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Walking through time: New local tour delves into African American history

When Monica Robinson, executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project, visits cemeteries and 19th century houses and historical sites, she feels an echo of the traumas and victories of those who were there before. 

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Community Perspective: On the Road to a Living Wage

A contributed perspectives piece by Chris Hoover Seidel, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Living Wage Campaign Steering Committee Member Six years ago when On the Road Collaborative Executive Director Brent Holsinger was building an organization of “five volunteers and zero dollars” from scratch, he was searching for a wage level that would honor the work of closing opportunity gaps for …

Community Perspective: Nomadland – A Review

A contributed perspectives piece by Tom Arthur Nomadland, now showing on HULU,has swept most major critics’ awards after its premier at the Venice Film Festival last September and is a frontrunner for “Leading Actress” and “Best Director” Academy Awards. Critics for The New Yorker, British Guardian, Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter, NPR and other major outlets all …

Community Perspective: The Life Raft of Truth and the Ocean of Lies

A Four Part Series by C. David Pruett Part IV: Truth and Reconciliation On January 6, 2021, American democracy survived—barely—its most severe test since the Civil War. Yet rather than being vanquished, all the threats that put us to this extreme test remain in place: political polarization, economic inequality, systemic racism, and rampant disinformation. Of …

Community Perspective: The Life Raft of Truth and the Ocean of Lies

A Four Part Series by C. David Pruett PART III: Discerning Fact from Fiction My reasons for writing this series of articles are personal.  For the better part of a decade I’ve struggled to understand the growing political divide in this country. How can some see black where others see white? How can some see …

Community Perspective: The Life Raft of Truth and the Ocean of Lies

A Four Part Series by C. David Pruett PART II: The Social Dilemma “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”—attributed to Mark Train On the recommendations of friends, I recently watched the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma.  It should be required viewing of all Americans—because …

Community Perspective: The Life Raft of Truth and the Ocean of Lies

A Four Part Series by C. David Pruett PART I: Poisoning the Noosphere In 1875, the Austrian geologist Eduard Suess coined the term “biosphere” to define the narrow zone on Earth containing life.  The biosphere is concentric to and surrounds the physical Earth, the “geosphere.” A few decades later, a similar new concept, the “noosphere,” …

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