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Emily Dickinson: “My Life had stood — a Loaded Gun”

My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun – In Corners – till a Day The Owner passed – identified – And carried Me away – And now We roam … Continue reading

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John Samuel Tieman: Notes on the beginning of a revolution

I had a nightmare last night. Smoke in my house. I’m confused, afraid. I finally find a glow in my basement. I never did see the flames. I call 9-1-1. … Continue reading

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Joan E. Bauer: On the Brink, 1938

A happy vicar I might have been… -George Orwell   On the Spanish battlefield, he would crawl on his stomach searching for potatoes.   The POUM (Marxist Workers’ Party) made … Continue reading

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Timothy Snyder: Fighting authoritarianism — 20 lessons from the 20th century

Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a … Continue reading

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Charles Davidson: A Call to Action — Christians in response to Donald Trump

Dr. Martin Luther King declared in a speech exactly one year before his death: “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the … Continue reading

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The Women’s March in Pictures

The second day of the Trump administration saw an unprecedented wave of protests swell across the globe, as the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches on all continents—yes, … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · 4 Comments

Lynn Lobash: A Feminist Reading List

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (1929) This extended essay examines the question of whether a woman is capable of producing work on par with Shakespeare. Woolf asserts … Continue reading

January 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Self-Compassion

. It’s all too easy to be extremely tough on ourselves; many of us need to get better at self-compassion. This short animated film from School of Life shows us … Continue reading

January 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: “Slip” by Chelsea McMullan

. “We wanted the piece to feel outside of time and space,” says Canadian filmmaker Chelsea McMullan of her short film “Slip” which explores the poetry of a women’s changing … Continue reading

January 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Thank you, Mr. President

Barack Obama: School’s out! . Thank you, President Obama! You served the country with dignity, grace, and honesty. You accomplished a great deal in eight years. You pushed through health … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 4 Comments

William deBuys: How to Hijack an Election

Election Rigging 101 Donald Trump was right. The election was rigged. What Trump got wrong (and, boy, does he get things wrong) is that the rigging worked in his favor. … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Nina Pick: Radical Orthography

Taking off the Caps Lock It came to me in a dream: Trump with a lower case t. It appeared in a flash as an ingenious solution, a subtle yet … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Emily De Ferrari: In the Belly

1. In Aliquippa The mill loomed large and after dark, nightmarishly glowing red on the river road we would take before I was five to my grandmother’s sweet, warm and yeasty … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 3 Comments

Ellery Akers: Before the Inauguaration

I go out and apologize to the leaves. I’m sorry, I say. I love the way you shake in the wind. The way you uncrinkle in the spring. I wish … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 2 Comments