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Abby Zimet: It Was Dark. It Was Loud. It Was Hard For Many.

In America, where the dark and crazy remain strong, we choose to begin the year taking solace and inspiration from President Zelensky…

January 5, 2023 · 1 Comment

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: An Open Thank You Letter to Kristen Who Works at the Cemetery

There are moments so flooded with tenderness
every wall around our heart collapses
from the beauty of it

January 4, 2023 · 20 Comments

Nolo Segundo: The Day I Remembered My Soul

When I was 24, I killed myself. I put it that bluntly because it was not an attempted suicide, a cry for help, but a decision to self-murder. Yes, it … Continue reading

January 4, 2023 · 6 Comments

Jade Prévost-Manuel: Could Breadfruit Help Trinidad and Tobago Brace for Climate Change?

Despite its colonial origins, breadfruit is now the subject of international research to evaluate its potential as a staple crop in a warming world.

January 3, 2023 · 3 Comments

Michael Gregory: Third Day of Christmas | Earth Air Wood Water Fire

Too many missing from this year’s mailing list.
Looking back I’m humbled to remember
how many stupid things I’ve done and survived

January 3, 2023 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Black College Students Are An Endangered Species Unless They Play Ball

One thing seems certain if the Supreme Court bans affirmative action in college admissions: The only Black men left on campus will be athletes.

January 2, 2023 · 4 Comments

Video: Safe

On a winter night in Atlantic City, the manager of a defunct casino must reckon with his parental failures when his unruly son needs help out of an illicit bind.

January 1, 2023 · 2 Comments

Anonymous: I Get By With a Little Help From Depends

Some of the artists of the ’60s are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers.

December 31, 2022 · 4 Comments

Parichehr Kazemi: How female Iranian activists use powerful images to protest oppressive policies

Images of unveiled Iranian women and adolescent girls standing atop police cars or flipping off the ayatollah’s picture have become signature demonstrations of dissent in the past few months of protest in Iran.

December 29, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Dan Harris | The Benefits Of Not Being A Jerk To Yourself

After more than two decades as an anchor for ABC News, an on-air panic attack sent Dan Harris’s life in a new direction: he became a dedicated meditator and, to some, even a guru. But then an anonymous survey of his family, friends and colleagues turned up some brutal feedback — he was still kind of a jerk.

December 28, 2022 · 2 Comments

Toi Derricotte | Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing

My mother was not impressed with her beauty;
once a year she put it on like a costume

December 24, 2022 · 13 Comments

Wally Swist: Honoring the Moment

The preparation is essential
to the beginning of the everyday

December 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Julie Poole: The Underground Economy of Unpaid Care

More than 40 million people provide unpaid care for adults. My mother was one of them.

December 22, 2022 · 3 Comments

Mike Males: Why Conservative Parts of the U.S. Are So Angry

Republican America is poorer, more violent, and less healthy than Democratic America. But Republicans’ blame is misplaced.

December 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

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