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St. Mary’s University Health and Wellness Fair on Phillips Campus

By CARZ NELSON 

A Health and Wellness Resource Fair was hosted by Saint Mary’s University at their Phillips Campus, 2304 Park Avenue South, January 15th, 2020. Valuable information and connections for health and wellness resources in the community for students and staff was available with providers there to meet and answer questions. It was also an opportunity for meeting Phillips neighbors. People enjoyed nutritious food from an attractive and generous food table while visiting.

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Celebrating Peace House people

By Mike Hazard

MIKE HAZARD
James, Tony, and Janette (left to right) focused on a haircut Tony kept saying, “Don’t be afraid.”

Don’t be afraid

Janette, a retired psychologist who counseled couples (and who’s losing her hearing and was always letting couples know they were not hearing each other), was giving Tony a haircut at Peace House while James advised. 

“Don’t be afraid,” Tony kept saying, “to press really hard with the shaver. Don’t be afraid.” 

She was doing good, but she was afraid of pressing too hard. After awhile, James took over. The intimate trio was entertaining, and serious. Everyone wanted a good haircut. James explained how to cultivate a wave, how to shave a face.

Tony nicknamed Janette, Jean T. Jay. It was a scene that embodies the blessed heart of Peace House. People doing good together.

MIKE HAZARD
Peace House manager Marti typed in his office while Charlie gave Tom a haircut in the hallway. Peace House is always busy with tasks.

SO WE FEEL BETTER ABOUT OURSELVES

Charlie gives haircuts at Peace House on Fridays. He sets up in the hallway. “After lunch, there are too many people who need the bathroom so we cut hair in the hall. My father used to cut our hair. I learned from him. I started cutting hair at Carleton, 50 years ago. It was 35 cents or a pack of cigarettes. I do them free now, so it is the only thing that costs less now than then.”

A man stopped, looked, listened, and said, “It is always good to have a Cost Cutters at Peace House. So we feel better about ourselves.”

Tom already had a crewcut. He wanted the sides tapered. Charlie went at it. Tom said, “I was a wandering liberal arts major then I went to a company that became Adobe.” They talked about writing. Tom wondered if it was a good business. Not. Not anymore.

“Nobody knows if you’re working or not when you’re a writer,” joked Charlie. “I’m still writing. I gave up on the last novel I was writing. I decided it was not working. I’m still writing about politics and good government. I write for entertainment. I still write short pieces for the fun of it.”

“Human touch,” Charlie writes, “felt even through a machine.”

“Like Rumi, who said, ‘You must ask for what you really want,’ I want to tell them, this time is yours alone, for as long as you need. It’s okay here to ask for what your heart desires, and I will do the best I can to fulfill it.”

Tom looked at himself in the hand mirror. “No matter where I go, people think I’m a cop.” We three grinned.

These picture stories have been made by the artist Mike Hazard as part of a project celebrating Peace House People. The project is funded by an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. A selection of the work will be exhibited at Franklin Library in April, 2020.

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East Phillips Improvement Coalition – February 2020

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“Black Wings” documentary sets Black aviation record straight

By Dwight Hobbes

Black Wings (Smithsonian Channel – DVD) brilliantly documents that African American aviation didn’t begin and end with the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. There were, for that matter, black airwomen. Throughout the 20th century, from biplanes to barnstorming to finally being allowed into combat to commercial air liners and eventually becoming astronauts. 

Producer-writer Dan Wolf presumably directed (no one’s credited), delivering a gem of historic footage that had escaped general notice and well informed narration, including interviews, relating a fascinating account. 

Von Hardesty, curator at the National Air and Space Museum, says of the bigotry that kept qualified pilots grounded, “Blacks had the same dreams, the same aspirations, the same love of flight. But they were barred for social reasons.” Regrettably, battling racism has yet to put much of a dent in their being just as sexist as whites. Tuskegee jet fighters who escorted and never lost a bomber are deservedly celebrated, where is a bio pic or, indeed, any widespread championing across African America of the first black aviator, Bessie Coleman? Who brought herself up from abject poverty to work days, teach herself French nights, then go train in France, because no school here would let her earn a license. 

There’s pilot William Powell who, in the late 20’s, did acknowledge Coleman, naming a flight school after her. And was idealistic enough to reason equality in the sky would lead to acceptance in society. We know what became of that, despite his enlisting the support of boxing immortal Joe Louis. 

