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Paul Christensen: Early Dog Days in Vermont

It used to be you could live in Vermont without an air conditioner, or even a fan. The stores were very sparing in their shelf space for such things. Now, all the big retailers pile up boxes of cheap rattling room coolers as early as May, and sell them off.

June 13, 2021 · 3 Comments

Sydney Lea: Sunday Morning

…his left ring finger was hewn at the knuckle quite some years ago.  If I think hard enough, I can remember when he was secretive about that injury. He kept the disfigured hand in his pocket or behind his back as much as he could.

June 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

Alex Mayyasiis: To be more tech-savvy, borrow these strategies from the Amish

Despite growing up within driving distance of Amish Country, I never expected to see the Amish as a source of tech-savvy guidance.

June 2, 2021 · 2 Comments

Andrew J. Bacevich: My Son Was Killed in Iraq 14 Years Ago—Who’s Responsible?

The Islamic Republic? George W. Bush? Both answers feel like evasions.

June 1, 2021 · 7 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Emerald Landscape

  The hills have turned so green it almost seems the world could melt into an emerald blaze, a conflagration of jewels and diamond-crusted creeks. The birds are celebrating some … Continue reading

May 23, 2021 · 6 Comments

Sharon Fagan McDermott: On Memory and Writing

In one of my favorite memories, I am peeking through my fingers, shivering, as New York Harbor, the heliport, the bustling-streets of New York City, and–even the skyscrapers— plummet away … Continue reading

May 18, 2021 · 6 Comments

Rev. John Dear: Daniel Berrigan and his fearless nonviolence, at 100

Five years since his death and 100 since his birth, legendary priest, author, poet and activist Daniel Berrigan continues to offer wisdom and insight on living a life of creative nonviolence.

May 16, 2021 · 1 Comment

Andrew Reginald Hairston: Husky Boy

I employed humor and wit to distract from my large size…

May 15, 2021 · 1 Comment

Emily De Ferrari: Saturday January 16, 2010, revisited

This is not security, this is not madness, this is a concerted effort to rid the land of Palestinians.

May 14, 2021 · 5 Comments

Robert P. Alvarez: Humanizing the People Police Kill

The standard, often unreliable reporting on police killings dehumanizes victims — a fact my own family knows too well.

May 10, 2021 · 3 Comments

Paul Christensen: What the Rain Says

She would die soon but neither of us knew that. Right now, the precious hours were dissolving in the pale afternoon light, just as the rain began again.

May 9, 2021 · 8 Comments

Joe Kadi: Musings about a Gender Transition

My dear friends, I am here to tell you that men do indeed talk in bathrooms and in changerooms.

May 2, 2021 · 7 Comments

Joel Christensen: What Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ can teach us about reentering the world after a year of isolation

Homer can help guide us as we return back to our normal worlds after a year of minimizing social contact. He can also, I believe, offer guidance on how people can heal.

April 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Systemic Racism Continues to Plague Pandemic Response

The chaotic roll-out of the vaccines has meant that people with access to the internet, reliable transportation and flexible hours have a much easier time getting vaccinated.

April 20, 2021 · 2 Comments

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