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Robert Frost: Provide, Provide

The witch that came (the withered hag)
To wash the steps with pail and rag
Was once the beauty Abishag,
The picture pride of Hollywood.

September 23, 2022 · 2 Comments

Karen J. Greenberg: Donald Trump’s Document Grab

A refusal to share information has been part of the Washington scene far longer than the current moment.

September 22, 2022 · 2 Comments

Travis Lupick: Gabor Maté And The Myth of Normal

Celebrated physician Gabor Maté discusses how our toxic culture is making us ill.

September 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Julia Conley: Book-Banning Efforts Rising at Unprecedented Rate, US Libraries Report

Efforts to censor entire categories of books reflecting certain voices and views shows that the moral panic isn’t about kids: It’s about politics.

September 20, 2022 · 3 Comments

Edward Harkness: My Father Meets Margaret Bourke-White 

He finds a Hershey bar
in his breast pocket, offers her a piece.
She flicks her cigarette into the dark,
takes the chocolate and says, Thanks, kiddo.

September 20, 2022 · 12 Comments

Benjamin Jensen: Ukraine’s rapid advance against Russia shows mastery of 3 essential skills for success in modern warfare

Ukrainian forces, aided by Western firepower, have upset traditional military logic once again.

September 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Louise Hawes: My muse at seventy-something

My muse is fast; her legs, long, relentless,
churn like propellers. She seldom stops to
explain where we’re going.

September 17, 2022 · 14 Comments

Video: The Restrained Brain

Self-restraint goes hand in hand with the good life. Can brain science help us get a grip?

September 17, 2022 · 7 Comments

Pablo Neruda: Ode to the Book (II) translated by Wally Swist

stone by stone
the castle of humanity rising

September 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: He Who Hath Not A Uterus Should Shut the Fucketh Up – Fallopians 13:13

On a good day for duplicitous zealots peculiarly fixated on controlling women’s bodies, Lindsey Graham, a childless, partnerless ghoul who’s never experienced any pregnancy welcome or not, proposed a nationwide abortion ban backed only by a tiny, rabid minority…

September 16, 2022 · 8 Comments

Emily E. Schlickman, et al: A case for retreat in the age of fire as wildfires threaten homes in the West

As fire risk rises, is it time to consider managed retreat?

September 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Alex Craven: The Climate Solution Standing Right in Front of Us — Mature and Old-Growth Forests

It’s not enough to solely reduce emissions; we must also sequester and store carbon.

September 14, 2022 · 1 Comment

Maryfrances Wagner: Hands (a poem translated to ASL by Eric Epstein)

Of a thousand hands
I’d know my father’s,
long fingers shaped like oars

September 14, 2022 · 3 Comments

Houman Harouni: The Dervish

The postures I held for long breaths by the flow of the Ganges I did not hold to achieve light I held no star in sight as I turned my … Continue reading

September 13, 2022 · 5 Comments

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