For Nathan Hale, Perhaps Another Regret

 First published in the New York Times, 14 March 2012

Nathan Hale, as seen from City Hall Park.

Nathan Hale, as seen from City Hall Park. Photo credit: Joshua Bright for The New York Times

Back in 1776, Nathan Hale’s only regret was that he had but one life to lose for his country.

But if he could see what has become of the statue of him that sits in City Hall Park, he might find it all, at the very least, a bit unfortunate.

Since 2007, if not earlier, the 13-foot standing figure of a bound and shackled Hale – freedom fighter, patriot, icon of liberty – has been itself chained off from the people.

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Recognising Women of Courage

L-R: Parisa Hafezi from Iran, Chiranuch Premchaiporn from Thailand, Adela Navarro Bello from Mexico and the Lifetime Achievement Award to Katie Adie from UK at the Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony on 27 October 2011(Photo image: IWMF)

The Courage in Journalism Awards were in a couple of hours. Rosie and I got dressed to go to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. It was raining so I wore pants instead of the skirt I had  planned to wear. I took out my Kenneth Cole shoes, a good find in a thrift store, where I had gone to buy sweaters and couldn’t resist adding the shoes to my shopping cart.  We thought that we would make it on time. We got out and ran into Grand Central Station. Rosie was running ahead of me. I could not keep up. The Kenneth Cole shoes were not made for fast running and the Dr Scholl in-sole padding I bought for the heels are actually bogus. I felt my feet getting sore.  Note to self: don’t buy additional in-sole whatever stuff they advertise on TV. Continue reading

Visiting New York

New Yorkers on Nassau Street

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)’s 2011 Courage in Journalism Awards take place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. When Roshani asks if I will be able to attend the function, I am like, “Are you kidding me?” I will definitely be there. So we go about arranging my travel to New York. Rosie Whitelaw offers to host me while I am in New York. I am so excited about the trip. The Waldorf Astoria I have been told is one of the oldest and priciest hotels. I think the people who go around giving money to the developing world sometimes meet here for dinner or tea or whatever. I tell my friends that I want to taste the food the rich eat. Continue reading