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They are grown up now, in their mid- and early twenties, and we talk and text often. Now I see them care for things – not babies, yet, but geckos and Jeeps and girlfriends and plants and art a friend has made. It’s a sign of health and creativity – wanting to see things grow, feeling that kind of power that comes from nurturing something, from taking care. Whether or not we have or want human babies, we can mother something. The earth. A drab, messy room back to life. We can prune a plant, pick up trash, wipe a shopping cart when we are done using it. Plants, birds, trees, artistic endeavors, neighbors – all benefit from encouragement, attention, and care – three motherly actions that you do not have to be a “mother” to do. In fact, when you put it that way, I know plenty of men who make good mothers, and plenty of people without children who behave as if they are building something that will outlive them. I am teaching a book right now called Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. One of the essays in this
marvelous memoir is called “A Mother’s Work.” In it, the author describes how she toiled for over a decade to make a pond on her upstate New York property swimmable for her daughters. In the process of cleaning the pond, the ecologist in Kimmerer considers all of the life that
Language shapes how we feel and how we separate ourselves, but it can also restore connection when used thoughtfully she would have to displace (the tadpoles, the algae) to achieve her goal of a clean pond for her girls. The mother in her wants not to care so much about those
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other creatures – she can set about the business of restoring a natural swimming pool. She realizes the tension in this task and writes, “We set ourselves up for arbiters of what is good when often our standards of goodness are driven by narrow interests, by what we want.” When my students and I discussed that sentence, they totally got it. We justify killing a life when we consider it less important than our own. Language shapes how we feel and how we separate ourselves, but it can also restore connection when used thoughtfully. Now that two of my children live thousands of miles away, I have more time to care for other, non-human creatures: hens, dogs, fish, cats, and the birds outside at the feeder. I can see them swirling about in early spring, feasting on seeds. I imagine they are preparing for little beaks to emerge from little eggs in nests they have created for this purpose. I want to support their work. I have a friend who is younger than I and in the throes of motherhood. Jordan juggles working full-time with
caring for her two children, Archer and Andie, five and three years old. She is not a clock-punching kind of employee. Her community advocacy work often encroaches on evenings and weekends. I asked her about this recently, about this tension between wanting to be a “good mother” and fighting for justice in our community. “My biggest challenge is setting boundaries about when work is over,” she admits. “A fear I have is the
“A good mother grows into a richly eutrophic old woman, knowing that her work doesn’t end until she creates a home where all of life’s beings can flourish” kids are seeing me work too much.” Then she reconsiders. “I also love that we as a family are really active. Our love language is activity. So that’s the memory I want them to have – how active their mother was and how actively I worked to make their community better for them.” It’s not so much about age, as it is the awareness of the beings outside of your own home who you have the power to positively impact when you care enough to do the work. If that’s not mothering, I don’t know what is. In the words of Kimmerer, “the pond has shown me that being a good mother doesn’t end with creating a home where just my children can flourish. A good mother grows into a richly eutrophic old woman, knowing that her work doesn’t end until she creates a home where all of life’s beings can flourish. There are grandchildren to nurture, and frog children, nestlings, goslings, seedlings, and spores, and I still want to be a good mother.”
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ew Bedford is gaining international attention for what it has to offer and it shows no signs of stopping. The establishment of “New Bedford Creative” has become a vital stimulus for that prosperity. “Arts and culture is the best way for us to market this city as a great place to be,” says Derek Santos, Executive Director of the New Bedford Economic Development Council. “People want to know if this is a good place to live, to visit, and to hang out in general. We can showcase the city as a place with a lot going on – people are out and great stuff is happening. That type of vibe says that this is a place where coming together is important, where culture is important.
“Artists are small businesses, they’re a part of our business community,” Santos says. “They produce a product and they get paid for that product. Arts and culture has a way of contributing to other sectors of the economy – it’s a community development tool, an economic development tool, and a great-place-to-live tool.” In 2012, New Bedford found itself in the company of San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles when Richard Florida of The Atlantic magazine ranked it as the seventh most artistic city in America. In 2016, the Massachusetts Cultural Council recognized New Bedford as the most creative community in the state. The city took steps to take advantage of their creative community when Mayor Jon
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grant programs, a toolbox for artists, and a description of the city’s cultural districts. “Everything about the plan is right there. It’s beneficial to artists, patrons, and visitors,” Santos says. “It can help answer a lot of questions and it will get you to what you want. When someone jumps on the site and sees what’s going on it looks like we have our act together – because we do. It’s great for those who are visiting and want to know what’s going on, or if someone wants to retain an artist. It’s super helpful.” The website’s creative directory is a free and open catalog for those affiliated with the creative economy including visual arts, film and multimedia, food and culinary, music and performing arts, written works, and history and preservation. The Tool Box provides resources and opportunities for individuals or companies looking to expand and develop their skills, networking, or funding. Every other month, New Bedford Creative issues an email with a bevy of information and opportunities for artists and cultural organizations. “New Bedford Creative creates paths to give artists opportunities to make more work and succeed. I recently received a grant based on an email I received from Margo,” Knutsen says. “The website has become a central platform for resources,” Thomas says.
