#245: Lima, Sarosh Haider, Greyhound Bus Survival Stories

Back to clips from my October KY trip – transfer at the Lima, OH, crossroads;

Sarosh Haider is fishing at my family’s place.  Islamabad to Southeast KY, for school, work, etc.  Pakistani Outdoorsman is his youtube channel .   Marry a woman from Harlan, and start a youtube channel about fishing in KY, how’s that for adaptation?

The overnight bus ride back from Knoxville, TN, to Charlottesville was kind of terrifying.  Right-wing supremacists are no joke. Thanks to our Black seatmate, his agitation was kept at bay.  For the time being.  What a relief to make it back home to Northampton for a decompressing peaceful midnight stroll on the bike path.

#244: Chicago trip! Train and old Catholic Worker friends

I took Amtrak to Chicago the last weekend in September.
Train trip reflections – apples in Albany-Renssalaer, Loud fearful white rider afraid of Black neighborhoods, the Amish contingent…
In Chicago: Seth Tristan Jensen talks about Perennial Cooperative in Madison where he lives
Lucky’s bike placard says “Bicycling: A Quiet Statement Against Oil Wars”
Maria Barnes and Tim Herlihey, of Uptown Bikes in Chicago, talk about the start of Uptown/Urban Bikes in the 90’s, and I tell how it was a precursor to Pedal People starting in Northampton in 2002.
Mark Walden, on the sacredness of decades of Sunday frisbee football pickup games
Mike Bremer – his mom was committed to voting against Donald Trump in 2020, whether she was alive or dead.

#243 – Nevline Nnaji – cyclist, filmmaker, dancer, author, catsitter, etc

Live in the studio with me today is Nevline Nnaji, a fellow cyclist and Florencian.   We talk about her recovery from a recent crash with a car; becoming a professional pole dancer; writing a memoir about it.  She’s also an in-home cat sitter, with a newly made website: cat nanny love.  She published the documentary film “Reflections Unheard:  Black Women in Civil Rights in 2013, when she was in her early 20s.  Oh, and she does fashion design.

#242: bike deflation,Indian Boarding Schools, local songs, rice, compost, PP20thanniv

Well, yesterday we were gonna ship like 100 bikes to Haiti, the youth org Sakala-Haiti in Cite Soleil outside Port au Prince.  Daniel S. was on his way to come pick them up to take them to Boston, but that morning the shipper canceled.  (Later I found out that the ports have been closed, controlled by armed groups).  http://www.sakala-haiti.org/

15m: Today, September 30th, is National Day of Awareness for the Indian Boarding Schools.  Andrew Grant is digging in the archives at UMass to see what Quaker meeting minutes reveal about how the Western New England Quakers, which he is involved with, viewed or interacted with the boarding schools.

20m: Smiles sings “Don’t Arrest the Clown” downtown.  and another one

25m: I sing  the little lullaby I wrote years ago: “I am a pumpkin head”

26m: Maya Lieberman, troublesome chemical scents n perfumes (this is the same interview I played last week)

48m: a few minutes with Pablo Mercker-Sague at South River Miso/ Natural Roots farm.  They grew rice this year!  (mostly symbolic)

41m: I was pulling weeds in Pulaski Park and talking with folks about why is composting important:  Gina Louise-Sciarra (mayor of Northampton) shares.  and Rebecca from Woodstar Cafe.

54m: Pedal People cooperative’s 20th anniversary party was last week!  a couple songs, one by our friend Jean Rohe, and sung by party goers with Alex Jarrett leading on ukelele.  

55m: Joanna Nix (pedal person) sings her parody “I am Pedal People”

#241: black walnuts, snake on path, Maya Lieberman Scents, Nancy moves in

1m fitst ever Doozy Do parade, fundraiser for Northamoton Neighbors

Black walnut harvest, by the skate park!  (i got 3000lbs in KY last October)

oof, I almost ran over a snake on the bike path with my trailer! How do animals deal with stress and trauma about losing their homes/habitats?

My new housemate Nancy Luce just moved in.  Sara’s aunt. After 20 years of living in her own home.  So now we have 3 generations living in our house 🙂

Maya Lieberman and I have a chat on the bike path bench about ultra-chemically-scented things, like garbage bags, laundry detergent, dryer sheets.  As someone who gets headaches and has breathing problems around heavily scented things, Maya offers suggestions on how to kindly educate, and share space (and fragrance-free laundry detergent) with housemates who don’t seem as affected by the scents. Shoutout to Steve Shea for making a washer and dryer in the downtown Florence laundromat scent free.






Continue reading #241: black walnuts, snake on path, Maya Lieberman Scents, Nancy moves in

#239: My day on Bike, LinGen MidAutumn Moon, Lisa Solvents

April says used to, they would wear big bushy dresses in winter and put warm bricks by their feet and the dress would keep their feet warm.

1m: short on material this week/morning, so I just took my recorder on my biking day with me.    street intersections with lights that don’t flip for cyclists.  Valley Recycling, Cans4Cancer, downtown sidewalk chalk artist are at work and Rob Kimmel shares with me while he’s drawing in front of the Roost.  Delicious tacos from Manna kitchen passed on down the line.  bikes from scrap metal.  Valley CDC has plans to build housing on Laurel St.  Hospital Hill historical moment.  squeaky chains on the bike path, the challenges of salvaging too much stuff that you impulsively want…

25m:  music for mid-autumn full moon tomorrow

28m: Lingen shares moon cake and Chinese mythology surrounding mid-autumn full moon

42m: Lisa, a student in Delaware who i met on the Amtrak in July, talks about art restoration/conservation and the use of solvents.

