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Adrienne Maree Brown: Murmurations | Love Looks Like Accountability

Racialized capitalism trains us to expect that some people fall through the cracks into unjust suffering; our cultural individualism tells us this is acceptable, as long as we aren’t the ones at the bottom. 

August 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: The Decline and Fall of Everything (Including Me)

I find myself experiencing three versions of that ultimate story: that of my own fall; that of my country; and that of an increasingly overheating planet as a habitable place for us all.

August 15, 2022 · 3 Comments

Baron Wormser: Oona

When you have a dog, you get to participate in another creature’s being, a creature who wants to be with you, a human being.

August 6, 2022 · 18 Comments

Paul Christensen: What the Heat Demands of Us

We may not make it through this crisis. But no one can say for sure it is too late.

July 31, 2022 · 3 Comments

Sam Long: Why I Decided to Come Out to My Students as a Trans Man

Every August, as new students arrive, I wonder whether I want to share this part of myself.

July 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

William deBuys: New Mexico’s Megafires Mark a Turning Point

We have entered the Pyrocene, the Epoch of Fire.

July 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

Frida Berrigan: This Is My Song

What I Can Still Love about My Embattled Country (and World)

July 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thom Hartmann: A Personal Apology to Young Americans for Failing to Stop Ronald Reagan

I’m so embarrassed to have to say this, but my generation let this happen. And now our chance is here to stop the Republican onslaught once and for all.

July 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Elderberry Magic

In the Native American tradition, the elder is sacred. The soft whistling song I often hear in the branches has been heard by others as well. Elder’s long association with wind instruments suggests that the magical sound comes not from the wind but rather from the tree itself, as well as any instruments carved from elder branches.

July 16, 2022 · 11 Comments

Paul Christensen: What Binds Us. Together

We’ve had two small heat waves since I arrived here in southern France in mid-June. Neither was terrible, neither quite made it to the level of a canicule, a blistering heat bloom usually starting out its career in northern Africa and drifting down onto western Europe where it stagnates over the red-tile roofs…

July 15, 2022 · 6 Comments

Deborah Bogen: Two Poems

I think of the ways we got it wrong.  All the things we didn’t know. Who did it — and why — where it was done and how we can think about the Lord’s Prayer as thirteen ways of looking at a tragedy.

July 13, 2022 · 4 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: In the Shadow of Roe’s Undoing

I still hate electoral politics, but you don’t always get to choose the terrain you’re fighting on. Through its machinations at the federal, state, and county level, the Republican Party has been all but screaming its plans to steal the next presidential election.

July 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

Baron Wormser: Ghosts

All the chatter about “family values” presupposes that women pick up whatever difficulties they are faced with and go forward with a happy, maternal smile. Seduced and abandoned does not exist in such an aggressively wholesome universe.

July 11, 2022 · 9 Comments

Adrienne Maree Brown: Murmurations | Returning to the Whole

To heal ourselves, we must remember that we are a small part of a much greater whole.

July 8, 2022 · 2 Comments

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