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Tom Weis: History Will Damn Trump & Co. for Betraying the Vision of Our Founders

Healing begins with putting Trump’s exhausting psychodrama behind us and getting back to loving and caring for one another as Americans.

October 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Anne Lamott | 12 Truths I Learned from Life and Writing

If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.

October 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: The October Twilight

Leaf by leaf, the sky unfolds its ancient sunlight and lets the fragments of history drift to the ground, one broken fact at a time. How difficult it is to gather up the ruins of time and try to make sense of what we are — the foreground we emerged from, the burden of our legacy as inheritors of shame and guilt.

October 11, 2020 · 4 Comments

Michael Simms: Why you might be interested in my new book

Donate $20 or more to your favorite progressive cause or candidate, and Red Cedar Distribution will send you a free copy of my new collection of poems American Ash.

October 10, 2020 · 4 Comments

Gerry LaFemina: A Room for Space Agers

At a certain age I re-aimed that telescope, first, to look into the window of the young widow across the street, she who made me feel atomic.

October 6, 2020 · 3 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Swear to God

I’ll strive to focus on what I want rather than what I don’t want by holding the vision of a kinder, gentler leader and nation in my heart.

September 27, 2020 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: A Few Thoughts from a Cowboy Vegan

I grew up in Texas beef country down the street from a world-famous barbecue stand. I didn’t become a vegan until I was 54 years old. I probably have been responsible, at least in part, for the death of 10,000 animals. It’s never too late to change your life.

September 26, 2020 · 7 Comments

Mary Swander: Covid-19 among the Amish

The Amish have become an experiment in herd immunity, the direction where we all seem to be headed in the U.S.

September 24, 2020 · 8 Comments

Paul Christensen: Three Cheers for Autumn

I woke up this morning to a chill in the air. I closed the bedroom windows and shivered into my clothes, then hurried down to the kitchen to consult the … Continue reading

September 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

Bart Plantenga: How the Soul Remains Miraculously Intact Despite 2000 Rejections

…we must learn to nest in piles of our own rejection slips and somehow effectively grab hold of the levers and buttons that control the means of writerly production…

September 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Adrian Blevins: How I wrote The Brass Girl Brouhaha

I wrote The Brass Girl Brouhaha by tattooing the word WRONG across my heart to help me muster the strength I’d need to argue with a world that wanted me to say “hey, y’all!” in a hill-country accent sipping tea under a dogwood in a pink smock smattered with etchings of ivy.

September 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Boy Scouts can do better than teaming up with Trump’s EPA

In more sane times, it would be natural for the Boy Scouts of America to share its do-gooder image with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

September 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Weil: The Climate Crisis Is Happening Right Now

Record high temperatures. Record fires. Record smoke. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown has a few things to say about the state’s converging apocalypses.

September 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: The Grinding Gears of Time

Trump’s house of cards is built on ruses and Iago-like deceptions, a palace of flimsy lies waiting for the door to fly open and a gust of honest wind to sweep them all away.

September 7, 2020 · 3 Comments

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