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Charlotte Turner Smith: On Being Cautioned Against Walking on an Headland Overlooking the Sea, Because It Was Frequented by a Lunatic

In moody sadness, on the giddy brink,
I see him more with envy than fear

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Dr. Michael Greger: Treating Depression With Diet And Exercise

Can a combination of an anti-inflammatory diet and aerobic exercise help prevent depression?

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Doug Anderson: Afterlife

My old friends are pretty much the same, a little slower getting out of their chairs, but the who of them always there beneath the skin – soul? I’ve become … Continue reading

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Angele Ellis: Arabic Lesson

Unlike the illiterate villager in an Arab novel I know alef from a telegraph pole single stroke of the definite article first letter of my French name I have chanted … Continue reading

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Ann Jones: The Man Who Saw Trump Coming A Century Ago

Distracted daily by the bloviating POTUS? Here, then, is a small suggestion. Focus your mind for a moment on one simple (yet deeply complex) truth: we are living in a … Continue reading

April 18, 2019 · 1 Comment

John Atcheson: Why the US Elected a Despot and Why It’s Poised To Do It Again

The majority of Americans overwhelmingly back progressive policies, including the Green New Deal…

April 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

Josephine Dickinson: 6018

At Hartford Connecticut a man steps out on the tarmac, one foot in front of the other, as the plane begins to move. Above Hartford a wooded hilly landscape, a … Continue reading

April 17, 2019 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: Sweet Accent

I like the sweet accent
Heard on the stairs this morning:
Persian with a hint of American.

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Ruthellen Josselson: Michelle Obama is an example of how women thrive and grow through adulthood

Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” can be read in many ways: as a political memoir, as a story of being black and aspiring in America or as a Cinderella story that transports … Continue reading

April 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Alexandra Ellerbeck, Avi Asher-Schapiro: Why Julian Assange’s arrest is troubling

After a seven-year standoff at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, British police on Thursday arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange–a development press freedom advocates had long feared. For years, journalists and … Continue reading

April 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Ode to the Schorren

& their skin-thin silt the Scheldt ground down from rocks, slopes & swamps — a rainy-day-gray mud,  that satin muck that slips through fingers &  escapes toward the insatiable North … Continue reading

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Adrie Kusserow: A Brief Respite after Chemo

A BRIEF RESPITE FROM THE USUAL PERCEPTUAL DIVIDES: AFTER CHEMO I SKI THROUGH THE VERMONT WOODS IN ANOTHER CLIMATE CHANGE STORM

April 14, 2019 · 14 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Waiting Game

I sometimes think of myself as Jody Tiflin, the boy from John Steinbeck’s story who longed to have his mare Nellie deliver a foal, the red pony, only to discover … Continue reading

April 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Julia Conley: Trump Threatens to Ship Undocumented Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities

Trump framed the proposal as a threat—but several politicians and rights advocates replied that immigrants would be welcome in those communities.

April 13, 2019 · 1 Comment

Meg Pokrass: Quack

He tells her this: “When ejaculating, I quack.” “Promise?”She’s poking water next to him — tipping front, then back, and then over again, looking at the sky, sideways.He gets her feathers … Continue reading

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