Loss and Remembrance

The death of commentor Djia’s mother and Djia’s determination to celebrate that life and that inspiration, reminds us of the need to give thanks for those that are no longer with us.

Whenever we are at a low point and in need of spiritual nourishment we turn to the great poets and the great writers. For this Thanksgiving holiday, filled with so much loss for so many, we refresh ourselves with the words of the great woman writer George Eliot, and an elegy to the dead:

“Her finely touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

It is not only soldiers who rest in unvisited or unknown tombs. Those that dwell within the tomb have shaped our world and us, even if we have not known them personally, even if we have not read about them or their passing.

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Friends of HillaryIs44 in Ohio have also recently suffered the loss of a loved one. Two months past her hundreth year Mary Egerton Miller Young (July 31, 1909 – November 24, 2009) is no longer with them.

Mary Egerton Miller Young, sharp minded until the end, led a good life and fought for women’s rights.

A leader in equal rights for women in the tumultuous 1960s and ’70s in Columbus has died just after reaching the century mark.

Mary Egerton Miller Young died Tuesday after a stroke in Chesterfield, Mo., her home since 1990.

“We recognized Mary’s practical dreaming, striving for excellence, her attention to detail (and) unshakable integrity,” said friend Mary Anne Saucier of Upper Arlington. “Life was really exciting working with her.”

Young’s activism began in the volunteer work she did for church and community groups in central Ohio. She was in her late 50s in 1966 when she began her greatest fight: for women’s equality.

Her friends remember Mary:

A long time volunteer, Mary was first employed at the Hilltop YWCA, and then became Director of Special Services for the main YWCA, 65 South Fourth Street, in Columbus. It was out of her third floor office that the YWCA Public Affairs Committee was staffed, that the monthly Public Affairs Forums grew, that the yearly YWCA International Fairs took shape, and it was the nerve center for the Equal Rights Amendment battles of 1973 and 1974, which culminated in its Ohio ratification on February 7, 1974.

By 1966, Mary helped found and lead the Ohio Commission on the Status of Women, out of which the Ohio Coalition for the Equal Rights Amendment was born. Immediately following Ohio ratification, Mary had officers in place for a new Ohio Coalition for the Implementation for the Equal Rights Amendment. In August 1974, Governor Gilligan and Attorney General William Brown had created a 25 member “Ohio Task Force for Implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment” and Mary was asked to chair the Task Force.

From 1975 to 1979, Mary directed the Women’s Ohio Volunteer Employment Network (WOVEN) at the Mershon Center, Ohio State University. This research project concentrated on increasing the number of women in state government in policy making positions by translating the volunteer skills of women into job qualifications. WOVEN had a positive affect on women and the media. On March 9, 1978, The Columbus Dispatch did an enormous spread on “Women Assume Leadership Roles in Columbus Arena”.

In June 1977, Mary chaired the International Women’s Year Conference at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, and was a delegate at the Houston IWY Conference from November 18 to 21, 1977.

That summer and fall she helped unite, by October 1, 1977, the Ohio Commission on the Status of Women and the Ohio Coalition for the Implementation of the ERA into Ohio Women, Inc. It was to be a rallying point for Ohio’s women to work together toward collective concerns, voiced and outlined at the Houston IWY Conference – to be a strong state-wide network for fast communication and action. Ohio Women, Inc. depended heavily on Mary’s leadership for conferences, for its “New Day Report”, for its “Women’s Platform”, its “Women’s Agenda”, etc.

In 1980, Mary chaired the committee which founded the Metropolitan Women’s Center for Central Ohio Women. She also helped develop and establish the Center for New Directions and the Columbus Metropolitan Club.

On January 1, 1960, Mary had been saluted by the Woman’s Department of the Columbus Citizen-Journal as one of “Ten Outstanding Columbus Women.” The paper wrote “there is a continuity and relatedness about her activities which is derived from her personal faith in God and her belief in the international brotherhood of Man.”

This was only one of her many special recognitions and awards for distinguished service, including her election to the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 1983.

