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  1. Fire Fragments

    Within minutes of reporting for my first ever wildfire dispatch this past July, I found myself trying to decide whether or not I was going to blouse my boots. I was one of the first crew members to arrive at the contractor’s shop and had plenty of better things to…

  2. To the Hoys

    Dear Isabel and Calvin Riley here. I passed through Torrington on my way from Michigan to Oregon, and spent a night at the Tea Kettle Ranch back in the second week of June. Chinese-American kid in his mid-20’s. Drove a purple Kia SUV with Massachusetts license plates and a red…

  3. The Letter Carrier

    The Boardwalk USPS branch is located on the west bank of the Saginaw River, on Boardwalk Drive, just north of where Bay Road and Shattuck Road intersect. The branch is not technically in the City of Saginaw, and instead serves as the main sorting and processing hub for all Saginaw…

  4. My Own History

    The most nefarious thing about my good, public school education in the liberal northeast was not that it reduced racism to a simple, moral choice made by individuals. Nor even the way it suggested that the problem only existed in other parts of the country. But rather, that it made…

  5. Shooting a Gun

    I recently learned about a psychological phenomenon known as “the call of the void,” or, in its original French, “l’appel du vide.” I won’t go into detail about it here because a) I’m not an expert and b) I can’t provide much of a trigger warning in an Instagram post…

  6. Making Hand Sanitizer

    SVSU’s Independent Testing Laboratory is making hand sanitizer for local hospitals according to FDA specifications. The ingredients are: ethanol to kill the virus, glycerin to keep the mixture moist and on your skin long enough to do its job, hydrogen peroxide to kill extra-tough bacteria, isopropyl alcohol to make the…

  7. Productivity in a Pandemic

    In the last few weeks, I’ve seen several articles on social media making the point that we shouldn’t guilt ourselves for not being extra productive during the pandemic Ah’Miya Jones (right), 11, practices her ball-handling skills while Xavier Carter, 15, Andrico Jones, and Sh’Niya Jones, 11, watch on Fulton Avenue.…

  8. International Students at SVSU

    The last time Ron Biswas, a fourth-year economics major at SVSU, saw his father was three years ago. At upwards of $1200, the round trip to and from his home country of Bangladesh has simply been too expensive “A lot of international students haven’t seen their parents since they got…

  9. A Walk Around the Block

    I took all of these pictures from at least six feet away while wearing my N95 mask. Does that matter? Should I have been out photographing in the first place? Sure, I was also taking a walk and therefore “engaging in a recreational activity.” But I definitely wasn’t on assignment…

  10. The Lacko Girls

    When I first found the Lacko girls chalking the sidewalk in front of their house on Mershon Street, Sarrah hadn’t finished writing “Stay Home.” “Wait!” she said. “Let me finish it first. I don’t want it to say ‘Stay Ho’ in the picture.” Sarrah, 12, and Kamara, 11, were born…

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