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Rick Campbell: English House Sparrows in the Consol Energy Center

The House Sparrow–Old World import, the first Brooklyn birds captured, purchased, transported in cages–we ignored till they overran natives, ravaged crops, windowsills, and eventually, hockey arenas.

March 10, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Crannog

Alexis has a life-threatening disease. She spends her time in the wooded expanse of northern Scotland, where she takes care of dozens of animals who are also sick, wounded or dying. Some have terminal cancer, some would otherwise be killed because of their disabilities, some were saved from slaughterhouses. Alexis provides palliative care for them.

March 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: On Being a Late-Night Motion Detector Detector

Two tiny yellow eyes stared back at me from the shadows near the shed. This has happened with my dog and with my cats, but I had never experienced this with a rat.

March 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

Paul Christensen: Winter is Dying

It is a relief just to breathe again without a shudder. The past has been very hard on us, with the terrible vengeance of a disease we can’t control, a government in tatters from the lies and treachery of a tyrant eager to become a New World Putin.

February 28, 2021 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: The Courage of Teachers

In 1987, students gathered in front of the admin building angry over the corruption of the university’s board. The crowd was getting ugly. I was a young teacher standing to the side, listening to the speeches, watching warily as the crowd grew. Someone shouted Take Over the Administration! and the crowd chanted Take Over! Take over! Take Over! The crowd, now a mob…

February 27, 2021 · 8 Comments

Dawn Potter| Song: The Famous Vision of America

an emptiness, too, in the bright
flicker of a cardinal on my back fence

February 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, & Max Wilbert: Bright Green Lies

How the Environmental Movement Lost Its Way and What We Can Do About it.

February 24, 2021 · 4 Comments

Isabella Garcia: Re-Visionary Artists

These creators are reclaiming their pasts and futures through transformative art.

February 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: The Fire Next Time

If we do succeed in destroying ourselves, it seems increasingly likely that it will be by fire, whether the accelerating heating of the globe over decades, or a nuclear conflagration any time we choose. The good news, the flame of hope, is that we still have time — at least 100 seconds — to prevent it.

February 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Pamela Haines, George Lakey: Why we must start imagining the world we want to live in


The center of America is not Washington, D.C. The center of America is the neighborhoods where 330 million Americans are raising their kids and trying to put food on the table and trying to love their neighbor. That’s the center of America.

February 9, 2021 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: New charges over Flint’s water crisis offer only a trickle of justice

No punishment has yet fit the crime of the Flint water crisis, complete with its child poisoning and lethal outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. After a prior investigation fell apart in 2019, Michigan state prosecutors unveiled a slew of fresh charges against the nine former officials involved.

February 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: Snow

Ghosts wear snow in the early morning hours and walk around like debutants at a ball. The wind lifts the hems of their long dresses and there is nothing beneath but a few dog tracks. How lonely it must be to be dead.

February 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Hayden Saunier: How I Suit Up for Winter Storms

Boots from my son’s eighth grade year,
outgrown far faster than the heart-deep
humiliations he bore for being gay
that I could not protect him from.

February 6, 2021 · 6 Comments

William Stafford: Traveling through the Dark

Traveling through the dark I found a deer
dead on the edge of the Wilson River road.

February 5, 2021 · 3 Comments

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