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Tales of the Holy Man

Word spread across the countryside about the wise Holy Man who lived in a small house atop the mountain. A man from the village decided to make the long and … Continue reading

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Video: al imam

. Despite controversy and threats, Muslim singer/songwriter turned spiritual leader Ani Zonneveld takes a stand for justice through activism and a progressive practice of Islam. As one of the world’s … Continue reading

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Jose Padua: Reflections on a Formation of Birds Seen Above a Parking Lot in Lebanon, Pennsylvania During the Winter Solstice

Though some will tell you otherwise, with reasons ranging from aerodynamic efficiency to a following of a leader in order to make it to a certain destination, there really is … Continue reading

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Leslie McGrath: An Anniversary

(Newtown, CT December 14, 2012) Cue the half-mast flags sagging eleven listless days before Christmas and the entreaties to return to our senses. It takes nearly a month, an advent … Continue reading

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Doug Anderson: Hourglass

Began to watch the hourglass when there were seven grains left in the neck, each one particular, crystalline, containing a world neglected up till now, what mansions and rivers are … Continue reading

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Fay Bound Alberti: One is the loneliest number

The history of a Western problem ‘God, but life is loneliness,’ declared the writer Sylvia Plath in her private journals. Despite all the grins and smiles we exchange, she says, … Continue reading

December 15, 2018 · 3 Comments

Video: Freedom Ballet AM:PM

. A day and a night in a couple’s life are represented in wildly surrealistic dance numbers. From Gordienko Production. Created by Konstantin Gordienko Camera: Yevgeniy Sakhno Email subscribers may … Continue reading

December 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Jason Brennan: When the state is unjust, citizens may use justifiable violence

If you see police choking someone to death – such as Eric Garner, the 43-year-old black horticulturalist wrestled down on the streets of New York City in 2014 – you … Continue reading

December 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Emily Dickinson: After great pain, a formal feeling comes

After great pain, a formal feeling comes – The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs – The stiff Heart questions ‘was it He, that bore,’ And ‘Yesterday, or Centuries before’? The … Continue reading

December 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Helena Norberg-Hodge: Unlike a Globalized Food System, Local Food Won’t Destroy the Environment

Our food system is linked to an economic system that is fundamentally biased against what’s good for people and the planet. If you’re seeking some good news during these troubled … Continue reading

December 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sam Hamill: When Eagles Fly

I don’t know how we do it, how we struggle to find happiness in this brutal world.   I sat a long time watching a few sailboats meander around Fidalgo … Continue reading

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Juniper White: Pulse Oximetry

For Sam . Propped on pillows, eyes closed, cannula askew, the machine indifferently   draws and whirs oxygen puffs, and you breathe as you can. I settle down beside,   … Continue reading

December 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rennyo Shonin: Yesterday is Spent

Summer and fall slip away; the months and years go by; yesterday is spent, and today draws to a close. Little did I know that I would grow old before I … Continue reading

December 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

Kareem Tayyar: Tempests

We are sitting in the nature garden on the southern side of the campus. It is dark, and the autumn wind has picked up her ancient violin. We are talking … Continue reading

December 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Claudia Castro Luna: To the Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S — This is my Wish for You

“That your days may soon change, that the love your parents and relatives feel for you glow inside you to give you strength.” Dear Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S., … Continue reading

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Jeff Turrentine: A Renewable Energy Revolution in Trump Country?

Americans know which way the energy winds are blowing—and in the heartland, they’re blowing mightily. Something truly noteworthy is taking place in a deep-red swath of the Midwest. According to a … Continue reading

December 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Bertha Rogers: Copper Beech Trees in Winter

Leaves arc, like paintings of blown leaves; like cut paper, like sunset strewn across red-gold sky, like smoldering fires; serrate-edged, notched, like some knives. But they cut only the hard … Continue reading

December 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

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