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Fireflies on the Wind: On Leaving Haiti

Jacques Fleury: The Haitian Firefly [Excerpt from my book Sparks in the Dark, A Lighter Shade of Blue, A Poetic Memoir] I was the first-born boy in my family and my appointed religion was Catholicism. With that came a lot of responsibility. And I’ll get into that shortly. Since I was the first-born boy, my

The Tea Party Express Lands in Boston

Amanda Fakhreddine BOSTON – About 5,000 people gathered at the Boston Common on Wednesday April 14th, to see a tea party. Thousands of people raised their flags and signs, in support of or against the “Tea Party Express” that was en route to Washington DC on Tax Day. Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, headlined

Food Not Bombs: Bursting With Nutrition & Flavor

Robert Sondak In Cambridge in the 1980s, a group of anti-nuclear activists who were protesting the nearby Seabrook power plant began spray painting the slogan “Money for Food Not Bombs” on local buildings. This slogan was later shortened to “Food Not Bombs” and adopted by a local activist group that supports homeless people. HISTORY As

Thinking Inside of the Box

David J. Jefferson In my last column, (from the 4/8/10 issue) I discussed a recent interfaith meeting of local religious and community leaders who convened to dialogue about homelessness as a solvable problem. The idea of Housing First featured prominently in the forum, which is an initiative that has been outlined previously in this publication

Byrnesie’s Tips in Tough Times #3: Branding

Michael W. Byrnes, Jr. In today’s competitive environment, it has never been so important to have a strong brand. Whether you are building a personal brand (e.g. branding yourself for your next job) or refining a business’ brand, you should invest time to develop a strategy to be successful. Tips on branding best practices: 1.

Lessons from Rio Bravo and the Border

Pamela Brouker I was in Mexico—Reynosa—when the time changed; It sprang forward. Like so many other things, time can get lost. And I definitely lost track of time on this visit. The border is so compelling and challenging to process. I began to write this on my third day back, in Austin, and I am

A House of Thin Glass

Robert Karash The goal of many programs, advocacy agencies, and society-at-large is to help the homeless get back on their feet. This frequently entails assisting these individuals to get permanent housing and out of emergency shelters or off of the street. Of the outcomes available, the very best a homeless person could hope for is

Cigarettes and Hypocrites

Three items I happened upon this week that I feel the need to rant about: 1. Smoking Ban in Public Housing A recent article in the last issue of this paper talked about a plan in Boston to ban smoking in public housing. Now as a person who has his share of problems quitting smoking,