The Lehrer Report: Oct. 8, 2021

Monday, October 11, 2021

Garden report: I picked a tomato in October — that is a first. I picked two peppers and found some onions buried under the weeds. The zinnia, celosia, snapdragon, nasturtium, petunias, geranium, sedum and marigolds are still in bloom but will fade shortly.

A saw a bunny sitting on my patio very early in the morning when I opened the shade. The motion didn’t disturb the rabbit. It (can’t say he or she since I don’t know the gender) eventually went to the grass and nibbled some greens.

Three pigeons were walking down my driveway. I think they were in my garage.


Pat Romney of Amherst sent me some good news.

“The Odyssey Bookstore will sponsor a reading and signing of my new book, ‘We Were There: The Third World Women’s Alliance and the Second Wave,’ on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

“Sonia Nieto and I will talk about the history of women of color activism, the beginnings of the concept of intersectionality, and the import for activism today,” Pat wrote.

She said the book is dedicated to: “AmFam, my crew of sisters and brothers from the Pioneer Valley — progressive faculty members, teachers, administrators, and social justice consultants — in gratitude for your friendship and your ongoing work for justice.”


Bonnie Isman of Amherst sent me a postcard that says,”SASNAK, Today your host is Potawatomi.”

She wrote that is an example of a highway road sign, a project of the Kansas University Art Museum to honor the Native peoples of the Kansas territory. The artist is Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne and Arapaho). She wrote that other tribes are Kaw, Kickapoo, Neme Hattaki and Ioway.

I also received a card depicting the beautiful Northeast Kingdom in Vermont. The signature was “Cakewalk, L.T. ,” which I assume is the handle since the sender wrote about thru hiking the Long Trail. It was day five of 11 when a pack of coyotes tried to steal the food bag in the middle of the night, according to the card. “The doggies were trying to have a midnight snack. I awoke, chased them down and got my food back , 20 feet away. No joke!”

The signature line also included this information: com-Mass ’04 and ’21. I hope the sender tells me a real name.


The University Drive Post Office has planters made from blue mailboxes. They look really good.


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