Waiting through Leaded Waters, the Flint Chronicles: Let the Arrests Begin

April 24, 2017

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So tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 is the third anniversary of the day the button was pushed to switch the Flint water supply from Detroit water (and Lake Huron) to the Flint River. And on the eve of that auspicious date, activists’ arrests have begun. Multiple Arrests Made http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2017/04/multiple_arrests_made_at_flint.html Six Protestors Released After Being Arrested […]

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Ode to an Amazing Broad

February 5, 2017

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Classy. Inspiring. Creative. Diligent. Elegant. An Amazing Broad. These were the descriptions of my Great-Aunt Betty B. Bower Steagald, who we laid to rest this week on Monday, 30 January 2017. She was 86 years old. She was daughter to my great-grandparents, Clarence and Josephine (Oom) Bower. (Family lore has it that Great-Grandpa Clarence, born […]

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Things Even Supervillains Wouldn’t Do

June 20, 2016

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Thank God for Amanda Nguyen, her organization Rise, and New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen,  who have authored and introduced The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act to the U.S. Congress where it is expected to pass unanimously. Finally, certain congressional members are leaving the dark side to vote in favor of women… How Funny Or Die […]

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Waiting Through Leaded Waters: The Flint Chronicles, No. 1

June 15, 2016

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This Flintstone has rolled home. I returned to my hometown of Flint, Michigan, in mid-March, 2016, after submitting my PhD thesis in December to the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. As soon as I landed in Detroit where I joyfully reunited with my parents after having not seen them in more than two […]

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A Man of the Northern Woods

December 25, 2015

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Memories of Grandpa Gene… There are many special memories about this man who shared himself with us in his stories, his hugs and his open-hearted love. Here are just a few thoughts about what Grandpa left behind… Grandpa loved being in nature and he was knowledgeable about it too. Symbols from nature were reflected in […]

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On Lineage, Love and Loss

December 24, 2015

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On my Grandpa Gene Bower’s passing, Sunrise: October 23, 1924 Sunset: December 18, 2015, age 91 WWII Vet and Navy Frog Man, retired toolmaker, storyteller, woodcarver, and a man who loved his family… ~ Through Lineage and Love Words are hard to find, Grandpa, of how much you meant to me, But let me try […]

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Of Birthdays & Albatrosses…

November 28, 2015

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So I’m still furiously writing, hoping to soon submit this PhD thesis. But I thought I’d (re)post another gem from my favourite friend’s blog, the Vagabond herself.  This is when Gretchen and Heather came down to Dunners to visit me back in February, earlier this year.  We had a perfectly smashing time! http://glescher.blogspot.co.nz/2015_03_01_archive.html

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