Good morning, everyone!
We’ve had some of the rain we need, and now we’re in for a stretch of perfect weather. It’ll be sunny today with a high of 76, clear tonight with a low of 60, and sunny again tomorrow with a high of 78.
Lots going on today here, with programs on immigration, nuclear weapons, and the enneagram, plus a Howie hike, yoga, art on the porch, and the continuation of the Courage with Singing workshop…and a concert with the Afro D Allstarz tonight!
Today is the midpoint of the year, with 182 days ahead of us and behind us. Have your goals for 2016 been half accomplished?
On this day in 1698, British inventor Thomas Savery patented the first steam engine. And the die was cast.
Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba and African American civil rights activist Medgar Evers were both born on this day in 1925.
It’s also the birthday of gay liberationist and trans activist Sylvia Rivera, born in 1951. Shortly before her death in 2002, she reflected on her involvement with the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion:
“All of us were working for so many movements at that time. Everyone was involved with the women’s movement, the peace movement, the civil-rights movement. We were all radicals. I believe that’s what brought it around. You get tired of being just pushed around. I remember when someone threw a Molotov cocktail, I thought, ‘My god, the revolution is here. The revolution is finally here!’
“I always believed that we would have to fight back. I just knew that we would fight back. I just didn’t know it would be that night. I am proud of myself as being there…If I had lost that moment, I would have been kind of hurt because that’s when I saw the world change for me and my people.”