, and then hang our grateful creations on trees all over the city!

A problem: that huge To Do list! Which means, dear friends, that I haven’t actually done much to get the word out that this little event’s even happening. Especially to those people, many of them poor, who live along the I-93 corridor and whose health and well-being is so compromised by where they live and what they breathe. A definite FAIL!

But as we also love to say here in New England: “Wait ’till next year!” (Actually: yee-ahh)

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  1. Dear Patricia,

    Hi, there, Patricia, my so, so very For Always dearly special and dearly precious sister and friend who you’re For Always so, so very much!!!!!!! Sister, A Very Nice, Special, Blessed, and A Very, Very Happy Arbor to you and to you on Friday, Patricia!!!!!!!! Wow, what an awesome blog post article this is of yours for sure, sisterfriend! The picture which you have featured with this so, so very full of spirit blog post article perfectly complements this absolutely amazing blog post article to perfection, my friend!!!!!!! I thank-you so, so much for these links with such great info which you have so, so very graciously and generously placed with this very inspirational blog post article, Patricia!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!! I, too, absolutely love trees in all of their glorious, life and spirit enhancing majesty, Patricia!!!!!!!! I even feel healthier and better, and like I can breathe more freely when there are very, very many magnificent trees around very gracefully adorning the landscape, sister. One of my local sisterfriends loves to hug trees, very delicately and lovingly holding the trunks of trees in her so, so very dear arms and hands, praying, meditating, and just so loving trees which she feels the very spirit of the trees, my sisterfriend Patricia. When I was growing up where I’m originally from in Cleveland Heights, Ohio we called ourselves, “The City of Trees.” Where I live now in Iowa City Iowa people put beautiful and lovely sweaters on the trees during the holiday season, sisterfriend, and very delightfully decorate these splendid trees. I’m always so, so very sad after the holiday season is over when people take the pretty sweaters off of the trunk of the gorgeous trees, sister.

    Sister, I think that the thank you note party in your astounding Somerville at the very creative Somerville Community Growing Center in honor of Arbor Day is such a wonderful idea, Patricia!!!!!! Yay sister yay Patricia!!!!! Yay for all of you!!!!!! Yay!!!!! What an empowering idea which recognizes, acknowledges, and validates so many people in all of their variety in writing thank-you in several languages on hanging-style, decorative name badges gracing very, very many trees in your amazing city, sister!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!! You’re doing your absolutely very, very best with your To-Do List, my so, so very dearest friend! I know how you shared that you haven’t as of yet done a lot to get the word out regarding this remarkable event like with the indigent folks and other persons who live along the I-93 corridor but there is still time left to let these so very dear people know about this fabulous event, my friend.

    Sister, I, too, like you and the others in New England am worrying that here in Iowa that we will have a blazing hot, scorching summer. Here in Iowa we usually get very, very hot and oppressively humid summers, sisterfriend. My friend, does New England have a humid kind of a heat, or does your area have more of a dry heat? Sister, I’ll be praying also that you and the others in your area don’t get too, too hot and uncomfortable this summer. Wow, it is just undeniable that climate change is very, very much indeed real!!!!!!!

    Sister, what an enlightening, very insightful blog post article of yours here which is just so full of joyous inspiration, Patricia!!!!!! Now I feel even more renewed, re-energized, and rejuvenated in my very day from this full of joy blog post article, my friend!!!!!! Yay!!!!! Patricia, YOU, are my and our very, very joy and blessing, and so are your wondrously wonderful blog post articles and other very fine and excellent writings, sister!!!!!! I always feel even better, brighter, and even more cheerful after reading your so, so very cool blog post articles and other great writings, sister!!!!!! Patricia, thank-you so!!!!! You are just the very, very epitome of such very, very overall awesomeness, Patricia, and so are your spectacular blog post articles and other writings, my friend!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!

    Please have such a totally terrific and a very thrilling Tuesday, and may all of your days be very, very especially blessed!!!!!! Happy Arbor Day, sister on Friday, and I pray, wish, and hope that you, sisterfriend, and the others have such a greatly grand time together celebrating this very special day!!!!!!!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely For Always, my so, so very dearly precious and dearly special sisterfriend Christian Quaker white woman who you’re For Always so,s o very much, Patricia, with such Peace and Love To You For Always, my sister, and with Such Blessings and Even More Blessings To You For Always, my so, so very dearest friend,

    Your sisterfriend Christian lesbian black woman For Always in the very spirit and solidarity, Sherry Gordon

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