A Storm is Comin!
Well hello there everyone, I hope that you and your day is being filled with what makes you swim in the world with the rest of us, sharing in our coexisting experience of diversity. I know that my day has been filled with enjoying Mother Nature through gardening and other daily outdoor green and organic forms of joy and happiness. My daily intent is to give back to our Mother and share with other’s in all that I learn.
For the past two weeks, I have been attempting to create a blog that is open for discussion on just about any topic of choice from the audience as well as my own personal choices. Unfortunately, things fell through on another site and here I am starting over, hoping to begin a dialogue with my fellow voters and average Joe and Sarah citizen’s. We all have concerns and questions that go unasked for many reasons, and I would like for my blog to be that door into some of those answers.
Currently, I am a life long student of sociology and psychology and would enjoy sharing ideas and social concepts that could perhaps help us to unite in the changing social world. There are many economic, cultural, and racial injustices that are taking place, and many of us would like an open format to discuss our differences without things turning into a hate session. However, many of us would also like to discuss non-trending topics or local city and state issues going unheard. I for one would enjoy discussing local issues nationwide such as road conditions, the environment, educational and domestic abuse needs, the things that bring us together and break us apart as a family and society. We all share in many political and socio-economic concerns, wishing for a better resolution. Our country is facing a lot of issues, and it is time to vote in new ideas and concepts that can help each city and state by voting in new people. It is time to step away from what is familiar and take a leap of faith into a new realm that could renew our internal problems. My blog will enable all of us to begin a national dialogue that could help all of us understand more about sociological concepts as well as political and environmental. We need to stand up as citizens and devise resolutions that could help each of us geographically.
My first article if you will, discusses someone I believe will fast become a political sensation in her neck of the woods. She is a storm of political truth and justice that began to come alive during the 2016 Presidential primary; she felt “the Bern” and never looked back, charging into the political scene with a new found light of change. This new Wisconsin storm could be the change that this highly Conservative Republican state needs, breathing fresh life into antiquated ideals and laws. However, before I begin to delve into her current political position, allow me to explain her initial step into the Revolution.
Tammy Wood, proud yet humble co-owner of Wood Pipes Smoke Shoppe in Reedsburgh, Wisconsin, began her political journey as a cannabis activist. Tammy and her husband Brian have become the voice of cannabis through their family owned business and methods of raising awareness. Brian never misses an opportunity to speak to one of the locals about the benefits of cannabis. You’ll often find him wearing a shirt that causes people to stop and ask him questions, leading to an open dialogue on medical cannabis. Tammy can be seen standing at any podium or in front of any camera willing to allow her voice to be heard detailing why the decriminalization of cannabis is beneficial to our entire nation. They are a team of truth and knowledge and share their concepts with their children who will one day grow in to be a voice of the future. According to Tammy, she began to realize how disconnected people were from cannabis due to antiquated ideals and stereotypical notions. She felt that it was her civic duty to enlighten those around her about the medical properties cannabis has always had and that decriminalizing it is the right step to take. Below I have supplied several links for you to learn about Tammy Wood and her cannabis activism.
When I decided to begin a blog, I immediately knew the first local political individual I wanted to be a voice for. I met Tammy Wood via Facebook around 2014-2015 time frame through our mutual beliefs on cannabis. At the time, I myself was a legal cannabis Caregiver in Colorado making medicinal medications for patients. It was during this time that Tammy and I met; I began to share some of what I was doing for my patients on Facebook to help raise awareness and reverse the stigmatism towards marijuana through social media activism. Tammy and I realized that we shared several social and political interests and began to become fast friends. I write this article not as a friend but as a professional and a voter desiring to share with the nation and the state of Wisconsin what I know of Tammy and how she can help her community develop and change and become more aware and awake together. If you desire change within the state of Wisconsin, research into Tammy Wood of Wood Pipes Smoke Shoppe in Reedsburgh, Wisconsin and you will see the change that she can bring if voted into the proper political positions. I have known Tammy for several years and she has not waivered from her stance in politics. In fact, her stance has only become stronger.
