Recent Publications

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Theatre on the Spectrum creates space for artists with autism

In a modest storefront on South Hawkins Avenue in Akron, artists and performers hone their craft as passionate teachers guide them. Masks hang on a wall and risers wait to be filled with an audience. Large glass windows by the entrance are shaded with a blue tint and the walls are painted a calm baby blue.

This is Theatre on the Spectrum, a theater program for people with autism to learn the craft, produce creative work and practice real-life skills. The program is currently writing an original production about Schneider Park, the former site of Akron’s poor house.

Black writers celebrate the legacy of the storyteller in Akron Oct. 4 & 5

Hundreds of years ago around campfires on the African plains, storytellers wove verbal yarns of heroes and tragedies; cautionary morals and mischievous antics changing with each retelling, birthing modern day stories. Black stories have been told and shared despite slavery, share cropping, and the large migrations which led our ancestors to industry cities like Cleveland. This weekend is a pseudo-culmination, a celebration of black literature and black leadership from the Great Lakes. We will gather together around our proverbial campfires, e.g. conference rooms and convention centers, to celebrate the roots of storytelling at the Great Lakes Black Authors Expo & Writers Conference.

Healthy Kids Day a big hit at Camp Y-Noah

With about 1,300 attendees exploring the outdoors at Camp Y-Noah, this year’s Healthy Kids Day was the biggest success yet for the Akron Area YMCA. Held on April 22, the four hour event was the first collaboration between all of Akron Area YMCAs for the organization’s annual event.

By about 1:45 p.m., rumors floated up that the road was backed up to Arlington Road with waiting cars. Parking for the free event spilled onto on the soccer field. Temperatures rose into high 60s and low 70s with bright sunlight and a cool breeze.

Cassandra Harner as Dusty Bucket

Cassandra Harner as Dusty Bucket

Cleveland’s Drag Scene

In Cleveland, our LGBTQA+ community is out and proud — and putting on some pretty incredible shows, too. Thanks to television shows like “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” drag culture has become more mainstream, and shows are attended by people of all sexualities and genders. Drag has been a part of Cleveland for a long time — much longer than you would expect — and there is so more to it than just men performing as women.

Anxiety on the Street Corner” - Poetry published by Quiet Storm Literary Magazine

She moved with calculated steps
silent, meticulous
Navigating the rising disquiet
crawling up her neck.

Inside she screamed
chords of despair
stretches of thin vibrations
swallowed in tracheal folds.

She stopped
to hold sinew together
to bottle the storm
to--at least--break apart evenly.

NOAA Considering Ban on Swimming with Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins

Imagine you're sleeping and a friend comes over unannounced. You might hang out for a few hours or you might walk them out. Either way, they eventually leave and you return to bed. You're just getting into that good sleep when another person knocks on the door. Then another and another. All night this continues. Then it happens again the next night. And the night after that. 

This is the current problem plaguing the Hawaiian spinner dolphin.

Indiana Bat captured (and released) during tagging process.

Indiana Bat captured (and released) during tagging process.

‘We went from having thousands to having a very small number:’ Meet the endangered Indiana bat

Not many know that Summit County is home to a federally endangered nocturnal mammal, the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis). Today, Liberty Park in Twinsburg is home to the largest concentration of these bats in Summit County.

Try Wait organizers link arms. Photo Credit: The Nature Conservancy Hawaii

Try Wait organizers link arms. Photo Credit: The Nature Conservancy Hawaii

Try Wait

After 17 years of diligent study and outreach by the Ka‘üpülehu Marine Life Advisory Committee (KMLAC) and its partners, a community-based proposal was signed into law by Hawai‘i Governor David Ige last July that designates Ka‘üpülehu a marine reserve for the next decade.

The new ruling aims to reverse the rapid decline of marine life in Ka‘üpülehu as a result of unsustainable fishing practices.

Before 1975, Ka‘üpülehu was an area of abundance, with nearshore reefs teeming with marine life, offshore fisheries, fishponds and anchialine pools located within Kekaha.

Hawaiian Natives Fight for Their Land

For centuries, the Native Hawaiian people struggled against the United States government to defend their land and customs. The fight continues in 2016, with scientists and the native population at odds over how to best preserve the ‘aina, or land.

Historically, scientific progress has almost always trumped Native Hawaiian rights and traditions. Land would be closed to the public, fenced off, and used for science. But co-ops and associations are trying new strategies to bring science and tradition together.

A living wall grows in the lobby of Westin Maui’s Resort and Spa. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Westin Maui’s Resort and Spa

Three Maui Resorts Prioritize Sustainable Practices

MAUI, Hawaii — When a state relies on tourism as its main source of revenue, it can be difficult to prioritize environmental sustainability over the comfort of guests, but Maui resorts are finding a balance in going green. Three standout resorts are reducing water waste, using and recycling local products, and focusing on alternative energy.

1. Westin Maui’s Resort & Spa in Lahaina, one of 11 hotels chains under the Starwood brand, has pledged 30/20 by 20, which calls for a 30 percent reduction in energy use and a 20 percent reduction in water consumption per hotel room by 2020.

Published in 2013 by Curiosity Quills

Zarconian Island

Possessing powers that are feared and shunned, eighteen-year-old Alexandra “Attie” Hotep is no virgin to attacks. Her ancestors, the Zarconians-- mixed-blood inhabitants of Atlantis--were rumored to be the English fairies who kidnapped children, the Caribbean sirens that sunk ships, and the dream-like apparitions who broke into psyches. 

Restoration efforts at Kīholo fishpond combine western science with the traditional knowledge of the konohiki

Honoring the Konohiki

At the Kīholo fishpond on the Kona side of Hawaiʻi Island, stewards of the land are restoring its native beauty. Water, clear like fresh cleaned glass, provides a home for native fish and visiting sea turtles. The world past the shore is open and bright and old and new all at once.