“The kids today are stuck in this era, and a lot of the parents are, also… The kids don’t get out and do the activities that we did…” Kenneth (Kenny) Ladner was born December 19, 1947 in Bay St. Louis, MS.  He’s lived in Mississippi for most of his life, except a seven year time in […]

I still remember hearing an NPR story last year that stated new generations won’t know what a telephone pole is.  It boggled my mind.  I guess I was still living in some kind of retro bliss with my record player, type writer, and antique books.  The more I learn, the more nervous I become.  Today I’ll […]

Thomas Lawson passed away on April 2, 2017. “I grew up a racist.  I grew up in racist culture.  [But] when I went to Vietnam, I got to see a different culture … how they lived and how little they had, and I was in the service with Black guys.  Some of them slept in a bunk […]

Featuring early interviewee Gus Katsoris

I knew this day would come, but still thought it was a long way off.  Today I was to interview my friend’s mom, an Ojibwa Elder from Michigan.  I’d scheduled a week ahead of time, so we were all set to go.  This morning, she was admitted to the hospital with kidney failure.  It’s serious enough […]