Leafless, grey, gnarled, they hibernate in the clays of the brown crag. Their red, yellow, orange gildings, two monthsRead more
Len Shindel began working at Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point Plant in 1973, where he was a union activist and elected representative in local unions of the United Steelworkers, frequently publishing newsletters about issues confronting his co-workers. His nonfiction and poetry have been published in the “Other Voices” section of the Baltimore Evening Sun, The Pearl, The Mill Hunk Herald, Pig Iron, Labor Notes and other publications. After leaving Sparrows Point in 2002, Shindel, a father of three and grandfather of seven, began working as a communication specialist for an international union based in Washington, D.C. The International Labor Communications Association frequently rewarded his writing. He retired in 2016. Today he enjoys writing, cross-country skiing, kayaking, hiking, fly-fishing, and fighting for a more peaceful, sustainable and safe world for his grandchildren and their generation. Shindel is currently working on a book about the Garrett County Roads Workers Strike of 1970 www.garrettroadstrike.com.
My kitchen is blessed with fruity scents of Ethiopian Oromia, the welcoming traces of Chinatown Coffee Company, that quick butRead more
So you think our small town’s
so damn pretty
while you get on your soapbox
‘bout crime in the city.Read more
U.S. troops liberated death camps
in the decade before my birth.
My parents didn’t use the word fascism.
But I knew what it meant.
Only two years before my birth,
Israel was declared a state.Read more
Maybe it was Refaat Alareer’s memory of being on a Gaza playground in elementary school. Alareer, now a professor ofRead more
Sunday morning, damp bench, Deep Creek Lake State Park. Pandemic pup sits beside me, panting after her free run,Read more
I mount the mule, settle into my chaps, pull up my bandanna. The cowboy cloth, I thought only an accessory,Read more
The dogwood I planted last year has sprouted darts, rocks piled on the side, boastful testaments, to pick and shovel,Read more
Photo used under a Creative Commons license from flickr user R. Miller. I Want a Leader I wantRead more
John Morant, a 27-year employee, says, “I liked the pace of work and the camaraderie.” USW (Photo/Steve Dietz) There’s aRead more