47m: Queen Elizabeth of England died last night, I was told.  Reminded me of a song from Trinidad, Terri Lyons, Calypso monarch with 2020 song “Meghan, My Dear.”  also known as “Dark Meat to the World.”  referencing Prince Harry’s leaving the throne due to social media haters of his marriage with darker-skinned wife Meghan.





#238: Car Menace; Eunice Mukuria – mother of Peter ; Catherine Orland – park ranger

Intro: biking back home to 8 High St on the path on a Friday afternoon – 8-year olds on ebikes, pedestrians crossing streets at will, the abundance of the freedge

5m: excerpt from UVA prof Peter Norton’s book, “Fighting traffic: the dawn of the motor age in the American city”

11m: and for a balanced media, a pro-car song:  Johnny Cash sings One Piece at a Time

16m: My friend and imprisoned pen pal Peter “Pitt” Mukuria on Abolition https://www.prisonradio.org/commentary/the-meaning-of-abolition/

18m: Coming back from KY in early August, I met Peter “Pitt” ‘s mom Eunice, in Richmond VA  (and his dad).  She shares her love for her son and challenges of the situation, and gratitude for a supportive community.  Eunice also mentioned to me, after the interview, that Peter’s case was one of 3  similar cases in a short time span in their area, where someone was killed during a police car chase.  One of the deaths was of a police officer, after which the township changed their policies around the police giving chase.

27m: Buffy Sainte-Marie sings Starwalker

30m: mad rush bike ride from the Mukuria’s back to the train station, about 16 miles away, on the north side of Richmond.

34m: On the train I met Annie, a UMass grad student designing plastic polymers so they will break down.

38m: Pulaski Park (downtown Northampton) volunteer weeding times – last Sunday, this coming Sunday morning.  Thanks Paige Bridgens for tending to this public space, and guiding us on renovating a space that was planted with native perennials but is now being strangled with weeds.

39m: Catherine Orland, a former housemate from 20 years ago is back East for a visit.  5 years ago she became a park ranger/ interpreter, working on a curriculum re immigration, among other things.

49m: WMSURJ monthly meeting coming up . Find out about their Indigenous Reparations campaign.  Here’s a link to a video from the Hassanimisco Band of Nipmuc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9UyuhGsVfE

50m: A child was hit by a man in a truck last week in Florence between the community gardens and recreation fields.  Hit n run.  The child is ok.

51m: I did some Saturday night stalking, with a yogurt container of water, of 4 neighbor kids who were throwing food from the Freedge at our fence. 

54m: The Impossible Dream, sung by Jack Jones








#237: Flats in Rain, Nedra of Civil Bikes, Atlanta trees, summer drought nights

It rained!!! yay! Thunderstorms and flat tires on my bike and trailer.  Flat tires are a good way to meet neighbors.

7m:  Peter Paul and Mary sing Day is Done

11m: going back to clips from my trip from KY to Knoxville to Atlanta to Richmond on August 1-3, 2022.

14m: Nedra Deadwyler, of Civil Bikes in Atlanta, talks about how she started the Civil Bikes heritage/historical tours, and how to build understanding and create change for good.

35m: Angelique Kidjo, Born Under Punches

40m: some of the best discoveries happen when I duck into the bushes looking for a place to pee.  In Atlanta, this lead me to a park with trees of….All You Can Eat FIGS!!      also, Nedra said Atlanta is sometimes referred as the City of Trees.  there are many!  then I stopped in Oakland Cemetery (arboretum) and ran into Walt, a cemetery volunteer who also does bike tours in Atlanta.

46m: a visit to Atlanta isn’t complete without visiting the Martin Luther King Jr historical site.  Hear 6 Principles of Nonviolence.

47m: Summer nights in the back yard of 8 High St: the crickets, katydids, sharing washing /bathing water with the trees in the soft darkness, Ben Ross (and Alex J)  singing and playing guitar inside with the music dancing out the open windows into the warm night.


#236: KY Family Reunion, Sound of Scything, Carmencita

2m: Woodring family reunion,  July 28-30th.  I asked lots of my nieces and nephews, What are 3 things you do during the week?  Relatives from Castlewood, VA; Morgantown, WV, and Chenoa, KY.  From saving seed for Southern Exposure, to dealing cards at the casino, to engineering titanium staples for surgery zipping up.

18m: Jean Ritchie sings Black Waters.     still thinking of the E KY flooding.  And coal mining.

21m: the Sound of Scything.  so peaceful, safe, and affordable, compared to string trimming.

36m: Johnny Cash:  I Never Picked Cotton

40m: Salem Mazzawy, a friend/cyclist severely injured in a hit n run a couple of months ago, is back on his feet!

42m: Carmencita, my sister-in-law’s step mom  recently moved to KY from Guatemala.   How’s it going??  entrevista en espanol, with translation.

49m: Cynthia Erivo sings “Stand Up” from the movie Harriet

55m: the Beasts have taken two more lives, an elderly couple crossing the street in Easthampton last week

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