Monday, December 31, 2007

Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - JANUARY 2008, VOLUME THREE, #10

Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - JANUARY 2008, VOLUME THREE,

I'm sitting in my new office, which is a lovely room, but so full of
piles of things to be sorted that it's a daunting place to be. My
bedroom isn't much better. Instead of tackling the mess, I'm reading
an online book on how to avoid procrastination...

This is the time of year when many of us are taking stock of
ourselves... are we still "on the path"? have we taken a detour?
2008 is taking me on some new journeys. I hope that this new year is
kinder to us all than 2007 was.


I moved in 2007. For those of you who haven't updated your records,
you might want to do that now... the forwarding order will expire
soon --

Anne Feeney
2240 Milligan Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
same phones: 412-241-7664 (home) 412-877-6480 (cell)
same email:


2007 was a fantastic year for me -- full of challenges and obstacles,
but for the most part, all well-met with lots of help from my friends.
For the first time in my life, I was alone at Christmas this year.
My husband went back to Sweden, my son to his wife's family in
California, and my daughter and her boyfriend went to Mexico. I
curled up with Barbara Kingsolver's fabulous "Animal, Vegetable,
Miracle," and Barack Obama's "Dreams from my Father ". This very
unusual vantage point left me as a spectator on the season, with
plenty of time to think. As most Americans are wallowing in stuff
right now, I'm looking for ways to simplify my life. If you haven't
visited this would be a great time to do
it. I'm planning a more sustainable 2008.


My holidays were brightened considerably by the news that the valiant
UAN nurses on strike against Appalachian Regional Health Systems
ratified a good contract that will have them all back to work no
later than March 31, 2008. Keeping the scabs on the payroll isn't my
favorite way of achieving safer staffing levels... I'll look forward
to new from the nurses on how that works out.


These next two months at home would be a great time to finish "Dump
the Bosses Off Your Back" -- my new CD... Many many thanks to the
dozen folks who sent me sponsorship money last month when I asked for
it... Unfortunately, that's not enough to get the project finished,
but it will get me back in the studio for a couple more days. If
you'd like to see your name in the liner notes of my new CD, or if
you'd just like to help me get this album finished and out there,
please send $100 to Anne Feeney, 2240 Milligan Ave, Pittsburgh, PA


2008 is taking me on several new, but still familiar paths... Thanks
to a grant from the Labor Center at Indiana University of
Pennsylvania, I will spend the first couple months of 2008
researching and writing on the life William Patrick Feeney --
immigrant, coal miner, fearless union organizer for the United
Mineworkers of America, one-term legislator in Pennsylvania,
accomplished violinist, labor singer -- and my grandfather.

This means that I *won't* be at the Western Workers' Heritage
Festival -- or anywhere on the left coast -- in January and February,
as I have been for the past 7 years or more.


I'm still hoping to do my Florida tour in early March ... anyone
interested? With the closing of two of my favorite venues -
Fogartyville and the Main St Café -- it's harder to plan a Florida
tour.... Florida -- let me hear from you!!

In early April, I'll be performing in a production of Jerry Starr's
powerful play, "Buried: The Story of the Sago Mine Disaster." I may
be doing another two or three productions of the play as the year
unfolds. There is a great deal of interest in the play these days.


I'm looking forward to the familiarity and welcome of the Regina Polk
Conference for Labor Union Women, Susquehanna Music and Arts Fest,
Labor Notes, Mayday at Botto House, Radio Live!, the Debs Dinner
... as well as the excitement of some new opportunities -- Cleveland,
St. Catherine's, Ontario, and the Association for Humanist Sociology


I hope by now you know that I'm taking three groups of friends on
fabulous music/history/politics and poetry tours of western Ireland
... There are still seats available for you on all three tours,
although August is almost full. I'm very grateful to the folks who
have signed up early for these tours... it's making it possible for
Tom Pigott and me to plan fantastic trips. It's still not too late
to sign up, and the earlier that you do, the easier it is to make
great plans. Email me for more information:

I haven't decided if I'm going to spend the time in between the tours
in Europe or on the left coast. Invitations to a few festivals on one
side of the pond or the other would clinch my decision pretty quickly.


Now more than ever I think it's essential to focus on issues, not
candidates. If we keep the heat on for an immediate end to the war
and for national health care now, we might get both. If we invest
all our energy in trying to decide which candidate has the best of
the lousy plans to phase down the war and tack some hopeless bandaid
on the health care crisis, that's what we'll get....

That's it. No immediate destinations.

Drop me a line and tell me what you're up to.

Happy New Year!

Love and peace


PS - Check out Bill Maher's Dickheads of 2007 --