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

Sue Atkinson/Old Schools, Part 2

Populism nowadays is equated in popular media with bigotry and intolerance, but in the late 19th century, the populist movement represented rural residents’ desire to shape national policy that attended to the interests of producers as well as commercial interests. After losing the battle over monetary policy, the movement dwindled, the Democratic Party turned to corporate liberalism, and farmers’ interests were abandoned.

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Steve Dalchinsky/Poetry

the stone age   i’m lost - they’ve knocked me back to the stone age - this sick skin in a dream populated by science fiction literates - this terribly lonely dream populated by people into their own heads - gin drinkers & young girls sitting around 4 legged...

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Adele Kenny/Poetry

2 Poems by Adele Kenny   Past the Waterline (After Lake with Dead Trees by Thomas Cole) This could be any day, anywhere—either one of us could be the other, momentary deer where the water ends and the forest begins. Whatever hard things we’ve seen—what we’ve...

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Fiction/Leslie Brown

  WALKABOUT   by Leslie Brown In the summer of 1969 I told my mother II was going to sublet an apartment in the Cass Corridor. I’d always wanted to live near campus, and this was my last chance, my final quarter of graduate school at Wayne State University....

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Nancy Barno Reynolds/Education

ROSS FINDON PHOTO/ Unsplash   Those Who Can, Teach: Transitioning Through Education   by Nancy Barno Reynolds Education Editor tell people I’ve been teaching for 30 years and deep down, I feel that’s my...

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Teen Pregnancy: A Nurse’s Perspective

School officials are aware of, and knowledgeable about, requirements such as those delineated by Title IX.  These requirements promote inclusiveness and help prevent discrimination – and are intended to make it less likely that a pregnant teen will drop out of school.  Why then does the trend of drop-out teen mothers persist? Why, when we know that success in life is heavily predicated on educational attainment, do I continue to have conversations like the one above?

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Playlist for Donald Trump

  TAKE TEN Category: Cheerful world invasion videos Song Title: Гуманоид (Humanioid) Artist: ГрУпА СиТрО (Group Sitro) Year: 2007 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMkILFgEfVM Category: Songs to tango with Melania Song Title: Комарик (Mosquito) Artist: Пётр...

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