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Setting the Table

Monday, September 27th, 2010
Jeff and Gina Rivers aboard the Mystère

Jeff and Gina Rivers aboard the Mystère

A special thanks to Gina and Jeff Rivers for inviting us to join them on the Soul food Sunday on the Lake cruise.  Gina has been an advisor to SIF since our launch, and her husband Jeff was the event caterer.

The cruise departed from the Port of Brewerton and traveled along the Oneida River. The company, conversation, scenery and food were all wonderful.

Mystère

Mystère

A green way

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
Majora Carter, environmental justice advocate and green collar entrepreneur

Majora Carter, environmental justice advocate and green collar entrepreneur

Environmental justice advocate and green collar entrepreneur Majora Carter visited Syracuse yesterday and spoke for the University lecture series at Hendricks Chapel. She detailed how cities can turn financial disinvestment and environmental degradation into movements for equality and recognition of environmental assets.

Carter had really good things to say about Syracuse, especially the Near West Side Initiative. Her talk wasn’t very long so it’s understandable that she didn’t address Onondaga Creek or the Syracuse University Steam Station.

Wilson Park

Wilson Park

I first heard about Carter after her TED Talk a few years ago.

Her organization (Majoracartergroup.com) now promotes micro agribusiness development through green roofs and urban greenhouses.

The Art of Sistering

Friday, September 17th, 2010
Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant

It started with a song; then a prayer that led to laugher, tears and hugs.

Eventually author, teacher and motivational speaker Iyanla Vanzant told the female executives of Syracuse that they should avoid the mistake of following masculine models of femininity.  “Stop trying to be like men, it’s killing us.”

Vanzant encouraged participants at this year’s You Can’t Fail Conference, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, to make the condition of their soul the primary concern.

She also stressed connection, cooperation and mastering tools of effective communication to achieve success.

Vanzant is founder of Inner Visions.

You Can’t Fail was founded by leadership executive Gwen Webber-McLeod.

Parking Permit

Friday, September 17th, 2010
ESF students Nick Watkins, Brendan Beeke and Thaddeus Holland set up in a metered parking space along the Connective Corridor on East Genesee Street today.

ESF students Nick Watkins, Brendan Beeke and Thaddeus Holland set up in a metered parking space along the Connective Corridor on East Genesee Street today.

Cities around the world today celebrated Park(ing) Day, an event to advocate for more green spaces in urban areas.

Several neighborhoods in downtown Syracuse participated, including the Midtown section (pictured above).

The event was started in San Francisco in 2005.

Losing a giant of Political Science

Monday, September 13th, 2010
Dr. Ron Walters, speaking at Syracuse University in 2007

Dr. Ron Walters, speaking at Syracuse University in 2007

Renowned political scientist Dr. Ron Walters passed away last week.

Walters graduated from Fisk University in 1964 and earned his masters and doctoral degrees from American University.  He taught at the University of Maryland, Howard, Brandeis and Syracuse Universities.

He last spoke at SU in 2007 (pictured above).

95 South

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

 

Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb stands on the sidelines during a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets. McNabb did did not play.

Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb stands on the sidelines during a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets. McNabb did not play.

 

Despite an ankle injury, former Syracuse star Donovan McNabb expects to start for Sunday for the Washington Redskins. McNabb previously spent 11 years as a Philadelphia Eagle.

Weekdays with Hilby

Monday, September 6th, 2010
Hilby

Hilby

Sometimes the best entertainment at the New York State Fair is free.

From the first year I covered the Fair, I’ve enjoyed shows by juggler, acrobat, magician and street performer Michael Hilby.

Hilby at the 2010 New York State Fair

Hilby at the 2010 New York State Fair

The self-proclaimed skinny German juggles fire, balls,  and even carries a chainsaw.

Hilby always draws a crowd and always has a flair for the unordinary, punctuated with a comedian’s timing.

Hilby’s act, lasting about an hour, is worth one or two Grandstand performances (for about $50 dollars less).  He reminds me of an essay from The Big Moo that says, there are  three rules of life: 1) Your Attitude is Your Life; 2) Maximize Your Options; and 3) Don’t Let Seeds Stop You from Enjoying the Watermelon.

Hilby, juggling fire

Hilby, juggling fire

New York State Fair (Day 10)

Saturday, September 4th, 2010
Rest time, Dairy Building

Sacred Steel

Saturday, September 4th, 2010
Robert Randolph at the New York State Fair

Robert Randolph at the New York State Fair

Robert Randolph,  master of the steel pedal guitar, danced while he played with his bad at the New York State Fair tonight.  Randolph’s performance reminded me that the last time I covered a steel pedal performance was by the late Leonard Stephens, Jr. of Syracuse, during Gospel Weekend a few years ago.

New York State Fair (Day 8)

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Statue Performers