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Mike Schneider: Faith, Poetry, and James Baldwin

Prague Writer’s Festival, 2017 .1. America on the Hot Seat A large pleasure it was this November (10th through 16th) to visit Prague (with my friend Jan) as tourists, Americans … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · 6 Comments

Sandy Solomon: Three Pines

From a house in L’Aguiole, France, built in 1911 by a farmer, later a decorated sapeur-pompier in the Great War . Casement swung wide to receive the full moon and … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Philip Terman: All Her Life

Philip Terman?—you don’t know me. I’m Patricia Lamb, Palliative care nurse. Do you know what that means?    I work with patients who are dying.  And I received an odd … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Amy Roe: When Communities Say No One Should Stay in Jail Just Because They’re Poor

Five out of six people behind bars awaiting trial are there simply because they can’t afford bail. Community bail funds offer a solution. . When Dorothy Hinton-Adams was arrested for allegedly … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jon Tribble: Anubis Online

… every god that is dead can be conjured again to life, as any fragment of rock from a hillside, set respectfully in a garden, will arrest the eye. —Joseph Campbell, … Continue reading

November 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mary Annette Pember: Try Something New — Decolonize Your Mind

I tend to lie low during Native American History Month and dodge the Moon of Explaining Indians to White People. But not this year. . Traditionally, Ojibwe people observe a … Continue reading

November 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Can’t You Feel It?

After supper tonight I watched a movie about a maid in the ‘Twenties who was hanged because she killed the man who raped her. Then I went down to the … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: The Trifecta of Inequality

Imagine stand-up comic Henny Youngman, king of the one-liners, describing the Trump GOP tax proposals with one of his classic bits:  So how big is the tax break for the … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Audio: Lightnin’ Hopkins — Woke Up This Morning

. Sam John “Lightnin’” Hopkins (1911 – 1982) was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, and occasional pianist, from Centerville, Texas. The musicologist Robert “Mack” McCormick opined that Hopkins … Continue reading

November 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Women of These Hills — 3 Cultures of Appalachia

. Three Appalachian women in their 80’s share their stories of growing up in the rural regions of the Appalachian mountains. Take a glimpse into their lives as they share … Continue reading

November 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bill Moyers, Steven Harper: The Trump-Russia Story Is Coming Together. Here’s How to Make Sense of It

Editor’s Note: The news is coming so fast and furious, from so many sources and in so many fragments, that it takes more than a scorecard to keep up with … Continue reading

November 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda performs “The Hamilton Mixtape” for Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House

  . Tony Award winning writer Lin-Manuel Miranda performs “The Hamilton Mixtape,” a song narrating Alexander Hamilton‘s unlikely rise from his origins as a illegitimate son of  a Caribbean prostitute … Continue reading

November 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lindsey Royce: #MeToo

I embrace my Indian sister of the Dalit caste sentenced to gang rape, made to walk the dirt streets naked for my brother’s crime of marrying a woman of higher caste, … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: “Will we make their abuser a US senator?” Powerful new ad rebukes Moore and Trump

Democratic Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones has released a searing political ad putting names and faces to Roy Moore’s victims. . . There is seemingly no end to the horror … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

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