Porch-People Subculture

The Porch-People Subculture :Lindsay Knapp It’s about as annoying as a mosquito buzzing in your ear; the idea that we are living in a technology dependent age, … and it’s not letting up.  Yes, it’s easy to talk about how positive these advances are, and I’m not here to debate either way. The fact is:…

New Kid on the (writer’s)Block

I wish I was a pun-master.  You know those people, don’t you?  They can mash up ideas and words and pull slapping sticks out of thin air.  That’s not me.  I’m what you call a “word processor” (see that attempt?!) No, truly.  I think of jokes four hours too late and usually in the most…

Helping Asylum Seekers. An Interview With Brent Mitchell

Brent Mitchell, a teacher at Carthage College and musician (and Texas transplant) advocated for the Hincapie Rendón family [see previous post]. He also works with Voces de la Frontera and the Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC) with individuals who are detained and seeking asylum. Brent’s wife, Prof. Stephanie Mitchell, is a history professor at Carthage College….

Immigration, Asylum, and Deportation. The Story of Pastor Betty Rendón.

On the morning of Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 26-year-old Paula Hincapie Rendón was driving her 5-year-old daughter to school when she was pulled over by an unmarked car three blocks from her Englewood, IL home. She was stopped by Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. They told her they were looking for her but…

The Racine Literacy Council

On June 3, I had the pleasure of dropping by the Racine Literacy Council (RLC) at 734 Lake Avenue to talk with Viviana Feil the English Language Learner Coordinator and Edmundo Rosales an English Language Learner (ELL) The Racine Literacy Council is a 501 (c) (3) volunteer-based organization that provides adult literacy programs in Racine…

Bamboo Creative Solutions

Several times now, I have been sitting at the Branch (residencing) and saw a middle-aged man talking with two younger women. Overhearing bits of their conversation I could hear they were planning something, but not sure of what. At first I thought it was a theater production. The second time it sounded different. The third…

An ISIS Checkpoint Story (Part 2)

PART 2 [When Part 1 ended. I and my fixer were stopped at an ISIS checkpoint and taken from the car] The Free Syria Army fighter drove off and Suheib and the commander walked a short distance away and talked. I was left alone standing next to the big ugly fighter holding an AK-47 again…

An ISIS Checkpoint Story (Part 1)

I should begin this post by letting the reader know that I have a propensity to go to conflict zones. At 21, in the 1980’s (after serving two years in the U. S. Army), I went to Afghanistan and spent four weeks with the Mujahideen when they were fighting the Soviets. In 2003 I was…