Rondo Pioneers

Rondo Pioneers

As the Black poet J. Saunders Redding said: The relationship between a people and their history is the same as the relationship between a child and its mother; history not only tells a people where they are and what they are—history also informs us what we still must...
“The Chug and Deubner Hill”

“The Chug and Deubner Hill”

I grew up in the West End on Arbor Street, by the old Schmidt Brewery. One of our pastimes in the mid-fifties was building and racing “chugs,” which were homemade go-carts, made entirely of found parts—boards, bent nails we straightened with a hammer on the sidewalk,...
“Painting is Easy Until You Know How”

“Painting is Easy Until You Know How”

RICHARD ABRAHAM paints outside. “Painting is easy until you know how,” Edgar Degas knew, and now Abraham knows. His pictures delight. Over a decade ago, the painter made a radical decision to re-invent his life as an artist and leave behind a successful fourteen-year...