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Ann Fisher-Wirth: Prayer

Let the mothers rush toward their babies and wrap their arms around them tight enough to hold back even the sea if it would harm them.   Let the anguish … Continue reading

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John Samuel Tieman: From “Ghetto Hawk — The Diary of Publius”

11/6 I held Sam after class today. He stared out the window and cried.   He tells me that he just wants to go home. We discuss his behavior. Sam … Continue reading

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Kevin Loria: Antarctica is melting faster than anyone thought, and we’re not ready for the sea level rise that’s coming

Crevasses near the grounding line of Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica.  Ice melting rates in Antarctica tripled between 2012 and 2017, according to a study published in the journal Nature. The biggest … Continue reading

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Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: Guided Imagery — With Respect for the Sea’s Language

Yesterday someone said “See grief through God’s eyes” and when I try to do that I rescue the memory of  blue mist an image that draws from shadows:   I … Continue reading

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Video: Lawrence Ferlinghetti reads “Pity the Nation” (text included)

. Lawrence Monsanto Ferlinghetti (born 1919) is an American poet, painter, liberal activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Author of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art criticism, … Continue reading

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Mary Oliver: The Artist’s Task

It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps at the door. I am deep in the machinery of … Continue reading

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Rev. Dr. Charles N. Davidson: A Summons to a Nationwide Citizens’ Mobilization to Free and Unite Migrant and Refugee Children and Families

The crucial moment has arrived amid the immigration crisis inflaming the nation—the time for citizens from cities, townships, and hamlets across the land to answer the clarion call to take … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Dominik W. Rettinger & Christine Skarbek: Kommando Puff

A new novel From Poland recounts the industrialization of rape at Auschwitz.  Kommando Puff is a novel that exposes the lives of two women:  Anna, the German mother of an SS-officer … Continue reading

June 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Behind the Bars

. The African-American poet who travelled 1,200 miles to Harvard, only to be thrown in jail. I am a pilgrim far from home, A wanderer like Mars, And thought my … Continue reading

June 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Names

Lea wants to change her name to Tina. Her mother says she must think very carefully because a name has to fit. The wrong name can bind like someone else’s … Continue reading

June 16, 2018 · 3 Comments

Video: Ma Mama

. In this imaginative animated video, two lovers explore a patterned jungle world and meet some animal friends along the way. Director Katy Wang says, “I had so much fun creating … Continue reading

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Joan E. Bauer: River Dolphin of the Yangtze

We sailed on a river boat down the Yangtze twenty years ago—before the Three Gorges Dam   & the rising water lowered the mountains. That day the peaks shrouded with … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Butchery of the Planet

Defending the living world and its people requires a shift from meat to a plant-based diet. Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live … Continue reading

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Fadi Abu Shammalah & Jen Marlowe: The Great Return March and the Women of Gaza

Why Palestine’s Feminists are Fighting on Two Fronts “I am here because I heard my town call me, and ask me to maintain my honor.” Fifty-seven-year-old Um Khalid Abu Mosa … Continue reading

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Majid Naficy: The Signs of My Mother

Oh high moon! What are you waiting for? Follow your path quickly And carry my message to Isfahan From the window of my bedroom. My mother is still awake And … Continue reading

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Marc Jampole: Why does Trump keep acting against U.S. interests in foreign policy?

Why does Trump keep acting against U.S. interests in foreign policy? Stupidity? Narcissism? Or maybe it’s money from Russia and elsewhere. Let’s take a bird’s eye view at the foreign … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · 3 Comments