Interviews & Culture
Child abuse is on the decline, yet for many case workers, attorneys and psychologists neglect continues to be the Evil That Dare Not Speak Its Name. Research has only just begun on its psychological and social effects. Yet as correspondent John Winn discovers, untangling the threads that tie social work and the criminal justice system can be just as complicated as any case file...and just as controversial.
I have had much debate inside myself, which has produced itself in the form of procrastination, on whether or not I should write this article. As of late I have been given the opportunity to write for you wonderful people an article every month. Any sort of article really, with no real guidelines other than it has to be good.
Kuleana (cool-ay-ah-nah) literally translates from Hawaiian to English as “responsibility.” It means doing the job that you are hired to do. It means taking care of your keiki (children), makua (parents) and kupuna (elders). It means cleaning up after yourself and respecting the aina (earth). It means personal accountability.
An Interview with Michael Miller, winner of the Open Community Poetry Contest, January-March, 2011
by John Winn
Known as michaelmiller.ic to contributors and visitors to the website hennensobserver.com, Michael Miller Jr. is as mysterious as the allegories he employs. With little more to go on that an arm tattoo as his online avatar and some vague geography as his location, the Maryland resident is a stereotype of the reclusive artist—amorphous but accessible, ephemeral yet grounded in a larger truth. Shielded behind a computer screen, Miller has spent a career channeling these contradictions into art that are at once provocative and revealing, insightful and inspiring. Oh, did we mention he's a filmmaker?
An interview with H.E. Mantel, winner of the Open Community Poetry Contest (for the period October—December, 2010) conducted February 28, 2011.
by John Winn
Harold E. Mantel has been a mainstay in the literary community ever since he burst on the scene almost a decade ago. Since then many of his poems and prose, including “Abide and Abode,” “If Ever After” and “Pox Populi” have been published in major journals and magazines. Yet while many know about Harold the artist, few know about Harold the man.