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Jocelyn Elise Crowley: Baby boomers are divorcing for surprisingly old-fashioned reasons

At first, Kathy, 53 years old, spoke to me calmly, but as the minutes ticked away, her voice started to crack. Her husband had a long-standing problem with alcohol. The … Continue reading

March 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Emily Dickinson: The Loneliness One dare not sound

The Loneliness One dare not sound—And would as soon surmiseAs in its Grave go plumbingTo ascertain the size— The Loneliness whose worst alarmIs lest itself should see—And perish from before … Continue reading

March 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Only Hope Is To Be The Daylight

Belatedly, we mourn the passing of W.S. Merwin, masterful poet as well as fierce environmentalist and defender of justice, who died in his sleep March 15 at his home on Maui, where over several … Continue reading

March 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

Louie Skipper: Which do crows find most ridiculous

Which do crows find most ridiculous, our laughter or our applause?   Beware of the pelican that ignores you.   Not yet having formed the waters what had God eaten … Continue reading

March 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Journey of Jon Daniels

 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. During this time of increasingly virulent racism, it is well that we pause and remember … Continue reading

March 20, 2019 · 2 Comments

Michaela Haas: The Climate Solution Right Under Our Feet

There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again. —Rumi  The way to stop climate change might be buried … Continue reading

March 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Capitalism is destroying the Earth. We need a new human right for future generations

The young people taking to the streets for the climate strike are right: their future is being stolen. The economy is an environmental pyramid scheme, dumping its liabilities on the young and the unborn. Its current growth depends on intergenerational theft.

March 18, 2019 · 3 Comments

Sandy Solomon: Yalding, Kent

Inside my friends’ house (in the 18thcentury,   a shop), I wake to the clank, clank, clank of the blacksmith’s hammer hard against iron, yellow orange, I imagine, from the forge.  . … Continue reading

March 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: All Along the Watchtower — Playing for Change

I remember having a daydream about the opening acoustic guitar part of “All Along The Watchtower” ending with a Native American scream and a big native drum on the downbeat. … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: To Tell You the Story

Yannis Behrakis, one of the world’s most respected photographers who chronicled with empathy “the best and the worst of humankind” in global conflicts and crises, has died of cancer at 58. Born … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: Parenting the Climate-Change Generation

Young people across the world are striking to draw attention to the ravages of climate change. They are demanding — with their bodies and their voices — that the catastrophe each of them will inherit be a priority for the grown-ups around them.

March 15, 2019 · 3 Comments

Audio: William Carlos Williams reads “Seafarer”

He invites the storm, he
lives by it!

March 15, 2019 · 3 Comments

Ellen Wohl: Small streams and wetlands are key parts of river networks – here’s why they need protection

The Trump administration is proposing to redefine a key term in the Clean Water Act: “Waters of the United States.” This deceptively simple phrase describes which streams, lakes, wetlands and other water bodies … Continue reading

March 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Christer Petley: How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control

It is no surprise that the whip is synonymous with New World slavery: its continual crack remained an audible threat to enslaved workers to keep at their work, reminding them … Continue reading

March 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

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