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This issue of Freedomwriter has a number of letters.

Thank you and keep your letters coming!

Oct. 2002


We need an Independent Investigation of the Entire Bush/Cheney Clan. Please join us in demanding it.

Thanks for your time.


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Oct. 24, 2002

Thanks Bill. Keep up the good work.


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Nov. 16, 2002

I am writing from Tasmania Australia and having come across your site I could not help to reply. The great patriot movement of the USA is living in a dream world. Yes! my friend the "Great American Dream" is just that; a dream. The masses still have not realised that they are under the thumb of rulers no less autocratic than the ones they think they escaped from. Nothing has changed. I will refer you to some truths about your government that most of the world know, this is one such article that you must read but if you open your eyes and look you will find hundreds more. I too was misled in my younger years with all the pomp and hype but now I have woke up and the truth is not pretty. Trouble is there is little we can do about it. Democracy is a red herring, it is already too late mate.

Key in "The New U.S. - British Oil Imperialism" by Norman D. Livergood. Then tell me about your dream. I will attach it as a .doc file to save you the trouble.

Warm Regards,

Michael Symonds

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Dec. 9, 2002


My son had a history question. What day of the week was july 4th 1776 on? What day of the week was july 4th 1976 on ? please respond.

Editor's Response

Using the search engine Jeeves & looking under Farmer's Almanac, I located the following topic:
Click here

I got this formula:

Here is a standard method suitable for mental computation:

  1. Take the last two digits of the year.
  2. Divide by 4, discarding any fraction.
  3. Add the day of the month.
  4. Add the month's key value: JFM AMJ JAS OND 144 025 036 146
  5. Subtract 1 for January or February of a leap year.
  6. For a Gregorian date, add 0 for 1900's, 6 for 2000's, 4 for 1700's, 2 for 1800's; for other years, add or subtract multiples of 400.
  7. For a Julian date, add 1 for 1700's, and 1 for every additional century you go back.
  8. Add the last two digits of the year.
  9. Divide by 7 and take the remainder.

Now 1 is Sunday, the first day of the week, 2 is Monday, and so on.

Using this formula, I calculated:

19 + 4 = 23
23 + 0 = 23
23 + 4 = 27
27 + 76 = 103
103 / 7 = 14 remainder 5

5 = Thursday, using the Gregorian calendar that has been in use since 1752 in Britain & her colonies, from whence we came.

My mathematics were corroborated when I went further into the search engine & found American Secular Holidays & got this page portion & typed in the year 1776:

American Holidays and Dates of Interest for A.D. 1776

New Year's Day is Monday, 1 January, 1776.
Groundhog Day is Friday, 2 February, 1776.
Valentine's Day is Wednesday, 14 February, 1776.
Washington's Birthday is Thursday, 22 February, 1776.
St. Patrick's Day is Sunday, 17 March, 1776.
April Fool's Day is Monday, 1 April, 1776.
United States of America Independence Day is Thursday, 4 July, 1776.
Columbus Day is Saturday, 12 October, 1776.
Halloween is Thursday, 31 October, 1776.
Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, 28 November, 1776.
Christmas Day is Wednesday, 25 December, 1776.

I hope this helps.

And, also, using the American Secular Holidays interactive page, I typed in 1976 & got the following:

United States of America Independence Day is Sunday, 4 July, 1976.

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Jan. 4, 2003

Hi everyone,

Hope you're having a nice autumn, it's just beautiful here in New York. I just got back from the U.K. and Ireland, where the weather was also beautiful, which was a first for me - no rain! I'm happy to say I survived London's one day Tube strike, which just happened to be on the day of my London show - I've never seen such bad traffic in my life. And I did a live interview on a nationally broadcast BBC radio show called "Woman's Hour" - the last time I was on the show, Bryan Ferry heard me and hired me to sing on his album. It was scary being on live, but fun, and after my interview I had a rather interesting experience. They had me stay on to join in a discussion about playing air guitar, which as far as I know is when you PRETEND to play guitar. It was a bit surreal, me sitting there along with a professor and a young woman who performs as an air guitarist. Apparently, air guitar is a big thing in the U.K. (they just had some big competition of air guitar players).

Anyway, the whole tour was a lot of fun, I even got to play in Wales, which was incredibly beautiful, and everyone talked like Tom Jones, or so it seemed to me.

In August I did some West Coast gigs with the wonderful Nina Gerber, and as always my dad accompanied me on some of his songs. I also did a very fun show with Beth Nielsen Chapman, Janis Ian, and Rita Coolidge, all of whom were incredibly nice, and we sang together at the end of the show. My parents were travelling with me, and backstage Janis Ian and my dad bonded over their love of science fiction (I didn't even know he loved science fiction), which was a very cool thing to see (my dad had no idea who she was and I'm quite sure never heard her hit songs, but my mom was very excited about meeting her).

