Entitlement and Privilege

Entitlement and Privilege   Freshwater is the one essential resource that every living thing has to have. No matter what you are, what complexion, what you believe in, where you come from, who you voted for, what you do, how rich, how poor- we are all entitled to have freshwater. Industries are constantly buying land connected to the river, building silos, docks, conveyer belts and natural gas hubs and tapping into the approximately 1.5...

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Walk Together, Mississippi Delta

“Walk Together, Mississippi Delta” is the second installment of Dr. Rolando Herts’ series, “The Mighty River.” To read the first installment, click here. Reprinted with permission by Rolando Herts, Ph.D., Director The Delta Center for Culture and Learning and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area I ask, for the sake of our beloved Mississippi Delta region: who is willing to walk together, hand in hand to the...

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Paddling with the Pope

Throughout my life I’ve been confused about the complex structure of our society and our goals for humanity. It started in third grade when I told my class that I wanted to be a humanitarian. Not understanding the goals of a capitalistic society at the time, I was confused why we did harmful things to each other and our environment for superficial profits and lifestyles. Why do we spend so much time creating differences between ourselves,...

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Reeling in River Stories

What would you do with a houseboat the size of an office cubicle? Well, if you’re itinerant artist and general river enthusiast, Wes Modes, you embark on a multi-month journey down the Mississippi River. I had the pleasure of meeting Wes at the first River City Revue of the summer. Wes and his trusty companion, Hazel the Dog, welcomed us aboard the boat. Hanging out with Wes and his boat was exactly how I imagined encountering Huckleberry...

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Unlikely Dance Partners

Guest Blog By Tim Spitzack An excerpt from the book “Reflections from the Riverfront: Essays on Life in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area,” published May 1, 2015. It’s a Saturday morning in mid-June and I am quietly floating in my kayak in a Minnesota bayou. The river is running high and fast this year so I’ve chosen to paddle in the backwaters of the Mississippi in an area that is normally inaccessible, even in a kayak...

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Ashes to Ashes – Floods to Floods – June Newsletter

Always Learning Something New Recent research is shining fresh light on the ancient River city of Cahokia. Named a World Heritage Site in 1982, professional archeologists and amateur historians alike have long been fascinated by Cahokia, the second largest city in North America before European colonization. Home to more people than London in AD 1250, Cahokia was situated on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River near present day St. Louis....

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A Tour of Possibilities

On January 29, 2015, Carolyn Michael Banks of A Tour of Possibilities, invited a few area organizations and residents on a familiarization tour to showcase and share the historical and cultural gems African Americans have contributed to Memphis, TN. At the tour’s end the primary goal of Carolyn Michael Banks, the conductor and commentator was for it to resonate with visitors and residents alike that “I am a Possibility”. Throughout the...

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