New Bedford Historical Society, SuperflatNB, and the Fiber Optics Center. The mural “Postcards To New Bedford” was created by SuperflatNB under the creative direction of Greg Pennisten and is displayed on the back wall of 674 Pleasant Street. A lighting design at Wings Court in downtown was designed and created by students at UMass-Dartmouth’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, under the direction of Professor Stephanie McGoldrick, in partnership with the City of New Bedford Planning and DPI. New Bedford Creative has also contributed support to the Reggae On West Beach summertime event and the Guatemalan Festival held in September. “When we are at our best, we are connecting people, developing partnerships, and being a catalyst for projects that shine a bright light on New Bedford’s strengths,” Saulnier says. This upcoming summer, New Bedford Creative will help support an array of events, including 3rd EyE Youth Empowerment’s hip-hop events, BuyBlackNB’s pop-up market on Juneteenth, the New Bedford Symphony’s “Music In the Streets,” Fitzcarmel LaMarre’s “New Deadford” art youth workshops, and the traveling artMOBILE which provides activities for children.
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New Bedford Creative is responsible for facilitating two annual grants – Art is Everywhere, and Wicked Cool Places. The Art is Everywhere grant aims to support creative ideas that impact a current challenge facing residents, visitors and/ or businesses in New Bedford’s neighborhoods – supporting the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion and access. Grants range from $1,000 to $25,000, and are funded by MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative, and the Barr Foundation. It was first awarded in May of 2020 to 3rd EyE
the region’s coastal charms. Their new property was a former tomato farm, perSarah Kocur is the fect for supporting the couple’s new hobowner of LOVEmoda, by: raising chickens. a purse and clothing Fortunately for them, they had a knack company based it. BeforeNew too long, the Bishops had infor downtown more eggs than they knew what to do Bedford. with. They began selling the surplus, and learning about how to expand the farm in a healthy and sustainable way. To give a sense of how successful this expansion has been, the farm’s chicken population has ballooned from the original 20 to over 3000. While her husband has kept his IT job, Ester has been able to commit herself to the farm full-time. She prides herself on providing her animals with joyful, stressfree lives. “People should know where their food comes from – you can really Unlimited for its “Yoursaid NewBishop. Bedford” taste the difference,” project. Wicked Cool Places grants are used Green acres Bishop’s “beyond for creativecommitment placemakingto that helps organic” farming beyond cuddles transform Newextends Bedford’s overlooked or and words of affirmation to her livestock. undervalued places, enhancing comShe ensures all the animals are provided munity development. with healthy, 2021, organic meals,Cool andPlaces that their In February Wicked waste is repurposed as$50,000 manure. to provided a donation of “You can see how green thecity. grass is various artistic groups in the where theWicked turkeysCool havePlaces been,”grant Bishop The first says. “That’s because they fertilize the awarded $82,000 in October of 2019. soil with their manure. is thegoes “The amount of grant Manure funding that basis of organic fertilizers. There are no back into the economy is quite impressive chemicals added, or needed, and important,” Santos says. when the animals theirthat job.” Santos do claims the next 36 months Speaking of animals doing their jobs, in New Bedford are going to be “very Bishop has conscripted her goats and in interesting.” He anticipates an explosion pigs into clearing away swaths of underthe arts and culture sector, which will have brush on theeffect property – the “gnarly vines” a beneficial throughout the city. that givealways the farm itsamazing name. artists in “We’ve had Gnarly Vinesartists coordinates with renown,” neighNew Bedford, of national boring farms to provide its customers he says. “It’s all about vibrant, safe, with a variety of sustainable andbe organic wonderful places to gather and with products. Angus beef, for instance, will other people. Nothing is better equipped sell out almost as soon as it comes into to make that happen than arts and culture stock. – it’s a unifier.” But the farm is not bound by terrestrial “The future role of New Bedford Creative limitations: the Bishops have partnered is to not only be the arts and culture hub with Captain’s Finest and Sakonnet of the South Coast, we believe we are a Lobster to bring fresh seafood to market. global destination,” Saulnier says. “The Bishop is particularly proud of a new initalent is here and we want the world to tiative at the farm: food security commuknow.” nity supported agriculture (CSA) plans. “A lot of people are returning to New CSAs, popular among farms nationBedford and saying, ‘I can’t believe that all wide, allow customers to pre-purchase this is happening, this is amazing!,” Santos “shares” of the farm’s produce, which are says. “I like the idea of improving the place where I live.” CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Oxymel: an ancient Greek word that translates to “acid and honey.” Modern human translation? The most delicious way to practice some kitchen witchin’ for the herbally curious! Oxymels have long been used as home herbal medicine, since cooking and herbalism have always been sister sciences practiced by mothers, herbalists, midwives, and healers. By