Sue Schardt

Making with and for the people.

Dave #listenersview sez "here's a photo from today's ITMOTO stroll...kind of bleak, but I enjoy the contrast of rhythmic color in front and chaos in back..." 💫 🙏 Thank you @davis_the_tv_show for shepherding the music today, and the poetry. Good love. @wmbrfm ...

CB Cook sings & picks “whoa buck” @wmbrfm #listenersview thanks, Chuck ...

Jill #listenersview makes dinner. 👅 @wmbrfm Joni Mitchell “Woodstock” 🎧 ...

#listenesview 🚴🏽 💨 ...

Loving my night 🚴🏽💨 🌖Pandemnity: Rupt @wmbrfm ...

Seen in North Philly after neurology class 🥼❤️ @wmbrfm ...

#listenersview All mine 🎧 @wmbrfm @dewalit_ “chasing the phantom”👂🏻gamelan 🚴🏽‍♀️💨 ...

L Street Beach house Richter, still. #listenersview ...

Dream 3, In the Midst of My Life (Richter & Russell) my #listenersview AKA there’s a harbor out there 🚲💨 ...

Once again my #listenersview is the car in front of me, (👂🏻) but this building detail caught my 👀. Abraham Lincoln as relieved on this giant penny. @wmbrfm 🚗💨 ...

#listenersview and a question. “Is the margin blue or grey?” #exactly @wmbrfm ❤️ 🙏🏼 Dave ...

Amelia ❤️ is learning to be a doc @templeuniv She’s just came out of neurology, eating an apple #listenersview Jane Newton blows Ellington’s “sophisticated lady” ...

Christina #listenersview as Ellington & Strayhorn duet “in a blue summer garden “ 1950. ❤️🙏🏼 ...

Jeff is “digging Maghtea” / song about insanity somewhere high up in the Margin. Helloooo! #listenersview 👼🥢 ...

Inside the inside of the Margin. I am outside. Don Cherry blows “Two Flutes” alive. #listenersview @wmbrfm #insideout. 🚲💨 ❤️ all ...

“A short bike ride away from Allston Packard's Corner is Hall's Pond & a beauty spot to listen to ITMOTO. #listenersview from Carol. 🙌🏼 w bassist @KhamMeslien brand new, “The Alarm” ...

William, #listenersview : “a little local flava.  a motorized one wheel skateboard, with lawn chair, comes with a radio and drink in the drink holder. “ mash w “American treasure” Andy Bey singing Celestial Blues. Clearly. @WMBRFM. ...

Joe’s cardinal friend Lou who’s been visiting for 10 years, says Joe. “The elder cardinal.” bird & man listening to Lonnie Pitchford sing/play “Boogie Chillin’”#listenersview @wmbrfm ...

December 16, 2022. A night walk in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Deb catches me passing across the edge of a light circle into darkness. A beautiful Masary Studio’s Solstice production leading us into these most mysterious days of winter.

This image brings me back to the early pandemic, riding across the city for hours on my bicycle. I spent a lot of time in cemeteries. In fact, volunteered for a time as a Findagrave.com sleuth. Strangers would sent me a request to look for a long dead relative.  I’d jump on my bike and be off with my maps of Forest Hills, Cedar Grove, or Mount Hope….send them pictures of what I found (if I found). I learned it can be quite difficult to find a grave. 

I hesitated to tell anyone about these excursions. It seemed strange, and I couldn’t explain what compelled me. My time in cemeteries, in the midst of a pandemic, brought home the temporal nature of names and epitaphs carved into headstones, of memory, of whatever significance any of us may have in our lifetime. DNA is passed along, yet still, few are remembered by their grandchild’s children.

So what, then, does endure? There so much we don’t know, so much we can’t see or comprehend. I want to better understand and express the intangible. 

In 125 years, when someone comes looking for us, what will they find?  The hardscape — granite monuments, bridges, even mountains and rivers – eventually dissolve or give way to something unrecognizable, unverifiable.  Journalists as anthropologists, social scientists, forensic experts, and as poets leave a discoverable trace for those want to understand where they’ve come from.  Let’s be generous with what we leave for them.

I ponder further in an essay, Toward a New Poetics of Journalism, commissioned by Nieman’s Journalism Lab, . Find the piece here.  

Meantime, send me your musings, and join me In the Margin of the Other.

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