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Where Ya From?

For most of my life, I lived in a whisper of a town in Connecticut.  Tucked away against the Massachusetts border, it was the kind of place you only went if you lived there or knew someone who did.  It wasn’t on the way to anywhere, wasn’t mentioned on the highway signs.  Maybe George Washington slept there at some point; he was known for his prolific New England sleeping habits, after all, but if he did, I never knew about it.  We had a couple of churches; fields of fruits, vegetables, animals; abandoned mills hinting at the industrial boom our sleepy town once enjoyed.  In most ways, it was an utterly unremarkable town (In some ways, it was unbelievably remarkable, but maybe that’s a story for another time.).

My parents, both transplants from Louisiana, moved us there when I was five and my brother was fourteen.  We learned to straddle the north/south divide.  At home, eating gumbo for Christmas dinner, while diligently bringing casserole dishes of baked ziti to the Girl Scout potlucks.  I learned about New England things such as reserved politeness, while surrounded by my parents’ southern gregariousness.  I learned the dos and don’ts of proper lady behavior from my debutante mother (Hold up.  What’s that?  That’s right, an actual debutante.), while learning the slight east coast edge from my friends’ and my escapes- first, into the “big cities” of Hartford and Springfield, and then later into New York.  Where was I from?

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Rachel Greer, one of our contributors and inaugural featured readers at Canvas this week, read a pretty awesome piece.  Quite a lovely interpretation of this month’s theme of justice, I’d say.  For those of you who couldn’t be there (and those of you who could), please go to Rachel’s blog and read said awesome piece.

Seeking a Just Architecture

Thanks to everyone who made it out, and we’ll see you next month!

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The RC team will be spending our Tuesday evening at the lovely NW Portland spot, Canvas Art Bar & Bistro, for a reading featuring some of our past contributors.

Rachel Greer, Dao Strom, and Jacki Kane will be taking the stage to read pieces around the theme of justice. An open mic follows.  The fun starts at 7:00, and we’d love to see you there.

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