It’s unavoidable that any accurate recounting detail that the amazing accomplishments of these fliers was largely done in the face of discrimination (airports that wouldn’t service them, fuel suppliers who refused to sell to them). Good old-fashioned racism, as American as apple pie, was a fact of black life, period. More important, though, is that these figures existed. Just like the Wright Brothers. Before Amelia Earhart. Some set flight records – not just for black pilots, but for all of aviation. For instance, Gus McCloud going clear to the North Pole in an open air cockpit against life-threatening odds.

 Ultimately, Black Wings broadens the history books, adding pages inclusive up to 2011, a true find for anyone interested in seeing the record set straight. 

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Oops!

Welna Hardware and Welna II were to receive special thanks as all of the other business contributors to our 45 Anniversary Gathering on Nov. 8th were thanked in the last issue of The Alley. So, here it is. 

THANK YOU Welna Hardware on 24th and Bloomington, for the gift certificates! 

THANK YOU Welna II on East Franklin Avenue at 22nd Av, for the gift shopping bags, calendars, and a multi-wrench!

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Carz Nelson

The Alley Newspaper’s newly forming Editorial Leadership Committee will be introducing each member to you readers in the coming months. Here is the first introduction and is about Carz Nelson:

Carz works and owns a home in Phillips. She has a passion for history and believes that a community gains power by understanding its past. She joined the ELC to assist the community’s dialogue about its history, its place in the present and the potential for the future.

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Help Wanted

Editorial Leadership Committee

Do you like newspapers? Better yet, do you read The Alley Newspaper and want to it to improve, grow or change? VOLUNTEER for the Editorial Leadership Team of Alley Communications and work with the Alley’s Coordinator to lift the many voices of the Phillips Community and how to get them represented within the pages of The Alley Newspaper! Email Editor@alleynews.org or call Harvey at 612-990-4022 for more info and next steps.

Board Member Position(s)

Join the volunteer Board of this dynamic organization and this important community media source to stay strong, vibrant and lifting the many voices of the Phillips Community. Current responsibilities include the ability to attend monthly Board meetings. Email the Board Chair, Cathy Strobel-Ayres,
cstrobel11@gmail.com to receive more information about this position. 

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association – February 2020

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Ventura Village – February 2020

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Movie Corner – Top 10 Films of 2019

Howard McQuitter

By Howard McQuitter
oldschoolmovies.wordpress.com
howardmcquitter68@gmail.com

1. 1917
Director Sam Mendes epic World War II film where two British soldiers Lance Corporal Schofield (George McKay) and Lance Corporal Blake (Dean- Charles Chapman) are ordered to go through areas largely abandoned by the Germans to warn 1600 British combatants not to attack for the Germans are planning to ambush them. Largely shot in one take “1917”, the movie should join one of the best war films in film history. (R) Running time:119 minutes. War/Drama/Thriller.

2. Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
Back to Hollywood in 1969 with Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) on the rise as an actress. Rick Dalton (Leonardo Di Caprio) is almost a has-been TV and silver screen actor and his stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) tries to find work in his beloved Hollywood. (R) Director: Quentin Tarantino. Running time: 161 minutes. Drama/Thriller/Period Piece.

3. Joker
A cautionary tale this dysphoric take in Gotham City, a place somewhere over time has seen a wider and wider gap between the have and have-nots with no end in sight. Caught up in all the misery of the city is one mentally-ill Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a clown by day and an aspiring comedian by night. He’s pushed to the margins of society, becomes known as the “Joker,” and goes on a rampage. As such, “Joker” is very disturbing character for sure, but the movie is much deeper than it appears. (R) Director: Todd Phillips. Running time: 122 minutes. Period Piece/Drama.


4. The Irishman

Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a former World War II learns to kill while serving in Italy. Looking back at his life sitting in a wheelchair in a nursing home, Frank (Robert Di Niro) tells an unseen person (possibly Charles Brandt, who wrote the book on “Frank Sheeran), tells stories about working for Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who disappears mysteriously in July 1975 at age 60. Frank starts out in the 1950s as a truck driver for a meat factory and works for the Italian mob knocking off dozens of men. By the time of President John Kennedy, Frank is rising in the ranks among the mob and becomes a favorite of Mr. Hoffa. (R) Director: Martin Scorsese. Running time: 209 minutes. Crime/Biography/Drama.

5. Parasite
Now world-renowned South Korean director Bong Joon Ho (“Snowpiercer”, “Mother”, “The Host”) new film “The Parasite,” the title speaks for itself, starting with an unemployed family working for little or nothing has to come up with something to pull themselves out of their rut. So happens the son takes an interest in the daughter of the wealthy Parks family only to have his life and his family’s lives changed (perhaps for the worst) in a business scheme not exactly honest. (R) Director: Bong Joon Ho. Running time: 132 minutes. Korean in English subtitles. Drama/Thriller.

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