blending herbs, honey, and acid, you’re left with a sweet and sour liquid that can support digestion, ease congestion, reduce inflammation and spruce up the most boring of recipes! Traditionally the acid used in an oxymel is vinegar – any will do, but raw apple cider vinegar will ensure probiotic benefits and a wide range of application for your concoction. Why vinegar? Well, in the creation of any herbal remedy we need extraction to take place, so that the plethora of medicinal compounds, minerals, and vitamins are made available to your body. In tea, your hot water is doing the extraction. In a tincture, it’s the alcohol. Different compounds call for different solvents, and it so happens that vinegar makes a great solvent for vitamins, minerals, and other flavor-packed compounds! An oxymel can be used in countless ways, medicinally and culinarily, so flavor is key. Let’s be honest: it’s hard to get this
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If the Asian-American immigrant business community across the South Coast has one thing in common, it’s that it wasn’t easy to get where they are today. But through a lot of pure determination and community support, they’ve succeeded. A prime example of an Asian-American immigrant’s success on the South Coast is Ying Zhao. The first of his Ying Dynasty chain of restaurants opened at 724 Dartmouth Street, South Dartmouth, in 2003. His second location opened in the former Cathay Temple building in Mattapoisett at 24 County Road in 2010. His location at 4422 Acushnet Avenue, Sassaquin, New Bedford, debuted in 2012, and the former China Garden eatery became “Ying” at 265 Marion Road, Wareham, in 2016. Zhao and his family emigrated to Fairhaven from Xinhui, China in the small province of Guangdong, when he was 15 years old. A week after arriving In America he started working as a dishwasher at his aunt’s restaurant, Wah May in downtown New Bedford, as he overcame language and cultural barriers to earn his diploma from Fairhaven High School. His next job was working as a bartender at his uncle’s restaurant, Gumbo, in North Dartmouth.
He wasn’t seriously considering becoming a restaurateur until after meeting his wife on a trip back to China. Because his wife was pregnant by the time he had to return to America, he became serious with his career, and his Ying Dynasty chain of Chinese cuisine eateries were born. “Believe it or not I didn’t really have a plan,” he said. “I just knew that I didn’t want to and couldn’t continually live in this fantasy life where everything is spur-ofthe-moment. So I guess I have to thank my kids for being the motivation for me to be serious about my career.” For his Mattapoisett expansion, Zhao said he has to thank “a very special man in my life – Angelo D. Paolini Chicky. He was the landlord of Mattapoisett location. I didn’t know him back then; one day he and his business partner Michael J. Penta walked into my Dartmouth restaurant and looked to speak with the owner. I sat down with them and he asked me if I am
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interested in taking over the old Cathy Temple. I learned that their company owns the property and land of 24 County Road in Mattapoisett; the tenant had been behind in rent for a long time. And they were looking for someone to take over the space. I went to check the place, thought about if I am capable of opening another restaurant, and I said yes.” Similarly, he was able to open the restaurants in New Bedford and Wareham because of the good rapport he had with their previous owners. Zhao’s former coworkers say there is another reason for his success, though, starting with his reputation for having a generous and trustworthy nature. Summer, who declined to reveal her last name, said his experience has taught him a lot
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Welcome to the post-pandemic future by Elizabeth Morse Read
As we now approach the end of the Covid-19 tunnel that we entered fifteen months ago, we’re eager to get back to our pre-pandemic lives. But a funny thing happened on the way to recovery. Just as security measures at airports and government buildings were forever transformed after 9/11, so, too, have our daily lives after surviving the deadliest pandemic in over a century. A man’s home is his castle… and workplace… and school… and gym…
After months of being cooped up with other family members in either a city apartment or a suburban home, we’ve all become acutely aware of how our open-plan “home-sweet-home” was not designed for homeschooling plus adults working remotely plus everyone exercising indoors plus, plus, plus. As our home address morphs into our work/study/play address, we need better definition of our interior spaces – we need sound-proofed walls, doors and flexible walls for privacy, and multi-purpose spaces, such as a garage subdivided into a workshop and gym, or schoolrooms/offices that convert into entertainment areas at night. Also, we will expect improved HVAC climate control indoors, and sanitation features like mudroom/laundry/delivery
rooms providing a transition from the germ-filled outdoor world to the clean interior. Houses will include smart home features like voice/motion-activated appliances, lighting, home entry, toilets and faucets, even germ-resistant flooring and countertops, as well as more storage space for food, water, and energy generation/storage. Post-pandemic home design will bring the outdoors in as much as possible – balconies, roof gardens, winterized porches with sliding glass walls, roof windows and atriums to provide light and natural ventilation and to create private “outdoor” space.
