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Sally Bliumis-Dunn: Purple Carrot

These are lonely times.
No sweetness lingers on the tongue
from this carrot’s purple flesh.

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Video: Animal Protein vs. Plant-Based Protein

Dr. Michael Greger discusses a public health case for modernizing the definition of protein quality.

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Paul Laurence Dunbar: Religion

I am no priest of crooks nor creeds,
For human wants and human needs
Are more to me than prophets’ deeds

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David Kirby: Taking it home to Jerome

Everything else was to come, everything about love:
the sadness of it, knowing it can’t last, that all lives must end,
all hearts are broken.

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Video: The Moth — Janna Levin “Life on a Möbius Strip”

In this performance from The Moth, a young astrophysicist tells a story about an improbable love affair and its parallels with her research into black holes and finite mathematics.

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Honoré de Balzac: The Pleasures and Pains of Coffee

Coffee is a great power in my life; I have observed its effects on an epic scale. Coffee roasts your insides. Many people claim coffee inspires them, but, as everybody … Continue reading

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Paul Christensen: The Ice Man Cometh

Vermont has gone into deep storage, buried under a foot of sticky snow, with drifts reaching up to a few feet in some places. The silence is as pure as a church on Saturday.

February 3, 2023 · 5 Comments

Abby Zimet: Acts That Defy Humanity

The arrests offer little solace to friends and family grieving for a kind, joyful, “good human,” “quirky and true to himself,” “good spirit and soul” who attended church youth group and worked to be a good dad.

February 2, 2023 · 6 Comments

Rashad Shabazz: Black police officers aren’t colorblind – they’re infected by the same anti-Black bias as American society and police in general

Policing in the U.S. has, from its inception, treated Black people as domestic enemies.

February 1, 2023 · 5 Comments

Video/Audio: ‘Imbolc/Vision’ a film poem by Grace Wells

Imbolc marks the beginning of spring, and for Christians it is the feast day of Saint Brigid, Ireland’s matron saint.

February 1, 2023 · Leave a comment

Karen J. Greenburg: The Real Failure of January 6th

How America’s Insurrectionists Crossed the Rubicon of History

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Mel Packer: The Bend on the River Road from Homestead

A falling down, bullet-pocked sheet metal wall
Once erected to mark the edges of the 
South Side Jones and Laughlin steel mill

January 31, 2023 · 3 Comments

Chris Wright: The Inspiring Outrage of Norman Finkelstein

Wokeness is what happens when the destruction of the labor movement proceeds so far, and social atomization becomes so all-consuming, that even the “left” adopts an individualistic, moralistic, psychologistic, censorious, self-righteous, performative approach to making social change.

January 30, 2023 · 7 Comments

Laura McCullough: Hero With Only One Face 

He tells me in his diminishing days, death not yet active,
but clearly begun, about his siblings, family shufflings,
foster homes, the orphanage. Who said they would
but then could not, who promised this & forgot that

January 30, 2023 · 3 Comments

Video: Roger Penrose | Why Did Our Universe Begin?

That the universe began seems astonishing. What brought it about? What forces were involved? How did the laws of nature generate the vast expanse of billions of galaxies of billions of stars and planets in the structures that we see today?

January 29, 2023 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Surfaces

We are trapped waiting
Moving behind the windows
The night weeps and heaves

January 29, 2023 · 9 Comments

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