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Should Dairy Products be in Your Diet?

All those “Got Milk?” ads from the last decade or so would have us believe that dairy is a cornerstone of a healthy diet, providing essential nutrients, fortifying our bones, … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Galway Kinnell recites “The Bear”

Thomas Jefferson College International Poetry Festival in 1973. Galway Kinnell reciting “The Bear” Galway Kinnell 1927-2014

October 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

Richard Silverstein: What Israel Has to Teach Us

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Who profits from this “cherished” relationship? Richard Silverstein.  Introduction by b. traven. The truth that all fear to talk about. The Democrats waltz around…

October 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Purity

There is no purity in our house, we are dirty like cats in the litter. We get where we’re going just the same. Our windows aren’t clean, full of smudge … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Video: They building more prisons for you and me

Homeless man silences the room with his beautiful voice. “People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Charlotte Cuevas: My Story, For Anyone Who Wants To Know

Originally posted on The 365 Poetry Project:
It seems to me that I’ve been on a very long journey to arrive at a point where I could comfortably call myself a…

October 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Rory Fanning: Thank You for Your Valor, Thank You for Your Service, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You…

Still on the Thank-You Tour-of-Duty Circuit, 13 Years Later. Last week, in a quiet indie bookstore on the north side of Chicago, I saw the latest issue of Rolling Stone … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Video: Joseph Campbell — The Rapture of Being Alive

Bill Moyers: “Over the last two summers of his life, in hours of conversations recorded in the library of Lucasfilm in California, [Joseph Campbell and I] talked about how mythology … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nadia Prupis: US Cities Criminalizing Sharing Food with Homeless

At least 21 cities have adopted ordinances restricting where and how nonprofits and individuals can share food with homeless. A report released Monday by the National Coalition for the Homeless … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Video: Homeless man shares his composition on the piano

Ryan, a man who has been living on the street for 30 years, plays the piano outside in downtown Edmonton, in Churchill Square.  He is self-taught.         … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: The Sound of Music

When I realized that the former prostitute and now homeless old woman who sat at the stone bench facing the Civil War nurses memorial always smelled so bad because whenever … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fellow Nobel Peace Laureates to Obama: Stain of US Torture Your Job to Repair

‘When a nation’s leaders condone and even order torture, that nation has lost its way.’ Nobel Peace Prize laureates have written to President Barack Obama asking the US to close … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Farthest from the Sun

Soon the time of year to check the inner flame. Wavering or not. My heart, the guttering candle of the Chinese poets whose friends have all traveled beyond the river. … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Chard DeNiord: How are you supposed to know who the poets are?

Too many good books are lost in the sea of hyperbolic blurbs, slick marketing, and over production. Robin Williams’ character, a recent Soviet defector in the 1984 film “Moscow on … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

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