I grew up in the Dale-Selby neighborhood of Saint Paul. To be more
exact, we lived in the upstairs of a duplex just off the corner of Dayton
and St. Albans, one block from Dale and one block from Selby.
When I see sweet potatoes, I often think of Deborah Torraine. Deb
was a community organizer in the Twin Cities. She always referred
to herself as a cultural worker; she was a mentor to new and
emerging artists, and the Director of Community Engagement for
the Saint Paul Almanac.
Driving back from the reservation, I cross a small bridge into Saint Paul. I feel the troubled waters. I think of my grandfather’s people,the Dakota. I think of how they lived by the water, how they made fire by the water.
“Ideas are powerful things, requiring not a studious contemplation but an action, even if it is only an inner action... They demand to be stood for.”
—Midge Decter, journalist
“I have a feeling that when my ship comes in, I'll be at the airport.”
—Charles M. Schultz, Saint Paul native and cartoonist
“My countrymen respond to poetry... By reviving memories and traditions dear to all Armenians, and connecting them in verse or story with the principles of patriotism, morality and good citizenship... I try to spread the gospel of Americanism.”