The Passing of Harlow Cagwin

There are few stories that touch my students as deeply as the one Scott Strazzante worked on for more than a decade. It happened months ago, but today that I learned Harlow Cagwin passed this year.

I never met Mr. Cagwin, and I’ve only had chance conversations with Mr. Strazzante, but I’ve shown Common Ground in my class dozens of times to teach how you tell a story, how you connect subject and audience. How you let people tell their own, important stories.

Spend the next 10 minutes with Harlow and Jean, you’ll never regret it.

The American family farm gives way to a subdivision – a critical cultural shift across the U.S. Common Ground is a 14-year document of this transition, through the Cagwins and the Grabenhofers, two families who love the same plot of land. See the project at

Mark E. Johnson

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