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The Lehrer Report: Jan. 7, 2022


Monday, January 10, 2022

Indoor garden report: The amaryllis has two red buds, one on each stalk, that are partly open. When I dropped off something at a friend’s house, she had five white amaryllis blossoms on one stalk, very impressive. One of the hyacinth bulbs is starting to show color.

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Lee Bridegam of Amherst sent me the following email.

“The Interfaith Opportunities Network (ION) is inviting the interfaith community and beyond to gather on the 11th day of January, at the 11th hour on the Common in front of Grace Episcopal Church to listen to the tolling of the bells for 11 minutes signifying the 11th hour urgency of addressing climate change through action.”

She wrote that she hopes each faith group will do their own simultaneous tolling, whether bells, striking Buddhist gongs, blowing the shofar, or any other action chosen by whatever groups support this urgent call.

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I received my tax bill — not due for several weeks — and included were sheets of information from the tax collector and assessor. This was a first and very informative. Thank you Town Hall for the fact sheets.

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Increasingly, people are mentioning their preferred pronouns in their email signatures and when they introduce themselves. Learn more about this practice at the Zoom program “Gender Diversity and Pronouns: An Introduction,” hosted by the Jones Library on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., according to Janet Ryan, head of programming and outreach at the library, who sent me an email.

Speaker Alex Brandell will provide an introductory presentation on gender diversity, the importance of pronouns, and issues facing the transgender community. Brandell, (they/them/theirs) is a doctor of occupational therapy and transgender health educator. Brandell completed an occupational therapy doctorate at Boston University, with a special focus on transgender health.

To register for this webinar visit https://bit.ly/3HAcMyf.

The Friends of the Jones Libraries is sponsoring the program.

My friends and I have been talking about pronouns because we are of the age that “they” was considered plural. Now is is being used for the singular. This should be a good talk.

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