The Real Mother’s Day

Last year I read this to my family. I am such a buzz kill. Nevertheless, so is what is done to the planet because of “questions decided by irrelevant agencies”. Whatever way you look at it, war is never the defense of anything good. Chest thumping is alright for sports (boring in my opinion) but when it comes to things that matter, mother’s have a duty to inform their son’s and daughter’s, do not unlearn what we taught you about charity, mercy and patience.

Mother’s day was started by Julia Ward Howe for the women who were left with the devastation of the Civil War and the losses that were borne by them.

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts,
whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by
irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking
with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be
taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach
them of charity, mercy and patience.

We women of one country will be too tender of those of another
country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From
the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says “Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance
of justice.”

Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons
of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a
great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women,
to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the
means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each
bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a
general congress of women without limit of nationality may be
appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at
the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the
alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement
of international questions, the great and general interests of

Julia Ward Howe

Super Fun!

Cinco De Mayo was super fun! There were at lots of kids, one of them only a few weeks old!

The party was in a restaurant on College Street West. As always it took a bit of time for the kids to start lining up for face paint but I am happy to say I got to paint two green monsters, two sunsets, several flowers, a butterfly and a few princesses! I was busy enough I forgot to take pictures. This is courtesy of the owner.


Tulips always seem like the no-nonsense flowers of the garden, they have no pleasant, sentimental fragrance, they are so clean. When they finally open they splay their petals in a disturbingly unabashed fashion, like someone’s horny drunken old aunt.

That is an exerpt from a story I wrote over at Live Journal.