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A Day in the Life of an Activist


It is 7:23 a.m. and the sun is rising over Syracuse; the temperature is zero. I always find zero a particularly dispiriting temperature, rather like a flat line on an EKG: everything has come to a halt; life is over. … Continue reading

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The Right of Way


It started a few years ago with the A-frame signs. The signs were about two feet wide and three feet tall and they advertised what was for sale inside the business. The signs were placed on the sidewalk in front … Continue reading

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Resume of an Activist


Anne C Woodlen Syracuse NY 13210                                                          “Perhaps when we face our maker, we will not be asked, ‘How many positions did you hold,’ but rather, ‘How many people did you help?’” ―Thomas S. Monson In 2001 I began the work … Continue reading

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Crawfish, My Rss (Part I)


I went to “Crawfish Fest 5: Taste of Louisiana” in Clinton Square on Saturday. It was overcast and breezy, which wasn’t very pleasant. On Salina Street, at the entrance to Clinton Square, the first thing I came to was a … Continue reading

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From Compliant to Complaint: Moving the I


An activist is someone who takes action to fix a problem while everybody else walks around it and complains. My friend Arleen and I—and thousands of other people—went to the Fourth of July concert at the NYS Fair grounds.  Arleen went to use … Continue reading

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The Wall, The Law, and Who’s In Charge


So there was this fellow who was a sergeant and a drill instructor in the army of these United States.  He retired on years of service and moved from the base to a nearby city.  A year later he returns … Continue reading

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The Wall, The Institute, and My Home, Part I


I keep thinking about The Wall.  It is made of concrete, stands about three and a half feet tall and is topped by about four feet of wire fence, which is wrapped in dense fabric.  It’s a very wall-ish wall.  It runs down … Continue reading

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