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Searching – A Serial Novelle Chapter 21: “Most Like A Miracle”

By Patrick Cabello Hansel

Confusing feelings roiled around Angel’s heart, like cold, fierce winter winds. Winds with faces, with teeth and intent. Anger, jealousy, fear, hope, doubt. What he had learned in the last hour was stunning. His mother, the gentlest soul he had ever known, had been forced into an unwelcome marriage, or worse. Sold, at an age younger than he was now. His father, the only one he’d known, the one he had just last night really talked with for the first time, was not his biological father. That man, part of this tangled mess that issued from Mateo Kelly, was surely a bad man. But what kind of a bad man, and what did that mean for Angel?

“So my real father…” Angel began.

His mom interrupted. “This is your real father, mi hijo”.

“Yes, I know that, Mom. It’s just that …well, this other man, my biological father… he was some kind of outlaw?”

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Food Obsession: DEEP WINTER SWEETS

by Jane Thomson

I don’t aim to be a collector, but somehow have acquired at least 100 cookie cutters, of all sizes, some 100 years old, including shapes observant of almost any holiday. While on the subject of size, make cookies of all sizes; but for best results (all done, none burned) bake cookies of the same size and thickness on the same sheet. Grandchildren love to make cookies. We made some with my then 2 ½ year-old grandson last Christmas – two adults were in charge, with plastic on the floor. The cookies were very interesting, and quite edible. I don’t know where I got this recipe, but it is fairly recent.

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Red & Howl

James Franco in Howl

Red
****
Action/Comedy
Summit Entertainment
Southdale Mega 16 (10)
Running Time: 111 minutes
Languages: English, Russian
Rated:PG13
Director: Robert Schwentke

This was a nice mix of cast with action master Bruce Willis, Oscar winners Helen Mirren (“The Queen”), Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Richard Dreyfuss (“The Goodbye Girl”), versatile Brian Cox, likable John Malkovich and the elder statesman, Ernest Borgnine (“Marty”).

Bruce Willis plays Frank Moses, a retired CIA assassin living almost a recluse life except for phone contacts with Sarah (Mary Louise Parker). Frank gets wind that hired assassins are out to kill him to prevent any possibilities that any secrets leak out. To counteract the assassination attempts, he kidnaps Sarah for her own protection and organizes his own commandos – six in all. Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich), Joe (Morgan Freeman), Victoria (Helen Mirren) are members of Moses’ counter-attack.

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December 2010 Daves’ Dumpster

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Is war opposition a crime?

By Josie Winship

When did Opposing War, become a crime in this country?

A “witch hunt” is being held in the name of “Homeland Security.”

On Sept. 24th 2010 the FBI raided the homes of eight Twin City peace and international solidarity leaders and the office of The Mpls. St.Paul Anti-War Committee. Some of them were involved in organizing the legal protest at the Republican National Convention in 2008.

According to the FBI, these individuals were looking for “evidence of material support for terrorism charges.” This is absurd and undemocratic. Three, of the eight peace activists, are being subpoenaed by the Department of “Justice” to appear before the grand jury.

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Two Faces

By Peter Molenaar

I must be loosing it.  Damn rabbit ears…maybe this way…no, nothing.  What is up with this new thin screen HD television?  No more political attack ads?  Arrghh.

Seriously, many of these ads have the effect of splashing acid on the opponent’s face.  An ugly caricature is created.  T.P.- G.O.P. types appear to be more proficient in the art.

The series of ads produced by Mark Dayton’s people were more positive.  They included visual-bites of an industrial scenario set at Smith Foundry (located in East Phillips).  My co-workers are now dubbed “movie-stars” by the Teamsters Union!

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December Backyard Initiative

Click for a full size PDF of the Backyard Initiative page with info on all of the participants.

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Portico Healthnet, Health Coverage That Is Much Needed

By Raymond Jackson

At a time when many are still waiting anxiously for health reform information from our government, the need toll continues to rise. The free clinics are bulging at the seams as too, too many are running out of resources, and simply losing hope.

Portico Health Net continues to fill the ever expanding void that many families face. They have served the people of the Phillips Community, the most populated neighborhoods in The Twin Cities, in ways that are actually saving lives, minds, bodies and souls. Working with a group of persons that do not hesitate to show their commitment, concern and dedication to those in need of affordable and reliable health care, Portico Health Net continues to help simplify and meet those needs, not just for Phillips Neighborhood residents, but to the entire state of Minnesota. By working not just with Abbott-Northwestern hospital, located here in Phillips, but 12 other hospitals located in Minnesota, Portico is making a difference with their Safety Net Coverage and Preventative Care Needs programs most particularly.

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Happy Birthday: Wendell Phillips @ 199 & Phillips Community’s Carl @ 99

by Harvey Winje

Wendell Phillips’ 199th Birthday is November 29, 2010.  Phillips Community proudly uses his name and legacy advocating for peace and justice for all.  The Alley Newspaper celebrates Wendell’s 199th Birthday with the exclusive, Special Edition, Spirit of Phillips cartoon collage below by Dave Moore and Linnea Hadaway and with birthday cake on Dec. 3rd at the Alley’s Annual Gathering (see page 5). The Alley Newspaper will celebrate  Wendell’s 200th Birthday with a special event in 2011.

Carl Peterson looks forward to completing and celebrating 99 years on January 6th 2011.  Carl is the consummate Elder of Phillips Community with sustained, gentle leadership for 70 years.   Carl is an extraordinary Phillips Community metal artisan and keeper of history.   He has garnered ornate artifacts in his own “Rube Goldberg” museum and with boxes of photographs and papers supplemented by his hundreds of stories.  At 99, he continues to lead as he says, “I’ll take the stairs.”

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Foran has retired from In the Heart of the Beast Theatre A Public Tribute to Honor and Thank Kathee Foran for 14 years at the helm, off stage, dedicated leadership

by Sandy Spieler

Thank You Kathee Foran!!!!

Please join us in honoring Kathee Foran for her many years of service to In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and the Lake Street Business community.

A thank you party will take place at In The Heart of the Beast Theatre on November 10th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. All are invited!

Kathee Foran began work with In The Heart of the Beast as an organizer of educational touring shows and residency programs. In 1996 she became the Executive Director, joining the Artistic Director and a vibrant team of staff artists and administrators to carry out the daily work of the theatre and to assure its ongoing financial viability. Kathee’s tenure featured several improvements for the theatre’s home base on East Lake Street including finalizing the purchase of Avalon Theater, and working with the Neighborhood Development Corporation  and the Latino Economic Development Corporation   to renovate and open Plaza Verde as a multi-use facility for community use including a 3rd floor social hall. (HOBT now rents space in Plaza Verde for educational workshops, for the building of puppets, and for the storage of its puppet collection of 36 years).

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