The Role of A Witness

Modern creatures, we must remember that we are essentially the products of a long and slow evolution. That, in the course of that time, everything we saw was both Here and Now. It was necessary to react to what we saw to maintain social order, to protect ourselves, to simply live. Now, much of what […]

Post Moratium

Wayne County’s moratorium on tax foreclosures causes collateral damage to some of Detroit’s most vulnerable Originally published in MetroTimes                       Last week, the Wayne County Treasurer announced a total moratorium on tax foreclosures for the year 2020 due to the state of emergency caused by […]

Until You Love Yourself

written February 17, 2016. Recovered March 1, 2020. Happy Eating Disorder Awareness week. I used to hate the phrase “you can’t love somebody else until you love yourself”– probably because I was in a self-destructive relationship with myself and an “in love” relationship with someone else. So what did that mean? Maybe I loved myself […]

Opinion: GM’s Poletown closure proves we should treat corporations like people

Originally published in MetroTimes There is something jarring about flipping between the news stories of General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant closing and Fiat-Chrysler’s new east side facility breaking ground. When a plant opens, public and private sectors invest together, with millions in tax subsidies, land deals, and other incentives from local government. When a plant […]

Lawn’s Lesson

The people I know say bad things about lawns. They know about monoculture and monotony and suburbs. They defend the dandelion and they weep for the weed and dream blindly of how better times used to be. But when I was ripping up grass in my back yard to make room for a garden, I […]

The Policy Path of Detroit’s Destruction

As published in Riverwise magazine How state policy legalized the destruction of Detroit. Detroit is a city with so much to lose and so little to spare. Popular narratives which attempt to describe Detroit’s struggles resort to abstract reasoning, such as the ‘invisible hand of market forces’. Other times, corporate submission to global market trends […]

Gravity

                        What god or scientific force would put the sun and moon on course to grant us an eclipse? What trick of serendipity would let their size appear to be a truly perfect fit? On other days, they square with Mars, or some assembly of […]