Dear Sister Comrades!

I have been intending to thank you for the celebration of my launching  into the 72nd year of my life.

I have been without internet access for several days due supposedly, to the great storm of last week.  My access was regained late yesterday afternoon.  I was without continuous land-line phone service but, it was restored today.  Amazing…what can happen in NYC because of a snow-storm.


On my birthday, as many of you know, I was at Criminal Court with the Aetna 17.  Drenched to the bone, I came home to an I.V. drug party in my apartment building.  My friend, Teddy Pearlman whom many of you have met at Rockefeller Center Vigil or at the Time Square Recruitment Station, arrived home from a 6 day hospital stay with a birthday cake in hand.  Teddy has a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) for long-term (5 weeks) intravenous medication.  A nurse came to teach him how to give himself the I.V. meds.  I was there to provide ongoing support for him along with other friends. And, it was snowing to beat the band outside.  I shall never forget this b’day nor the days leading up to it.  Actually, I am still celebrating and being celebrated!.

Again, thank you so very much for making this time special.  You are a great bunch…wonderful friends!  And just remember, as Fred Friendly once said,  “Our job is not to make up anybody’s mind but to make the agony of decision-making so intense you can only escape by thinking.”

– Phyllis Cunningham
for the Granny Peace Brigade

2 thoughts on “Dear Sister Comrades!

  1. Hi Phyllis,

    That was a gsuperway to celebrate your birthday. Onward with all your causes. Your blog came up on my office email because it ended with a quote efrom my late husband, Fred Friendly. “Our job is to make the agony of decision-making so intense, you can escape only by thinking.”

    How serendipitious that it should come up today for me — today, March 3 is the anniversary of his death 3,3,1998. A great man — with guts, brains, driven, creative, imapginative, a doer!

    Fred would say — “Forget that I died — remember that I lived!” …and I do.

    I like your spirit!

    Ruth F.


  2. I thought I proof read my comment. Sorry for the goof in the first sentence.

    That should read: 🙂
    “That was a super way to celebrate your birthday.” — and it was!

    I still work — at the Fred Friendly Seminars — and I have a few years on you — I’m always doing too many things at once and certainly multi-tasking is harder when you’re an octo-genarian —
    Ruth F.


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