Return to the March!

by Brenda W. Clough

 The March for Our Lives was this Saturday, March 24, as I am sure you have seen in your news sites and papers. I have given up painting landscapes, and have taken to acrylics again for signs!

Sometimes a theme develops in your work even though you don’t intend it. The theme this protest season is clearly quotations, and this first sign quotes Barack Obama. The flip side of the sign says, “How Many Deaths Will It Take Till We Learn That Too Many People Have Died?” Those of you of a certain age will recognize Bob Dylan’s immortal song. You can only carry a sign like this if you’re visibly older, which luckily we are!

The other sign was inspired by the shape and color of my foam core board. How often do you h ave two tombstones in gray board? I knew I could use them some day.

These will be tape together back to back. And finally, a late effort is a quotation from LES MISERABLES, and its flip side. I’m hoping to meet a friend to give this sign to.



And, finally, some photos at the march itself.We were standing near the National Gallery of Art but the crowds were so thick there was no good vantage point.

There are masses of other pictures online — the great fun of these is that, years from now, I can point at the spot (near the Canadian embassy) where I am!

 This is Laurie Mann, my husband Larry and myself, on our way to a very late lunch. I would say that this march was somewhat less crowded than the Women’s March. Even though my health is nowhere near as good I was able to stand up for six hours or so straight, with some walking in the intervals.


About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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