Monday March 23

Preface: if you are tiring of these updates, please ask me to take you off the list. I get it.

Forward: Thanks to Melody, Lawrence, and Peter for today’s posts !

Introduction: Something for everyone here.

3. Al Green “Change is gonna come”

photo: Cemeterio Cristobal Colon, Havana

Opinion: The is doing a good job with up-to-date information on the pandemic vis-a-vis Maine and more.

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Sunday 6:24 p.m.

Look out the window!

We are blessed with a beautiful evening.

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Fwd: Duration of the virus on various surfaces and in an aerosol

You might find some of this information useful, if you haven’t encountered it already (this is a note I sent to my own email list).
——– Forwarded Message ——– Given concern about viral survival on surfaces (and on mail and shipping boxes), I found a reference to a NEJM study reported a few days ago on the durability of the virus in the air (as an aerosol rather than cough droplets) and on various surfaces, compared to the original SARS virus. I download it (, and found their main figure really helpful, so I’m attaching it.
For those interested in details*, the middle panel shows open-circle triplets of readings taken at 0-1-4-8-24-48-72-96 (and further) hours on surfaces and 0-.5-1-2-3 hrs in air. The black dots represent readings below the limit of detection (the dashed line). The colored swaths are the range of 50 different trend lines through various points (more easily seen in the figures in the Supplementary Appendix ( nejmc2004973_appendix.pdf).
Rachel Graham, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina (which has a Level-3 biosafety (biowarfare?) lab), offers a LOT of helpful information in a Business Insider article at
——— “According to Graham, smooth, nonporous surfaces like doorknobs and tabletops are better at carrying viruses in general. Porous surfaces — like money, hair, and fabric — don’t allow viruses to survive as long because the small spaces or holes in them can trap the microbe and prevent its transfer, Graham said.
“Coins will transmit a virus better than cash, but this shouldn’t be a huge concern,” she said. “Basic rule of thumb should be to consider money dirty anyway, because it is. It goes through too many hands not to be.”
Your smartphone, with all its glass and aluminum, can also carry viral particles.
Graham recommended disinfecting your phone, “particularly if it travels to the bathroom with you.” ———
I strongly recommend checking out that article!
*If you’re really into it, the data is available in a nice table at

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“Human beings are amazing.” ~  Thanks to Lawrence Reichard for sharing the following. You will love.

Here are some local (Blue Hill area) businesses providing curb-side service and other adaptations:

BarnCastle Pizza     374-2300
Blue Hill Books     374-5632
Strong Brewing Co.     359-8722
TradeWinds Market     374-5137   
Blue Hill Co-Op     374-2165

I’m sure there are more.

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Stories about St. Patrick (Naomh Padraic)

     When I was a boy in Ireland St. Patrick’s Day was given over to religious parades and novenas. Now, years later and an ocean away from Ireland I still have memories about St. Patrick, some hagiographic and legendary. But one story, considered reliable, was from his “Confessions” which included Patrick being captured by pirates in Roman Britain and sold into slavery in Ireland. After six years as a captive he escaped by walking across the country and found passage on a ship back to his home and then to France where he trained as a priest. He eventually returned to the country of his captivity, having made a vow to “save” the Irish.

    His captive days had mostly been spent in Mayo, near the mountain named after him, Croagh Patrick, a 2500 ft conical peak. The mountain is now an important pilgrimage site with tens of thousands of pilgrims ascending it on March 17 as well as on the last Sunday of July, known as Reek Sunday. Some years ago I went on my own pilgrimage up the mountain, a six hour round trip hike in blustery and rain-soaked weather and gained much appreciation for those who undertake such  pilgrimages. The pilgrimage is meant to commemorate the 40 days that Patrick was said to have spent on the mountain fasting and meditating and having dialogues with the Divinity.

     A legend attributed to Patrick was his visit to the Hill of Slane on Easter Sunday in late March, in order to convert the high king of Ireland, Ui Loegaire (O’Leary). To avoid the Druids who were not kindly disposed toward him, Patrick changed himself and his followers into deer. In this guise they passed by the guards who had been told not to allow Patrick or his attendants to come anywhere near the castle. Here he lit the Paschal fire for Easter and picked up a Shamrock to use as an illustration of the Trinity.

      Another legend was the “Colloquy of the Ancients” (Acallam na Senorach), an 8000 word dialogue in which St. Patrick has a discussion with two warriors from the Heroic Age of Ireland, Cailte and Oisin. One of the copies, from a 15th century version, is in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. Their cordial exchange dealt with the Otherworld and the Tuatha De Danann (people of the goddess Dana) and expressed differences between the old ways with its love of nature and the austere practices of Christianity. The original was from the 12th century and was adapted by the poet WB Yeats in his very first  book,written in 1889: “The Wanderings of Oisin”.

