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Video: Emily Levine, Philosopher-Comic

In this brilliant, funny, and largehearted meditation recorded in April, 2017, Emily Levine offers a meditation on life and death as she faces her own terminal illness. Some years back, Emily graduated cum laude from Harvard, intent on pursuing a career as an Oracle.

May 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jacqueline Keeler: Notre Dame and the Fight for Sacred Lands

An Indigenous journalist reflects on the 800-year-old cathedral and what “sacred” means to her.

April 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Daniel Becker: The Rhyme and Reason of Uncertainty and Doubt

Wallace Stevens taught us there are 13 ways to see a blackbird. Actually, there are more than 13 ways. Just the other day my wife mentioned that blackbirds mourn their dead.

April 27, 2019 · 3 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Who Needs the Library?

I’ve been looking forward to our book reading in the community associated with “three days of peace and music” in 1968. Woodstock, New York has long been considered a sanctuary … Continue reading

April 25, 2019 · 2 Comments

Belle Chesler: Defunding Children — A National Crisis of the Soul

Our kids are struggling not because we’ve forgotten how to teach them or they’ve forgotten how to learn, but because the adults who run this society have largely decided that their collective future is not a priority.

April 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Adrian Blevins: Our Maine Ruinlust

“What we seek, at the deepest level, is inwardly to resemble, rather than physically to possess, the objects and places that touch us through their beauty.”

April 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Waiting Game

I sometimes think of myself as Jody Tiflin, the boy from John Steinbeck’s story who longed to have his mare Nellie deliver a foal, the red pony, only to discover … Continue reading

April 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Jacobson: Welcome

When I get to the hospital I see that someone has sent my grandmother a big bouquet of pink roses and the card reads: Welcome. Nana laughs and sticks the … Continue reading

March 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Vernal Equinox

I found three tiny crocus sprouts in the garden today. They were as innocent as a boy’s first pubic hair, tentative and shy, but determined to flow with time toward … Continue reading

March 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Come Play in the Milky Night

At the IHOP in Winchester one night, we were paying for our dinner when the young woman behind the cash register noticed that my young son was looking at something … Continue reading

March 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: Parenting the Climate-Change Generation

Young people across the world are striking to draw attention to the ravages of climate change. They are demanding — with their bodies and their voices — that the catastrophe each of them will inherit be a priority for the grown-ups around them.

March 15, 2019 · 3 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: From Mowing the Grass to Cutting the Flesh

If we were sometimes silly, we were also wise enough to know that understanding and taking control of our bodies was a first step to taking control of our lives.

March 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Gerald Fleming: About Stone

If you are not honest, stone will make you honest. Lifting it, breaking it, fitting it. The work is mostly quiet—the main sound the sound of stone against stone. The work is close to the ground.

March 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Anne Lamott: Notes on Hope

I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.

March 3, 2019 · 1 Comment

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