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from home (WFH), many Americans (especially women) aren’t looking forward to returning to the pre-pandemic commuter rat-race. Half of the world’s white-collar workers (vs. only 11% pre-pandemic) are now working from home. A whopping 42% of the US workforce – white-collar office workers – have been working from home full-time since the pandemic began. Sixty percent of them want to work remotely indefinitely, and according to an online survey of more than 1,000 WFH professionals, almost 30% said they’d quit their jobs if they couldn’t continue to work from home remotely. Employers who don’t provide this work-life flexibility are going to have trouble recruiting and retaining talented employees in the future. Human resource managers are already considering schedules that allow employees to work
sanitation crisis because worldwide, 4.2 consumerism that involves demonstrations, sit-ins and, I kid you not because I’m billion of us live without safe sanitation options. Think of that the next time you’re afraid of them, a “Zombie Walk,” where Now that you’re addicted to lucky enough to be relaxing with a magavolunteer zombies wander malls with shopping online and getting blank stares and explain “Buy Nothing zine in a comfy loo. home delivery for everything, Hungry? November is your month, with Day” to befuddled shoppers before, I asyou shouldn’t be surprised that tasty days sprinkled throughout, odes to sume, eating their flesh. Amazon owns Whole Foods, everything from banana pudding to vinHow are ya, what’s new, how’s it goPillPack, Zappos, Ring video ing? Say that and more on November 21, egar and everything in between, includdoorbell andDay,” is now moving “National Hello created in into the hopes ing hot sauce, nachos, pickles, espresso, the telemedicine business, too. deviled eggs, French toast and more. that conflicts can be resolved through Amazon Carerather is an app communication thanthat the use of Honoring all that grub makes perfect connects users virtually sense that November 15 is National Clean force, a lofty goal that, givenwith there really nurse practitioners, andnot has doctors, never been a time when there’s Out Your Refrigerator Day. who can provide treatment over theIn phone 24 hours day, supplemented warnurses raging somewhere around the globe. closing, and inaobservance of with in-person services like pharmacy delivery and house calls from nurses who World Philosophy Day is an international November being an election month, I’d can take blood work and provide similar services. Amazon Care is designed to be day proclaimed by UNESCO comes into like to add it is now National Impotency a supplement or additional benefit to existing health care coverage by an being every third Thursday of November. Month, which has nothingoffered to do with the employer. By this summer, Amazon Care will be available to all Amazon workers Republicans in Congress, much as it Or does it? Hmmm? nationwide toDay private employers across the country who want to join. Silly as World and Toilet on November sounds like it should. Happy winter, people! All eight damn 19 sounds, it is an actual United Nations observance day to tackle the global months of it. remotely at least part time, even after in-person services. Although telehealth vaccines have been widely adopted. For technology existed before the pandemic, instance, Twitter offers permanent WFH less than 10% of patient care was options for its employees. Ford Motor conducted remotely – and this ballooned to 95% overnight. Co. has already notified its 30,000 WFH A virtual visit with the doctor has become employees that they can continue to work the new version of many face-to-face from home after the pandemic is over. appointments. Virtual visits will never They will only need to come into the office replace in-person visits when a physical for meetings and team-building events. exam or in-depth conversations are The shift from working-in-the-office necessary, but they will take more of a to working-from-home will have both role in coordinating a patient’s health profound and subtle effects on just about care, along with home-based diagnostic every aspect of our lives for decades to technology and remote access to come. psychotherapists, personal trainers, and “Is there a doctor in the other health-related personnel. We’re house?” already accustomed to home-test kits For instance, if any change has been for colon cancer screening – now you can apparent during the Covid-19 crisis, it’s even have DoorDash deliver same-day that health care has had to move towards Covid-19 test kits. decentralized delivery. Health care But “going virtual” doesn’t work for systems need to provide care outside the everyone, such as seniors who aren’t hospital and doctor’s office and bring it comfortable with digital technology, into the homes and neighborhoods. underserved communities that lack Approximately 150 million Americans reliable internet, or patients who are live with a chronic condition like heart homebound or have no access to disease or diabetes, for whom regularly transportation. We will see community scheduled care is critical to their overall health mobile units staffed with medical health. But during the pandemic, people personnel equipped with testing equipavoided doctors’ offices and hospitals, ment and supplies making house calls putting off critical tests, preventive [see sidebar]. screenings, and doctor visits for fear of We can’t go back again to pre-pandemic catching the Covid-19 virus. life – many of the lifestyle and societal At the start of the pandemic, insurchanges that emerged while we adapted to “the new normal” during lockdowns and ance companies finally agreed to pay daily interactions are here to stay. for telehealth services as they do for
