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Reflections on church

Reflections on church

Oct. 22 | Churches are “the life’s blood of our folks’ community,” Melba Pattillo Beals’ grandma said in Melba’s book Warriors Don’t Cry, which recounts Melba’s membership in the “Little Rock 9,” who integrated Arkansas’ Central High School...

The Good Wife Works – White and Blacks as allies and marriage partners

The Good Wife Works – White and Blacks as allies and marriage partners

Jul. 4 | “The whites and their hatreds are the problem and not us.” — bell hooks, Bone Black   When the U.S. State Department’s former Secretary Dean Rusk’s daughter married a Black man, the Department received a few hundred nasty letters and...

The Good Wife Works – Women write of encounters with abusive men

The Good Wife Works – Women write of encounters with abusive men

Jun. 24 |           “Many men in our culture never recover from childhood unkindnesses.” — bell hooks (born 09/25/52 as Gloria Watkins)   The books of Pearl Cleage and Rosie Perez’s Handbook for an Unpredictable Life (N.Y.:...

The Good Wife Works – On belonging

The Good Wife Works – On belonging

May. 7 | “Racism poisons civic life and denies the worth of human beings because of their color,” Michael Eric Dyson wrote. We know that racism destroys a Black man by ignoring his gifts, overlooking his presence, and demeaning his manhood. Larry Holmes,...

The Good Wife Works – Pecking orders appear to be a universal human condition

The Good Wife Works – Pecking orders appear to be a universal human condition

Apr. 9 | An unidentified young Black male resident of Frogtown told photographer Wing Young Huie, “It’s not just Black people. I know some Asians, and they got the mentality to kill somebody. It’s like everybody got their own little ‘hood.” Studying...

The Good Wife Works – On race and culture

The Good Wife Works – On race and culture

Feb. 18 |   “There are no ni**ers here. The people here, they still have their self-respect, their pride.” Richard Pryor (1940-2005)    There is only the Human Race; there is no legitimacy to “race” based on adaptations of human hair and skin...

The Good Wife Works – Wilder “conversation” urges us to see the poverty around us

The Good Wife Works – Wilder “conversation” urges us to see the poverty around us

Dec. 4 | In September 2013, a Wilder Foundation conversation,” Community Matters,” was held at the Wilder Center in St. Paul, starting with a bevy of statistics compiled by Wilder Research on the state of poverty in St. Paul, where 67,000 people live in...

The Good Wife Works – The implications of ‘hooking up’

The Good Wife Works – The implications of ‘hooking up’

Nov. 6 | “On the plantation where I grew up in the forties were some tough people and mean people and hardworking people; they could load more cane, plow a better row, control their women — most of them would brag about having more than one woman.”...

The Good Wife Works – On happiness and its enemies

The Good Wife Works – On happiness and its enemies

Oct. 9 |   “Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.” (from a Selby Ave. storefront)   We have the keys to happiness within us: our brain. Sex and exercise, learning and curiosity are the keys. Curiosity and novelty alleviate...

The Good Wife Works – The other woman

The Good Wife Works – The other woman

Aug. 14 |       Tonya (not her real name) didn’t think of herself as a jealous woman. In fact, she remembered that while waiting in a long line and talking to the man next to her, when she wrote down on a slip of paper something the man said,...