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Christine Rhein: Letter from Flint to Lansing

 I will fix it. — Governor Rick Snyder, State of the State 2016   Come and rock our babies, hold their bottles and their cups. Stop saying you are sorry. … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Djelloul Marbrook: News is the Noise of Civilization

Book reviews are more often than not ways to relegate and marginalize ideas that ought to supplant front-page news. They constitute a point of entry to an issue the recent … Continue reading

December 26, 2016 · 3 Comments

Audio: Hungry in Winter — The Literary Julia Child

Julia Child wanted to be a novelist, or to write for The New Yorker. “They weren’t interested in me, for some reason.” So she just kept reading — and finally … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jeff Oaks: My Father’s Feet

Among the things I was afraid of inheriting from my father, his snoring and his high-arched feet were the most frightening. At night, in moonlight, terrifying. His feet all his … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: All I Want For Christmas Is –

A society that respects all races and religions; A culture that honors its LGBTQ community; A woman’s right to choose what happens to her body; A near total ban on … Continue reading

December 19, 2016 · 6 Comments

Video: Elders

. After leaving India for the industrial north of England in the 1960’s, Karim and Kartari Chand never imagined they would end up being married longer than any other couple … Continue reading

December 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: What is the Optimal Vitamin C intake?

. Dr. Michael Greger explains that experiments showing how much vitamin C our bodies absorb and excrete can give us a sense of how many vitamin C rich fruits and … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Jeff Oaks: Out of fragments, always

When I drive her home one night, a friend whose house I’ve only been to once is amazed that I remember how to get there, and I admit that some … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tashi Nyima: The Five Liars

The aggregate of form, the material body, tells me where I am. The aggregate of feeling tells me how I am. The aggregate of perception tells me what I am. … Continue reading

November 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Going Deaf

Now is the time for drowsy tanagers. -– E.S.   First I lost the tick of snowflakes hitting glass. Then the sound of the cat’s tongue running over her fur. … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · 18 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Still Dead

I couldn’t recall when I’d last experienced similar symptoms. Churning in my stomach. Elusive rational thought. Inability to string words together coherently. Zombie-like motions. But I knew they felt familiar … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 7 Comments

Video: Marconi Union and Lyz Cooper perform “Weightless”

. Listen to Marconi Union and Lyz Cooper perform “Weightless” — said to be the most relaxing piece of music ever composed. Above is an eight minute clip. But if the … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Why I’m With Her

As a supporter of Bernie Sanders, I was disappointed when he lost the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton. Bernie asked his supporters to help elect Clinton, so out of respect … Continue reading

November 7, 2016 · 7 Comments

Video: How Not To Die (An Animated Summary)

. We have tremendous power over our health and longevity. In this short animated video, Dr Michael Greger summarizes his book best-selling book How Not to Die. . . . Email … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · 3 Comments