Coronavirus Diaries:  Seven EVM writers report from their own lives
May02

Coronavirus Diaries: Seven EVM writers report from their own lives

Editor’s Note: Like everyone else, all of East Village Magazine’s staff — none of whom are full-time employees and who juggle many other lives — have been sheltering in place since late March.  We’ve stayed in touch by email and phone, and had one Zoom writers’ meeting where we rejoiced in seeing each other’s faces–from 10 different rooms, with 10 different sets of books, plants,...

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Commentary: Maybe music helped Flint in 1918 — and arts and culture can do it for us now
Apr30

Commentary: Maybe music helped Flint in 1918 — and arts and culture can do it for us now

By Rodney Lontine Arts and culture offer much-needed healing in difficult times The Community Music Association was founded by J. Dallas Dort during World War I in 1917. Both J. Dallas and his wife Nellie were accomplished musicians. He played the cello, and their Kearsley Street home in Flint was fitted with an Aeolian pipe organ he liked to play for guests. Though difficult to confirm, it’s likely the Dorts’ efforts to also maintain...

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Coronavirus Diary #2 — In Pandemic America 2020, Flint knows we are “collateral damage in a rigged deck casino”
Apr29

Coronavirus Diary #2 — In Pandemic America 2020, Flint knows we are “collateral damage in a rigged deck casino”

Ed. Note: Here is the second of an East Village Magazine’s new feature, the Coronavirus Diaries — personal accounts and commentary from our writers to attempt to capture some of what we’ve all been going through and reflecting on what it means. By Robert Thomas Like an old crow perched on the very thin wire of elder mortality, I see dead bodies and lethal viruses everywhere. While COVID-19 is particularly dangerous...

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Coronavirus Diaries #1:  Viral time and the witching hour — when the dead wander in and out
Apr22

Coronavirus Diaries #1: Viral time and the witching hour — when the dead wander in and out

By Teddy Robertson Ed. Note: Here is the first of an East Village Magazine’s new feature, the Coronavirus Diaries — personal accounts and commentary from our writers to attempt to capture some of what we’ve all been going through and reflecting on what it means. Sunday has become my day to write to friends.  It’s a new routine for me in this viral time.  The problem is that I’ve already talked to them—been with...

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Supt. Derrick Lopez on Flint’s resilience, coming together for students:   “Coronavirus must not fracture who we are”
Mar25

Supt. Derrick Lopez on Flint’s resilience, coming together for students: “Coronavirus must not fracture who we are”

Commentary By Dr. Derrick Jones Lopez Superintendent, Flint Community Schools The Flint community has a long and storied history of coming together to support one another. This commitment to assisting neighbors and friends has been critical throughout the water crisis, and we must continue to demonstrate unwavering support as we face a challenge that is impacting our community, our state and our nation. The closure of our schools and...

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Village Life:  Every day, I dream of Down Time
Dec05

Village Life: Every day, I dream of Down Time

By Jan Worth-Nelson Every day I keep dreaming of Down Time. I used to crave adventure, no day complete without a conscious tablespoon at least of risky business, a routine to kickstart adrenaline, an agenda to keep me in the loop – the loop of life, baby.   I aimed to be a player.  If I didn’t push my limits a little bit, I lost a dram of self-respect.  One time I had a lot to prove and I had a drive to Be There, wherever that was. I...

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