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Kate Daniels: Detox  

So she wouldn’t judge, she practiced empathy, sitting for months in full lotus, palms open, thumb and forefinger touching to make a small circle she could empty her thoughts inside … Continue reading

October 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Snow White Cologne

. Director Amanda Eliasson says: Snow White Cologne is based on a true story about my sister who, as a teenager, had a drug abuse problem. I wanted to tell … Continue reading

October 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Robin Carver: Being a trans person in America was already scary. Now it’s terrifying.

A new federal order wouldn’t just deny civil rights protections to trans people. It would deny we exist altogether. I’m a trans woman, and I’m terrified. Already, on any given … Continue reading

October 26, 2018 · 4 Comments

Christian Kroll: Agriculture is broken, but we can fix it

I remember cycling past corn fields on my way to school. What ten-year-old me didn’t realise, of course, is that the huge machines and the beautiful, tidy monotony of the … Continue reading

October 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Paleolithic Lessons

. Dr. Michael Greger makes an evolutionary argument for a whole plant-based diet in contrast to “Paleo” fad diets. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to … Continue reading

October 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: A Sonnet for the 50th Reunion of the Mercy High Class of ’68

Let us make a little list from our lives,  who of us got a little fame and who got a little probation, who of us lived tame and who recalls … Continue reading

October 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: 73 Cows

. A Derbyshire farmer gave his cows to a sanctuary because he could no longer justify killing sentient individuals. 73 Cows is the story of Jay Wilde, a beef farmer who … Continue reading

October 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jessica Corbett: To Save the Planet From Climate Catastrophe, New Study Says Put Down the Damn Meat

Amid fresh warnings from United Nations researchers that there is a closing window to enact the “rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented” societal changes needed to prevent a climate catastrophe, a new … Continue reading

October 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ynske Boersma: The Defenders

Colombian women are putting their lives on the line for the Earth. . ACROSS THE WORLD, environmental activists defending their land, wildlife, and natural resources against large dams, industrial agriculture, … Continue reading

October 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sharon Fagan McDermott: The Body Dreams Itself

into an avenue of steam, the streetlights glow a slick sheen. And down this road, this August night thick as wet wool, a car rattles. The body dreams itself heavy, … Continue reading

October 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jill Richardson: We need to talk about masculinity

When we discuss sexual assault, we often talk about women. What should women do to stay safe? When I was in school, girls were even trained in women’s self-defense. I … Continue reading

October 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: What Men Fear Most

. London-based actor and poet Elliot Barnes-Worrel’s new film focuses on the emotional affects of modern masculinity: “Masculinity is something that people kill and die for….If you are emotional you … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · 3 Comments

James Wright: Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio

In the Shreve High football stadium, I think of Polacks nursing long beers in Tiltonsville, And gray faces of Negroes in the blast furnace at Benwood, And the ruptured night … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: When you’re such a weasel, even your own siblings can’t stand to see you elected

. Between contemplating the sorry spectacle of world leaders laughing out loud at Dear Clown Leader and awaiting the latest Kavanaugh implosion of scandal and lies – best headline goes … Continue reading

September 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

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