On March 16, 1985, at least 300 people attended a luncheon honoring Mary’s contributions, with a Proclamation from Ohio’s Governor Richard Celeste and seventeen speakers, including The Honorable Marigene Valiquette, The Honorable Jo Ann Davidson, The Honorable Fran Ryan, and representatives from First Community Church, YWCA, Hunger Task Force, Coalition for the Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, “Odd Dozen”, ERA Task Force, ERA March, WOVEN, Volunteers of America, Ohio Women, Inc., Center for New Directions, Columbus Metropolitan Club, and Metropolitan Women’s Center.

For the occasion, Ohio Representative I. Ray Miller wrote:

You have willingly given of your time, energy, and abilities beyond what was required or expected, and you have earned the respect and admiration of everyone with whom you have been associated. Your noteworthy accomplishments are evidence of the potential of individuals to affect the quality of life in our society in a positive manner.

For these good, known and unknown, we commemorate on this Thanksgiving holiday their loss with remembrance. These bright forces, continue to light the way.


27 thoughts on “Loss and Remembrance

  1. A few comments on that WaPo article JanH posted, and the Blackwater thing:

    The WaPo was a waste of newsprint because all the reporter did was talk about worries critics had about potential conflicts of interest between the Clintons (which were discussed ad nauseam when she was nominated). No examples of such conflicts were found, because none have surfaced since she was sworn in. It was too pointless to even be considered a hit piece.

    As for Blackwater, I wouldn’t pay much attention to that. Wayne Madsen isn’t the most credible source. I used to read his stuff, but when his predictions didn’t come true I stopped.

  2. admin, what a wonderful tribute to this lady. Just think what her generation and mine fought for and now in the USA there are women being beheaded by their loved ones and the police do nothing. Just think now in America Sharia Law is being argued as acceptable in the United States. It already is in some free nations.

  3. Paula
    November 27th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    We’re having a conversation about just that- Paula. The seeds are being planted for the neutralization of Bill and Hillary by the Republicans AND the Democrats to sideline her potential ascendancy to the presidency.

    The Republicans hate SOROS but are united with Obama on boosting the dollar for Wall St. There are many scenarios afoot here as is the way Republican strategists work. This is not just a singular issue regarding Hillary. My concern is for Hillary being blindsided like she was in the Primary by the Kennedys and her own campaign staff.

  4. Thank You, Admin- for the heartfelt remembrance of those past both privately and the sons and daughters who have given their lives in the military for the trumped up political wars for oil and power.

    We need to remember and never forget…

  5. Mrs. Smith, I don’t know I read a little about this Madsen guy, he seems to be in lock step with infowars Alex Jones. Alex Jones is a little far fetched and he is a Hillary hater and it looks like this Madsen guy is too.

    I don’t doubt that Obama will try and smear Hillary before its over though.

  6. Putting on the Ritz, once a favorite song of my mother’s, but certainly takes on a different meaning today.

    Was it too much to ask that the leech in the oval office and his hanger-on wife practice some restraint here? Especially given how dire the economy and job losses numbers are. And especially given that hunger in families and homelessness is at an all time high.

    State dinner or not, this weakling doesn’t give a damn about his fellow man.

  7. 40 people a day for 4 weeks at about $.25 an hour equals about $1600 so if the dress cost $15G that means the designer made about 400x the wages of each worker.

    Sounds like slavery, or that dirty white capitalist syatem to me.
    What a hypocrite mo’ mo is.

    And even though the dress looked good on her (for once) she still has less grace than a drunken sailor.

    Oh, BTW, just heard those party crashers did make it to the receiving line and met the Squats.

  8. Beautiful article Admin, fitting tribute

    “Women are the Niggers of the World”

    John Lennon

    “Womans Rights are Human Rights”

    Hillary Clinton

  9. Enabling the next Fort Hood?
    Congress’s curbs on gun data hurt investigations

    By Michael Bloomberg and Thomas Kean
    Friday, November 27, 2009

    The news from Fort Hood shocked the nation: American soldiers shot on American soil. Thirteen dead and 38 injured. It was almost too terrible to believe. Almost.

