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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

Jocelyn Elise Crowley: Baby boomers are divorcing for surprisingly old-fashioned reasons

At first, Kathy, 53 years old, spoke to me calmly, but as the minutes ticked away, her voice started to crack. Her husband had a long-standing problem with alcohol. The … Continue reading

March 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: The Only Hope Is To Be The Daylight

Belatedly, we mourn the passing of W.S. Merwin, masterful poet as well as fierce environmentalist and defender of justice, who died in his sleep March 15 at his home on Maui, where over several … Continue reading

March 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Journey of Jon Daniels

 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. During this time of increasingly virulent racism, it is well that we pause and remember … Continue reading

March 20, 2019 · 2 Comments

George Monbiot: Capitalism is destroying the Earth. We need a new human right for future generations

The young people taking to the streets for the climate strike are right: their future is being stolen. The economy is an environmental pyramid scheme, dumping its liabilities on the young and the unborn. Its current growth depends on intergenerational theft.

March 18, 2019 · 3 Comments

Video: All Along the Watchtower — Playing for Change

I remember having a daydream about the opening acoustic guitar part of “All Along The Watchtower” ending with a Native American scream and a big native drum on the downbeat. … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: To Tell You the Story

Yannis Behrakis, one of the world’s most respected photographers who chronicled with empathy “the best and the worst of humankind” in global conflicts and crises, has died of cancer at 58. Born … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Christer Petley: How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control

It is no surprise that the whip is synonymous with New World slavery: its continual crack remained an audible threat to enslaved workers to keep at their work, reminding them … Continue reading

March 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Adrie Kusserow: Bus Station, Kampala, Uganda

For Willem, age 3 . We are lost. . Holding you tight, the drunks pawing me . as I weave through the stalls sticky with beer and urine . looking … Continue reading

March 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: The US must grow up and respect Iranian Independence

One of the lessons from our recent visit to Iran as a Peace Delegation is that Iran is a mature country. It is 2,500 years old, ten times as old as … Continue reading

March 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

Southern Poverty Law Center: Hate Map

Each year since 1990, the SPLC has published an annual census of hate groups operating within the United States. The number is a barometer, albeit only one, of the level of hate activity in the country.

March 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Video: Path of Freedom

In the harsh environment of a Rhode Island men’s prison, a group of fifty inmates are transforming their lives through the practice of meditation.

March 10, 2019 · 1 Comment

Arlene Weiner: Just Sayings

You can’t get anything clean
Without getting something dirty
But you can get everything dirty
Without getting anything clean
Ought to be a country song

March 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

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