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August 30, 2013


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RAISER William

Nice post. However, the title cause me a double-take. In today's world, "occupations" has another connotation ;-)

Anna W.

If you're going to go with Copland for Labor Day, this fanfare is an excellent choice Maureen.
I have read Terkel's Working, as well as every other book by him I could lay hands on. It is indeed the weekend for a reread. Have a good Labor Day break.

Anna W.

Seattle Johnny

Thanks for letting me know about your post. Three strong voices for the working stiff in your Labor Day offering, Whitman, Copland, and Terkel. I would suggest a companion piece from Leaves of Grass http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/carol-of-occupations/


Maureen, Leaves of Grass was Dennis Pere's go to volumn for bedtime reading to Jan & I when we were kids. It's nice to see old man Whitman in a column about Labor Day. It suits him well.

Maureen Lang

RAISER William, Anna W., Seattle Johnny, DMC,

Many thanks to all for commenting on this post.

I do have a soft spot for Aaron Copland, this Fanfare in particular, which seems to fit the holiday so well. Whitman & Terkel are old, old friends that always welcome a re-visiting.

DMC (Dennis),

What a good Dad you had, choosing "old Walt" to see you off to sleep. I read poetry to my daughter for years at bedtime, until she could read it back to me, then we alternated verses. A nice maternal memory for yours truly.

"Good night, you Princes of Maine, you Kings of New England!"


To quote Joe Sudbay from americablog, "Happy Labor Day. But, let's face it: this isn't a happy labor day for many American workers. We've got unemployment, underemployment, foreclosures, bankruptcy, offshoring...the list goes on and on. American workers deserve better than what they've been getting. Eight years of GOP leadership created the economic crisis we're in. And, GOPers on Capitol Hill have done nothing over the past twenty months to help fix the mess they made. What sucks is Republicans could be rewarded for that in the November elections. And, that won't be good for American workers."

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