Flint’s 1st Woman Mayor on the Community Journalism Chronicles

May 6, 2018

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As a freelance writer for Flint Beat in November, 2017 ~  A three-article series about Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver on being Flint’s first woman mayor and what it has been like for her to inherit Flint’s ongoing water crisis. “Making History: Flint Mayor Karen Weaver Speaks on the Challenges of Being the City’s First Woman Mayor” http://flintbeat.com/making-history-flints-mayor-karen-weaver-speaks-on-the-challenges-of-being-the-citys-first-woman-leader/ […]

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Flint Jazz, Blues, Theatre, and Neighborhood Gatherings on the Community Journalism Chronicles

May 6, 2018

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I am a former staff writer for Flint, Michigan’s East Village Magazine ~ Below are links to articles I wrote for EVM from August to October, 2017, listed in descending order. An article about the October Flint Planning Commission meeting, in which commissioners heard testimony concerning the legal dispensing of pot in Flint. “Planning Commission begins consideration […]

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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 Bower… There are many special memories about our grandfather, our dad’s dad, who shared himself with us in his stories, his hugs and his open-hearted love. Here are just a few thoughts about what Grandpa Gene left behind… Grandpa loved being in nature, and he was knowledgeable about it too. Symbols […]

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