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ron-mcelroy's picture
Feb.13.2013
Cream of the Crop Being a direct descendent of a true Hawaiian who demonstrated a tenacious work ethic by toiling in the pineapple fields has given me reason to believe that back breaking work and determination are not merely survival techniques, but are in our heritage.  My mother exhibited...
bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
Feb.13.2013
            Our SUV passed scores of men, women, and children, often colorfully dressed, many barefoot, most carrying heavy burdens on their heads, hiking in the dirt at the edge of the narrow road, on their way to the Full Moon Harvest...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Feb.12.2013
It all comes down to this: no matter how you parse it—art, politics, spirit, planet; body, mind, heart, and soul—the realms that are reckoned separate in the official version of our current reality are in truth a unity, and recognizing that is the path to wholeness. When we violate—ignore,...
fran-lewis's picture
Feb.10.2013
My Last Summer With You: No Fanfare for a Withered Rose: Fidelis O. MKPARU   Life can change in the flick of a moment or in this case when answering the phone. As one man now comparing himself to a withered rose, or flower reflects on his aging body a voice from the past will bring back...
dale-estey's picture
Jan.18.2013
One writer friend once told me, seeing we were both living in the last century together, that authors had to compete with a whole lot o' distracted people. Those people went to the moving pictures. Those people watched the TeeVee. Those people listened to the gramophone. And none of this touched...
james-buchanan's picture
Jan.14.2013
To look at a photo of Flannery O'Connor (born in 1925 and died in 1964) would probably lead one to conclude she was a bit of a prig, especially when it comes to attitudes on human sexuality and racial equality (she was born and bread Southern). However, I'm currently reading her collected works (a...
bob-mustin's picture
Jan.12.2013
Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan One thing I enjoy about what we call this particular version of postmodern literature is the tinkering with structure, and McEwan is a master of that talent. Too, he, like most gifted writers, is a student of human tics, psychology, the subtleties that make us unique,...
mya-speeks's picture
Dec.31.2012
Greetings Family, The “Blues” was conceived out of love and a want for better understanding of who we are as Black Americans.   Discovering the connection between our African heritage and our American upbringing is one of the single greatest journeys that I will continue on throughout my...
bob-mustin's picture
Dec.25.2012
Harper’s Monthly, January, 2013 My modus operandi when it comes to blogging about magazines is slowly morphing, and this post will evince possibly another evolutionary step. I don’t know whether I’ll return to posting about specific articles and stories, but this issue yearns for a few pithy...
bob-mustin's picture
Dec.21.2012
Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese image via schulerbooks.wordpress.com This is an ambitious project. And like many ambitious novels, Cutting For Stone walks a tightrope between admission to the literary canon and the agony of reaching too high. Perhaps only history itself is the...