Commentary

This is all commentaries on WVPE including Friday's Michiana Chronicles Feature and occasional one-time contributors.

Now that debate moderators are asking presidential candidates how race works in their lives, I’ve been thinking about things I’ve witnessed here in northern Indiana. A couple of years ago I was visiting an elderly man from the neighborhood on one of those March days when the air is earthy and hopeful. We said our goodbyes out on his front step just as the nearby junior high school let out and kids started walking home. They were happy and relaxed, holding conversations of their own choosing now, not seruptitious ones eked out in whispers under the gaze of a pedagogical elder.

My parents taught me to stand up for what I believed in. We stood by my dashing, mustachioed dad, a union plumber who occasionally walked the strike line, and I learned to explain labor disputes to my grade-school classmates.  My mom took me to my first demonstration in 1983, when I was in high school.  Our bodies formed two slender links in a17-mile human chain that surrounded Rocky Flats plant to protest their production of plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons.

"Somerset"

Feb 26, 2016

My earliest memories are of a place that’s been underwater since the mid ‘60s.

My dad grew up on a farm at what is now the bottom of what is now called the Mississenewa Lake, a man-made lake that used to be called the Mississenewa Reservoir. That’s about a mile from the town, also underwater, where Dad went to high school, a Wabash County town called Somerset.

I go to the water’s edge sometimes to look for something familiar.

"Vote Local"

Feb 19, 2016

Vote Local

By Heather Curlee Novak

"Dog World"

Feb 12, 2016

 

  Dog World

Joe Chaney

"2 Dog Night"

Feb 5, 2016

Its two p.m. and the band is late.  This is gonna be a close one.  My work in the theater means regular encounters with the crew from different shows on national tour.  Essentially this becomes a form of 101 first dates.  We are thrown together for an afternoon, consummate our relationship that evening, and then part most often without even exchanging phone numbers.  Tonight’s date, a rock band, had better be good, because we don’t have time to waste.

The Gift of Christmas

Jan 29, 2016

THE WATCHBIRD 

Making a Deal

Jan 22, 2016

Being "Mortified"

Jan 15, 2016

April Lidinsky recommends an activity that one can do from an armchair that involves time travel, emotional calisthenics, and deep gratitude for the present.

  Heather Curlee-Novak talks about the New Years "Revolution"

The Gift of Christmas

Jan 7, 2016

Star Wars Day

Jan 7, 2016

Andrew Kreider talks about Star Wars Day.

Aloneness

Dec 11, 2015

Jeanette Saddler-Taylor talks about Aloneness

World War II

Dec 4, 2015

A New Flag for South Bend

Nov 20, 2015

Joe Chaney's Comments about winning and the troubles it can cause.

"Coffee"

Oct 30, 2015

Andrew Kreider and coffee.

"My Fantasy Job"

Oct 23, 2015

In her latest writing, Jeanette Sadler-Taylor goes for her dream job.

Splitting Wood

Oct 16, 2015

Michiana Chronicles Essayist David James talks about splitting wood.

Tweeting Across the Atlantic

A Man with a Chainsaw puts on a Show

Sep 25, 2015

"All Cooped Up"

Sep 25, 2015

Being a Citizen of the Sky

Sep 25, 2015

"Work"

Sep 25, 2015

Window Washing

Sep 25, 2015

Summer time Farm Report

Sep 25, 2015

April Lindsky shares her thoughts on some recent movies with prominent female roles.

"Why Bad Art is Bad"

Sep 18, 2015

Why Bad Art is Bad.

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