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Mehnaaz Mome: The Missing Piece in the Gun Violence Discourse — The Porous Border Between Republic and Empire

It may not be a coincidence that the rise in the killings of unarmed civilians thrives at a time when America remains engaged in a multitude of wars, some visible, … Continue reading

December 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Deborah Bogen: Four Truths About Anesthesia

1/ Maybe this is how it is: as you fall asleep a small hole opens in the back of your head just above the neck where children love to be … Continue reading

December 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kelly Madrone: My Battle With Crohn’s – How Going Plant-Based Gave Me My Life Back

At age 12, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease—an autoimmune disease that affects the digestive system and that, at the time, almost no one had heard of. I had emergency … Continue reading

December 1, 2018 · 2 Comments

Edgar Gabriel Silex: The Planting of the Blue Corn

after the fields are planted and the blue corn seeds are nestled in the red earth     after the Corn Planter has put away his sacred planting stick he says … Continue reading

November 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jefferies: Don’t Trash Thanksgiving. Decolonize It

Despite the holiday’s false origin tale, we can celebrate with our families in ways that honor those whom the day originally dishonored. Ultimately, within our families and communities and schools, … Continue reading

November 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Peter Forbes: We are heading for a New Cretaceous, not for a new normal

A lazy buzz phrase – ‘Is this the new normal?’ – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which … Continue reading

November 19, 2018 · 4 Comments

Elizabeth Jacobson: The Cows

Now that I have read this story about the cows I think of them at night when I cannot sleep, how they are so still in their grassy field, seemingly … Continue reading

November 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Judith A. Brice: I Want to Go Back

I want to go back to my youth again where all is in my realm, even good health, a new young boy and soccer games to watch— where I can … Continue reading

November 17, 2018 · 4 Comments

Robert C. Koehler: Gunfire and Wildfire — The New Abnormal

This is a country at war with itself in multiple ways. Thousand Oaks, California: a city torn apart by wildfire and gunfire. Both are unnatural disasters. “This is the new … Continue reading

November 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Therese Frare: A father comforts his son on his deathbed. The photograph that changed the face of AIDS (1989)

A father comforts his son, David Kirby, on his deathbed in Ohio, 1989. . This picture is widely considered the photo that changed the face of AIDS. It showed AIDS … Continue reading

November 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Giving Artists With Disabilities a Space to Thrive

. Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California, is the world’s first and largest nonprofit center dedicated to giving artists with disabilities the space to let their talents shine. Since … Continue reading

November 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: What the Murders Teach Us

Antisemitism was the cause, but automatic weapons were the method.  Reactions by Jews and non-Jews to the massacre of 11 people at Tree Of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh overwhelmed my … Continue reading

October 30, 2018 · 4 Comments

Christine Rhein: Before the Election

The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air. September— like always—the two of us talking, in bed, about the garden, a late flood of tomatoes, … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Dregs of October

I’m staring out of a large window onto a stone wall where an ancient grape vine hangs heavy with bunches of blue grapes. There’s no one to cut down these … Continue reading

October 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

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