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A Poetic Invitation to See the World of Birds

I am a follower of The Alley Newspaper.

I once resided in the Seward area and enjoyed the neighborhood and community feeling.  I spent many hours at the Seward Co-op and Deli—a great place.

I do have a concern for the dwindling bird population in areas of the city including the great areas of Phillips-Seward and other areas included in your news and circulation.

Thank you for caring,

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Green Tomato Cook-Off Results

by Claudia Slovacek

Although it was a smaller turnout for the 10th annual Green Tomato Cook-off, the results of the cooks just keep getting better each year. We added a fourth category this year for dishes made with a MN produce/product and then blended it with the original three categories of sweets, savories and sauces/condiments.

Sue Hunter Weir walked off with $100 as her prize for best of show with her Tomato Feta Pie (little triangles of phyllo hugging a delicious concoction of feta and green tomatoes). Stop by the 12th and 13th Avenue Community Garden sometime at 2727 12th Avenue and maybe Sue will share her recipe.

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On The FBI Raids

by Peter Molenaar

The basic facts:

The FBI raided five homes and an anti-war office on September 24, 2010.  Federal grand jury subpoenas were handed to nine local activists.  The activists include eight women and one man ranging in age from 29 to 71.  Four are parents of children ranging in age from 18 months to 6 years of age.  One is a great-grandmother.  Six are members of labor unions.  All have been involved in international solidarity and peace work for many years.  They are friends and neighbors to each and every one of us.

So, now they all face jail time for refusing the initial subpoena.  Conceivably, the period of incarceration might be extended “indefinitely” in the event the grand jury reconvenes with this in mind.  Representative Clark and Senator Berglin have received praise for resolving against this intrusion. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Social Network & Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

 

 

 

The Social Network

The Social Network
*****
Columbia Pictures
Running Time: 120 minutes
PG-13
Director: David Fincher.

Hardly a day or two passed after I had seen “The Social Network,” a flash on television announces the 26 year old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is worth 6.9 billion.  Jesse Eisenberg plays an Oscar worthy performance as Mark Zuckerberg, the devious Harvard nerd, founder of Facebook (eclipses MySpace) burning and betraying partners along the trail to substantial wealth.  Zuckerberg and his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend Erica (Rooney Mara) are sitting across from each other, each has a beer, in a conversation clearly not on charitable terms leads to Erica breaking up with an unruffled Mark Zuckerberg muttering his own dismissive retort.  Immediately, Mark retreats back to his dorm room for a “little” revenge by posting Erica and every Harvard co-ed on the Internet as “Hot chicks.”  Simmering over rejection by women and then drinking beer with the fellows,Zuckerberg and a selection of guys create social networking from which Facebook emerges.

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Food Obsession: ABOUT, AND NOT ABOUT, THANKSGIVING

by Jane Thomson

Time to come out with recipes to use up turkey after the annual feast – my suggestion is  eat it with salt, pepper and cranberry-something.

I do give thanks to the Almighty pretty often.  For instance, that my daughter and 3-yr-old grandson, caught in a bus shelter on the edge of a tornado in (yes) Brooklyn, New York last month, were not blown away before the bus came.  And even every time I find my keys when I’m in a hurry.  But before a huge meal commemorating a long ago event that is fraught with heavy questions, no, not my favorite time.

So I will include a couple of recipes that could be used for that occasion, though they have nothing in particular to do with it.  The first recipe might come into play if you overdo at the Thanksgiving feast and need to diet for a few days – it is a delicious dip for raw, or even cooked, vegetables.  It does call for a little red wine, but you might have a little left of that after the celebration.  I used more red wine than called for so I could mix all in the blender.  A mortar and pestle or a potato masher might do the job.  I found out that the dip keeps in the fridge for two weeks.  This recipe is from the S’trib, and has a silly name.

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Searching – A Serial Novelle Chapter 20: “JUST LET THE WORDS OUT”

By Patrick Cabello Hansel

Angel woke up in his parents’ house—a house he had not slept in for seven months—to the smell of coffee and pancakes.  Although he had slept just a couple of hours, his head was as clear as it had ever been, and his body felt strong.

Maybe it was the pancakes, frying on the stove.  Pancakes make any day a good day. Pancakes twice in one day make it a great day.  But pancakes twice before eight am in the morning had the possibility to make it a stupendous day.  Angel could still taste the post-midnight pancakes from Denny’s, he could still taste his tears, the look on Luz’ face when he put her down in front of others, his shame, the cold night, the long talk with his father.

