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With expanded travel tips and our famous 50 FREE THINGS TO DO plus Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus (PSGMC) School Supplies Drive, 17th Annual Community Survey. This year
the DDG Takes a summer break! We will re-print this issue
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Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus<br />

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Guns are a fixture of American culture.<br />

The right to bear arms for some is<br />

a key to personal identity, Guns in the<br />

Western culture of the U.S. were worn<br />

attached to the body in a holster.<br />

They had a practical application for<br />

protection from some wild animals<br />

and even were used as appliances.<br />

For example, a pistol was used as a<br />

hammer by a rancher repairing a<br />

fence. They were also used against<br />

other people to defend, protect, and<br />

sometimes discriminate justly and<br />

unjustly. Unfortunately today not only<br />

guns but guns designed for military use<br />

and readily available to anyone desiring<br />

to have one. They are being used as<br />

weapons of hate and retribution many<br />

times by people who are mentally<br />

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magazine in the<br />

1990s titled “Self<br />

Portrait” referring<br />

to men looking at<br />

themselves and<br />

their masculinity<br />

related to guns.<br />

Attempts to prohibit<br />

the purchase or<br />

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<strong>DDG</strong> SUMMER BREAK<br />

During these months we like other<br />

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vacations. Often Denied during COVID<br />

PANIC of ‘19! This year we test one<br />

issue covering July August September.<br />

We though we share our favorites,<br />

Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus<br />

(PSGMC) Launches School Supplies<br />

Drive.<br />

What: “Chorus Cares”<br />

is a PSGMC program<br />

providing Outreach<br />

Initiatives throughout<br />

the Coachella Valley.<br />

In an effort to help school age kids, “Chorus<br />

Cares” will be doing a School Supplies Drive<br />

for two elementary schools to gather the<br />

supplies needed for the <strong>2023</strong>-2024 school year<br />

Sinatra and I would take a Jeep from his home to<br />

downtown by desert not roads.<br />

You can visit Frank Sinatra’s grave, in the Desert<br />

Memorial on DeVall Drive, take a left and it<br />

loops around through the middle of the cemetery<br />

until you find the small sign that reads “B-8.”<br />

All the gravestones are at<br />

ground level, so you can<br />

wander a bit an visit our<br />

veterans memorial.<br />

You can also take a<br />

new picture to uncover<br />

the mystery of Frank<br />

Sinatra’s grave. “The Best Is Yet to Come,” has<br />

become “Sleep warm, Poppa” which fits his<br />

mark better.<br />

SINATRA IN PALM SPRINGS, the popular<br />

award-winning documentary from Director Leo<br />

Zahn returns for a special summer run, every<br />

weekend from July 8 - September 3 at the Palm<br />

Springs Cultural Center.<br />

Items Needed: pencils, glue sticks (NOT hot<br />

glue sticks), plastic pencil/pen holders, child<br />

scissors, spiral notebooks (large rule), paper<br />

folders, crayons (8-24 per pack), loose-leaf<br />

notebook paper (large rule), index cards,<br />

construction paper, and erasers.<br />

Details can be at their face book page.<br />

facebook.com/PalmSpringsGayMensChorus/<br />

Sumner dweller and visitors what ever way or<br />

day you get here and no matter how long you<br />

stay <strong>Summer</strong> in Palm Springs WILL Deliver! In<br />

my day you could locate Pride on arenas road<br />

and roll a bowling ball down Palm Canyon and<br />

not hit a pedicab. Long before Indian was a<br />

one-way street then converted back. Ole Frank<br />

The film captures the spirit of the Sinatra era and<br />

pays tribute to the unique lifestyle of Sinatra’s<br />

Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage.<br />

The documentary has delighted locals since<br />

its premiere in 2018 at Modernism Week<br />

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Debby Holiday’s New Anthem<br />

