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Gail Langstroth: Composting on Earth Care Farm

In two handfuls of the finished compost there are more microorganisms
than people on earth, says Mike.

August 31, 2022 · 2 Comments

Farrah Hassen: End the Collective Punishment of Afghans

With innocent Afghans impoverished and starving, the U.S. must return money that’s rightfully theirs.

August 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Lisa Fay Coutley | Shelter: Michigan

He wants me
to believe he met Jesus in Memphis
after his car went dead & he forgot
& forgot & forgot to feed his dog.

August 29, 2022 · 8 Comments

Anne Pinto Rodrigues: The Indigenous Food Cafés Transforming Local Cuisine

The modern food system has a huge carbon footprint. These Indian cafés want to change that.

August 27, 2022 · 11 Comments

Rebecca Scofield, Elyssa Ford: How gay rodeos upend assumptions about life in rural America.

The cowboy has long stood as a symbol of American values and virile masculinity. But this understanding of the cowboy hides a more complex reality. 

August 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

Robert Lipsyte: Being Anything But a Good Sport in Saudi Arabia

Here’s the big question in Jock Culture these days: Is the Kingdom of Golf being used to sportswash the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?

August 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Around the Block

…a study of the process involved in making ideas come to life – told through a tour of David’s world alongside the characters that live within it.

August 20, 2022 · 5 Comments

Bruce Bennett: “Cow Cuddling” and other poems for your delight and amusement

Adorabull and Moonicorn
(who has a single eye and horn)
are two among the gentle crew
who – for a price – will lie with you.

August 20, 2022 · 3 Comments

Kimberly Parish Davis: Forever and Ever

…they watched television or surfed around the Internet for news about what was going on in Palestine. There had been a lot of fighting—a lot of bombed out buildings. One website told about the attack at the School where Hanna’s little brother was killed, and she was probably dealing with that while Emma was news surfing.

August 19, 2022 · 6 Comments

Adrienne Maree Brown: Murmurations | Love Looks Like Accountability

Racialized capitalism trains us to expect that some people fall through the cracks into unjust suffering; our cultural individualism tells us this is acceptable, as long as we aren’t the ones at the bottom. 

August 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Sandy Solomon: On a Visit to Friends

I’m drawn to the window where the hummingbirds
come; the shrill sound of wings precedes them;
then they hover at the red sugar water,
feeding before they’re gone.

August 15, 2022 · 3 Comments

Rachel Hadas: That Patch of Warmth

August. Midday. Look up: flawless sky
until a cloud sprouts; sidles; suddenly
blots out the sun. Wind troubles the trees

August 10, 2022 · 2 Comments

Neil Shepard: Mating Behaviors of Storks, Egrets, Humans

We’re out of love again and wandering
with other birdwatchers over the cedar shakes,
spying on spring nesting sites where great
migrations end and settle into familiar patterns
of rearing and weaning.

August 9, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: On Running – Nicola’s Spirit

It’s rare in sport to go out on top, to make the final chapter of a sporting career worthy of all the chapters that preceded it. But, Nicola Spirig has made a habit of doing the seemingly impossible.

August 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

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