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John Samuel Tieman: Thank you for your service

At the gym the other day, a few of us old veterans were talking among ourselves. The subject drifted to how tired we are of that “Thank you for your … Continue reading

November 11, 2019 · 29 Comments

César Vallejo: Black Stone on a White Stone

I will die in Paris on a rainy day,
a day I can already remember.

November 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Robin Wall Kimmerer: I close my eyes and listen to the voices of the rain

Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy.

October 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Love

When I was a child, my mother told me
God has many faces
And She reveals Herself
In many ways.

October 13, 2019 · 20 Comments

Michael Simms: Hands

Every man who works with his hands
Has seen that look. Maybe we showed up
To patch the roof, service the furnace,
Or unclog the sewer…

September 22, 2019 · 9 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: What is wrong with Donald Trump?

“The malignant narcissist is presented as pathologically grandiose, lacking in conscience and behavioral regulation with characteristic demonstrations of joyful cruelty and sadism.”

September 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: The greatest glue commercial ever made

This classic 1992 television ad for Talens Rubber Cement swept the Cannes International Advertising Film Festival, winning its Grand Prix award.

August 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Will Kaufman: Woody Guthrie, ‘Old Man Trump’ and a real estate empire’s racist foundations

In 1950, Woody Guthrie moved to an apartment building in Brooklyn. His landlord: Fred Trump, father of Donald. And yes, Woody wrote a song about it.

August 23, 2019 · 2 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye: To Netanyahu

My Palestinian father named his donkey after you…
Now I think he insulted the donkey.

August 16, 2019 · 6 Comments

Michael Simms: On the Spectrum with Garrison Keillor

Many of the issues people have had with Keillor’s behavior through the years may have been caused by his autism.

August 11, 2019 · 23 Comments

Pablo Neruda: I’m explaining a few things

Treacherous
generals:
see my dead house,
look at broken Spain

August 7, 2019 · 4 Comments

Video: Willie Nelson’s new song “Immigrant Eyes” (with lyrics)

It turns out that Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter Angie Valeria were just two of dozens who’ve died in the Rio Grande this year. In this spirit, here’s Willie Nelson’s new song celebrating immigrants.

July 10, 2019 · 4 Comments

Bill Traylor: Sidewalk Genius

Born into slavery, Traylor spent the majority of his life after emancipation as a sharecropper. It was only after 1939, following his move to Montgomery, Alabama that Traylor began to draw. At the age of 85, he took up a pencil and a scrap of cardboard to document his recollections and observations. From 1939 to 1942, while working on the sidewalks of Montgomery, Traylor produced nearly 1,500 pieces of art.

April 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Anne Lamott: Notes on Hope

I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.

March 3, 2019 · 2 Comments

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