By Skip Sheffield<br />

“‘Love Lift Me Up’ is the kind of song I<br />

knew I could sink my emotions into<br />

because the lyrics of ‘embrace every<br />

color’ are words I stand for every day,”<br />

says Debby Holiday.<br />

The song’s message is a simple one.<br />

“That love really will and can lift us up,”<br />

explains songwriter Cameron Neilson.<br />

“If only everyone was allowed to love<br />

and express who they are authentically,<br />

the world would be a better place.”<br />

“Our hope is that music fans find joy in<br />

‘Love Lift Me Up’ this Pride season and<br />

for many Pride seasons to come,” says<br />

DJ Blacklow, who produced the track<br />

with Stephen Jusko. “This song<br />

deserves to be wrapped around people<br />

like a comforting blanket<br />

that helps to tune out<br />

negativity and serves as a<br />

reminder that leading with<br />

love is always the best<br />

way forward.”<br />

Stephen Jusko and DJ<br />

Blacklow’s “Love Lift Me Up”<br />

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featuring more than 50 clips from his movies<br />

and television appearances, major sequences<br />

dedicated to historic restaurants Sinatra<br />

frequented as well as exclusive interviews with<br />

Barbara Sinatra, Mel Haber, Tom Dreesen, Nelda<br />

Linsk, Bruce Fessier, Trini Lopez, Michael<br />

Fletcher and many others who knew and lived<br />

and played with Frank Sinatra.<br />

that gave their lives protecting our freedom.<br />

In 2018, the state passed California Assembly<br />

Bill 2439 designating the memorial as<br />

California’s official LGBTQ veterans memorial.<br />

In recognition, a second plaque was affixed to<br />

“SINATRA IN PALM SPRINGS is a highly<br />

requested film by our local audience! We’ve<br />

noticed a growing number of newcomers in<br />

town, so we thought it would be a perfect<br />

opportunity to introduce them to one of our<br />

beloved icons as well as show our appreciation<br />

to our loyal locals who keep coming back.<br />

Director Leo’s unique and wonderful gift to<br />

our community deserves a special screening,<br />

and we’re excited to bring it back!” - said Tim<br />

Rains, Marketing Director for the Palm Springs<br />

Cultural Center.<br />

Speaking of Veterans<br />

Visit the Nations<br />

First and currently<br />

only LGBT veterans<br />

Memorial.<br />

In 2001 American<br />

Veterans Post 66 with<br />

support from the <strong>DDG</strong><br />

magazine and others<br />

dedicated a memorial at<br />

the cemetery honoring<br />

all LGBTQ veterans<br />

photo by AA<br />

Air force Vet Will Paige and Charlie Sharples lay with<br />

Tom Swan commemorate each year.<br />

the monument. The memorial is an obelisk of<br />

South Dakotan mahogany granite with the logo<br />

of American Veterans for Equal Rights on it.<br />

The Veterans Parade is held ever year Nov 11.<br />

Where you cam march with your military branch<br />

or group, If you believe the best way to keep our<br />

troupes safe is to keep them home, you have the<br />

Veterans For Peace.<br />

Desert Memorial Park is a great side trip in<br />

Cathedral City, Opening in 1956 and maintained<br />

by the Palm Springs Cemetery District.[ The<br />

District also maintains the Welwood Murray<br />

Cemetery in Palm Springs serves as a resting<br />

spot for many of the earliest residents of the<br />

village of Palm Springs with grave marker that<br />

reads simply “unknown” and one that says<br />

“Mexican Woman.”. It is located at the corner of<br />

Chino Drive and Vine Street at the top of Alejo<br />

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Palm Springs Art Museum was founded in<br />

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Palm Springs. Natural<br />

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Cahuilla Indian<br />

artifacts, and hiking<br />

excursions dominated<br />

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Once you reach the Mountain Station—elevation<br />

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decks, natural history museum, two documentary<br />

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trails.<br />

The Indian Canyons<br />

Fifteen miles long, Palm Canyon is one of<br />

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especially those who currently reside in his state. His drag title is Ronda<br />

Santis, queen of the swamp alligators. Here is Ronda in his full drag.<br />

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Tom Goss Serves the Feels<br />