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ON MY MIND
A daffodil by any other name By Paul Kandarian
n Easter morning this year, I walked outside and saw spring’s first daffodils in bloom. I smiled, and shed a few tears. Happens every year. Always. Every spring for most of my mother’s life, I would bring her the first daffodils I’d find, usually from the sun-drenched side of my grandparents’ house that was adjacent to ours. It always brought a smile and a tear to her face as well, a tradition of mother and son I sorely miss. This maternal-floral connection has a bit of genetic history, I guess; my father, who grew up in that house next to us, would bring his mother the first lilacs of spring from a beautiful grove my grandfather had planted just for her. My Grandpa loved my Nana with all his heart and having flowers planted to make her happy was just something he did because of it. How unconditional was that love? He was a full-blooded Armenian, first generation American, my Nana 100 percent Italian, herself first generation. Grandpa was calm. Nana was an Italian firebrand. When Grandpa, a shortish, very rotund, clumsy sort, would bumble around a shop my Nana insisted on going
to, he would back into things, fedora in hands before him, apologizing profusely to the shopkeeper. Nana would growl at him to be careful, poking fun in Italian at his “big belly,” to which Grandpa would sigh and smile and say, “I love you too, Rosie.” And then stumble into something else and apologize. My youthful exposure to flowers was minimal and now, like many men, I am decidedly not a flower guy. You could
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threaten me with death as you ask me to name a certain flower and unless they were daffodils or lilacs, well, just pull the trigger, I got nothing. I write a lot about my Dad; of all the people who’ve made an impact on who I’ve become, notably an actor and writer, his was pretty powerful. Those were two things he always wanted to be and had the raw talent to do so. He just never followed through, instead
becoming, as was the norm then, a provider. In many ways, my mom’s impact was as much if not more noticeable, and not just because she’s the one who gave me literal life inside her body, sustaining me and then birthing me into the world. A mother is often the first touch, the first kiss, the first hug, the first pure infusion of unconditional love a child will have. The impacts my Mom
had on me were many. She bequeathed me her blue eyes, her beautiful, light, loving blue eyes. When I had hair, it was chestnut brown, as was hers before it turned gray and then white. As what’s left of mine has. Her other lasting gifts included cooking. Some of my best and tastiest childhood memories were of being at her side at the stove or the counter, stuffing rigatoni with a luscious mix of ricotta cheese, hamburger, and
of them and dole them out to family members, always making sure I got at least two or three of them. She did this well into her later years and of all the things I make that she did, I have yet to attempt her rice pies. I could never even come close, so I don’t even try. All of it, I love as she did. And cats – my Mom adored cats and if she had her way we’d have lived in a house full of them but never managed more than two at a time. Because of her love of cats, I
With every meal I cook now and every bit of the attention I pay to the task, every ounce of satisfaction it gives me, every aroma and flavor I create that makes me smile, all of it I owe to my Mom spinach, or creating the best Sunday spaghetti gravy (sauce, but many Italians call it gravy, as we did) in her mom’s old hammered aluminum pots that I still have, or rolling flattened beef into a succulent braciola, or spinning tiny meatballs in our palms to make Italian meatball soup. At Easter, my Mom was famous family wide for making rice pies, these round (or square) gifts of love, thick and just the right amount of gooey flecked with pineapple pieces or whatever it was she put in them to make them even sweeter, even the crust itself and the criss cross of lattice strips over them sweet. She would make 10 or more
have the same love and to this day, the second I pick up a cat and cuddle it, I am in my happy spot, the purr of a loving cat bringing me nearly as much contentment as the purity of a child’s laugh. Mother’s Day is May 9, the one day of the entire year officially dedicated to mothers without whom none of us would exist, none of us would flourish, none of us would be blessed with the gifts they have bestowed upon us. Quite obviously, one day is not enough to celebrate those gifts and those who gave them to us. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. I miss you more with every daffodil I see.
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