Stepping away for a day, especially for Labor Day, is good for our souls. My Great-Grandparents immigrated to this country around the turn of the last century. My Grandmother’s Dad was a tailor, and he and her Mother worked at first, sewing in factories, before they were able to leave New York City for upstate. We have always been a pro-Labor family.
I always love it, Joyce, when you take a little time for yourself during these tumultuous days.
In fact, I'm so pleased with the latest chicken news that I am nominating you for a Pullet Surprise.
I love all your postings Joyce and so identify with your family background. I’m 78, late mother a 14 y/o Dutch Jewish immigrant/escapee from Nazis in 1939....father an Irish Catholic who lied about his age to enlist in US Army in WW2.....he was only 16 but said he was 22....I’m now a widow....moderate/centrist Democrat.....Mom of 5, grandma of 9.....live in the Pacific NW.....served our country militarily in USAF in late 1960s, and then in DOD/DIA (Intelligence) 1982 to 1990, all overseas. I’m simply appalled at the ignorance of the current Republican party Trump devotees.
You keep up your great work, especially on TV and online.
Thank you for the reminder of Triangle Shirtwaist. PBS had a terrific documentary a few years back that is worth streaming—the description of the sounds of the women jumping to their deaths has haunted me.
All good things for workers in this country have occurred due to the hard work of unions and union organizers. We wouldn’t have Labor Day or a 5 day work week or 8 hour day if not for unions!
Thanks for all you do—and for the pictures of your beautiful family of animals! 💕
Such an absolutely beautiful and balanced report of life as it is.
Refreshing. Sobering but ending on a bright note. I lost my mom yesterday (she was 97!) and I needed that pink anemone in my life!
A lot of us Caucasians came in the big immigration rush of the early 1900s. Both sides of my grandparents came over on boats to be processed at Ellis Island. I have copies of the ship manifests. My Lithuanian grandfather was a shoe maker that originally settled in the small town of Winsted, CT. He quickly figured out Hartford had more people needing shoes and so moved. Max kept his Ukrainian wife Ester pregnant all through her fertile days with 13 surviving children and an unknown still births. (I only know and am friends with one of those cousins.) My mother’s side came from Sicily and landed in Hartford on the same small side street as the Katz clan. So naturally dad needed to hook up with someone and that dark skinned Italian girl up the street named Rose was easy pickings. I would have preferred she had picked someone else (as she ruminated later on) but I had no say in the matter. They all now sleep.
You are a delight to follow.
The Anemones are beautiful, and I love the colors on that scarf. Thank you for checking in. It's been a very pleasant weekend.
So very glad you're taking a day to reflect, appreciate, and celebrate heritage, history, family, and the simple pleasures of yarn moving through your fingers, chickens going about their busy-ness, and Bella doing what her innate self tells her she must: guard the family from predations and predators. Stay well, stay safe, and we'll see you the next time!
NYU’s Brown Building is the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist company. It was a somewhat creepy place, partly because the floors don’t line up with the adjoining buildings. I got lost on there once trying to cut through to Waverly, and vowed I would never go there again unless I had to.
Your students are so lucky. Precious babies. I love the photo of Bella - she guards the chicks from baby Tofu too I've noticed. Happy Labor Day, and many thanks for all the labor you do for us. We shall repay you by being good students as well:))
Love you, Joyce Vance. I wish I had the opportunity to have chickens. I’ve watched you on MSNBC for years and you’re looking pretty cute these days. It must be those cosmetics you advertise on Sister’s in Law. I am a first generation American in my family. I really wish that many other Americans could experience the way that immigrants appreciate living in this country and appreciate democracy and a vote. Keep up the good work!
my grandfather was involved in the effort to bring the union to where he worked. my mom remembered.seeing him bring in the papers hidden in his coat. funny, in spite of how important he believed it to be, as far as she knew, he never joined.
btw if you ever offer audit courses i'd be interested. thanks for all you do - love hearing from you on MSNBC
I am up reading you now and totally immersed in your thoughts and pics. Monday nights i normally join a family rosary call for my ex and friend who is dying of blood cancer. I could not join tonight because the discussion and prayer was all about abortion. Anti abortion. I just can't remain silent when any person, any where wants to control another persons bodily choice. Most of the participants wouldn't be here if legal abortion didn't exist including my own child. Rant over. Thanks Joyce for chickens knitting and all things legal and relevant.
Thanks again for a post with your "trademarks:" pertinent information and also enjoyable relaxing anecdotes. I hope you had a very enjoyable weekend and send best wishes for a successful school year.
We had family visiting for the weekend. That was relaxing and rejuvenating! Niece brought her 18 month old puppy! He was adorable, but spirited, as a puppy should be. Our 5 year old female was not impressed. I am behind on my reading now, but need to catch up on my sleep.