In New Album, Remember What It Feels Like<br />

By Tyler Winn<br />

“The only thing we can control is how<br />

we feel in the moment,” says out<br />

singer Tom Goss. “In life, there will be<br />

sweet times and sad times, highs and<br />

lows. I want to remember what every<br />

experience felt like, even those that<br />

weren’t pleasant, because ultimately, I<br />

am happy with who I am today.”<br />

In his new album, Remember What It<br />

Feels Like, Tom reflects on being a 42-<br />

year-old man, living in Los Angeles,<br />

who has loved and felt the heartbreak<br />

of infidelity and being conned by a<br />

lover with a secret life. The album is a<br />

15-track collection of summery pop<br />

songs punctuated by beautiful ballads<br />

and raucous rock and includes<br />

“Enemy of Good,” his new single<br />

about how achieving perfection does<br />

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“I’ve learned that joy and creativity<br />

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Demuth Community Center<br />

God’s Love &<br />

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760.327.3802<br />

www.bloominthedesert.org<br />


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abundant Washingtonia filifera (California Fan<br />

Palm) are breathtaking contrasts to the stark<br />

rocky gorges and barren desert lands beyond.<br />

A moderately graded foot path winds down<br />

into the canyon for picnicking near the stream,<br />

meditation, exploring, hiking or horseback<br />

riding. For more information call 760-323-6018<br />

www.indian-canyons.comlocated at 38520 S.<br />

Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs<br />

Hours<br />

Oct. 1 - July 4: daily 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.<br />

(Last vehicle in at 4 p.m.)<br />

July 5 - Sept. 30: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.<br />

(open only Friday, Saturday, Sunday - Last<br />

vehicle in at 4 p.m.)<br />

No animals allowed.<br />

Uber/Lyft Drivers are required to display<br />

company stickers in their windshield for drop off<br />

and pickup.<br />

questions and provide the historical back drop<br />

for the aircraft you are sitting in.<br />


Like a North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is<br />

an American long-range, single-seat fighter and<br />

fighter-bomber used during World War II and the<br />

Korean War, among other conflicts.<br />

Some Special require additional fees or donation<br />

If you have questions or concerns, please email<br />

giftshop@palmspringsairmuseum.org<br />

745 North Gene Autry Trail Palm Springs,<br />

California 92262<br />

760-778-6262<br />

Also the museum will be bringing three vintage<br />

warbirds to participate in the races this year!<br />

Each year we struggle to make the costs of<br />

insurance for the aircraft. Your donations can<br />

make a difference and we will provide you with<br />

some cool merchandise as a thank you!<br />

The Palm Springs Air Museum is a living FRIENDS OF THE DESERT MOUNTAINS<br />

history museum dedicated to educating the Discover how the desert comes alive after dark!<br />

public about the role Air Power played in Do you know which animals change colors when<br />

preserving American liberties and way of life. you use a blacklight? Using our blacklights, we<br />

The Museum preserves, will take a short walk along the Art Smith Trail<br />

exhibits, and flies basin looking for the many nocturnal creatures<br />

aircraft from World that inhabit our desert. And a week-long <strong>Summer</strong><br />

War Two, Korean War, BioBlitz. desertmountains.org<br />

Vietnam War and the<br />

Global War on Terror. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, 47900<br />

A good portion of the Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260<br />

aircraft in the collection The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in PalDesert<br />

are in flyable condition. is a unique zoo and botanical garden that<br />

Open Cockpit Saturdays<br />

specializes in the deserts of the world. Open<br />

Museum guests are treated to the extra special daily from 8:00am-5:00pm, with last admission<br />

experience of being allowed to sit at the controls at 4:00pm. For the most current information,<br />

and pose for pictures. From 10:30-12:30 each please visit www.livingdesert.org<br />

Saturday, a selected aircraft will be opened up<br />

and made accessible to the public. Museum<br />

Its all happening at the Zoo!<br />

Volunteers will also be on hand to answer<br />

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Thursday nights VILLAGEFEST takes place<br />

