Gloria Ferris

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Archive for March, 2007

Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis Receives National Award

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We just received this notice from Lou Tisler, executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services.  Thanks for the heads up, Lou.  Jim is receiving lots of national attention for his leadership in addressing the foreclosure crisis in our city, county, and state.  His testimony in Congress on Wednesday sheds new light into a national  problem that is not going to go away any time soon unless some changes are made.  Jim is an original hometown boy doing some good.  As many of you know, Jim grew up here in Brooklyn Centre and our neighborhood remains quite dear to him.  We are also quite fond of him and proud of the good work he does. 

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March 28th, 2007 at 10:55 pm

March Winds Blow and Memories of Childhood Intrude

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Although many say that April is the cruelest month, to me it has always been March.  I don’t know why, never really thought about it much but the transition from winter to spring has always been difficult for me.  Tim has reminded me periodically that it has been a long, long time since I posted here, but until today I haven’t been able to overcome inertia.  And then, when I do overcome it, it isn’t with one of the many things that I have bottled up in me just waiting to break free,  but instead Robert Louis Stevenson and A Child’s Garden of Verse seems so very important today.

 When I was seven I was very ill for most of the winter, and my grandmother bought me a Golden Book edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verse. She told me that Stevenson had been very ill as a child with tuberculosis and had begun to act out many of the stories he wrote later as an adult.  Never cared enough to make sure that the story my grandmother told me was true because I liked it and it fit my purposes that winter.

But when I went to look for some of my favorite poems on line, I realized that it was very appropriate to think of this book of poems in March.  Two of my favorite poems The Wind and Bed in Summer explain ever so better than me.  Isn’t poetry grand? 

Written by Gloria Ferris

March 26th, 2007 at 11:40 pm