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.
“Much of the philosophy that guides the theatre we do here at Penumbra is pioneered by people like... Langston Hughes... I'm just here standing, on a hill that's made up of their thinking. And that's what allows me to see as far as I can see.”
—Lou Bellamy, Penumbra Theater director
“Who does not love a Minnesota winter, with its clear bracing air—its blue sky and its life-giving atmosphere?... Fear not then, the blast of coming winter. Pile on the wood, let the cracking fire shed its heat while the Northwestern winds howl about our doors.”
—Saint Paul Minnesota Times, November 20, 1854
“Swell the great army of peace and production... You are one of the spokes in this great wheel of progress and your absence will weaken the wheel by one member.”
—J.P. McGaughey, Saint Paul labor leader in the 1880's