in downtown Palm Springs on Palm<br />

Canyon Drive every. villagefest.org<br />

June through September from 7:00 p.m.<br />

until 10 p.m.<br />

Cabot’s Pueblo Museum<br />

760-329-7610<br />

McCallum Adobe 760-323-8297<br />

Indian Canyons 760-323-6018<br />

Palm Springs Aerial Tram<br />

760-325-1449<br />

Palm Springs Air Museum<br />

760-778-6262<br />

Palm Springs Art Museum<br />

760-325-7186<br />

Sunnylands<br />

760-328-2829<br />

Patton Memorial Museum 760-227-3483<br />

Joshua Tree National park 760-367-5500<br />

Directory<br />


AAP - Food Samaritans (760) 325-8481<br />

Eisenhower HIV Clinic (760) 834-7930<br />

DAP/ DOCK Clinic (760) 992-0492<br />

Borrego Health (Stonewall Medical<br />

Center) Cathedral City 760-507-3310<br />

Veterans Records https://vetrecs.<br />

archives.gov/VeteranRequest/home.<br />

html for vet or family or with written<br />

authorization.<br />

Lgbt community center<br />

760-416-7790 thecenterps.org<br />

American cancer society<br />

800-227-2345<br />

Coachella Valley sexual assault<br />

(760) 568-9071<br />

Desert Legal aid: 760-832-9770<br />

Stonewall democrats:<br />

desert-stonewall.org<br />

Desert winds freedom band<br />

760 776-2700Gay artists -760 835 0727<br />

Transgender Community Transcc.org<br />

Palm Springs Gay<br />

Men’s Chorus 760-219-2077<br />

Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert<br />

760 272-5553<br />

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2. VillageFest on Thursdays<br />

3. Coachella Valley Preserve This area is very<br />

hot during the summer - be prepared. Open<br />

seven days a week. Ultimate wildlife watching<br />

is viewing animals without interrupting their<br />

normal activities.<br />

4. Palm Canyon Drive<br />

5. The Rodeo Drive of desert after the The Shops<br />

on El Paseo Both are walk-able<br />

6. Palm<br />

7. Palm Springs Art Museum Every Thursday<br />

8. Palm Springs Outdoor Public Art Forever<br />

Marilyn,<br />

9. The Rainmaker Fountain at Frances<br />

10. Stevens Park, or the<br />

11. Woman in Glasses mural on North Palm Canyon<br />

Drive,<br />

12. Coachella Walls project, Los Cosecha del Futuro,<br />

Indio Food Park,<br />

13. Self-guided architecture tour by Visit Greater<br />

Palm Springs visitpalmsprings.com<br />

14. The Palm to Pines Scenic Byway is 0ne of the<br />

most beautiful driving routes in California,<br />

covering San Bernardino National Forest on<br />

winding mountain roads, from the sandy desert<br />

floor to lush mountain forests. From Palm<br />

Desert take Highway 74 into the Banning Pass<br />

on Highway 243, appears in the 1963 American<br />

comedy film It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World<br />

15. Hike and explore some of the towns along the<br />

way or stop only at the scenic overlooks. Some<br />

of the highlights include Lake Hemet and of<br />

course Idyllwild.<br />

16. Visit Shields Date Garden Free film “the sex life”<br />

Best and originator of the first Date Shake!<br />

17. Polo Anyone? Live like it was the 1920’s<br />

arrange a gold cart Polo Match<br />

18. Painted Canyon see colorful walls of Painted<br />

Canyon of the unique geological formations,<br />

which reveal their historic past with exposed<br />

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rock layers. Approximately 15 miles southeast<br />

of Indio in the Mecca Hills, located between<br />

Interstate 10 and Highway 111.<br />

ICONS<br />

19. Palm Springs Welcome Sign<br />

20. Windmill Farm<br />

21. Isabelle<br />

22. Graffiti Yard<br />

23. Statue of Lucille Ball sitting<br />

24. Palm Springs Walk of Stars<br />

25. Palm Springs Visitor Center (not a tourist trap)<br />

26. Palm Springs Museum Trail 0.8 miles and is<br />

one of the steepest paths in the San Jacinto<br />

Mountains.<br />

27. Antique Galleries of Palm Springs.<br />

28. Giant VW Spider<br />

29. Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National<br />

Monument & Visitor Center<br />

30. 51-500 Highway 74 Palm Desert, CA 92260 862-<br />

9984<br />

31. The Purple Room Supper Club<br />

32. Palm Springs: Legends and Icons Tour<br />

33. Statue of Sonny Bono sitting<br />

34. Backstreet Art District<br />

35. Ruddy’s General Store Museum<br />

36. Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium<br />

37. Marilyn Monroe mural<br />

38. ‘The Babies’<br />

39. From A Distance<br />

40. Joshua Tree National Park<br />

41. Agua Caliente Cultural Museum<br />

42. Cod Street Fair<br />

43. Cactus Mart in Morongo<br />

44. Gubler Orchid tour Landers<br />



NATURE CENTER The campus is always open<br />

for pedestrians<br />

Joshua Tree Coffee Company<br />

47. Pioneertown<br />

48. Salton Sea<br />

49. Bombay Beach Ruins<br />

50. Salvation Mountain<br />

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Independence Day is our<br />

