Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Dix

This article is about the 19th-century activist. For the journalist, see Dorothy Dix.

Dorothea Lynde Dix
Born April 4, 1802
Hampden, Maine, US
Died July 18, 1887 (aged 85)
Trenton, New Jersey, US
Occupation Social reformer
Parent(s) Joseph Dix
Mary Bigelow

Dorothea Lynde Dix (April 4, 1802 – July 18, 1887) was an American activist on behalf of the indigent insane who, through a vigorous program of lobbying state legislatures and the United States Congress, created the first generation of American mental asylums. During the Civil War, she served as a Superintendent of Army Nurses.

Early life

Born in the town of Hampden, Maine, she grew up first in Worcester, Massachusetts. She was the first child of three born to Joseph Dix and Mary Bigelow, who had deep ancestral roots in Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Her father was an itinerant worker as a Methodist preacher.  At the age of twelve, she sought refuge with her wealthy grandmother, Dorothea Lynde (wife of Dr Elijah Dix) in Boston to get away from her alcoholic parents and abusive father. About 1821 Dix opened a school in Boston, which was patronized by well-to-do families.

Soon afterward she also began teaching poor and neglected children out of the barn of her grandmother's house, but she suffered poor health. From 1824 to 1830, she wrote mainly devotional books and stories for children. Her Conversations on Common Things (1824) reached its sixtieth edition by 1869.  Her book The Garland of Flora (1829) was, along with Elizabeth Wirt's Flora's Dictionary, one of the first two dictionaries of flowers published in the United States. Other books of Dix's include Private Hours, Alice and Ruth, and Prisons and Prison Discipline.

After Dix's health forced her to relinquish her school, she began working out as a governess for the family of Dr. W. E. Channing. It was while working with this family that Dix traveled to St. Croix, where she first witnessed slavery as one of the evils of the world.

In 1831, she established a model school for girls in Boston, operating it until 1836, when she had another health breakdown.[3] Dix was encouraged to take a trip to Europe to help aid her health by her physician. When she was there she met the other reformers who inspired her to start working on equal rights for the mentally ill. These reformers were Elizabeth Fry, Samuel Tuke and William Rathbone with whom she lived during the duration of her trip in Europe.

In hopes of a cure, in 1836 she traveled to England, where she met the Rathbone family. They invited her as a guest to Greenbank, their ancestral mansion in Liverpool. The Rathbones were Quakers and prominent social reformers. At Greenbank, Dix met their circle of men and women who believed that government should play a direct, active role in social welfare. She was also introduced to the reform movement for the care of the mentally ill in Great Britain, known as lunacy reform. Its members were making deep investigations of madhouses and asylums, publishing their studies in reports to the House of Commons.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Renee Zellweger for Judy Garland Stage is Amazing

Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland is uncanny
By Megan Thomas

Updated 12:20 PM ET, Mon March 19, 2018

"Judy," currently in production, is set in 1968 as the singer arrives in London to perform a series of sold-out shows. Zellweger stars in the title role, with Rufus Sewell ("The Man in the High Castle") cast as Garland's ex-husband, Sidney Luft.

Garland died of an accidental overdose in the summer of 1969 at age 47.
Rupert Goold ("True Story") is set to direct. "Judy" is a joint production between Pathé, BBC Films, and Ingenious Media.

No release date has yet been announced for the project.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stormy Daniels - Money be damned! It's was his promise to put me on - The Apprentice TV Show

WEST SACRAMENTO CA (IFS) -- First of all,  Donald Trump promised her that he would let her appear on the Popular NBC Television's The Apprentice. What's the driving force?  The press seems to be jumping all around it and not hitting it on the head.

Promissory Estoppel and betrayal of a trust.

That is all she wanted.  Nothing more and nothing less -- and he promised.  And -- in a woman's eyes, it's a very thin line between love and hate.  "Is It True. . . Is It True?  Is It Time For Desperate Measures?" - Ghetto Nation, (1999) - Denver Colorado.

One could not write a more perfect media piece  -- even in the comics.  The greatest book title ever - "The President And The Porn Star."   You can not make this stuff up.  As Donald Trump once's spouted, .". . . When you are a Star, "Women let you do Anything to them. . . Anything."

". . . Once Upon a time. . . It was at this time in history that the planets and the stars realigned on Earth when a horny TV Star, run upon one Stormy Daniels and placed his hands upon her body without permission.  At this point, Donald had his hand trapped in the "honeypot" and could not let go.

Most women that Donald does this too, take their hand and gently pushes him away.  Not this time, Stormy reach around and placed her hand upon his, and pressed his hand even harder upon her body.  Looking him straight into his eyes, and igniting his ambition and his advance, Donald finally met his match.

A real undefeated champion with a very large sandbox and a lot of friends to spare.  One of the hottest Adult Film Actors and Producer in his hand, really.  When you find that person who likes what you like and more of it. . . "You Get A Stormy!"

Stormy became his "chick" on the side.  Because he promised to let her appear on the TV Show.  The show disappeared and he became president.  She never got her chance to be on TV as Trump promised.

