You’ve Got to Have Art…Education

Arts & Culture
All summer I ran into people I had not seen in a while. The majority of them wanted to know what I was up to these days. When I would share with them that I have been accepted into a Master of Arts program in teaching this spring, I would receive enthusiastic positive responses. Then the question of what I was planning to teach would inevitably come up.  When I would reply “visual arts education,” the responses ranged from blank stares to slack-jawed stares to stares of disbelief, usually punctuated by a sigh of “oh.” And it would be at this point that I would feel the need to defend my choice. I continue to find it fascinating that people would find it odd for me—a person with a B.F.A.…
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Detroit River Rescue-Part 1

Detroit River Rescue-Part 1

Arts & Culture, Stories
It is August 1854 in Detroit, MI. Twelve-year-old Willie studies his school lessons and works as a delivery boy at the bakeshop owned and run by his Uncle Moses, a former slave . Willie suspects his uncle may be working with an organization that helps other enslaved blacks escape bondage. But before Willie can find out about Uncle Moses, he finds himself on his own liberation adventure. He had done it.  Twelve-year-old Willie had sneeked past his uncle’s closed door and gotten out of the house without being noticed.  It was well past midnight, and the sun had been down for hours.  Yet the summer air was as hot as it had been at noon, and thick with humidity.   Even though he was wearing his thinnest shirt and breeches, sweat…
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Inflammation: the enemy to good health

Inflammation: the enemy to good health

Health and Wellness, Life & Community
It’s been a long time coming, but many Americans are now more concerned with maintaining good health than waiting until sickness strikes and having to combat some disease. Maybe the fight for national health care or dwindling employee health insurance coverage or the aging baby-boomer population sparked it, but whatever the catalyst, people are trying to eat healthier and exercise more. Much of the focus has been on losing weight. The diet options seem endless: low fat, low carb, Paleo, Mediterranean, gluten free, low glycemic, vegetarian, pescetarian, vegan, raw, etc. While keeping a healthy body weight for your frame and getting daily exercise can help prevent and maybe actually reverse many diseases, there is another enemy to good health that needs to be brought into the spotlight: inflammation. Inflammation is…
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Homemade Beauty Products for Natural Beauty

Health and Wellness, Life & Community, Lifestyle
Instead of the usual articles about Detroit’s resurgence, the City’s cultural scene, or urban farming and gardening, I want broach a different kind of “green” subject: natural skin- and hair-care products. Nowadays with people being so health- and green-conscious, natural and organic cosmetics and beauty products are increasing in demand and popularity. In the malls there are stores that claim to have “natural” beauty products, but beware. The moniker “natural” can have a wide range of meanings, from giving you a “natural look,” to containing one or two natural substances, to being made completely of all-natural ingredients.  It’s kind of like when a food product is labeled “light”—you’d better check the list of ingredients. Another thing about store-bought organic beauty products is the price is usually high, much higher than…
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