Tag: healing

  • Part 3: A Conversation with Russel Balenger: The Founder of the Circle of Peace Movement

    Written by: Sabrina Nur & Carrie Pomeroy Part 3: Growing Community Healing  In Parts 1 and 2 of our conversation with community leader Russel Balenger, we learned about how his childhood in Rondo and his family’s example inspired him and how he grew to become involved in criminal justice reform efforts and worked to connect…

  • Part 2: A Conversation with Russel Balenger: The Founder of the Circle of Peace Movement

    Part 2: Growing Into Leadership Written by: Carrie Pomeroy & Sabrina Nur In Part 1 of this conversation with St. Paul community leader Russel Balenger, we talked about Russel’s childhood growing up in St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood both before and after the construction of Interstate 94. We also learned about how his parents profoundly shaped…

  • Cracking Open the Possibility of Joy

    Collective Power Is Needed for Climate Healing Reflections on Climate Grief to Joy, Healing Circle Programming at Crosby Farm Park Written by: Grace Generous The crisp October day welcomed us into the circle as we gathered in the clearing at Crosby Farm Park. Jothsna, Buffalo, Laura, and Ben welcomed us, asking us to find a…

  • A Conversation with Russel Balenger: The Founder of the Circle of Peace Movement 

    Written by Sabrina Nur & Carrie Pomeroy 15 min read Russel Balenger, is a son, a father, a grandfather, an uncle and a guardian angel to many. A fearless and respected community voice, a son of Rondo, and an elder in Saint Paul. He recently made news when he was appointed to fill a seat…

  • Our Mothers

    Poem by Khadijo Abdi Do you ever wonder about the mother of Moses?  I do. I think about what was going on in her head  and what was happening in her hometown  for her to find the river Nile safer for her infant than her own loving arms.  Same thing, I am guessing, going through…

  • a.m. autumn reflections 

    a.m autumn reflections by sabr. the crisp autumn wind welcomes winter  within the comfort of cocoa and cinnamon,  there lie the lessons.  people come and go  seasons change, we must let em go.  there is no life without death  there is no yin without yang  we must always maintain the balance.  shed our leaves, conserve…

  • Childhood fawn 

    Childhood fawn By Kaija Long Crow I mold myself to be whatever you want or need, I paid attention to your social cues. I noticed you give affection to those that pay their dues, this is the service conditioning of survival. Sometimes we fawn and end up as someone’s pawn left to deal with their shadows.…

  • p.o.v…of sabrina: flower power 🌸

    Written by: Sabrina Nur The morning that Flower Power took place I woke up to the voice of my soul sister, Bella. The alarm that I had set the previous night failed to wake us up. We’d been planning this day for a year. We couldn’t afford to be late for one of the most…

  • Strength Within

    Strength Within by Trinity L. Thompson In a distance, I hear faint criesalthough I know you must heal, let me dry your tears…we all have a weakness…cry if you mustallow me to help dissolve your fears,I too lost grip of so much that I cherished in life…I often daydream wondering why…until I’m smiling knowing one…