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Paul Christensen: The Snow It Snoweth Every Day

I’m not complaining too loudly. The Ukrainians are out there on the hills waiting to get into Poland, and the snow is pelting their thin coats and caps and making the kids squirm up against their moms.

March 14, 2022 · 4 Comments

Doug Anderson: Not a Buddhist Buddhist

I’ve been doing a Buddhist practice now for some years. I’m not a Buddhist. I’m not “enlightened” nor do I see myself as superior to anyone else. I would never … Continue reading

March 4, 2022 · 3 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: My Life with Maus

Or How I Was Banned (Even If in a Second-Hand Way) by a Trumpian World

February 20, 2022 · 4 Comments

Belle Chesler: Crisis in the Schools

A Return to a Normal That Was Never Good Enough

February 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Rhymes of Nature

Old snow. It’s like the linens piled up in a corner of a thrift shop, the kind passed down from grandmother to mother and then to a daughter who regarded … Continue reading

February 13, 2022 · 3 Comments

Paul Christensen: While Boston Sleeps

The day proceeded to turn over heavily, with the sun appearing to be bolted to a chink of sky between morose gray clouds. Poor Boston, poor humble Providence, all those rivets of history to our genesis as a nation graying in the ancient countryside.

February 6, 2022 · 3 Comments

Paul Christensen: In the Icy Womb of Winter

My wife noted this morning that the temperature gauge outside our kitchen widow read minus 9 degrees. The windows in the bedroom were frosted over with a thick rime, so … Continue reading

January 23, 2022 · 2 Comments

Fred Everett Maus: White Light 2020

I throw some seeds onto the snow and the dark-eyed juncos are here, very busy.

January 22, 2022 · 17 Comments

Baron Wormser: Conceit

If the great motive force in this world is love, how do we love the earth so that the harmony the earth embodies is acknowledged in daily life, to say nothing of adored?

January 21, 2022 · 8 Comments

Joe Kadi: The Charmed Life of Danny Lopez

Some of us are blessed to be born into a time when daily life aligns beautifully.

January 15, 2022 · 2 Comments

George Monbiot: Losing It

Faced with the gathering collapse of the biosphere, and governments’ refusal to take the necessary action, how do we stop ourselves from falling apart?

January 12, 2022 · 7 Comments

George Yancy: What I Learned About Death From 7 Religious Scholars, 1 Atheist and My Father

Just a few days before my father died in 2014, I asked him a question some might find insensitive or inappropriate: “So, what are your thoughts now about dying?”

January 9, 2022 · 11 Comments

Henry David Thoreau: On Eating Animals

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilised.

January 8, 2022 · 3 Comments

Most Popular Vox Populi Posts for 2021

At the end of each year, I enjoy compiling a list of the Vox Vopuli posts which attracted the most viewers. This year, for the first time, I’m also noting the single most popular post in each category since VP was founded in April, 2014. If you see an author or title that looks interesting, I hope you’ll visit (or re-visit) the post. Thank you for being part of our community! — Michael Simms, editor

December 30, 2021 · 7 Comments

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