Saturday, February 13, 2016

Valentines 2016; Playing for change; Class of 1965

PLAY this:


This Mexican carving was obtained long ago from The Market Place on Milwaukee's east side.
The owners, the Sanders', were a loving couple who traveled south of the border, sometimes far south, to buy art objects 
made by indigenous crafts-peasantry, then the Sanders re-sold it in their little former flower shop
by the water tower at Prospect and North.
They'd excitedy, gleefully await their selected items to be shipped to the US, and then proudly
put them on their ex-greenhouse showroom display shelves.

Sometimes the now Raccoon editor would, as able,  invest in the crafted beauty.  

This carving was one of the objets d'art chosen.  It was a  wedding anniversity gift some years ago, for Dee.

Now, this year, it is highlighted at Valentines Day.  (As a 'feelie', it sits next to to my chair as always.)

On 'permanent' display at the Odd Fellows Hall (by app't)

308 South St 311
Waukesha 53186
262 547 1427

The dexterous symmetry achieved must be seen and held.

A gifted artist, whoever it was, did this.


Stand by me
Playing for change

Again and again, Happy Valentines Day


We heard an interview on Wis. Public Radio
yesterday with the author:

In the midst of racial strife, one young man showed courage and empathy. It took forty years for the others to join him…

Being a student at Americus High School was the worst experience of Greg Wittkamper’s life. Greg came from a nearby Christian commune, Koinonia, whose members devoutly and publicly supported racial equality. When he refused to insult and attack his school’s first black students in 1964, Greg was mistreated as badly as they were: harassed and bullied and beaten. In the summer after his senior year, as racial strife in Americus—and the nation—reached its peak, Greg left Georgia.

Forty-one years later, a dozen former classmates wrote letters to Greg, asking his forgiveness and inviting him to return for a class reunion. Their words opened a vein of painful memory and unresolved emotion, and set him on a journey that would prove healing and saddening.

The Class of ’65 is more than a heartbreaking story from the segregated South. It is also about four of Greg’s classmates—David Morgan, Joseph Logan, Deanie Dudley, and Celia Harvey—who came to reconsider the attitudes they grew up with. How did they change? Why, half a lifetime later, did reaching out to the most despised boy in school matter to them? This noble book reminds us that while ordinary people may acquiesce to oppression, we all have the capacity to alter our outlook and redeem ourselves.

Key words reminding of the  early 1980s for us:
Koinonia  Farms; Clarence Jordan *
Habitat for Humanity
Cottonpatch Gospel; Harry Chapin etc.