Meredith Ramsay is a political science professor, now retired from UMassBoston, where she also served as Associate Dean of the Liberal Arts Faculty. She is a writer, musician, gardener, and amateur photographer. Her latest book is Community, Culture, and Economic Development: Continuity and Change in Two Small Southern Towns, published in 2013 by SUNY Press. It is a follow up to her earlier community study published by SUNY in 1996. Her articles have appeared in various books and scholarly journals. Occasionally she also writes metrical poetry, a skill that she ascribes to her training as a musician and her love of words. She has recently taken up practicing her instrument again, and hopes eventually to regain enough proficiency to play chamber music.
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Winter Trees I wrote this poem for my niece soon after her mother died, and it seemed to give her comfort. I offer it here to anyone who might find consolation in nature, as I do, during this time of universal grief.
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Have We Hit Bottom Yet? We must not continue to delude ourselves that our country enjoyed a vibrant democracy until it was blindsided by the election of Donald J. Trump and the emergence of Covid-19. Once the pandemic peters out and the Great Serpent slithers away, we will not return to the status quo. our democracy had already transmogrified into a lawless military-industrial-surveillance state long before our present travails.
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Gaia's Mad as Hell I am stunned by the several crises engulfing us.It is not this tragedy or that horror that has left me feeling disoriented, but the unending stream of terrible news. Not finding a way forward within myself, I have ventured into unfamiliar territory in a search to find hope and meaning in these events that will allow me to start moving forward.This article represents the first part of my journey.