Is it time to get back to “normal”?  Maybe, but not yet.
Mar30

Is it time to get back to “normal”?  Maybe, but not yet.

By Paul Rozycki “It ain’t over till it’s over” -Yogi Berra There is a feeling of spring in the air. The days are getting warmer. The snow is melting. More and more people are getting the COVID vaccine. The Flint water crisis seems to reaching some sort of conclusion. And the divisive, tumultuous election of 2020 is now history. So, we’re ready to move on and get back to “normal”…Right? No so fast. After a week of spring-like...

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Village Life: Pierce Preschool connected us to our “Pandemic Village”
Mar24

Village Life: Pierce Preschool connected us to our “Pandemic Village”

By Melodee Mabbitt Before the pandemic hit, I was the kind of parent who relied heavily on my village to help raise our child. Pre-pandemic, I was lucky to have a flexible schedule with the ability to work remotely. I even got away without needing a babysitter much of the time by going places where our three year old could socialize with other kids while I worked from my laptop. We had dance class on Thursdays, but the rest of the...

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Commentary:   Civility workshops for City Council? Good intentions, but keep the Jack Daniel’s handy
Mar04

Commentary: Civility workshops for City Council? Good intentions, but keep the Jack Daniel’s handy

By Paul Rozycki Can workshops bring “civility and decorum” to City Council meetings? Imagine an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting which starts out with good, sober, intentions, but concludes several hours later with most members passed out on the floor, littered with empty Jack Daniel’s bottles. Now imagine a Flint City Council workshop aimed at bringing civility and decorum to the council’s often endless and tumultuous meetings.  In the...

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Fifteen days in January: The nation faces insurrection, impeachment, and inauguration.
Jan24

Fifteen days in January: The nation faces insurrection, impeachment, and inauguration.

By Paul Rozycki In the early 1960s, at the height of the cold war, there was a best-selling novel, and a movie, that told a story of a potential military coup in the U.S. and possible nuclear conflict with Soviet Union. The book was “Seven Days in May” by Charles Bailey and Fletcher Knebel, and it described a week of Cold War tensions, governmental distrust, and political conspiracies of the time. “Seven Days in May” was a fictional...

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Village Life:  “Among Us,” but Not Us — video game brings up painful American truths
Jan22

Village Life: “Among Us,” but Not Us — video game brings up painful American truths

By Vivian Kao My older son is eight years old, and like most eight-year-olds, he goes through phases in which he gets obsessed with certain things. About a year ago, it was professional wrestling. He had a group of friends at school who watched WWE, and through them, he learned the names of all the wrestlers, their signature moves, their costumes, their backstories. He checked out biographies of wrestlers from the library and created...

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Commentary:  Beyond Biden and Trump, who else and what else is there in Election 2020?
Oct05

Commentary: Beyond Biden and Trump, who else and what else is there in Election 2020?

      By Paul Rozycki             Who’s your choice — Trump or Biden? Sometimes it seems like the only thing on the ballot this year is Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden.  It’s hard to turn on the TV without seeing an ad for either candidate.  We’ve all felt the impact of the most divisive presidential contest in our lifetimes. With a month to go, it seems that this is the most important and critical presidential election in...

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