November 2009

November 30th, 2009
Written by Cassandra Frank... in Cover Stories with 1 Comment
When Jolanda Williams looks in a mirror, she sees a warm peach complexion framed in dark silky hair, high cheekbones beneath almond eyes, and full lips that slip into an easy, radiant smile. It is a face that could belong almost anywhere: Mexico, India, Indonesia. Yet Williams, daughter of a white German mother and a black American father, has spent the better part of her 35 years coming to terms...
November 30th, 2009
Written by Erich Luening in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
When most people think of 18th and 19th century whaling captains, they envision Captain Ahab of Melville’s “Moby Dick,” scarred, weathered and white. But a handful of whaling ships during the peak of that industry’s success between the late-1700s and late-1800s were captained by men of much darker complexion. From Massachusetts to California, a small but successful group of black whaling captains...
November 21st, 2009
Written by Janice S. Ellis... in Cause and Civility with 0 Comments
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, but it is also an opportunity to try to help our families and neighbors gain perspective on what must seem like a perpetual sea of unwelcome changes. Where has our once relatively tranquil and somewhat predictable American way of life gone? How has and how will the war with Iraq, and possibly Afghanistan change our lives? Will there be more terrorist attacks...
November 21st, 2009
Written by Ann Tierney Prochnow in Feature Stories with 0 Comments
illustration of the first Thanksgiving feast
Thanksgiving is the oldest American holiday, rooted in the origins of our country. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists shared a harvest celebration meal with the Wampanoag Indians, establishing an informal, annual tradition among the Puritan settlers of giving thanks for their blessings and bounty.Today, we recognize this first feast as the precedent for our Thanksgiving holiday, but at the time, it...
November 16th, 2009
Written by Janice S. Ellis... in Publisher's Note with 0 Comments
book cover of The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
The audacity of hope. Why not the audacity of honest conversations? About race and ethnicity, that is. Rather than just participating in a sporadic conversation born of out of a reaction to some incident that is beamed to us by satellite via our favorite medium of communication, or something we witnessed at work or play, we must willingly engage in whatever opportunity that presents itself as we...