Not only has Tammy backed Wisconsinites and been their unknown voice on medical cannabis, she has also been the voice for Wisconsin farmers, water concerns and road repair issues. If you ask around town, you’ll hear of Tammy Wood and what all she has done for her community and state and what she intends for the future. Wisconsin, I urge you to learn of her, she could be your lifeline of reason in a state with massive concerns.
A few weeks ago when I was beginning my blog, I asked Tammy if I could ask her a few questions and create a dialogue based upon her responses. She of course agreed as I knew she would because she enjoys sharing her ambitions in life and concerns for the future of humanity as well as America and its citizens as much as I do. In this we can discuss a vast array of topics and devise plans to resolve things in the future. We then share our ideas with others in the hopes of creating an open dialogue that could help society become more diverse in many aspects. Below are my questions with her answers that will show you a small glimpse of the powerful, strong Revolutionary woman I have come to respect and honor for her ambition and desire for political and social change. The reasons I have such admiration and respect for Tammy Wood lie in the fact that she went from a daughter to wife and mother, to business owner and advocate to holding political positions within her community.
The Storm that you need is comin Wisconsin and her name is Tammy Wood, Vice Chair of the Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. She is also Secretary of the 3rd Congressional District of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
1). Tammy, can you please tell me a little about yourself, where in Wisconsin you grew up and what it was like to grow up in Wisconsin?
“I was born in northern Wisconsin in the late 70’s. My father was an outlaw groomed by the streets of Chicago, by the time I was five he was in prison for what would end up being my whole lifetime. My mother was raised by alcoholics, she knew there was a better way to live, she also knew it was up to her to find it, at 13 she left home determined to achieve that better. In many ways she did yet it was never easy, it’s an eternal hard fight but she always keeps fighting. The universe really should award her with an obnoxiously huge gold champion belt.
The circumstances of my parents upbringing assured poverty and struggle. Knowing a life of hard knocks would deliver softer blows in rural Wisconsin my dad dragged my mom away from the city, she resisted but soon fell in love with the peace found in gods country.
As much as my mom loved Wisconsin, being poor and raising five kids alone forced her to move frequently. We lived various places along the Mississippi River, Illinois and Wisconsin predominantly but there were five very long years spent in Memphis.
My time in Memphis taught me a lot, by far the greatest takeaway was my undying love for my birth state. The entire time spent there was plotting our course back. Well, thats not entirely true, there was some talk of trying out Hawaii and I was definitely on board with living in poverty on a sandy beach watching waves roll over my toes but we all knew that was just fantasy.
In the spring of 1990 after a months long road trip our family was finally home. We settled in Reedsburg, a charming small town in south central part of Wisconsin.
I have to admit, it wasn’t until my adult years that I found the charm in Reedsburg, it was always there I just had a hard time seeing it.
Even though I was born to this state I was still an outsider and we were poor so my teen years were filled with more than the typical angst. I made friends but could never really fit in with cliques formed since kindergarten. I felt like I was missing something but I also felt like I had something others didn’t. Living a whole life in the same small town, the rest of the world can often seem distant, too far off to have an effect. It can grow compliancy, the way things are done always have been. I was immune. I knew the differences out there. I felt blessed because of it.”
2). Tammy, can you explain to me what inspires you to be the free thinker that you are today?
“Understanding those differences certainly aids in thinking freely. But I can’t deny that it is in my blood to be a free thinker. It’s how I was raised. It’s who I am.
My parents were both rebels in their own right. My mother is a feisty, take no shit, cause no harm kind of woman. She taught me well. Of the many valued lessons she teaches is to be true to your self. We all have that inner voice, she made certain I never silenced mine.
