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Michelle D. Holmes, MD, DRPH: The Folly of School Openings as a Zero-Sum Game

We need to address the needs of students—and parents, and teachers. One size does not fit all, and race complicates the challenge.

January 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Ellen McGrath Smith: Hand me your last resurrection 

like a small child hidden in a hollow tree
while the soldiers kill his family

January 15, 2022 · 3 Comments

Joe Kadi: The Charmed Life of Danny Lopez

Some of us are blessed to be born into a time when daily life aligns beautifully.

January 15, 2022 · 2 Comments

Nina Clements: Singing Bowl Massage

You are on the table
but also floating
in the center
of a lake.

January 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Sydney Lea: Heterodox

A knows of B
That after grim chemo his hair came back
The doctors reckoned they’d licked his disease

January 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

Wendy Mnookin: A Love Poem

I don’t want to complain about my mother, because she did a lot of nice things. Some very considerate things. She came to Boston when my younger son was born … Continue reading

January 12, 2022 · 5 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Derek Sarno | Wicked Stroganoff and other great recipes

Vegan chef Derek Sarno is on a mission to unleash the mighty power of plants, creating nutritious food from mushrooms and vegetables that’s full of texture and flavor — and good for the planet. (recipes included in this post)

January 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Henry David Thoreau: On Eating Animals

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilised.

January 8, 2022 · 3 Comments

Majid Naficy: Stroke

It was last week
Tuesday morning at seven
When in the shower
Your right arm became numb

January 4, 2022 · 4 Comments

Edison Jennings: Flocks of Crowned Spirits

the rich escape to seaside estates                           
sheltering in place a few sanitized days                      
behind elaborate wrought iron gates

January 4, 2022 · 4 Comments

Video: Alpha Mare

After a mental health crisis, Karin finds peace among her beloved horses.

January 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

George Drew: On Another Epic Trip Around the Sun

I was sixty and I was dancing with Jan,
my brother’s Queen of the Line Dance wife

January 1, 2022 · 8 Comments

Jacqueline Boyd: Dogs and TV | Here’s what we know about how they respond

Some of our canine friends – particularly those dogs who have only known life with their owners since the pandemic began – are now experiencing some difficulties adapting to this new lifestyle. So, any tool which can provide stimulation and entertainment can be helpful to minimise their distress and keep them happy and healthy.

January 1, 2022 · 3 Comments

Most Popular Vox Populi Posts for 2021

At the end of each year, I enjoy compiling a list of the Vox Vopuli posts which attracted the most viewers. This year, for the first time, I’m also noting the single most popular post in each category since VP was founded in April, 2014. If you see an author or title that looks interesting, I hope you’ll visit (or re-visit) the post. Thank you for being part of our community! — Michael Simms, editor

December 30, 2021 · 7 Comments

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