Mom says I've been reading at an adult level for a while now. “You're mature for your age,” she tells me, “so I think you'll like this.” She hands me a thick paperback.
At ten years old, I go to my room, slump into bed, and trace my fingers over the cover of Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.Read More
I stood in the crowd, feeling these dormant parts of me re-awakened as these songs from my youth transported me back to the pains and struggles of my early twenties. I thought of the doubts and fears I faced back then and couldn't help but feel a resignation that, yup, many of the same demons still haunt me now.Read More
Despite the footnote it is given in most of our kids’ history books, the “racial” part of American history isn't a footnote to our heritage. The more deeply you read, the more you see American history and black history as inextricably linked.
American history IS black history. And vice versa.Read More
I wonder if she noticed that time I opted to take the stairs rather than share an elevator alone with her. I’m almost certain she caught on that time my car had broken down. I caught a hint of confusion, maybe even embarrassment, on her face when I declined her kindness. “No thanks,” I told her. “I actually prefer the bus.”
But I don’t prefer the bus. I rode the bus, and climbed the stairs, because I had refused to be alone with any woman who wasn’t my wife. No car rides. No meetings behind closed doors even if those doors are just elevator ones. It was a covenant to myself—we met in parties of three or we didn’t meet at all.
BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL — With racial tensions, protests and violence boiling over in cities like Ferguson and Charleston, some residents of Bloomington-Normal say the twin cities are not exempt from the ongoing national dialogue about race.
“We’re ‘grace away’ from being a Ferguson,” said Normal Town Council member Chemberly Cummings. “We have to be diligent as a community to make sure it does not happen.”
Cummings, who was elected as Normal’s first black Council member in 2017, expressed hope for the future, while noting there is work yet to do. “Whether it’s based off of race, age, gender, class—you need to feel like you have a place here.”
She added, “I do love the community. I feel like it has a lot of potential to do some wonderful things. It will never be perfect. No place ever is.”Read More
BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL — As more Bloomington-Normal residents opt to commute via bike, close calls with vehicle traffic are a scary, yet nearly unavoidable rite of passage for many cyclists.
Michael Gorman, a member of local bike advocacy group Bike BloNo, recalled an unsettling near miss earlier this year while riding his bike on East Washington Street. A Connect Transit city bus came up from behind, he said, but didn’t allow enough room when passing him.
“The bus driver decided to go as little into the left lane as needed in order to avoid me,” remembered Gorman. “The back corner of the bus almost hit me.”Read More