We were warned by Quds leader Esmail Ghaani.

Last night, a reliable intel source sent me a message.

He said: Pay attention to what Esmail Ghaani (who took over the Quds force after Soleimani was assassinated a year ago) said, in a speech to Tehran University, about Iran taking revenge…


Hawaiian Poinsettias — Diana Hansen-Young

ONE MILLION NEW CASES in December, as of Dec 5, 2020. One million in five days. I went outside and looked up. The sky was full of shooting stars.

And the Sky Was Full of Shooting Stars by the author. Dec 5 2020 7:00 PM

Harper’s Ferry Nov 2020 By The Author

Last weekend,
Some restless ghosts
followed me home from Antietam
Rode the highways on my Kia bumper.
Crowded into my house
Hung out on couch and floors
And kitchen counters
Commented on my cooking.

Extra cookies over here, please.
Gruel. This oatmeal tastes like gruel.
Ah. Sugar. Cover it all…


We need each other, walking through this smoking field.

Image by the Author

The sun came out today.

I woke in smoking battlefields

Strewn with blood and broken lives

Covered in crosses and littered with discarded masks.

Scuffed-up yard signs. Graffiti.

Blackened skeletons of burned out cars and buildings.

In the last four years…


I NEVER THOUGHT I’D BE IN THE “BACK IN THE DAY” SECTION.

So. It’s come to this.

Earlier this week (Oct 21, 2020), the Honolulu Star-Advertiser published this photo of me campaigning in 1972. I never dreamed I’d be in a “Back In The Day” nostalgia photo.

Yes. That was…


Die for a bowl of Autumn Squash Soup? I don’t think so.

Art By The Author

With this long and grim Covid winter ahead of us, we can’t let down our guard.

Today, I got to thinking about a favorite autumn squash soup: “It’ll be okay. …


To The Women Who Still Support Trump

Look in the mirror. Repeat the words of Leonard Cohen (Anthem):

“I can’t run no more
With that lawless crowd
While the killers in high places
Say their prayers out loud
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
A thundercloud
And they’re going to hear from me.”

Then do the right thing. Let them hear from you.


(But Why? Read on. I know it’s. . . free form. Political. Still. . . )

Across the Anacostia

Down the Pennsylvania

A hundred seabirds

Rising in the setting sun

White bellies and white feathers

Brilliant pink

Rise and flutter in the setting sun

Sparkling pink in setting sun

Sparkling rosy petals fly

Across the river,

Flecks of pink against the sky

Driving to DC

On…

Diana Hansen-Young

Writer. Artist. Ex-politician. Old woman. www.dianahansenyoung.com

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