only sacred holiday<br />

Some say e are living on the edge of<br />

dark times again. We are in a downward<br />

turmoil, with the drumbeat of hate<br />

getting louder and louder. Some of us<br />

know what that is like; I sure do. Some<br />

are sure we will never return to those<br />

times, and they ignore all warning<br />

signs. While others do not believe it<br />

ever existed, like some myth of racism<br />

with troubling ideas. Then there are the<br />

MAGA, who tell on themselves. To know<br />

the history of man is to know any taste<br />

of freedom will make you hungry for<br />

more. The loss of independence can be<br />

discouraging and make you fight like<br />

hell to keep it.<br />

Swamp is the largest freshwater swamp<br />

in Massachusetts. It comprises almost<br />

17,000 acres and several cities. In these<br />

swamps, we raised our Nation’s first flag<br />

and developed an extraordinary array<br />

I was born near Cape Cod in a town<br />

that shined brightly around 1776 and the<br />

Revolution, a town carved out of some<br />

dry spots in a swamp. The Hockomock<br />

Swamp Yankee soul.<br />

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of<br />

(Illustration from the<br />

Executive Office of<br />

Veterans Services)<br />

historical locations<br />

and men of<br />

history, even<br />

a Continental<br />

Army<br />

transgender<br />

man, Robert<br />

Shurtleff<br />

(Deborah<br />

Sampson).<br />

Later, she married<br />

Benjamin Gannet<br />

from Sharon and had three children, so<br />

history misgendered them. All around<br />

the town are remnants of the past.<br />

But for a 10-year-old to hear a relative<br />

tell extraordinary stories of thoughtful<br />

leaders of men, naked savages, pirates,<br />

and stories of courage and bravery by<br />

Ralph Davol, an American writer and<br />

painter. Member Massachusetts House<br />

of Representatives. Writer of Two Men of<br />

Taunton, in the Course of Human Events,<br />

1731-1829.<br />

My house and the backwoods became<br />

a wonderland of adventure. A child’s<br />

dream world of backyard paths worn<br />

deep by ancient peoples in a land with<br />

scattered tribes camped and raised<br />

their families. Nearly every hike yielded<br />

evidence of the past. These sights and<br />

sounds of my childhood solidified my<br />

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ownership of military-style weapons<br />