As difficult as it was for her to raise a daughter whose soul was compelled to speak out she never tried to rein me in. She did make sure to keep me grounded by instilling the bond of family, we may have been poor but because we had each other, because our love was unbreakable, our wealth was more vast than any rich mans bank account. That love I have from my family allows me to never fear standing up, I’m not afraid to reach out further than I should because I know they are there if I happen to loose my balance. I’d like to believe I would still be who I am without their safety but they’ve never given me the opportunity to find out and I’d not ever wish for the chance.”
3). Tammy, can you please explain to me what your role in the Wisconsin political ring is and also what your intentions are as a public servant?
“My role in the Wisconsin political ring is undefined and fluid. Certainly I am an outsider but as of yet I’ve been welcomed. Recently I was elected to Vice Chair of the Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, in March I was selected by proclamation to be Secretary of the 3rd Congressional District of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. I am still just doing what I can when I can but now it’s in a larger capacity.
As a public servant my goals are to be a voice for what is good and right for the people. To help build a bridge from the citizens to the halls of government and to encourage as many as are willing to cross that bridge.
The declaration that our government is one of the people, for the people, by the people is not just some antiquated idea collecting dust on the shelves of time. It is the living breathing embodiment of our country and right now it’s being slowly poisoned. The first dose came decades ago when some asshole suggested never discussing politics or religion in polite company. I have no idea who to attribute that quote to but whoever it was I wish for them very unkind things.
As a little girl hearing those words from adults always made me recoil then immediately spring forward with some variation of why the hell not? Why should we not discuss politics I’d ask, who made those topics taboo? I’d always receive a slightly tilted smile and a glazed retort sugar coated just enough not to sour the moment but clearly abiding by the unwritten rule it wasn’t our place to speak of such things.
My political goal is to rip that rule to shreds, to strike it from the collective consciousness of the citizens. My plan for Wisconsin politics is to take it back to the people where it’s always belonged. “
4). Tammy, can you give me a little information on your colleagues, explain to me about some of their policy positions, and ideas for change in Wisconsin?
“My colleagues are hard working Stewards of their community. They are the people who farm the land and welcome the guests. They are my neighbors and friends. They are the strangers who wave as we pass each other on our winding country roads. My colleagues are proud Wisconsinites.
Each in our own ways wants the best for our precious state. We want clean and abundant water, we want deep lung fulls of fresh clean county air. We want to love and be loved, without barriers. We want choices and sovereignty over our person, property, and ideas. We want the pursuit of happiness unencumbered by racist laws and tyrannical obstruction. Wisconsinites reject a government driven to divide and conquer. We are Determined to Unite and Succeed ✊️“
5), Finally, Tammy, can you tell me what it was in Bernie Sanders that made you Feel The Bern?
“Senator Sanders did not ignite the bern in me, it was always burning since the world been turning. (Billy Joel for the young ones who won’t get that reference)
What Bernie Sanders did for me was to show me I deserved a seat at the table, I would likely have to nudge and elbow my way there, but I belonged regardless.
Before Senator Sanders I was just a cannabis activist doing what I could when I could. On the outside, protesting, speaking at rallies, writing and calling my Representatives, testifying to them, that’s were I thought my place. It’s where I’ve always been. I suppose that proves I’m not as immune to compliance as I believed, in my own way I had been infected too. Senator Sanders was my antidote. ”
Tammy and husband Brian cannabis activism: http://www.wiscnews.com/reedsburgtimespress/business/article_2e73d381-8fac-5d1c-b236-4672ac23f422.html
An article Tammy herself penned: https://juneaumessenger.com/articles/1393/view
Tammy Wood interview with Emerald Magazine: http://theemeraldmagazine.com/2016/03/wood-of-wisconsin/
High Capacity Wells: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/15/wisconsin-conservationists-farmers-to-clash-at-hea/
Meet the political Storm Tammy Wood: https://www.facebook.com/tammy.wood.92