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Soaking up sun in the garden

Physical fitness tips to help you remember the garden, not the aches By Suezette Olaker, M.D. Special to the Michigan Citizen Now that the weather finally permits gardening, it’s tempting to spend long periods at work. Beware of bad habits that can make tasks tedious by treating gardening as you would any other exercise — with warm ups, cool downs and stretches. - A few minutes of walking briskly is an exce ...

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Reporting out

The Office of the Emergency Manager issued its Financial and Operating Plan for the City of Detroit. It is a limited document. As predicted, it states Detroit is in financial trouble. It repeats the concern for the $15 billion in long-term debt and adds that the city was out of money as of April 26, having $64 million in cash but $226 million in obligations. It goes on to tell us that much of the city is “d ...

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Honoring Malcolm in the 21st Century

Over the May 18-19 weekend, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will celebrate the 88th birthday of Malcolm X, who was born May 19, 1925, and killed Feb. 21, 1965. On Saturday, the film “Make it Plain” will be shown and my old friend Bill Strickland, University of Massachusetts professor, will be speaking. Sunday afternoon, I will speak briefly about why honoring Malcolm in the 21st cen ...

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Is DTE leading Southeast Michigan toward the revitalization of Woodward or Wall Street?

After seeing hundreds of protesters outside its Detroit corporate headquarters for last year’s annual shareholders meeting, the powers that be at DTE Energy, which was recently given a “Green Leader” award for large industry, saw fit to hold their 2013 shareholders meeting among the more friendly confines of Wall Street. This begs the question: Why is DTE, a quasi-public/private entity, increasingly unpopul ...

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What matters

Sometimes the earth slows you down. It is planting time in Detroit. There is a rhythm and focus brought by the turning of the seasons. At long last, the weariness of winter is falling away. Soil must be prepared. Soon seedlings will find their way into the thousands of urban garden and small backyard plots that have made Detroit a global leader in urban agriculture. Such moments of slowing down and finding ...

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Redefining the American Family: A 21st Century Perspective

To redefine and reinvent our families, we will also have to redefine and reinvent our schools. In the past, it was assumed that families had responsibility for raising children, instilling in them common sense and values, while the role of the schools was to provide cognitive or academic skills. Conservatives still argue for this sharp division of roles. On the other hand, as more parents have been forced t ...

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CELEBRATING WOMEN AND COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP

The East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) has named long-time community activist and author, Dr. Ife Kilimanjaro, co-director as part of a new, shared leadership model for the Detroit-based nonprofit. In celebration of women in leadership and shared leadership, EMEAC invites members of the community to a wine and cheese reception May 10 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. ...

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Democracy in Detroit?

The questions being raised in Detroit are important for the whole country. Over the last few years, we have seen an assault on our shared values, conventions and civic assumptions unlike anything previously experienced in this country. Except for brief, extreme periods of Martial Law, declared in emergency situations, no citizens of a city have had their basic rights and responsibilities so perversely viola ...

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Redefining the American Family: A 21st Century Perspective

The American family must be redefined, reinvented and re-created because today’s nuclear families are caricatures of what families have been and can be. The family is still the best place to prepare the next generation for life. But to fulfill this role, families need to become multi-generational communities of work. This transformation cannot take place separate and apart from the transformation of our com ...

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Spring has sprung with April showers and farmers markets

I love this season: waking up the garden, prepping beds, planting transplants and planning opening day for farmers market. Farmers markets are an important part of the landscape in the Detroit community because this is the place where you can find the freshest produce, breads, cheese, eggs and more. It’s also the place where food assistance shoppers may optimize their shopping dollars. When making a purchas ...

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