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Patriot spy and enslaved African American: James Lafayette

Patriot spy and enslaved African American: James Lafayette

Patriot spy and enslaved African American James Lafayette Patriot spy and enslaved African American, James Lafayette, was instrumental in helping defeat the British during the American Revolution. Despite the British promising freedom to enslaved African Americans...

Monuments to our heroes: A Good River Blog honoring Juneteenth

Monuments to our heroes: A Good River Blog honoring Juneteenth

Monuments to our heroes Right before my 18th birthday I took my first flight from Cleveland to attend the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in Minnesota. Upon arrival, while strolling through the freshman dorm’s foyer, I met Eric, a cadet a few years...

Unsung Patriot: William Lee

Unsung Patriot: William Lee

Unsung Patriot: William Lee An enslaved valet’s contribution to America’s fight for Independence Enslaved people contributed to America’s victory over the British in the Revolutionary War, including George Washington’s valet, William (Billy) Lee. Though documentation...

Ozzie: Remembering an Atomic Vet Memorial Day 2021

Ozzie: Remembering an Atomic Vet Memorial Day 2021

Ozzie Remembering an Atomic Vet Memorial Day 2021 Americans celebrate Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer. I believe the tradition of having summer fun with friends and family is also the best way to spend the long weekend. Based on my firsthand...

Excerpt from Boat Boy

Excerpt from Boat Boy

Excerpt from Boat Boy Based on the true story of a refugee boy's journey to freedom In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I want to recognize the contributions they’ve made to the United States by focusing on the personal story of a soldier I...

Good River Blog: Getting reacquainted with Ohio

Good River Blog: Getting reacquainted with Ohio

Good River Blog Getting reacquainted with Ohio Early memories of my childhood in Northeast Ohio revolve around days filled with imaginative free play and story-time. Me and brother John, adopted from Korea when we were both one, grew up as if were twins—at least that...

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Baba Once Diane discovered the library, she would read the books she checked out several times while waiting to get a new selection the next Saturday. One of her favorites was, The Moffat Family, by Eleanor Estes. The story was about a young, widowed mother with four...

Guest poet and blogger, Josie Aslakson

Guest poet and blogger, Josie Aslakson

1/13/20 "New year’s written word felts the pen rather than vice versa. I hear the words mourn a lost love. I feel the girl drown under eons of good intention. I free the ankles that were once shark bait-- tear a hole in this landslide of an undedicated love story. I...

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

Excerpt from Easy Street: Based on my mother’s memoir

A discovery Diane woke early that Saturday morning. For breakfast she had a slice of rye bread with sweet cream butter. And for the first time—coffee. Her mother filled the stoneware mug, half with fresh steamed milk and half with dark roast. Diane let the warm liquid...

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