To The Daily Sun,
On Jan. 24, Granny D would have been 107. She did live to be 100. In her memory and to prompt admirers/supporters not to sit idle, but practice some Granny D activity, I want to quote from her second memoir, "Granny D's American Century," published in 2012 by University Press of New England, at UNH.
As if prescient to our time now, our 2017, she urges, "the new meet-ups that have become possible and popular ... are a powerful force for change, but only when they go further than being just a gathering of like-minded citizens; they must become organizing units for bringing in people who are not yet like-minded. They must become organizing units for people who will do more than sit around and share their feeling about politics; they must be platoons that go out and get real politics done."
This makes me think of her ready reminder: "Democracy is not something we have. Democracy is something we do." So, in keeping with the feisty woman's spirit, that traveling woman's feet that took her across our country — more than 3,000 miles — at 10 miles per day, let's all rethink what we can do, and find ways to be positive with others and generous-spirited with others, for our country's sake. I am even thinking — send new President Trump vibes (and postcards) that he be the best for our country. He can be asked to let go of his negativity. Maybe we can mentally pull him into our organizing units that Granny D knows she wanted for us. We can at least try.
Happy Birthday, Granny D, of Laconia and later Dublin.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
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