My Mom, the 101-Year-Old Activist


Posted by ghostsniper at April 18, 2016 4:44 AM

Apple. Tree. May there be many more occasions.

Posted by Punditarian at April 18, 2016 4:58 AM

Great story and typical ending for what has become an epidemic of out of control government. The political corruption apparent in DC starts at the city council level and moves upward as does floating scum.

Posted by Terry at April 18, 2016 7:30 AM

Whenever I am in doubt, I consult the dictionary.

adjective uk /mæɡˈnɪf.ɪ.sənt/ us /mæɡˈnɪf.ə.sənt/
very good, ​beautiful, or ​deserving to be ​admired

That about covers it.

Posted by Sippican at April 18, 2016 8:39 AM

Go get 'em, Mom!

Proud of her and kindles the civic fire.

Posted by Casey Klahn at April 18, 2016 10:20 AM

Conservative: Keeping and maintaining that which has been built or decided upon previously, preventing change for the sake of change, causing thought to be taken before action.
A century of experience and wisdom is ignored in favor of a hired consultant who does not live in the community, has no experience, and will take the money and be gone, never having to live with the consequences of the decision.
I would let the council members know that their names will be remembered at the next election, and their opponents, no matter who they are, will get the votes of those who tried to Save the Esplanade.
Elected officials do not like to hear you will support their opponent. Really.


Say hi to your mom. Mine is gone 25 years ago last week, and she would have been 98 this August.

Posted by tomw at April 18, 2016 10:25 AM

Good for your mom.

Posted by Bradoplata (@bradoplata) at April 18, 2016 10:48 AM

The cap says it all. Feisty.

"Do NOT sass me, Sonny. Now go to your room."

"Hey, I don't even know you, Lady."

"A minor point. Now go to your room and think about your disgraceful behavior."

[aside. "Tough lady, but I bet her kid loves her a lot."]

Posted by Lance de Boyle at April 18, 2016 10:50 AM

No wonder you seem so young. It's genetic.

Posted by baldilocks at April 18, 2016 10:59 AM


Posted by Amazed at April 18, 2016 11:03 AM

Tell her that it wouldn't matter if it was on the ballot, even if they voted against it. All you have to do is lookup Columbia River Crossing

We need a new bridge to replace the I-5 bridge between Vancouver WA and Portland. The elected officials came up with an expensive project, complete with light rail (which we've voted against before). We voted against the bridge and light rail again. It still won't die. The only thing saving us is that the bridge is too low to allow for river boat traffic and the Corps of Engineers won't let it be built. (The consultants have made big dollars, including the current mayor. He ran on a "no tolls bridge" campaign to get elected. Then he started calling for tolls. )

Posted by Teri pittman at April 18, 2016 1:36 PM

The Dowager Dutchess, Lady Van der Leun.

Now buckle down and start playing tennis, we've got a long way to go. And by the way, today is my birthday, and I'm older than you. Again.

Posted by Rob De Witt at April 18, 2016 5:35 PM

GVDL, you are so blessed. I know you thank God every day, and you should.

Posted by Browncoat at April 18, 2016 7:15 PM

Ain't she a doozy! My love to her.

Posted by Fontessa at April 18, 2016 8:32 PM

What a treasure! I smile each time you note her activities here on AD. She is a magnificent lady!

Posted by DeAnn at April 19, 2016 5:28 AM

WE are all too damn civilized.

Posted by John The River at April 19, 2016 12:50 PM

Bravo to your mother!!!

You must be so proud, Gerard.

Posted by Daphne at April 20, 2016 4:16 PM

Great story Gerard.

My grandmother was a teacher also. Her 100th birthday was a public event in her small town in Idaho. A man in his 70s, a former student, brought her an apple as a birthday gift.

Posted by Clinton at April 23, 2016 3:19 AM