Village Life:  in Flint, there’s always more than one story; there’s always more to come
Apr30

Village Life: in Flint, there’s always more than one story; there’s always more to come

By Jan Worth-Nelson Some time in the middle of February – by far the longest, the damnedest, the cussedest month of the year in these parts–I got a severe attack of cabin fever.  I’d been sick half the winter and between stink bugs, porn stars, scabs of snow everywhere, a terminally ill friend, threats of bottled water cutoffs, several bouts of existential dread in the middle of the night—well, let me just say that my tiny...

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Village Life:  On the death of a poet, Grayce Scholt, 1925-2018
Apr11
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Grayce Scholt, iconic writer, teacher, artist and poet of East Village Magazine, dead at 92
Mar11

Grayce Scholt, iconic writer, teacher, artist and poet of East Village Magazine, dead at 92

By Jan Worth-Nelson It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Grayce Scholt, our beloved longtime poet of East Village Magazine, died this morning at the Mission Point rehab center in Holly.  Grayce was 92.  As we attempt to absorb this great loss for EVM and for the community, here is a column I wrote just after I started writing for East Village Magazine ten years ago.  One of the first people the late Gary Custer wanted me to...

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Village Life:  Just another drag queen bingo night in Flint cheering things up
Feb18

Village Life: Just another drag queen bingo night in Flint cheering things up

By Jan Worth-Nelson Can Flint be any more itself than combining a crowded bookstore, bingo, and a  curvy six-foot tall drag queen in red sequins hollering out “B-8, bitches!”? I’ve been here more than 35 years and by now there is nothing much that could surprise me about my adopted hometown.  The energy at Totem Bookstore’s Drag Queen Bingo night makes me think no matter how pissed we get at the world, no...

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Village Life:  How new digs in Flint made a doggie dream come true
Jan07

Village Life: How new digs in Flint made a doggie dream come true

By Meghan Christian This is about a dream of puppy love coming true, right on the east side of Flint. About a year into our relationship, my boyfriend Chad and I started talking about getting a dog. We would sit on the futon in our cramped, one-bedroom apartment and dream about what kind of dog we would get and the adventures we would go on together. But since our lease wasn’t going to be up for another six months, all we had were...

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Village Life:  Wilbur the “Flint Strong” dog, tangled vines and a city’s fate
Oct01

Village Life: Wilbur the “Flint Strong” dog, tangled vines and a city’s fate

By Jan Worth-Nelson In a conference room at City Hall recently after a typically chaotic council meeting, Councilman Herbert Winfrey leaned across a table and said something that stuck in my brain. He said, “A city is what it accepts.” I’m still thinking about that. It’s a sunny Wednesday, late September, and the heat has finally broken.   I’m in my upstairs office, the window to my left open to blessed fresh air for the first time in...

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