Monday, July 23, 2018

Rochester Public Market - 2019

For many years I've made a calendar from photos I've taken at the Rochester Public Market. The focus has been on vendors and farmers who sell a wide variety of produce and retail products at the market.

This year the calendar focuses on flowers, vegetables, fruits - even baked goods and cheeses

Regardless of the weather, the Rochester Public Market is open year round. It is the crossroads of our community where shoppers of all ages and ethnicities mingle and shop - meeting friends, visiting with vendors, enjoying a cup of coffee, eating freshly baked goods or hoping for a bargain, something for everyone. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Families Belong Together II

Many voices, many posters, many protesters, 
standing strong with those whose voices are usually silenced 
by those who use their political power to dominate.  

Families Belong Together, June 30, 2018

Thousands gathered in Lower Manhattan to protest the President's immigration policy of separating children from their parents when they are caught crossing the border between Mexico and the United States. Among the protesters was a story teller who read from children's books that celebrate immigrants and their contributions to our country's history - like We Came to America by Faith Ringgold, Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say.

I taught English to recent immigrants and saw how hard they worked in order to provide a better life for their children. May we as individuals and citizens of the United States, never forget what was written in the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."  A fitting acknowledgement on this day, July 4, 2018.