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Billy Clem: As My Death Approaches

I am gravely ill. Medical tests indicate that my blood and many of my internal organs now fail to perform necessary functions. My body, enervated, starving, looks and feels terrible. … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · 11 Comments

Jennifer Jackson Berry: The Body Button

for my sister, Julia   I have no way of knowing how many times she’s hit her body button— it’s how she calls for help when the patient’s fists are … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Alex Kirby: Rising temperatures will lead to massive crop failures in the US, scientists say

US faces ‘abrupt and substantial’ crop losses which will increase food prices and cause problems for developing countries, says international study. LONDON, 19 January, 2017 – Harvests in the United … Continue reading

January 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Self-Compassion

. It’s all too easy to be extremely tough on ourselves; many of us need to get better at self-compassion. This short animated film from School of Life shows us … Continue reading

January 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

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