Village Life:  Can water be made holy again?
Jan28

Village Life: Can water be made holy again?

By Jan Worth-Nelson In the bleached and bleak light the morning after the Rachel Maddow show, I wake up torpid and head-achey with depression. I know the signs. When I get so down, the molten lava flowing just under that lethargy usually comes down to one hot origin: fury. It’s a fury so intense my body, programmed from childhood toward cordiality, automatically tries to tamp it down, tries to modulate it, like a stopcock, like the...

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Village Life:  There’s no avoiding family life this season
Dec11

Village Life: There’s no avoiding family life this season

Column by Jan Worth-Nelson The trouble with holidays, really, is families. The trouble with holidays is how society arm-wrestles us into facing who begat us. Sitting around various dining room tables, the menu rife with clichéd dishes and family histories – and so often histrionics – every year we play out, once again, what we’re like when we’re together. Who doesn’t dread it: the worn-out in-jokes, the one over-exuberant drunk, the...

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Bicycle culture rolling around new spokes in Flint
Nov10

Bicycle culture rolling around new spokes in Flint

By Andrew Keast and Jan Worth-Nelson If anybody provides evidence that Flint might be transforming itself – from the wheels up — into a bicycle-friendly culture, it’s Danny Moilanen, 28, owner of Vehicle City Tacos and a self-described “social cycler.” In 2012, he and a few of his friends created the Thursday Night Party Ride, an easygoing summertime tour through Flint.  It starts at 9 p.m. and pauses every 15 minutes or so for...

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