All John Lewis wanted was a library card.  Just a Library card.  And They said No.  Wrong Answer.  Are we getting the picture?  Ms. Clifford is not interested in the money.  Money be damned!  It's was his promise.  She relied upon his promise, as she keeps giving in this physical relationship and his demands over the months.  Ms. Stephanie Clifford gets nothing out of this relationship, but an empty promise, not fulfilled.

The question is Promissory Estoppel.  Did Ms. Clifford rely upon his word and verbal contract that he would indeed come through and place her on the Apprentice TV Show?

John Lewis - U.S. Representative, Civil Rights Activist - Biography

Truth is stranger than fiction"...There is no raft like a  Woman's Scorch." - William Shakespeare.

Once upon a time, along, long time ago, in a time frame in America's history and that of the world's, an ordinary woman, who acts, writes, directs and produces her own media empire.  SNL historic Stormy Daniels (Cecily Strong) has become an unlikely hero and will go down in history as one of SNL's Classics.

Can we dream about - Stormy and Mueller being Heroes?

Monday, March 12, 2018

King Errisson

Musik Radio Promotions
King Errisson

Genre:  Adult Contemporary, Reggae, World
Location:  Bahamas
Label:  Wolf Entertainment

Lyrics by King Errisson and Lisa Nobumoto Music by King Errisson

King Errisson - One Love Shines 

King Errisson has worked with the biggest names in the music industry, from Marvin Gaye to Diana Ross, The Temptations to Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five to Herb Alpert, from Barbra Streisand to Barry White, The Carpenters and many other superstars. He was a featured member of the Incredible Bongo Band and has been a member of Neil Diamond’s touring band since 1976. 

As a solo artist and composer, King is best known as a master of funky disco with lots of congas.His early albums are prized by “breakbeat hounds", and he had top ten albums on West Bound Warner Brothers with "LA Bound ", Natural Feelings" and "The Magic Man", as well as hit records as like "Have A Nice Day". 

His more recent solo albums can be classified as Jazz, Funk, Pop with a Caribbean flavour. His songs have appeared on albums by Neil Diamond, Eddie Kendricks,Flora Purim, The Temptations, and in the soundtrack of the movie, Ted and Venus. 

This new single “One Love Shines” speaks of what we should be doing as a world of people who should be loving each other instead of hating, as we seem further back in time than the days of slavery in many ways. We now live in a world and a country with more hate than ever in hundreds of years and a house that should be torn down considering the type of leaders we have to follow. 

Lyrics by King Errisson and Lisa Nobumoto 

Music by King Errisson

Original Producer Steven Lee

Vocals Arrangement and Production by Hellmut Wolf

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

ICYMI: Kamala Harris at 53rd Anniversary of Bloody Sunday: "Look to Selma"

A message from Senator Kamala D. Harris

ICYMI: Kamala Harris at 53rd Anniversary of Bloody Sunday: "Look to Selma"

[Harris with members of the United States Congress, local leaders, family and friends marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge]
On Sunday, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris delivered remarks at the Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast in Selma, Alabama, as a part of the 25thAnnual Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee. This is the 53rdAnniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery March, and this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to the breakfast, Harris also attended service at Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge alongside a congressional delegation.
[Photo 1: Harris with U.S. Representatives Terri Sewell and John Lewis] [Photo 2: Harris with U.S. Representative John Lewis at the Edmund Pettus Bridge]
Key excerpts from Harris’ remarks:
  • “From all of that history, past and present, what is clear to me is that Selma laid a blueprint. The Selma marchers showed us that while they crossed that bridge, they also built a bridge. They showed the power of coalitions when they brought together the SCLC and SNCC, white marchers and Black marchers, rabbis next to ministers, and people from across the country. They marched that bridge and they built bridges.” 
  •  “Selma, it is true we are indeed living yet again in difficult times. And, indeed, sometimes we are weary. But to any of us who feels daunted, or discouraged, or dispirited, I say if you need inspiration? Look to Selma. When we are pulled back and feel dispirited by an unjust Department of Justice as they escalate the War on Drugs and reinvigorate mandatory minimums and incarcerate instead of rehabilitate, look to Selma for your inspiration. When it feels impossible to make progress for young immigrants who are being targeted and threatened with deportation from the only country they have known and called home, look to Selma for your inspiration. When we are weary as we read that black unemployment, homeownership, and incarceration rates are the same or worse today than they were the days of Dr. King, I say look to Selma for our inspiration. And when we are faced with a powerful lobby that encourages immoral inaction which prevents all of our children from being safe from gun violence in a classroom and on the street, from suburbs to the cities, I say look to Selma for our inspiration. For Selma, you taught us – they taught us our power and they taught us how to use that power. And yes, the challenges right now are tough. And yes, the road can seem long. But I say let us remember those famous words which I will paraphrase of Coretta Scott King, who reminded us that the fight for justice, the fight for Civil Rights must be fought and won with each generation.” 
  • “Those marchers laid the foundation for the leaders of today. And we must carry on their work. They laid the foundation so that Hank Sanders could represent Selma for 35 years in the State Senate. And so Rose Sanders could become the first Black woman to be an Alabama judge. To carry on their work, to carry on that work. And they laid the foundation so that John Lewis and Terri Sewell and Barbara Lee can serve in the United States Congress. To carry on the work. Those marchers laid the foundation so that Barack Obama would be elected President of the United States and then re-elected President of the United States. To carry on the work. And they laid the foundation so that I could become only the second Black woman elected to the United States Senate, and serve alongside Cory Booker and Tim Scott. They laid that foundation. And they laid the foundation so that this community, and I will say with a particular point of pride, and so that the Black women of this community could replace Jeff Sessions with the lawyer who brought to justice the Birmingham bombers, Doug Jones.” 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Samuel Ball of Oak Island (1765 – 1846)

