Greetings on the winter solstice and thoughts about the Green Man from Richard Redd

December 21, 2018


“Dear Friends,   In 1993, I became fascinated with the Green Man. I found him in Arthurian legend (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) ancient Egypt (the Osiris regeneration story) and then found him in the vaults of the Canterbury Cathedral cloister. It was October 2005 when I decided that I wanted to make an […]

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Blood Ties and Family History: a road trip to rural Ohio in March 2011

November 7, 2018


This is a journal entry from Adrienne Redd and Greg Gettum’s visit to Mary Jane and Bill Mauger in March 2011 (it was originally written as a letter to Dalea Redd Reichgott and Marianna Lee Hill Redd). My mother’s father was a Hill and one of five boys – and one girl born to my […]

What the Listening Canvass of Southeastern Pennsylvania Taught us about Knocking on the Doors of Strangers

October 15, 2018


I feel tenderness and empathy towards folks who speak candidly about their fear of encountering strangers if they were to knock on doors to ask voters to support a given candidate or party. Allow me, however, to say how positive my experience has been, particularly starting in late winter of 2017 when Melissa Visintin, a […]

The Life and Times of Richard Redd: The Scrapbook Show

October 26, 2017


The final art exhibit of Richard Redd in which we return the art to the community and the universe.

Do White Americans have a “Great Death”?

May 7, 2016


Nearly every suppressed or dominated ethnic group has a “Great Death.” By this I mean a catastrophic loss of more than human lives. This expression comes (in translation) from the Yup’ik Eskimos and refers to their “Great Death,” which the term that Eskimos use to refer to the aftermath of diphtheria, influenza and disease that […]

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The Broken Contract by George Packer

January 13, 2016


This essay ran in Foreign Affairs in November/December 2011. At that time, I was recovering, but still shell-shocked by writing a dissertation, having a baby, (teaching full-time through all of that) and never taking a breather. Autumn of 2011, I was teaching two early morning sections of Introduction to Sociology at Drexel University – with […]

Remembrance of the Fassetts, Great Aunt Mert and Yellow Tomato Preserves

September 13, 2015


Remembrance of the Fassetts, Great Aunt Mert and Yellow Tomato Preserves On Saturday morning November 7, 2015 we blanched and cooked up red, yellow (and a few green) small tomatoes from the garden. (I had been freezing them all summer and autumn long). According to our father, Richard Redd, It was Aunt Mert, the fraternal twin of our (my sister’s, brother’s and my) great […]

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