Maryland State Delegate for
Legislative District 12B
Thursday, February 27th, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Kahler Hall, Harper's Choice Village Center
5440 Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044
With less than six weeks remaining in my last year in public office, I am finally experiencing some feelings of nostalgia, not about my days in Annapolis, but about my last town meeting back home in Columbia. These occasions have been such a great way for me to give constituents information on pending legislation and get feedback in return.
As I mentioned in last week's e-newsletter, Pete Seeger has been an inspiration to me in my 35 years work on public policy. At my town meetings last year and the year before, all of you in attendance "Zached" with me for a photo which I shared with Zach.
This year we will close our meeting with one of Pete's songs and a very brief video in honor of Zach. Bruce Casteel, who is the recipient of this year's Howard County Arts Council's annual Outstanding Artist Award, will play his banjo and be accompanied by JD Smith on harmonica, and Alan Klein on vocal. We can all sing along.
I would love for you to be there with me.
Zach has been in home hospice for more than six weeks now. He continues to rest mostly peacefully. Lloyd and I drive home from Annapolis most days to spend a half hour or so by his bed. I find such a deep sense of peace there.
Having "grown up" on Pete's music and been inspired by his continuing to demonstrate for peace well into his 90's, I felt a deep sense of loss when he left this earth.
Then, it occurred to me that it would be a healing endeavor to invite some friends over for a sing along accompanied by guitar. So, last Sunday, with Alan Klein and David Glaser on guitar, and JD Smith on harmonica, about 25 of us did just that. It was a very moving experience for all of us.
Below is a link to a piece Alan provided which we watched before beginning to sing. I was not aware of the "Zach" adaptation until Alan played it on our TV. What a gift.