Saturday, January 21, 2012

Urban farming.

Here's an interesting read from about urban farming. Wouldn't it be nice if we could take blighted/abandoned lots in Worcester and start farming?

The city's recent Abutters' Adopt a Lot Program will be the impetus for some urban farming.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

A timorous gesture of defiance? How very Worcester!

"Nevertheless, the habit of naming towns for English towns remained for a while, especially in Massachusetts.  The planting of Worcester in 1684 showed it still continuing.  A tradition lingered that this name was a gesture of defiance against Charles II, to preserve in Massachusetts the name of that city where he suffered defeat and afterwards had to flee across the southern counties, doubling like a hunted fox.  But Worcester in England was a good royalist city, not a symbol of Puritanism.  If it was reproduced in defiance, the gesture was a very timorous one indeed.  More likely it was thought only another good English name."  
-from "Names on the Land, A Historical Account of Place-Naming in the United States" by George R. Stewart, page 119.

A funny thing happened in the T&G Comment Section!

I admit that I read the T&G comments, largely in an attempt to understand my fellow Worcesterites.  I rarely post because the level of hatred, ignorance and contempt for the English language makes my eyes bleed.

I wanted to read the comments in Thursday's article regarding President Obama's appointment of Richard Cordray to head the CFPB to see how my fellow Worcesterites felt about the CFPB.  Surprisingly enough there was an intelligent discussion of House and Senate rules, the Constitution, the possible constitutional implications of any future action by Cordray, and a rehashing of the recess appointment in recent American history.

I applaud the following T&G subscribers: Fitzgm, Alfred J. Lemire, I'm Just Saying..., and  IThinkForMyself. 

Traveller, -Q, unconventionalcontrarian, maclear, bigredone, v8chip: see the teacher after class.  You need to elevate the substance of your posts.