Jacki Lyden http://wncw.org en Meet Al Black: Florida's Prison Painter http://wncw.org/post/meet-al-black-floridas-prison-painter In the 1960s, Al Black could be found cruising up and down Route 1 in his blue-and-white Ford Galaxy — with a trunk full of wet landscape paintings.<p>At the time, he was a salesman who could snatch your breath away and sell it back to you. As artist Mary Ann Carroll puts it, he could "sell a jacket to a mosquito in summer."<p>"A salesman is a con-man," Black readily admits himself today. He's a storyteller. And does he have stories to tell.<p>Black was born on a plantation in Mississippi. One day, he says, a crew boss came by, needing more hands to pick crops. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 07:15:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 9089 at http://wncw.org Meet Al Black: Florida's Prison Painter Athena's Library, The Quirky Pillar Of Providence http://wncw.org/post/athenas-library-quirky-pillar-providence With a bit of reverence, librarians carefully wind an antique library clock near the circulation desk in a temple of learning called the Providence Athenaeum.<p>This is one of the oldest libraries in the United States, a 19th-century library with the soul of a 21st-century rave party. In fact, the Rhode Island institution has been called a national model for civic engagement.<p>A bust of the Greek goddess Athena surveys her realm from the open mezzanine above the main floor. Shafts of light fall gracefully through an atrium. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 11:10:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 3408 at http://wncw.org Athena's Library, The Quirky Pillar Of Providence Iraqi Refugees Struggle For Peace In America http://wncw.org/post/iraqi-refugees-struggle-peace-america The Iraq War may be officially over, but for thousands of Iraqis who fled to America during the conflict, there's no going home. Many left successful careers to settle in Detroit, where finding their future is a challenge.<p>The U.N. estimates several million Iraqis are now refugees — either inside Iraq or outside the country. Sat, 31 Dec 2011 11:16:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 1108 at http://wncw.org Iraqi Refugees Struggle For Peace In America