'In my experience, Ogden is not as warm as I’d like it to be'
By MARK SAAL, Standard-Examiner staff
Verlecia Fields has lived in Ogden “on and off” for the last 28 years.
The 50-year-old Indiana native, who lives in subsidized housing in Ogden, says she sees her adopted city’s potential and believes it can be so much more than it is today.
“In my experience, Ogden is not as warm as I’d like it to be,” she said. “I feel like an outsider looking in. And some have gone out of their way to treat me like an outsider.”
Fields suspects her outsider status might have something to do with the fact she’s a non-Mormon black woman.
“I don’t know if it’s because I’m a woman or my color or my religion,” she said. “But I don’t consider I have a home. Home is where you’re loved, and I don’t feel loved. I haven’t found a home yet.”
Fields fancies herself something of a poet, having taken it up when she moved to Ogden. Her poetry centers on the injustices she sees around her and on her own experiences in life.
Fields believes that the women of Ogden can be a force for good.
“I think women can change the world with a little bit different attitude,” she said.
Asked to describe Ogden in a word, Fields labels it a “possible paradise” — adding that she thinks Ogden could become someplace special if only residents would demand better government and be a bit kinder to one another.
“Anything’s possible when people get together, get rid of the corruption and take care of each other,” Fields said.