Luz was sitting at the kitchen table with Angel’s dad, Augusto.  His mom, Carmen, stood at the stove turning the last of the pancakes.

“Are you hungry, mi ’jito?” she asked.

“In more ways than one”, he said.

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157th Cemetery Season Ends as Picket Restoration Begins

By Sue Hunter Weir

Another cemetery season (the 157th) has drawn to a close:  the Cemetery officially closed for the year on Friday, October 15th.  You will still see plenty of signs of life during the next few months, though.

On September 20th, restoration work began on the Cemetery’s fence and gates.  The thirteen sections of the fence that are in the worst shape have been removed and have been temporarily replaced by 8-foot chain link. The gates, which weigh roughly 300 pounds apiece, have been removed.  The restoration process involves many steps:  sandblasting, filling, galvanizing, and painting before they will be reinstalled in late November or early December.  Most of the kickbacks (the braces that support each fence section by extending at an angle into the ground and anchored in concrete) are too badly damaged to be restored and will be replaced.  The stone where the gates and picket sections attach to the masonry columns will need to be repaired by some replacement and tuck-pointing.  All in all, it is a very big job, but one that seems to be going quite smoothly.

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November Programs at the Franklin Library

By Erin Thomasson

Children’s Programs

Waxbarasho iyo Ciyaar Caruureed Af-Soomaali ah/Somali Play and Learn
Fri. Nov. 5 & 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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reschool-grade 2. Dhammaan caruurta ka yar da’ dugsi. Ka soo qaybgal sheekooyin caruur, heeso iyo hawlo waxbarasho. Join us for stories, songs and activities!

Thanks for Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov. 12, 4–5 p.m.
Grade 2 and up. Share stories and activities in celebration of this fun holiday.

Sheeko Caruur Af-Soomaali ah/World Language Storytime: Somali
Tues. thru Nov. 30, 6–7 p.m.
Registration required. Register online or call 952.847.2925.
Is-qoristu waa shardi. La wadaag bugagga, sheekoyinka, jaan-gooyada maansada iyo muusikada Soomaalida. Fund. Age 2 and up. Experience the world in other languages.
Preschool Storytime

Wed thru Nov. 17, 10:30–11 a.m. For children ages 4 to 6. Help your preschooler get ready to read. Enjoy stories together and build language skills.

Kids Book Club
Fri. Nov. 19, 4–5 p.m.
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rades 4-6. Join other kids to talk about a great book! No pre-reading required. We will share a story and discuss.

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EARTH’S AXIS ALIGNED @ 3:09AM utc* 9/23/2010 AWESOME AUTUMN ACTIVITIES BEGIN Franklin to & Lake St.

By Harvey Winje

At 3:09 AM September 23, 2010, the Earth’s axis tilted so that it was not away from or towards the Sun. The Earth’s Equator came in alignment with the center of the Sun. On that date, day and night were of approximate equal time called the equinox. [Equinox, derived from Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night)]. Anticipating longer nights, people have begun planning and filling calendars with gatherings and events to garner enough celebration and camaraderie for sustenance during the winter months–like squirrels gathering nuts for the winter.  The Alley announces many events from which to choose in this issue.  Pick enough so you don’t lose.  There will be plenty of time to snooze. * *UTC Coordinated Universal Time used for many Internet and WWW standards, in aviation, weather forecasting, etc to avoid confusion about time zones and daylight savings; colloquially as “Zulu Time.

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Searching – A Serial Novelle Chapter 19: (“I will go with you.”)

By Patrick Cabello Hansel

When Angel and Luz came back into Denny’s, Mother Light and Ana had left. Such is the wisdom of love. The cards were put away, and the plates of food on the table were in their original uneaten state, growing cold. Angel stood before the remnant of that strange Guadalupe night and said, “I’m sorry. I kind of destroyed the mood.” He and Luz sat down, next to each other, almost holding hands, almost leaning into each other.

If you had magical powers of listening to thoughts, here’s what you would have heard inside each of our players:

Angel: “I know there is something in me that is broken. I need to keep searching—for it, and for whatever is out there that is meant for me. I can’t do it alone. But I’m afraid to ask.”

Luz: “I love this man so, but I don’t really know him. I’m not afraid of being hurt. I’m afraid that I will hold back, give just a piece of my heart, pretend I don’t care.”

Augusto, Angel’s dad: “My son carries the weight of our heart scarred people. I never took the time to get to know him. I hope my words touch, but not tear.”

Dolores, Luz’ grandmother: “I didn’t know Denny’s had blueberry pancakes!”

Mr. Bussey, the social studies teacher on sabbatical: “It’s way past my bedtime.”

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