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Daniel R. Cobb: Turn Left Here

What a god-awful year. 2017 has been a year of anguished outrage and quiet condolences, of trying to find a way to cope with the travesty that brought us Donald … Continue reading

December 31, 2017 · 8 Comments

Paul Christensen: The End of the Year

The days are paper thin at this time of year, like the onion skin my mother wrote her letters on. The hours slip along toward evening, and then evening congeals … Continue reading

December 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: The Unseen World

To be aware of the wonders of the living planet is to take on an unbearable burden of grief. What you see is not what others see. We inhabit parallel … Continue reading

December 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Audio: Merry it is while summer lasts (1225 AD)

. Recorded by Ensemble Belladonna, “Miri it is while sumer ilast” is considered the oldest surviving secular English song. Unfortunately only one verse survives: Miri it is while sumer ilast … Continue reading

December 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: On the Road to Jerusalem    

Sabra is Hebrew for cactus flower, prickly on the outside, sweet in the middle.   In Arabic, the word, saber: the virtue of patience & tenacity.   I leave a … Continue reading

December 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Charles Davidson: A Christian looks back at the first year of Trump

IT CAME AS NO SURPRISE nor was it widely welcomed. As herald of the imperial census taken every fourteen years for the sake of universal taxation in support of ancient … Continue reading

December 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

Kristophe Green & Dacher Keltner: Nature Is So Good for You That Even Watching It on TV Improves Well-Being

Watching a few minutes of “Planet Earth” can lead you to feel 46 percent more awe and 31 percent more gratitude. Humans have long intuited that being in nature is … Continue reading

December 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: On the Disinclination to Scream

If I had been a ten year old stranger and you had tripped me in a dark alley, say, downtown, instead of our mutual living room I’m sure I would … Continue reading

December 28, 2017 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: Homage to Tu Fu

Snow quiets away the day. Still it falls, and the horses   gather it on their backs. Black water moves beneath the ice   where the Swift and Ware rivers … Continue reading

December 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Lauren Reid: Why 2017 Was the Year of Resistance

Take a look back at the battles waged, victories won, and the collective resistance that defined 2017. Perhaps no year in recent memory has been as tumultuous as 2017. The … Continue reading

December 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Yo-Yo Ma and the Goat Rodeo Sessions

. The Goat Rodeo Sessions was an ambitious and groundbreaking project that brought together four string virtuosos: world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris … Continue reading

December 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: Duet for Uncle Paul

. First Voice   Vibrating with sinusitis and a gum infection, I shift from one foot to the other as my father, your big brother,   creaks down onto his … Continue reading

December 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Chuck Taylor: The Coming

If you’ve walked in your heavy galoshes into a farmer’s wheat field covered with fresh snow on a bright Sunday morning, if you have listened with a sharp delight to … Continue reading

December 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: The German Who Came to Tea

. This award-winning film tells a story relayed by Annie Day, a 102 year-old English woman who remembers taking in two German prisoners of war for Christmas holiday at the height … Continue reading

December 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

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