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Jena Schwartz: Salvo

A few days later, I came out to my husband. Our marriage exploded into shards in a matter of minutes.

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Karima Sorel: What Would a White Woman Do?

While white women are protected and treated as the “weaker sex,” Black women have been cultivating a culture of matriarchal strength and endurance.

April 9, 2021 · 3 Comments

Althea Romeo Mark: Sunrise in the Afternoon

I wonder if the crying is one of pain, of boredom or of frustration from being imprisoned in a body that no longer works or obeys her will.

April 6, 2021 · 2 Comments

John Feffer: How Biden Looks at the World

The Biden administration’s approach of “multilateral restoration” has many virtues compared to the last four years of MAGA. But it has considerable shortcomings as well.

April 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Louie Schwartzberg | Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Nature’s beauty can be fleeting — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

April 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Sports Pages of Death

Life in a Wounded and Wounding Land

March 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye & Michael Simms: Writing Prompt # 7 | Dear Vaccine

As we enter our new lives
will we remember
the faster we moved
the sicker we got?

March 27, 2021 · 5 Comments

Jason Irwin: Sickness Will Surely Take the Mind

Maybe it all started with the murder of John Lennon, or the books my mother bought me on JFK and MLK. Whatever the reason, by the time I was thirteen I was a hardened news junkie always looking for a fix.

March 27, 2021 · 1 Comment

Bunkong Tuon: Fishing for Trey Platoo

Cambodians and Vietnamese, once enemies,
fish side by side on the same American pier.

March 25, 2021 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: On Numberless Dead Bodies and Weapons of War Being Necessary to the Security Of A Free State

Congress, for God’s sake and all of ours, do your job. 

March 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Rachel Hadas: Holding on to hope is hard, even with the pandemic’s end in sight – wisdom from poets through the ages

As we begin to glimpse what might be the beginning of the end of the pandemic, what does hope mean? It’s hard not to sense the presence of hope, but how do we think of it?

March 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

Owen Hughes: Vaccination

After the shots
Not a fever
No side effect
Except this pause

March 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

Charles Davidson: Grace Given As Grace Received

Of all the besetting sins of an increasingly narcissistic age of emptiness and brokenness, the failure to love oneself may be a root sin that is perpetuated down the cycles of the generations.

March 21, 2021 · 1 Comment

William Petri, M.D.: How effective is the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine?

After a single dose of either vaccine, you have very high levels of protection after your body has time to build immunity, about a week. The scheduled second dose of these vaccines makes them even more effective.

March 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

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