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Video: Mrs Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian, Explains Religious Freedom

Conservative Christianity Compares Notes with ISIS. Starring America’s Best Christian, Mrs. Betty Bowers.

May 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Ozymandias

. I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, … Continue reading

May 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Video: Sylvia Beach Whitman, proprietor of Shakespeare and Company

After George Whitman’s death in 2011, his daughter Sylvia Beach Whitman inherited the store where she grew up. In this short video tribute, Whitman remembers her days as Shakespeare and Company’s … Continue reading

May 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Per Espen Stoknes: The Great Grief — How To Cope with Losing Our World

Climate scientists overwhelmingly say that we will face unprecedented warming in the coming decades. Those same scientists, just like you or I, struggle with the emotions that are evoked by … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 3 Comments

Grandpa Elliot and others: Stand by Me

When faced with the power of music, the 1% doesn’t stand a chance. From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes the first of many “songs around … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

William J. Astore: The American Military Uncontained

Chaos Spread, Casualties Inflicted, Missions Unaccomplished:  It’s 1990. I’m a young captain in the U.S. Air Force. I’ve just witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, something I never thought … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Half Past

for David Falk take fireflies for example when you were a kid you caught them in a bottle and let them flicker themselves to death in your bedroom fifty years … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Fowl Deeds

The astonishing, multiple crises caused by chicken farming. It’s the insouciance that baffles me. To participate in the killing of an animal: this is a significant decision. It spreads like … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Thank You for the Stars and All the Things That Slowly Drift Away in the Distance

When I gave the panhandler some spare change he looked at me and said Thank You then he looked at the person next to me and said Thank You again. … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Fred Maus: The Sky Last Night

. The sky troubled me, raucous red and orange, wounded with gray. Between the sky and me, a hill. On the left, pine trees along the crest, sullen, heavy. To … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: “Asylum” — a cinematic poem by Nisha Gupta

Nisha Gupta, co-founder of Vox Populi, gives us a cinematic poem about seeking asylum from a persecutory world inside the arms of a beloved. Standing in solidarity for global LGBTQ … Continue reading

May 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Greg Laxer: Letter to the American Dead of the Vietnam War

Veterans For Peace, an organization of which I’ve been a member since 2013, has called for veterans (as well as civilians) affected by the Vietnam War to write a letter … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 5 Comments

Lord Byron (George Gordon): Darkness

. I had a dream, which was not all a dream. The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars Did wander darkling in the eternal space, Rayless, and pathless, and … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Video: Interview with Alice Munro

Calling her a “master of the contemporary short story,” the Swedish Academy awarded 82-year-old Alice Munro the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.  In 14 story collections, Munro reached generations of … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · Leave a comment