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Morgan Powell’s Bronx River Sankofa Memorial

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“History does not refer merely or even principally to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, that we are unconsciously controlled by it, and that history is literally present in everything we do.” – James Baldwin, Dedicated Citizen and Novelist/Playwright/Cultural Critic

April 2013 marked the culmination of 10 years of research, writing, publishing and programming on the Bronx River’s African American heritage. Here is a list of blogs, videos and more from that journey and related work. Enjoy!

Bronx River Sankofa power point tour with 100 annotated pictures:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.365973873494858.85909.142834315808816&type=3

NYC as free open air museum 24/7 Interview (2/15/13):
http://www.bronxnet.org/tv/viewvideo/2408/open–featured-interviews/morgan-powell-of-bronx-river-sankofa

Extra! Extra! Read all about it:
http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120217/throgs-neck-country-club/african-americans-have-deep-roots-along-bronx-river-historian-says

Interview video (books): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RbkkOIoWv8

Interview video (architecture & public art):
http://www.bronxnet.org/open-vidoes/featured-interviews/viewvideo/1754/open–featured-interviews/bronx-river-sankofa-on-open

Video from the inaugural walk on March 12, 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMMoja-havg

Captioned still pictures from the inaugural tour taken by Chuck Vasser are at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/czv/sets/72157626154477125/

Complete virtual tour of March 2011 North Bronx route courtesy of Trent Love:
http://www.mapquest.com/?version=1.0&hk=10-9HpdAxBI

Complete video tour of April 2012 Central Bronx route courtesy of Bronxnet TV: http://www.bronxnet.org/tv/viewvideo/1993/bronx-currents/bronx-currents–bronx-tour-2012

3 blog posts on the Bronx River’s social history:
a) The first park to be built on the Bronx River south of the Bronx Zoo after earth day!
http://www.outdoorafro.com/2012/09/aint-nothin-new-river-rehab-began-in-1974/

b) Bronx River Hike logs with travel and snacking tips to the origins of the river.
http://www.outdoorafro.com/2012/09/day-tripping-what-you-can-discover-on-the-bronx-river-and-beyond/

c) Almost 400 years of NYC African American history in a Bronx River park!
http://www.outdoorafro.com/2012/09/almost-400-years-of-black-history-in-a-new-york-city-park/

On ethnicity and open space: http://thebronxfreepress.com/archives/2011/1109/feature_story_3.html

The word Sankofa comes from the Akan language of Ghana that translates in English to “go back and get it.” Many groups of African descent use this word and symbol to describe the journey of drawing strength and wisdom from the past in order to move forward.

NEW – Morgan Powell Architecture Tour posted10/21/15 on Flickr

This list is a Memorial to Morgan Powell. It is a Work In Progress. It will change and, with your help, get better. If you have a photo, link, info or anecdote you would like to add about our dear friend Morgan, please send it along. Thank you.

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It takes more than a village to raise a child in today's world. The world is more than flat or round or sun and moon. It's also the village on the other side of the river. The objects in the sky are different from that view. Community Greens, griot-like, tells a story. I invite you to share my view. - Chuck Vasser

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The Green Fit Chick

Many people forget how important hydration is, especially after a seven or eight-hour night's rest with no water. Start your morning off right and get hydrated. A glass of water, a dash of sea salt and the juice of a fresh lemon will get your day off to the great start.

Added Sugar

You already know you consume too much sugar and it can have serious health consequences. Manufactures sneak sugar into their products under the names below as “added sugars”. Be healthy. Read labels. Eliminate added sugar from your diet while eating fruits and vegetables that contain minerals, vitamins, fiber and natural sugar.

Reduce Sodium In Beans

Draining and rinsing canned beans can reduce their sodium content by more than 40%. But taking just a few extra minutes is key to getting the most benefit. The reduced-sodium beans are ready to use in any favorite recipe.

Longer Life

According to new research 1. not smoking, 2. limiting your alcohol intake, 3. staying active, 4. maintaining a healthy weight, and 5. eating nutritious foods could not only extend your life, but improve the quality of it.

Planks

Planks are one of the most effective exercises because they require a small time investment and offer substantial results in a relatively short time. Make plank exercises part of your regular routine.

Cog Blogging

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Bike Positions

A riders determines how s/he wants to ride a bike and what type of bike they will use. Bikes, therefore, come in different configurations and geometries to suit individual riders. Different body positions suit each bike, such as 2 o’clock, 12 o’clock, 1 o’clock and so on.

Community Greens Consulting

Rover Rollover

Dog Crates

Done right, crate training helps breed familiarity, trust and a sense of security between your pup and his crate. You should not put dogs in crates that have not been properly crate trained.

Mat Training

Mat Training- A mat, or a defined place for a dog to “go to,” is a versatile and useful behavior to teach a dog. A mat can be a a dog bed, a dog mat, a bath mat, a towel, a blanket, – whatever makes the most sense for the dog and the handler.

Rude Dog Owners

Rude Habits Of Dog Owners. These are some of the things people complain about the most when it comes to dog owners.

Give An Animal A Home

Adopt a pet this holiday season. You can give an animal in need a loving home or consider donating to the ASPCA or other animal charity in a friend’s name.

Bisselsign


As the pandemic disrupts global food supply chains, people may have to depend more on locally grown food. Experts expect the number of people suffering through severe food shortages could swell to 265 million people in 2020.
Bissel Gardeners are glad they have been community gardening and raising food for themselves for more than 25 years. We hope when the NYC Pause In Place is lifted more folks will see the need for community gardens and will join us! Chuck the Gardener

Green Tips

Bananas As Fertilizer

Email

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Handstands & Other Feats

In a world full of
little people I admit
I am minuscule.

czvasser.com – Tiny

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In Our Prayers

It is with regret I have been informed of the recent passing of the mother of Bernard Myers.  I do not have any funeral arrangements as yet. I will forward them when and if received. Please keep Bernard and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this time of mourning. Susan Christian – Secretary, NYCGBOA

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CGCooks!

Cream-style soups are a favorite for warm, soothing meals on cold winter nights. The addition of a cup or two of cooked beans can stretch canned or homemade soup into a complete, protein-rich meal in just minutes. Stir a can of drained rinsed white beans into tomato soup. Or try pinto beans added to cream of celery soup.