Meager and cramped quarters for those who seek peace — how ironic

Addison Bross has been a member of Bethlehem’s Confederate diaspora since 1967.  Like the Gadfly, he is a professor of English, Emeritus, of Lehigh University where he also administered and taught in a program in Peace Studies.  


Not so long back I served on LEPOCO’s Steering Committee.

At our monthly meetings and at LEPOCO’s monthly Popcorn & Politics film showings and sponsored lectures, in that tiny (25-capacity) room that has so long served as office, peace-promotion library, storage space for peace-&-justice buttons, bumper-stickers and banners — the thought has now and again struck me how sumptuous and well-appointed are the gathering-spaces for the many, many groups among us who promote and plan for war, inequality, and injustice.

And on the other hand, how meager and cramped a venue is likely to be available for any group amid this society who are intent on producing, by nonviolent methods, peace.



New home for LEPOCO

LEPOCO is a non-profit citizens group that brings residents together to work on a range of problems that threaten peace and our planet.

LEPOCO is a relatively unknown and certainly underappreciated Bethlehem treasure.

We were worried where it would go when it lost its lease to the location on 4th St.

Looks like all good now.

Thankgawd somebody is working toward peace.

LEPOCO, “brings residents together” — speaks Gadfly’s language.

LEPOCO, worthy of your attention and your contributions.

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“Cold hearted orb that rules the night”

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Cold hearted orb that rules the night,
Removes the colours from our sight,
Red is grey and yellow white,
But we decide which is right,
And which is an illusion.

Pinprick holes in a colourless sky
Let insipid figures of light pass by;
The mighty light of ten thousand suns
Challenges infinity and is soon gone.

Night time, to some a brief interlude,
To others the fear of solitude.
Brave Helios, wake up your steeds,
Bring the warmth the countryside needs.

Moody Blues

Dana Grubb

The Arts in Bethlehem: another offer you can’t refuse!

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The weekend! Thank god! And a wonderful day it is!

Where are you spending your recreation and entertainment time and dollars this weekend?  touchstone 2

On the local arts and/or the local arts establishments?

Gadfly has told you in a previous post that he is making a commitment not only to patronize the local arts more but to promote them here when he can. Arts of all kinds.

So have you been to Touchstone Theatre?

Founded in 1981, Touchstone Theatre is a professional not-for-profit theatre dedicated to the creation of original work.  At its center is a resident ensemble of theatre artists rooted in the local community of Bethlehem. . . . The Ensemble . . . transforms audiences through community-based theatrical productions and community-building projects.

On Sunday March 8, 2PM Gadfly’s going to Edith Piaf: Hymn to Love at Touchstone.

Piaf (1915-1963) was a famous French “chanteuse,” night-club singer, cabaret singer. She’s a cult figure, a legend, an influence.

Gadfly now has another two tickets to the Piaf show that he can’t use.

So he makes his offer again:

Gadfly would like to give the two tickets free to someone who has never attended Touchstone Theatre in return for a short post on Gadfly about the show or the experience of going to Touchstone.

Discover Touchstone.

Don’t let the post scare you — he’ll accept a selfie taken at the theatre!

What say? Contact Gadfly via the Contact link here on Gadfly or at

Let’s support the local arts and arts institutions!

Touchstone Theatre
321 E. 4th St.

Gadfly on gadflying

Whew, late Friday afternoon already? Where did that week go?

Not much original content from the Gadfly this week.

But not because the Gadfly followed Mrs. Gadfly’s suggestion to give up posting for Lent. (I think there was an “or else” tacked on there, but that might have been our 12 year-old clothes dryer signaling to be put out of its misery.)

Usual home stuff taking time. But also it’s Confirmation season. And school basketball playoff time (Grandkin’s St. Basil’s-Phoenixville team victorious). (A random family post-game video shows Gadfly swishing one from the foul line then bricking two 3-pointers. It will not go into the family archive.) Then there’s the time needed to worry about what effect coronavirus might have on physically weak seniors Gadfly knows and their retirement funds. Then time devoted to two wonderful extracurricular Bethlehem projects that Gadfly’s become involved in as a result of meeting two wonderful Bethlehem people while gadflying.


And it’s not like nothing was happening this week. Several noteworthy occurrences. Most especially, Gadfly got slapped upside the head. Something he always said he expected to happen and was willing to suffer for his ignorance. It happened. Ouch. I bet you can’t wait for the Parking Authority audio of Thursday’s meeting to be available. Gadfly will let you know.


But also on my mind and taking some time is preparation for a talk.

Gadfly will be speaking about gadflying at the Lower Saucon Township Historical Society meeting this Monday March 2, 7PM, at Seidersville Hall, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem.

The Bethlehem Gadfly has been flying for 18 months now, a goodly time, and he was just thinking that it was about time (before his contract is up — more on that later) that he stop and reflect on how and why he started and how things are going.

And right then came the invitation to speak. Thank you Karen and Ilhan.

Perfect timing.

Reflection is good.

The unexamined life is not worth living.