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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Village Life:  Flint moves beyond ghosts as autumn whispers in
Sep03

Village Life: Flint moves beyond ghosts as autumn whispers in

By Jan Worth-Nelson It’s a lovely cool morning, clear and fresh, reminding me of why it’s good to be in the Midwest. It feels like the first day of fall, the light turning slightly mellow, even though it’s only the first of September, and I’m up early going next door where new tenants are moving in today to what was our first home on Maxine. The empty house looks beautiful to my sleepy eyes, a classic Flint colonial with warm wood...

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18 Flint people on the water crisis:  A Village Life gathering at Woodside Church
Aug06

18 Flint people on the water crisis: A Village Life gathering at Woodside Church

By Jan Worth-Nelson A visit to Flint by a Boston film crew in July led to a gathering of 18 Flint residents invited by East Village Magazine to talk about their lives in the city and their reflections on the water crisis and its effects. Their comments that night, all filmed and on the record, were  heartfelt, honest, sometimes emotional and often gripping. Not everyone there was in perfect agreement, but the listening was open and...

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Village Life:  Only slightly in mourning, my husband becomes a full-time Flintoid
Aug01

Village Life: Only slightly in mourning, my husband becomes a full-time Flintoid

By Jan Worth-Nelson If you see my husband Ted around town anytime soon, be especially kind. He is going through a trauma. He’s moving on, after four decades as a Californian, to become a fulltime Flintoid. He’s giving up his cherished “AWRDMKR” California license plate – an artifact of the awards and trophy business he founded. He’ll be trading it for…something else – for sure, NOT choosing the options that say “Pure Michigan.” I...

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Village Life:  Flint Pride community says, “You are safe here,” offers welcome and celebration
Jul05

Village Life: Flint Pride community says, “You are safe here,” offers welcome and celebration

By Meghan Christian I have always considered myself to be an ordinary person. I did well in school, but wasn’t the smartest kid. I was in theatre and choir, but never got the lead or a solo. I have always had great friends, but I wasn’t one of the popular kids. I figured that I was just a square peg that fit into a square hole and that would be the end of it all. It wasn’t until I was in middle school that I would start to feel a...

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Village Life:  If it’s Tuesday, that means jazz at Soggy Bottom Bar
May01

Village Life: If it’s Tuesday, that means jazz at Soggy Bottom Bar

By Teddy Robertson Tuesday night in downtown Flint and that means jazz at Soggy Bottom.  On this cool April evening a gust of wind propels people through the front door just as the smiling drummer John Hill grabs the mic and announces, “We’re going to do some spring songs!” Together with Pat Cronley on keyboard and Jack McDonald on the bass, Hill opens the first set. The sticks go down and Hill looks radiantly happy. I think he is the...

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