World famous Oak Island was open to the public. It was 1973 and for the first time since the treasure hunt began back in 1795, an organized, well-received walking tour was being offered by the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism in conjunction with the current treasure hunting syndicate, Triton Alliance Corporation.

 With this in mind, I would like to tell you another story of Oak Island. A story not well covered by the learned authors who choose to tell us the story of the treasure hunt.  Oak Island has seen a more pastoral history as men, and the women who accompanied them, broke the soil, not to look for buried loot, but to grow crops, raise livestock, fish and eke out an existence in the boreal forests and headlands of Eastern Canada.
 Samuel Ball was such a man. His beginnings were not the same as the farmers he shared the soil of Oak Island with.  Born in South Carolina in 1765 to a very poor black family, Samuel was on the very brink of a new age for men of his comparison.  You see, Samuel was born into a life of misery, a life of no hope for the future but a hard day’s work and a poor ration of food, Samuel’s family were in fact, slaves for the rich landlords of the infamous southern plantations.
Many black men were offered all sorts of promises by the British forces during the American Revolution and none were so promising than the chance for some land and to be free. Adopting the name of his former master, Ball made his way to New York serving with General Henry Clinton and then spent some time Major Ward in the Jersey’s where he served until the end of the war on January 14, 1784, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.  It was also reported that he served some time with Lord Cornwallis after the war.  From here, Ball made his way to Shelburne Nova Scotia and lived there for two years. Not being at all happy with his treatment in Shelburne, he then pulled up stakes and moved to Chester where it is reported he lived for 23 years. He bought a piece of land on Oak Island and then was granted 4 acres more at lot number 32.  As time went on, he eventually owned around 100 acres of land, and an island called Hook Island along with his farm on Oak Island consisting of around 36 acres.
The census of 1791 says he was a farmer on Oak Island at that time, but his history does not back this up.  If he left the US at the end of the war, 1784, spent two years in Shelburne, twenty-three more years in Chester, he would then have to be living on Oak Island no earlier than 1808 or 1809, ten years or so after the discovery of the famous Money Pit.  Unfortunately, history of black settlers was not very accurate and often lacked details.
In 1795, Samuel Ball found love in Halifax and married a young woman, Mary, who worked as a domestic for Treasurer Wallace.  They had three children, Andrew (1798), Samuel (1801) and Mary (1805) all born in Chester.  Among his many friends, he could count on one of the treasure hunters, Anthony Vaughan who was named as executor of his will.  On Lot 25 on Oak Island, Samuel and his small family built a house and worked the land, they broke it into ploughed acreage and raised crops.  He also maintained cattle and made a good living on this famous island, cut firewood, and breathed the clear salty air.  The foundation of his home can be seen on Oak Island to today.  Somewhere along the way, his wife Mary was no more, history does not record her passing or reason for the absence from the family.  In his will of 1846 he speaks of his wife Catherine.
 When he died at home on December 14, 1846, at the age of 81 years, those who knew Samuel Ball could say that he was a “good man”.  He left behind a legacy of assistance to others and made provision in his will for them.  He had at least one grandson, and was so proud of his adopted surname that in his will he declared that, “None shall possess same (land) unless they take the name Ball”.  He was also thought to be Lunenburg County’s only black Loyalist. Those who recorded old memories reported that in his house, one could view silhouettes of he and Mrs. Ball.
From his developing fields and land, he no doubts watched the frantic digging of the men from the Onslow Company of 1804 but he did not live to see another treasure hunt.  I wonder what he thought about it all.  I wonder if at the end of another hard day he would sit and watch his children play, drink a cup of tea with Catherine and think of his beloved Mary.  I wonder how often he thought about his parents, siblings, and friends he left so many miles away.
 I think you will agree with me, with all the trials and hardships, it seems he did very well for himself and died a happy, successful man, a free man.
 – The Blacks of Nova Scotia by Cherene Naugler
 – The will of Samuel Ball, book 1 page 37
 – The Oak Island Mystery by Reginald Harris
 – History of the County of Lunenburg by Mather Byles Desbrisay