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Doug Anderson: Another Birthday and the Heart Sutra

Now well past the age T’Ang poets sent old men to the mountains to wander and live close to the bone. How a sudden gust could sound a chord through … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Sharon Fagan McDermott: The Lapses of Rain

Even in dreams, I fail to recognize these men. They are white blurs, edgeless, still talking. They turn rivers into sludge. Eagles into silica; air to lead.  I wake up, … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Eva’s Garden Angel Scones

I never liked the fuss of making biscuits – all the little bits and pieces that were leftover when cutting out the biscuits seemed such a waste, and the miser … Continue reading

April 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Do Men Who Have More Sex Live Longer?

. When done right, love may protect your lover’s life. (No, really. I’m not kidding.) Extensive research has established that men who have frequent sex with their regular partners have … Continue reading

April 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Why Our Partners Drive Us Mad

. In this short animated video created by Kathryn Steinbacher, the philosopher Alain de Botton explores the central foible of the human heart: We believe we are seeking happiness in love, but … Continue reading

April 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Judith A. Brice: No Moon Shadows

I can’t find your God in the graves of my pain, no moon shadows to pluck from evensong nor steel stillness in silhouettes of these sneaky weeks to come. I … Continue reading

April 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sierra Club: New Report Shows Clean Energy Employs Far More Workers than Coal, Oil, & Gas

Clean energy jobs overwhelm fossil fuels in 41 States and D.C. As EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt touts a new executive order attacking the Clean Power Plan, new Sierra Club analysis … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Round-up of top stories in the news

Maryland’s state legislature has passed a ban on fracking which, with the blessing of the Republican governor, is expected to be signed into law any day now. This twist shows … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Taison Bell, M.D.: Stop Playing Politics With People’s Lives

When people ask me what kind of physician I am, I simply say, “I’m the kind you hope to never have to meet.” I’m an intensivist, which means I deliver … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Andrea Germanos: Caring for the Common Good Wins. Norway Ranks World’s Happiest Country

In U.S., happiness is falling and Republican priorities stand to make it worse. Norway now holds the title of the world’s happiest country, according to a new report that also … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Gregory: Two More Maryvale Kids

Two more Maryvale kids dead of leukemia. In Tucson they’re trying to suck the TCE down to “acceptable” levels. In Kingman it’s poison gas plants. In the San Pedro, nitrates … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Roasted Tomato, Mustard Greens, and Chorizo Chili

I grew up in Texas where chili is part of the holy trinity of cuisine. As a Texan, you have your barbecue, your guacamole, and your chili. What these three … Continue reading

March 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jennifer Jackson Berry: Fat Girl at Weight Watchers Meeting

I’m supposed to tell everyone I’m dieting & give away pants as they get too big. They say if you feel bad about your loss, go to a grocery store, … Continue reading

March 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Brigitte Amiri: How is Trump Planning to Attack Reproductive Rights, LGBT Equality, and Religious Minorities? Let’s Find Out.

The ACLU has filed four Freedom of Information Act requests to find out how the Trump administration plans to target women, religious minorities, and other communities. There is no question that … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · 1 Comment