Murals can visually define a downtown. Denver is one example (photo galleries)

As artist Mauricio Ramirez wraps up his mural in downtown Burlington today -- and let's just say it's a dynamic and stunning achievement visible behind Bella's House on display for Webb Avenue traffic -- I thought it might be a good idea to look at how a mural can help define a downtown area as … Continue reading Murals can visually define a downtown. Denver is one example (photo galleries)

Public displays of art coming to downtown Burlington

People driving on Webb Avenue past downtown Burlington next week will likely notice something different. Along the back of Bella's House, a consignment furniture store that faces Front Street, an artist will begin crafting a new piece of public art that will the beginning of a three-mural project for downtown. Chicago artist Mauricio Ramirez was … Continue reading Public displays of art coming to downtown Burlington

Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys’ a stunning follow to ‘The Underground Railroad’

The Nickel Boys; By Colson Whitehead; Penguin Random House LLC, 2019; 210 pages. Colson Whitehead doesn't waste words. Among novelists today, he's the ultimate  economist in that department. Every short sentence serves a purpose. His stories unfold like a well-worn document that contains untold secrets tucked away in the corner of an old nightstand. He's also on … Continue reading Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys’ a stunning follow to ‘The Underground Railroad’

Helping cancer patients and remembering friends like Don Bolden and Mike Wilder

Last year at this time I was in the middle of the tough two-month process of saying goodbye to Don Bolden, who would pass away quietly on Aug. 2, 2018 after a battle with cancer that lasted a little less than nine months. Don, the editor emeritus of the Burlington Times-News and the man who … Continue reading Helping cancer patients and remembering friends like Don Bolden and Mike Wilder