The Common Good

Marybeth Shea

Articles by Marybeth Shea


I cut my political teeth on United Farm Worker grape boycotts
in California's San Joaquin Valley.


I guess I am doin' all right. I'm studyin', and like the teacher
says, it pays off.

In 1974, my family moved from Great Falls, Montana, to
Visalia, California. All moves are difficult, but this
one—falling between sixth and seventh grades—was
particularly hard.

Summer campfires and sing-alongs aside, the history of
God's people is written twice: Once in documents beginning
with the Torah and the Bible, and simultaneously in the music passed from family

If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come. —Chinese
Proverb