March-April 2018 | Volume 14 Number 2
Editor ‘s Note:
No Hope without Possibility
I recently attended a conference where medical providers and their suppliers get together to meet one another and exchange ideas and information about the state of the art of healthcare. While listening to a number of speakers in various sessions, I began to draw parallels between what many of them were professing and what is going on it the world of Arts, whether visual, musical, dance/movement, literature and so on….
The concepts of “hope” and “possibility” were common to many panel discussions and keynotes, with the notion that possibility is what keeps hope alive. Without “possible”, what is there to hope for? This idea tied in with the concept that we all are imbued with dark forces and light, and we all are exposed to situations where decisions on how to act, or what direction to take, must be made. And then there is the power of community, building bridges between individuals and groups to create movement in one direction or another to make things happen, to allow access to the deep wells and broad deserts of the mind from which characters, situations and worlds almost magically materialize.
The amalgam Ragazine represents reflects the collective voice of people from around the globe expressing dreams and realities in ways unique to them, that mirrors their places in the world, that can provide an outlet for the anxiety and depression that all too often shred the fabric of societies. We trust this and other issues will help put your mind to rest, allowing you to celebrate who you are without regret.
Music editor Fred Roberts reviews the work of the great Stef Bos, and entertains in his March Top Ten, with Playlists for Donald Trump, including categories from “Songs to Comb Your Hair By,” to “Mournful War Melodies – So Sad”.
Candice Watkins makes her Ragazine debut recounting Central Ohio’s Jazz history, beginning with a take on saxophonist Royal Rusty Bryant.
On the literary side, check out the flash fiction of William Crawford, fiction from Leslie Brown, poetry by Bill Yarrow, Anum Sattar, Adele Kenny and Steve Dalachinsky.
Barbara Rosenthal delves into the questions that if art has meaning (does it?), what part of that meaning is provided by the artist, and which by the viewer?
Travel to Rome, where you’ll get lost in the catacombs with Dan Morey. Step back in time with Daniel Dragomirescu as he recalls the influence “The Magnificent Seven” had on him as a child in Romania; and, fly with Steve Poleskie as he recounts taking a route over the island of Haiti that could have cost him and his companions their lives.
Education is often overlooked as a given, until you speak with the educators who understand what it means to get up close and personal with the process and all that goes with it. We’re fortunate to have a number of highly qualified educators contributing articles sharing experiences and ideas that make a difference, among them:
• Catherine Box goes into a classroom in Brooklyn to examine the affects of students’ backgrounds on behavior, and what teachers can do to go from the mundane to “little moments” that are the “real stuff of teaching.”
• Sue Atkinson continues from our last issue with Part 2 of Old Schools, and what consolidation can mean to communities when they lose the glue that holds them together.
• Jessica Powell and Meredith Sinclair address how white supremacy undergirds America’s system of education and what it means for the so-called “school to prison pipeline.”
• Nancy Barno Reynolds speaks with four former students of undergraduate teacher prep programs on why and how they transitioned out of teaching into new lives – and what it means for education’s future.
• Nurse Mary Ryan speaks to teen pregnancy and the value of education as a factor in an “adolescent mother’s future ability to provide for herself and that baby.”
Politics editor Jim Palombo writes with increasing frustration from his winter home in San Miguel Allende about “public and media pitches that reek of party politics and sleight of hand tactics,” and “legislative malpractice” in America’s governance.
Italian photographer Augusto De Luca explains to Ragazine photo and layout editor Chuck Haupt how emotion, vision and timing are what combine to help produce his finest images.
Casual Observer Mark Levy calls it Contraindications, a game many of us play without knowing it as we listen to pharmaceutical advertising that lists the many adverse side effects of taking any number of drugs. Just ask your doctor.
Allen Forrest returns with Mae to review some questionable “facts” about 9/11… You may have your own theories.
And, the rye humor and wordplay to found in Galanty Miller’s thoughtfully seeded re-tweets are sure to bring smiles and smirks from a litany of acerbic observations about life in general.
As always, thanks for reading!
Mike Foldes/Founder, Managing Editor
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Every so often the crap hits the fan. I mean it’s in the scope of my work to pay attention to and analyze a lot of what’s on our public discussion table. But with all that’s happening, with so many battle lines being drawn, there seems too much to contend with…read more
How about this one? You can risk sudden or severe changes in mood or behavior, like feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, hyperactive, overly excited, or even suicidal, in an effort to treat what ailment? Ironically, it’s depression, and Paxil and Wellbutrin are the medications. So if you are depressed, these medications can solve your problems by provoking suicide. Logical, I think, but extreme.read more
eachers do not always know what tomorrow will bring as far as rhetoric or policy. This, unfortunately, is not new. Rollouts on things like national standards (most recently Common Core) and their accompanying tests, state graduation requirements, and schoolwide curricula happen at lightening speed, and educators try to keep up by figuring test preparation into their day, remain in compliance with laws, and shield their students from whatever harmful or hateful tweet has emerged from a friend, a foe, or the Oval Office.read more
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Andelu painter in Vallauris: When reality flies by Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret Contributing Editor ith Andelu the space of the the picture is decomposed as blown by a contagious sphere of influence. The...read more
Fred Roberts photos Illusoir *** Local Heroes Ride Again by Fred Roberts Music Editor/Europe ocal Heroes, a 26-year-old institution in Germany, is a dream for anyone with a voracious appetite for music. The...read more
©Stephen Shore South of Klamath Falls, U.S. 97, Oregon, July 21, 1973 *** A Major Retrospective of Photographer Stephen Shore by Carl Oprey Contributing Art Editor o hear Stephen Shore talk about his...read more
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Center of Your Silken Den Your couch was made of velvet. Supple to the touch. I didn’t notice as my defenses went soft. Waking up, I felt the marks left by your claws. Your teeth were sharp as needles. Subtle with their sting. I should have known the invitation...read more
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"Soft Cough" Plays "High Hopes" Long Island band formed in Western New York by Greg Stewart Contributing Columnist t’s a dark night in suburban Long Island where the snow lines sidewalks dotted...read more
More I want you to drink until her body turns to liquid gold — glowing as if wan moonlight in the dead of winter, from the dusty skylight above your bed. I want you to long to be wrapped up beneath her warm skin — her rib cage like a crime, entrapping you as a...read more
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About Allen Forrest: Cartoonist/Illustrator. Born in Canada and bred in the U.S., Allen Forrest has worked in many mediums: computer graphics, theater, digital music, film, video, drawing and painting. You can read more about him in About...read more
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Axid Rain was my highlight of the 4th semi-final night. They call their genre flatrock, which I attempted to google but finally gave up. They’re a hard rock band, in the classic vein of MTV or Huey Lewis and the News, with a fantastic live show. Frontman Yannick Mense, in his leather hat and seaman’s jacket was all over the stage. Pure charisma and wild guitar riffs. All in all an electrifying performance.read more
Bali International Indigenous Film Festival 2018 January 26 - January 28 By Stephanie Brookes An event took place in Ubud, Bali in January 2018 that honoured the work of indigenous documentary filmmakers and over the course of two days was attended by Indonesian...read more
*** Intermezzo by Mario Moroni Recitare le ceneri Ciò che rimane del giorno, ciò che non si vede più o che è stato mal visto, quel giorno quando John Trevor era uscito in strada, scese le scale: “Cielo quasi blu dalle mille forme scure” aveva...read more