Author: Ginger Starling

Harper Lee: Champion of Tomboys

It has been one year since the death of Harper Lee. Reading the news last year, I recall feeling a sad inevitability: all of her generation is passing. She is rightly praised for how her works illuminate the human character, at its best and its worst, in the context of racial inequality. I’d like to praise her for something else, though. I’d like to praise and thank her for her tomboy, Scout. I’ve always thrilled at the mention of Harper Lee. She was from small-town Alabama; I was from just across the river in small-town Georgia, one generation later....

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So Much for a Little Breathing Room

Donald Trump’s second week in office started out much like his first: a barrage of bombast, chaos and confusion to a backdrop of vociferous popular protests. This time it was over his Executive Order barring Muslim travelers–refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries–entry into the US. The massive confusion and outrage that attended the immediate implementation of the ban all but stopped passenger travel at several airports. Trump’s week was like a waterspout that rains frogs: fascinating, disgusting, and leaving a stinky, nasty mess for others to clean up. White House rumors were rampant. We posted on our Facebook...

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Baking Up a Sweet Success

Highlights Dothan residents, Scott and Sasha Fowler, share their story of a new business venture with an activist twist. Get ready for a sweet, sweet love story. Oh, and a sweet story of success. In fact, get ready to fall in love, yourself, with the sweet taste of Cinnimmigration Rolls!  Wait…you haven’t heard of Cinnimmigration Rolls? You don’t know what Cinnimmigration Rolls are? Well, let me introduce you to them! They are delicious, homemade cinnamon buns with an activist twist.  Sales of these tasty marvels are helping one local immigrant get his Green Card and, once they take off,...

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Orlando and the Meaning of Community

From the New York Times Online Breaking News Alert, Sunday, June 12, 2016, 6:02 AM EDT: At least 30 people inside were rescued, and even the hardened police veterans who took the building and combed through it, aiding the living and identifying the dead, were shaken by what they saw, said John Mina, the Orlando police chief. “Just to look into the eyes of our officers told the whole story,” he said. There is a long and painful history between police and the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer community. This is June, Gay Pride month nationwide. This month was not named pride month...

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