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Derrick Z. Jackson: EPA Can Save Lives with Tighter Protections on Fine Particulate Pollution

Globally, fine particulate pollution kills at least 4.2 million people a year, according to the World Health Organization, and perhaps as many as 5.7 million a year…

March 13, 2023 · Leave a comment

David Hassler: Intensive Care

Children under the age of fourteen weren’t allowed in the ICU. I was eleven, and my brother was thirteen, but no nurse or doctor was going to stop us from seeing our mother.

March 12, 2023 · 7 Comments

Audio: Robert Frost reads ‘West-Running Brook’ and ‘The Death of the Hired Man’ (with texts)

‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.’

March 12, 2023 · 2 Comments

Video: Adjany Costa | A Roadmap for Indigenous communities to reclaim stewardship of the land

Conservation efforts should center those who know the land best, enabling them to tailor solutions to their unique environmental, social and economic realities.

March 11, 2023 · Leave a comment

Mel Packer: Hots and a Cot

Payphone only cost a dime
in 1963 Wickenburg Arizona
where I had bedded down
courtesy of the local police

March 11, 2023 · 4 Comments

Robert Service: Compassion

For God knows it is good to give;
We may not have so long to live,
So if we can,
Let’s do each day a kindly deed,
And stretch a hand to those in need,
Bird, beast or man.

March 10, 2023 · Leave a comment

Patricia Nugent: It Feels Bad

It feels bad that we are the only industrialized nation that doesn’t have women’s equality built into its constitution. 

March 9, 2023 · 9 Comments

Mike Vargo: Ancient Footprints and Bighorns

The Valley of Fire, northeast of Vegas, is a maze of canyons and towering rock formations in hues from yellow to red…. And on some of those, Indigenous people 2,000 to 4,000 years ago scraped figures and shapes into the varnish. 

March 8, 2023 · 9 Comments

Andrea Mazzarino: Children of War

Armed violence has percolated into just about every aspect of this country’s being — from violent video games to still-spiking mass shootings to local police forces armed with weapons of war.

March 7, 2023 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Ethylene Oxide Adds to Toxic Burden for Memphis Residents

Children are particularly sensitive to ethylene oxide exposure as it can damage their DNA.

March 6, 2023 · 2 Comments

Robert Wrigley: Self-Pity

Sometimes, in private—another room at least,
another building all the better—you can bask
in the balm and rage of it, you can as a dog does
roll in it like a dead fish on the grass

March 5, 2023 · 18 Comments

Video: Black Mountain College and Charles Olson

the thing you’re after
may lie around the bend
of the nest (second, time slain, the bird! the bird!

March 4, 2023 · 2 Comments

Amy Lowell: A Decade

When you came, you were like red wine and honey,
And the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness.

March 3, 2023 · 6 Comments

Baron Wormser: Active Shooter

He could see something was out of whack. 

March 2, 2023 · 6 Comments

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