Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday With Billie :: Strange Fruit



One might be getting the feeling that the radical extremists of the radio talk shows, the Faux News insane and those who worship them, with all their violent rhetoric and references to civil war, want our nation to return to the days when Lady Day artfully, painstakingly mourned the lynched.

If the election of Barack Obama signified the end of the cultural phase of the American Civil War, it's safe to say we're living through Reconstruction, Part II.

Let us pray violence does not ensue.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Photo Of The Day

A  boat passes through heavily oiled marsh near Pass a Loutre, Louisiana  May 20, 2010. For nearly a month, roughly 5,000 barrels (210,000  gallons/795,000 liters) of oil per day have been gushing from BP's  broken Deepwater oil well situated in the Gulf of Mexico, in what could  be named the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Reuters

A boat passes through heavily oiled marsh near Pass a Loutre, Louisiana May 20, 2010. For nearly a month, roughly 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons/795,000 liters) of oil per day have been gushing from BP's broken Deepwater oil well situated in the Gulf of Mexico, in what could be named the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Lena Horne, 1917 - 2010





Rest in peace, oh diva of divas.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

NEVER too late to wish peace and blessings to all the mothers.

But a special wish goes to my sister Gina who just happens to be celebrating her first mother's day on her 45th birthday.

Happy Birthday, beloved sister. Grace Loren is blessed to have you as her mother.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Certified: My Father Smiles Down From Heaven



This means I'm officially running for something.

My campaign treasurer stopped by earlier today while we were planting collard greens, blackeye peas and broccoli to deliver the good news. We hadn't been to the mailbox yet, but when we checked it later, there it was, unfolded from its official-looking envelope, just as you see it above.

This is a big [fill-in-the-blank] deal.

I'm grateful to all those who contributed to my campaign. Thank you for your generosity. But more than that, thank you for your belief. Without you, I wouldn't have my name up there.

I still can't quite believe that's my name. Hickman. Craig V. Stands for Von. I'd never have imagined I'd run for elected office. But life has changed immensely since the man who gave me my name died 3 years ago, March.

Thing is, I'd never have imagined I'd be doing much of what I'm doing in my life right now.

But here I am. Doing what my father taught me how to be good at, and trying to do what my father always thought I would be excellent at: farming and public service.

It's time.

It's time I finally put my mind to it and try to fulfill my father's ultimate dream for me. A dream I'm blessed to be able to pursue without pressure, an ounce of resentment, not even a whisper of angst.

It's time District 82, Readfield and Winthrop, the most beautiful towns in Kennebec Valley, had a fresh voice representing its people.

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It’s time to rid our food supply of processed junk.

As a wise man wrote, food reclaims its nobility when the person who raised it hands it to you. It makes us healthier, too. Healthier citizens means reduced medical costs, which can lead to affordable health care for all. I will fight to bring common sense to the Maine food code to help producers make wholesome local food more available and affordable. Local food means local jobs.

It’s time to go green

I’m committed to strengthening local economies and cultivating long-term sustainable and creative solutions to our greatest challenges, while never forgetting or neglecting the things that make Maine the way life should be. Investment in our natural resources and quality of place initiatives and our vast wind and solar energy potential will not only help to protect Maine’s enthralling beauty, but also attract more tourism, boost our economy, and create new jobs.

It’s time to stop handcuffing small businesses.

One-size-fits-all regulations simply don’t work. I will fight to craft legislation, current or new, that allows the furniture painter, the contractor, the goat milker, the jewelry maker and the silver-haired lady down the road who bakes the best whoopie pies in town to advertise and sell their products and services without jumping through hoops they can’t afford. Let there be real competition. As Maine business grows, so goes job creation.

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2010.

The United States of America conducts a new census. The state of Maine elects a new governor. The citizens of the most beautiful towns in the Kennebec Valley elect a new state representative.

My father smiles down from heaven.

Hickman in the House.

Organic farmer, man of the people.

Get ready.

It's time for a new beginning.

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Winthrop Community Gardens Groundbreaking & Dedication, April 22, 2010


Craig Hickman is....

Son of a Tuskegee Airman and a wise woman
Spouse of the best physical therapist in Maine
Adopted man living in reunion with his birth families
Graduate of Harvard College, A.B. cum laude in Government, 1990
Recipient of the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, National Poetry Slam champion and award-winning author of Fumbling Toward Divinity
Founder and editor of Craig Hickman's Tennis Blog
2008 Democratic National Convention Delegate, 1st Congressional District
Winthrop Green Committee Member
Winthrop Community Gardens at Annabessacook Farm Host

Other Life Experience

As the former owner of a small catering business; proprietor of a small theatrical production company; marketing manager for a regional commercial real estate firm; facilities manager for an Internet startup; and administration and human resources manager for a financial services research and consulting startup, Hickman knows the challenges and triumphs of small business owners and their workers.