have been aggressively fought by the<br />

NRA (National Rifle Association), rightwing<br />

organizations, and now even a<br />

right-wing majority Supreme Court which<br />

has put gun rights ownership above<br />

the rights of the safety of the general<br />

public. The pop artist Lichtenstein did<br />

several paintings illustrating guns as<br />

ominous objects. The comparison to the<br />

male penis and weapons of destruction<br />

is obvious,<br />

swords, cannons,<br />

submarines,<br />

torpedoes, and<br />

bullets, all are<br />

similar shapes<br />

to the male<br />

member. Some<br />

psychologists<br />

associate the<br />

veneration of guns<br />

to what they call<br />

“toxic masculinity”.<br />

The NRA has<br />

promoted a social identity of Frontier<br />

Masculinity” as shown in the advertising<br />

for Bushmaster, one of the companies<br />

manufacturing the AR-15, one of the<br />

military weapons most used in mass<br />

shootings in the U.S.<br />

Artists have depicted in various ways<br />

the relationship between the male<br />

penis and guns. Robert Mapplethorpe,<br />

photo of a gun and penis is obvious in its<br />

comparison.<br />

In Gay society the male member is<br />

not looked at as a weapon but as a<br />

distinguishing characteristic of maleness.<br />

A characteristic that relates to the male<br />

physique and pleasure. Yes, there are<br />

size queens and comparisons in that<br />

category but not related to masculinity<br />

as violence and destruction.<br />

Unfortunately, there are some proven<br />

examples of the relationship between<br />

the penis and guns that relate to toxic<br />

masculinity. In Gay society the male<br />

member is not looked at as a weapon<br />

but as a distinguishing characteristic of<br />

maleness. A characteristic that relates<br />

to the beauty of the male physique and<br />

pleasure. Yes, there are size queens and<br />

comparisons in that category but not<br />

related to masculinity as violence and<br />

destruction.<br />

This a topic for another issue.<br />

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July 4 th<br />

Heroes<br />

#1<br />

I am apt to<br />

believe that it will<br />

be celebrated,<br />

by succeeding<br />

Generations, as the<br />

great anniversary<br />

Festival. It<br />

ought to be<br />

commemorated,<br />

as the Day of<br />

Deliverance by<br />

solemn Acts of<br />

Devotion to God<br />

Almighty. It ought<br />

to be solemnized<br />

with Pomp and<br />

Parade, with Shews,<br />

Games, Sports,<br />

Guns, Bells, Bonfires<br />

and Illuminations<br />

from one End of this<br />

Continent to the<br />

other from this Time<br />

forward forever<br />

more.<br />

Third page of threepage<br />

letter from<br />

John Adams to<br />

Abigail Adams, July<br />

3, 1776.<br />

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Today I am outing myself as a proud gay<br />

Swamp Yankee, my chosen pronoun “a<br />

rural New England<br />

dweller who<br />

abides today as<br />

a steadfast rustic,<br />

whose stock has<br />

endured since the<br />

Colonial days.”<br />

My Dad was an<br />

original swamp<br />

Yankee, with many<br />

Statue to Massachusettsasoit, Plymouth,<br />

Massachusetts.], portrait of<br />

american indian man<br />

receipts, being one<br />

of an estimated<br />

35 million people<br />

who can trace their ancestry to one of<br />

the 51 “firstcomers.” His Swamp Yankee<br />

roots came years before the Revolution<br />

as well, including King Philip’s War,<br />

A war named for Native Metacom, a<br />

Wampanoag chief who adopted the<br />

name Philip because of the friendly<br />

relations between his father Massasoit<br />

and the Mayflower Pilgrims. Later he<br />

turned many Indigenous communities<br />

throughout New England against the<br />

United Colonies of New England and<br />

all their Native allies because of an<br />

ever-changing “yellow hair” peace<br />

agreement and the surrender of Indian<br />

guns.<br />

the war; most Narragansetts killed in the<br />

swamp were non-combatant families.<br />

Colonists too quickly learned the<br />

swamps helped fight and hide from any<br />

enemy, like an oppressive British king.<br />

Being clear-headed about this is<br />

essential to being a good Swamp<br />

Yankee who is obligated to patriotism<br />

and doesn’t subscribe only to lore.<br />

By the 1970s, Swamp Yankees were<br />

accused of being old-fashioned hill folk<br />

stuck in their ways. Few families flew old<br />

glory or had a backyard garden. My<br />

Dad raised farm animals and always<br />

maintained a garden, and when we<br />

refused to eat, our pet chicken he<br />

served in an old Kentucky Fried chicken<br />

box.<br />

I remember we restored an old wagon<br />

to display his excess bounty in our front<br />

yard every harvest. Hence, he made<br />

them available for free and welcomed<br />

donations which he gave to the church<br />

and bought us ice cream. He was an<br />

“ecologist.” Before the word “ecology”<br />

gained prominence in the 1970s, he also<br />

worked in technology at Raytheon on<br />

a team that released the first consumer<br />

microwave. But his big difference was<br />

how he saw his eco work as essentially<br />

apolitical. Saving the planet, he said,<br />

was saving us.<br />

This war started when several<br />

Wampanoag men attacked and<br />

killed colonists around Swansea,<br />

Massachusetts, and the United Colonies So it was no wonder Independence Day<br />

attacked a Narragansett stronghold in would be a big deal. A big deal indeed;<br />

a large swamp in what is now known as<br />

Rhode Island. Indigenous peoples often A Swamp Yankee tale of a Liberal<br />

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