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John Samuel Tieman: A Sonnet for the 50th Reunion of the Mercy High Class of ’68

Let us make a little list from our lives,  who of us got a little fame and who got a little probation, who of us lived tame and who recalls … Continue reading

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Anna Akhmatova: I am not one of those who left the land 

I am not one of those who left the land to the mercy of its enemies. Their flattery leaves me cold. My songs are not for them to praise.   … Continue reading

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Michael Silberman: 5 Ways New Movement Leaders Are Effecting Change

The Parkland students and others are reinventing models for people-powered activism that adapts to today’s rapid pace of change. . It’s hard to think of anything more embarrassing than throwing … Continue reading

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Rosalyn R. LaPier: How the loss of Native American languages affects our understanding of the natural world

Alaska has a “linguistic emergency,” according to the Alaskan Gov. Bill Walker. A report warned earlier this year that all of the state’s 20 Native American languages might cease to … Continue reading

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Video: Valley of White Birds

. This stunning animated film directed by Cloud Yang tells the story of a warrior who visits a mystical valley inhabited by magical birds. Wolf Smoke Studio is an animation … Continue reading

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Video: Paleolithic Lessons

. Dr. Michael Greger makes an evolutionary argument for a whole plant-based diet in contrast to “Paleo” fad diets. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to … Continue reading

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Al Maginnes: Source

Out of sore feet, out of roadsides sooted with dusk, out of gravel, jeweled crumbs of shattered glass, out   of the wide gesture of the hand toward heaven, out … Continue reading

October 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Sharon Fagan McDermott: Sodden

About the Kavanaugh hearings…   Awash, amuck in gunk and mud, the slogging bile of the rain Doused and logged, the watered tier of dying garden suddenly slippery, sopping, drenched. … Continue reading

October 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Reginald Andrade: I Was Reported to Police as an ‘Agitated Black Male’ — for Simply Walking to Work

Last month, I walked across the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst to get to work. It was an ordinary stroll. But to a bystander, the sight of an … Continue reading

October 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Stacy Bannerman: If You Forget About a War, It’s Time to End It

Saying ‘Enough folded flags,’ military families speak out against the Afghanistan War. You’d hardly know it from the news, but we’ve been continuously at war in Afghanistan since 2001. The … Continue reading

October 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Kareem Tayyar: The Prince of Shiraz

This is your country. You know which wells you can climb down before nightfall, Which wells will be dry even after the autumn rains, Which wells have paintings on the … Continue reading

October 16, 2018 · 3 Comments

Jake Johnson: With Planet in ‘Crisis Mode,’ Bernie Sanders Rips Trump White House for ‘Dangerous’ Dismissal of Climate Science

“You have an administration that virtually does not even recognize the reality of climate change and their policies, working with the fossil fuel industry, are making a bad situation worse.” … Continue reading

October 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Carrying a Sign

Leaves on the wind circle in the air Like emissaries from another world Frantic warnings No one heeds them, they Push toward their usual destinations With their everyday faces   … Continue reading

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Video: Cross My Heart

  . An American teenage girl visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves. This film explores the culture … Continue reading

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Michael Simms: Six poems

. My brother who is dying of cancer   My brother who is dying of cancer Tells me the time has come To forgive our father because It’s not about … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · 25 Comments

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