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A Convenient Incarceration

By |2021-01-25T14:57:52-05:00November 16th, 2016|Reflections, The Center|

A continuation of “It’s All About Sex...And I Don’t Like It” “How much for both of us?” asked the driver of a dark truck. Nicky was enjoying a plate of barbecue on the porch of a vacant house. It was July 4th and she was not looking for work. Out of instinct, she named her

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It’s All About Sex…And I Don’t Like It

By |2021-01-25T14:57:52-05:00February 15th, 2016|Reflections, The Center|

I rode the dark streets of the Pittsburgh community looking for a prostitute; it was around 7:30 pm on a Saturday night in January.  The forecast was for overnight temperatures to dip into the teens.  I found Nicky on one of her usual corners, bundled up and smoking a cigarette.  I offered to drive her

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Keep Swinging

By |2021-01-25T14:57:52-05:00September 11th, 2015|Reflections|

Henry Aaron was eighteen in 1952 when he boarded a train in Mobile, Alabama bound for Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the spring training home of the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro League.  With a sack of sandwiches, two dollars and dark brown skin no one could have predicted that the skinny kid on that train would

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The Rest of the Story

By |2021-01-25T14:57:52-05:00January 7th, 2015|Reflections|

From the 1950’s until his death in 2009, Paul Harvey was one of the most recognizable and influential voices on American radio. Over the course of his career Harvey was engaged in a variety of news formats but he is best remembered for his twice-daily News and Comment and The Rest of the Story. I

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Drawing Outside the Lines – by Ashley Hicks

By |2021-01-25T14:57:52-05:00September 5th, 2014|The Center|

I was at the beach a few weeks ago and I was doing one of my favorite things: people watching. I watched families play with their children, I saw people riding their bikes and drawing in the sand, I saw people relaxing with an umbrella drink in hand. One thing that kept my attention the

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The “Power” of Partnership

By |2014-06-17T18:11:35-04:00June 17th, 2014|The Center|

The year was 1981 and I was in preschool.  I cannot remember names but in my mind’s eye I can see myself diligently working to build a fort out of blocks when the teacher informed me that I needed to share some blocks with a female classmate so she could build a princess castle.  Princess

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