    Unfortunately, the Fort Hood rampage was not the first time that our military personnel have been murdered in the United States this year. In June, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad shot and killed an Army private and wounded another soldier at a military recruiting station in Little Rock.

    In both cases, the loss of these young soldiers was compounded by a disturbing reality: The assailants had been under investigation by the FBI. In the more recent case, it would be easy enough to point fingers at the FBI. Its counterterrorism agents concluded that Maj. Nidal Hasan’s communications with the radical cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi — an al-Qaeda sympathizer who acted as a “spiritual adviser” to two of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers — were for professional reasons.

    A full investigation will reveal whether other red flags should have resulted in preventive action, but here is one thing we already know: A federal law repeatedly supported by Congress interfered with the FBI’s ability to find out about Hasan’s purchase of a handgun. Knowledge of that purchase might — and should — have triggered great scrutiny. And it could have saved lives.

    During the Clinton administration, the FBI had access to records of gun background checks for up to 180 days. But in 2003, Congress began requiring that the records be destroyed within 24 hours. This requirement, one of the many restrictions on gun data sponsored by Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), meant that Hasan’s investigators were blocked from searching records to determine whether he or other terrorist suspects had purchased guns. When Hasan walked out of Guns Galore in Killeen, Tex., the FBI had only 24 hours to recognize and flag the record — and then it was gone, forever.

    As former FBI agent Brad Garrett has said, “The piece of information about the gun could have been critical. One of the problems is that the law sometimes restricts you in what you can do.” The Tiahrt amendments passed by Congress interfere with preserving, sharing and investigating data on gun purchases by terrorist suspects. If that weren’t bad enough, Congress has also failed to close a gap in federal law that prevents the FBI from blocking a sale to an individual under investigation for terrorist activity.

    The Bush administration asked Congress to authorize the FBI to block gun sales to terrorist suspects, to no avail. Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder reaffirmed the Obama administration’s support for this legislation — for good reason. A Government Accountability Office report published in June found that individuals on the terrorist watch list had purchased guns and explosives from licensed dealers in the United States on 865 occasions over the past five years.

    The fatal lesson we learned on Sept. 11 was that, if we are going to protect innocent Americans from terrorists, we must break down the walls standing between federal agencies and effective investigative practices. The attack at Fort Hood was a tragic reminder that such walls still exist. Until Congress shows the political courage to tear them down, there will be more catastrophic breaches of national security and more tragic loss of life. If lawmakers fail to close gaps in the background check system and reform the Tiahrt amendments, the next terrorist shooting on American soil will be shocking, but it will not be surprising.


  10. Ten days old, but still valid given Admin’s clip. I guess this information wasn’t “unsettling” enough for bambi to stop his frivolous and inhuman spending.


    Bleak US hunger figures released
    (AFP) – Nov 16, 2009

    WASHINGTON — The US Agriculture Department on Monday released bleak figures on the state of hunger in the United States, showing that more American families are having difficulty feeding their members.

    The annual Household Food Security report showed that in 2008, families in 17 million households — 14.6 percent of US homes — had difficulty putting enough food on the table at some point during the year, an 11 percent increase over 2007.

    The figures “represent the highest level observed since nationally representative food security surveys were initiated in 1995,” the USDA said.

    “The fundamental cause of food insecurity and hunger in the United States is poverty — marked by a lack of adequate resources to address basic needs such as food, shelter and health care,” the statement added.

    President Barack Obama described as “unsettling” the report which came as some 60 heads of state and government were attending the World Summit on Food Security in Rome.

    “This trend was already painfully clear in many communities across our nation, where food stamp applications are surging and food pantry shelves are emptying,” Obama said.

    The president said he was especially troubled that there were more than 500,000 US families “in which a child experienced hunger multiple times over the course of the year.

    “Our children’s ability to grow, learn, and meet their full potential — and therefore our future competitiveness as a nation — depends on regular access to healthy meals,” he said.

