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Marco North: The Stairs

Downstairs, there is a pile of kopeks next to the garbage bins. A ruble is far less than a penny, and there are one hundred kopeks to every ruble…. The kopeks are not there to be thrown away. They are for someone who actually needs them. Three hundred of them would buy a potato or two.

October 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Miriam Levine: Beauty Secrets of the Dead

Jen who never read anything
but bills and Sunday papers
comes back from the dead educated.

October 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dr. Michael Greger: How do we slow aging?

Basically, the theory goes, we’re rusting.

October 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lauren Worth: How Local Communities Can Tackle the ‘Death Gap’

Working-class Americans die younger. Here’s what your town can do about it.

October 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jason Baldinger: David Ogden Stiers

I can’t come off the night shift schedule
so I get 4 hours sleep a night for a week
drool all day, try not to pass out standing up
god forbid I catch a nap, sleep with a bag of diapers under my head

October 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

David Huddle: The NRA as the Official Mascot of the USA

Stupid is the word for a nation
that enables this atrocity five times
a month.

October 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: Trumping the Future

The skies, the mesas, the old growth forests, the seas, and everything else, all the richness, beauty, diversity of our ecosystem doesn’t belong in Donald Trump’s wallet. It’s ours, not his. It belongs to all of us — and none of us — at the same time. That means our job, above all, is to protect it and so our children, all of them!

October 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Strength

Strength is a film about female physical and emotional strength from the point of view of a weightlifter and narrated by Adele Hampton reciting her poem ‘Lessons in Olympic Weightlifting’.

October 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Do Vegetarians and Vegans Get Enough Protein?

Nutritional quality indices show plant-based diets are the healthiest, but do vegetarians and vegans reach the recommended daily intake of at least 42 grams of protein? In regards to other essential nutrients, how does a vegetarian or vegan diet stack up against the standard American diet?

October 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Baruch November: Beard 16

Most Hebrew Schools cut the Song of Songs
out of the classrooms.
I would have liked to learn how thighs can be of gold

September 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Stephanie Van Hook: Beyond Coping — How to Find the Strength to Take on Climate Change

Our emotional energy can be a source of power.

September 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Peter Schireson: Hinge

We hold her X-ray
up to the light—

September 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Hiding the truth

For decades, the news media have been ignoring research that disproves their cherished myths.

September 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Medea Benjamin: Should We Feed Hungry Children or the War Machine?

Our elected officials have chosen to prioritize the pursuit of military hegemony over the wellbeing of our people.

September 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

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