     According to another story, Patrick visited Lough Derg in Donegal in the 5th century and fought a monstrous fish. To do so he had to strip naked and fight only with his crozier (sharp pointed walking stick). After being swallowed whole he was forced to do battle with the giant fish from the inside. Using his crozier he slew the monster and re-emerged unscathed. This story explains why the lake is referred to as Lough Derg (ie red lake). By the 11th century Lough Derg had become pilgrimage site, known as St. Patrick’s Purgatory. It continues to this day to be attractive as a retreat island (Station Island) which can only be reached by way of a boat. This demanding penitential had such a reputation for severity that college students attended as a challenge and a penitential. Seamus Heaney, a Nobel prize winner, while a university student, went on this pilgrimage on several occasions. Patrick Kavanagh, in 1942, wrote a poem exploring human nature, using Lough Derg as a setting for his poems.  My father and numerous other relatives went on this retreat as well. So, several years ago, during a three month bicycling tour, I took part in the retreat with my wife and son. We did not have to strip down as St Patrick did, but we had to strip off shoes and socks and were given only bread and water for our meals for the next three days.

      In almost all countries, including the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Scotland, wherever the Irish Diaspora has taken place, St. Patrick’s Day is associated with celebrations and parties, a departure from the religious strictness of its past. It has also become a day to honor and acknowledge the many contributions of Irish immigrants to the making of America. The first official St. Patrick’s Day was commemorated by General George Washington on March 17, 1780, to honor the many Irish soldiers in his ranks, such as General John Sullivan, born in Berwick, Maine, whose parents were from Cork, Ireland.

     Some years later, the American Civil War had an estimated 200,000 Irish soldiers serve. Even during the stress of battle they found interludes to honor St. Patrick’s Day with horse racing contests.  

     Descendants of the Irish continue to be a significant part of the American population, with an estimated 33 million self-identifying as of Irish ancestry.

Hugh Curran was born in Donegal, Ireland and after living in Canada moved to Surry, Maine. He teaches courses in Peace & Reconciliation Studies at the University of Maine.

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Rachel Corrie, we remember

Remembering Rachel Corrie. 
April 10, 1979 (Olympia, Washington) ~ March 16, 2003 (Rafah, Gaza Strip)

Thirty years ago, when Rachel Corrie was 10 years old, she held a press conference on World Hunger.

Here is her statement:

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Peninsula Peace and Justice notes

UPDATE MARCH 13: The planned showing of a film on March 27 has been postponed.


Minutes for Organizational Meeting
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 12:00 p.m.
Blue Hill Public Library
Steve, Bonnie, Peter



Judy and Peter plan to preview The nuns, the priests, and the bombs, to help decide whether to show that on the 27th. Steve felt it was quite a positive film for us to consider.


We may carpool to get to Bath Iron Works on some Saturday in the next few months, to participate in a midday Advent vigil.


Our next organizational meeting is scheduled for the Bass Room, in the Blue Hill Library, at 12:00 noon on April 1, 2020.


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Flash mob “Ode to Joy”

give yourself the gift of a few minutes to watch this


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Fwd: Action Alert: Request Relief for Low-Income People amid Covid-19!

[From Sass Linneken at ROSC]

Hey friends,

Along with the health concerns people have amid the Covid-19 outbreak, there are other concerns to be considered as worldwide panic continues to ensue, including the economic impacts on poor and working-class people who are facing missed wages and the domino effect that can cause, and as those who are already housing insecure struggle to remain protected.

Please consider contacting your local/state/fed officials to request they do what they can to halt evictions for the time being, require paid sick leave, and offer immediate housing assistance to homeless folks.

Please see a very basic template below you could mess with and use to email and/or call your own political officials.


State Government:

Switchboard for Maine State Senators:  (800) 423-6900

Switchboard for Maine State Representatives: (800) 423-2900

Federal Government:

To contact Senator Angus King:  

To contact Senator Susan Collins:  

To contact Representative Golden:

To contact Representative Pingree:

Switchboard for US Capitol: 202-224-3121


Hello Representative/Senator __________,

Can you please do whatever is in your power to put a temporary halt on evictions while the world panics about Covid-19 and many low wage workers are unable to earn? Also, please push as hard as you can for paid sick leave and immediate housing assistance for homeless folks who are already vulnerable and struggling.

Thanks for your consideration,


For a healthy, equitable world,

Sass Linneken

Executive Director

Pronouns: they/them

Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC)

PO Box 2444
Augusta, ME 04338-2444

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