In September I had a fun swing through the midwest, including shows in Iowa and Chicago, as well as in Minneapolis where the great Jon Herington joined me on guitar and he was AWESOME.

On Sept. 11 I was interviewed on "Morning Edition" on National Public Radio about my song "Land of the Living", which, if you haven't heard it, is about the aftermath of 9/11 in my neighborhood in New York city, and I performed an excerpt from the song. I received a few very moving emails afterward from people expressing appreciation for the song's message of tolerance. Many people have asked me if the song is available anywhere, and I'm sorry to say it isn't, but it will definitely be on my next album.

Last weekend I got to do a couple of shows with Duke Levine, whose playing was truly incendiary. One of the gigs was in Alexandria, VA, and I really didn't know if anyone would show up because of the terrible situation with the sniper, and amazingly enough lots and lots of people came. I'm very grateful to all of you who made it.

There's a brand new album that I'm on, "Going Driftless", a tribute to Greg Brown. I sing Greg's song "Small Dark Movie" and the other artists, all women, include, among others, Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gillian Welch, and Ani DiFranco. It's a benefit CD for the Breast Cancer Fund, and I think it's pretty teriffic.

I'm going to have some great guitar players with me for a few dates this fall

(Duke Levine on 11/2 in Concord, MA, Jon Herington on 11/16 in Philadelphia, Duke along with Zev Katz on bass on 11/24 in New York, and Nina Gerber on 12/13 in Berkeley, CA). Details are below.

So here's where I'll be in the next few weeks.
10/25 Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ 973-744-6560 co-bill w/Richard Shindell This show is sold out, sorry!
10/26 Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA 800-733-1830
11/1 U. of Hartford, Wilde Auditorium, W. Hartford, CT 860-768-4228 Jennifer Kimball is opening the show, so there'll be lots of harmonies!
11/2 Emerson Umbrella, Concord, MA 978-369-4127 w/Duke Levine on guitar!
11/3 Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, VT 802-496-8910
11/16 Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA 215-928-0770 2 shows w/Jon Herington on guitar!
11/17 Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA 413-586-8686
11/23 Mother's Wine Emporium, Troy, NY 518-276-8585
11/24 92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, New York City, NY 212-996-1100 w/Duke Levine on guitar and Zev Katz on bass, and the wonderful Susan Werner will open the show.
12/5 Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA 206-789-3599
12/6 Music Stage at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR 503-226-0973
12/7 Cafe Paradiso, Eugene, OR 541-485-5363
12/10 Crescent Elk Auditorium, Crescent City, CA 707-464-1336
12/12 Center for the Arts , Grass Valley, CA 530-274-8384
12/13 St. John's Presbytarian Church, Berkeley, CA 510-548-1761 w/Nina Gerber on guitar!
12/14 McCabe's, Santa Monica, CA 310-828-4403

This is just a quick note to let you know where I'll be playing in the next few weeks. Hope you're surviving winter so far!

1/11 Kennebunk Coffeehouse, Kennebunk, ME 207-229-0212
1/16 Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, Cleveland, OH 216-383-1124
1/17 The 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OH 513-731-8000
1/18 The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI 734-761-1451
1/19 Vassar College Chapel, Poughkeepsie NY -- concert in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Towne Crier. The show is at 6 PM and the correct phone # for getting tickets is (845) 855-3992. I'll be there along with Greg Brown, The McGarrigles, and Garnet Rogers.
1/23 Hugh's Room, Toronto, ON 416-531-6604
1/24 Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, PQ 819-459-3228
1/25 Club One, Montreal, QC 514-393-1663
2/1 Methodist Church, West Creek, NJ 609-597-2991
2/4 Cactus Cafe, Austin, TX 512-475-6515
2/6 McGonigel's Mucky Duck, Houston, TX 713-528-5999
2/7 Gypsy Tea Room & Ballroom, Dallas, TX 888-597-STAR
2/8 The Blue Door, Oklahoma City, OK 405-524-0738
2/14 Performing Arts Center, Purchase, NY 914-251-6200
2/15 Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA 617-661-1252 w/John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler and Cliff Eberhardt!
2/19 Ashland Coffee and Tea, Ashland, VA
2/20 Carrboro Arts Center, Carrboro, NC 919-929-2787
2/21 Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte, NC 704-358-9298
2/22 UNC-Greensboro School of Music, Greensboro, NC
2/23 Village Playhouse, Mt. Pleasant, SC 843-856-1579

Thanks again for all the emails, I just love getting them.

Take care,

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