    The first task to reverse the trend of rising hunger “is to restore job growth, which will help relieve the economic pressures that make it difficult for parents to put a square meal on the table each day,” Obama said.

    The president also said his administration has increased help for low-income families seeking food assistance, especially those with children.


  11. confloyd
    November 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    It’s not Madsen per se I’m addressing. It’s the information he was meant to impart, namely- “the Obama WH doesn’t know anything about the attacks on Palestinians.” When it’s quite obvious the renamed Blackwater (US) arrivals are setting up camp to instigate violence and death using the Taliban as their scapegoat.

    “I don’t doubt that Obama will try and smear Hillary before its over though.”

    I think the intent is to bury Hillary once and for all, this time around. She’s just too popular and so is Bill. Both political parties are at wits end because they know B&H are the only ones, politically speaking, that care about this country and can’t be bought that have the wherewithall to fix what is broken and put this country back on the right track to Peace and Prosperity. imho-

  12. Mrs. Smith, I agree, both parties want to finally get rid of the Clintons. They have been a pain in the necks of both corrupt parties since they came to DC in 1992. They both have been lying, steeling and doing anything and everything to discredit them, but we the people still love them.
    It has got to be pissing them off. I am sure they can’t understand why we love them so much, they view them as hillbillys and we views them as statesmans/woman.
    As far as I am concerned, they day of reconing is not to far off for both corrupt parties, the people will speak.

  13. Squat is gonna get us all killed!

    here’s a pic of him with one of the gatecrashers at the State Dinner.

    If he’s this lax with the WH imagine how unconcerned he is about the rest of the country!

    hotair dot com/archives/2009/11/27/video-party-crashers-entrance-announced-at-wh-state-dinner/

  14. A crucial scene from the HBO mini-series, “John Adams.” This film should be watched by all Americans.

    The Declaration of Independence


  15. confloyd
    November 27th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    “As far as I am concerned, the day of reckoning is not to far off for both corrupt parties, the people will speak.”


    Yes, I agree, the day of reckoning is at hand. But for the fact, Soros/Obama has bought all the voting machines from Diebold and the VP who was in charge of programming them is a hired on the Chicago/Daly/Soros/Obama/Axelrod/Kennedy payroll.

  16. God save these American states from King George of the Soros Empire and his errant knight Barack Hussein Obama. I wish I could see some good in this guy–but I just can’t. I know a wise man is a dispassionate one. But it is impossible to be dispassionate when you see someone destroy the traditions and the framework of our country. This is like a Rod Serling movie. In many ways he reminds me of Jimmy Walker the uber corrupt scion of another political machine–Tammany Hall. He was mayor of New York during the roaring twenties, and when the bottom fell out . . . he was replaced by La Guardia–a Republican who was as unflamboyant as you can get. The natural reaction to these comments is surely he is a good man, a family man, a highly educated man, a moral man. In my opinion that is a front. And then there are those who believe he is his own man. There is a saying that nobody becomes mayor of New York without being owned by somebody. What is true of New York is doubly true of the position of President. This guy was not picked for his experience or track record. He was picked because he could bamboozle. Well, it has been nearly a year and he skies have grown darker. Mrs. Smith was quoting no less than Rhett Butler that dreams cannot survive reality or something like that. When hope leads to dispair, what doe the bamboozled do? We shall find out.

  17. New York under Walker was one long cocktail line. Then as now. The White House gala affair contrasted with the suffering in this country was and is stark.

  18. Via Amy Dugan’s Bill Clinton website, an invitation for those in the New York City area:


    On World AIDS Day — Tuesday, December 1 — we’d like to provide you with much more than an email update. You’re invited to a special event featuring President Clinton who will discuss the current AIDS crisis and the progress we’ve made.

    The event — hosted by the Clinton Foundation and the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health — begins at 12:15 p.m. EST on Tuesday in New York City.

    Seats are FREE but First Come First Serve. You must RSVP Here


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