Why Ain’t You a Doc?

Why Ain’t You a Doc?

  Doc Bozeman tried to concentrate on that bullet—black and glistening with blood—and not on the fact that it was lodged in John Dillinger’s shoulder. Muscle and tissue gripped it like the gangster didn’t want to give it up, and Bozeman maneuvered to get a grip...
Remembering Dorothy Day

Remembering Dorothy Day

  Dorothy Day and I go way back. Granted, I never met her, but I can’t help but feel a connection after volunteering every third Saturday for the past twenty years at the Dorothy Day Center in downtown Saint Paul. I first went there on a lark, something to try...
Learn the Fundamentals: An Interview with Billy Peterson

Learn the Fundamentals: An Interview with Billy Peterson

  Billy Peterson has left his impression on Saint Paul baseball for more than five decades. At seventy-three years old, he is a central figure in the Midway Baseball program at the Dunning sports complex, where one of the ball fields is named after him. I first...
The Ford Bridge

The Ford Bridge

As a forbidden summer activity, we enjoyed swimming at the Ford Bridge over the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and Saint Paul. We would leave our clothes at the base of one of the columns on the Minneapolis side, crawl up on the concrete arches until we were...
My Second Grade Teacher

My Second Grade Teacher

I was seven years old, in second grade, and tired on a daily basis. Most mornings I arrived at Highland Elementary School after limited sleep. I was robbed of sleep by bouts of eczema, an inflammatory condition of the skin. Rashes covered my skin, and in the middle of...
Do We Remember . . . the North Central Voters League?

Do We Remember . . . the North Central Voters League?

  The “sizzling sixties” stands out as one of the most dramatic seachanging decades in the annals of American political and social history. Not since the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction has the nation seen such a massive social transformation. Nearly...