BY MARK NEUZILProfessor of communication and journalism, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN “Everyone believes in something. I believe I will go canoeing” is a comment attributed to Henry David Thoreau, who could make a claim as America’s most famous canoeist. Regardless of whether he wrote it or not, I have understood what the … More "I have spent a life in canoes."
Cliff’s writing serves as a model for how to confront the dualities of our complex world. The University of Minnesota Press is deeply saddened to hear of Michelle Cliff’s death. Cliff embraced her many identities as a light-skinned Creole, a lesbian, and an immigrant in both England and the United States to prove the intersections … More Author Michelle Cliff dies at 69
Barbara Brenner, a key figure in North American breast cancer history, wrote the following piece in 2005 as a Perspective for the San Francisco public radio station KQED. Brenner died in 2013. So Much to Be Done, an anthology of her political and personal writings, has been published by University of Minnesota Press. ——-Anyone who … More Looking back: Breast cancer activist Barbara Brenner on cancer wristbands
A fishing boat in Norway’s Lofoten Islands. Author Eric Dregnispent a year on a Fulbright Fellowship in Trondheim, Norway, where his first child was born.Images courtesy of the author. ——-This is the first in a series running this week on authors’ favorite holiday recipes.——-BY ERIC DREGNI The fishmonger at the Ravnkloa seafood shop in Trondheim tricked me. … More Recipe spectacular: Bury your fish for better flavor and other questionable Norwegian advice.
The author’s mother, wearing glasses and proper attire, at a public event. This is the fourth part of a series by writer Catherine Madison on growing up in the army around the midcentury. Madison’s father spent three years as a prisoner of war in North Korea in the 1950s.Part One: The rules.Part Two: The moves.Part … More Growing up an army brat: The silence.
The 1963 cheerleading squad of Broome Junior High in Rockville, Maryland.The author is in the back row, second from left. This is the third installment in a series on growing up in the army by writer Catherine Madison, whose father spent three years as a prisoner of war in North Korea in the 1950s.Part One: … More Growing up an army brat: The friends.
Part of Catherine Madison’s childhood doll collection, unpacked after 40 years,which managed to survive so many moves. This is the second installment in a series by Catherine Madison, whose father spent three hellish years as a POW in Korea.Part One: The rules. ——- BY CATHERINE MADISON “Where are you from?” It’s such an innocent, ageless … More Growing up an army brat: The moves.
Our extended family in front of our quarters in Landstuhl, Germany, 1960.My father is wearing his hat. I’m on the left, dressed up in saddle shoes. BY CATHERINE MADISON By the time I was in the fourth grade, in 1959, I understood that my father was not like the rest of us. Of course he … More Growing up an army brat: The rules.
Grace Lee Boggs, pictured here in 2012, was born on June 27, 1915, in Providence, Rhode Island. She currently lives in Detroit. On June 27, 2015, Grace Lee Boggs turned 100 years old. Boggs is a Chinese-American writer, philosopher, and social activist, and author of several books. Her autobiography, Living for Change, was published by University … More Grace Lee Boggs on biracialism, social movements, and hope for America
It is so ordered. Today’s momentous Unites States Supreme Court decision to strike all bans on same-sex marriage means a lot of things to a lot of people. For Michael McConnell and Jack Baker of Minneapolis, it is another historic landmark in a life full of historic landmarks. In 1971, McConnell and Baker became the … More In 1971, a wedding heard ’round the world. #LoveWins