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Paul Christensen: The Leaden Hat of Fall

Once in a while the tufted sky would break open into dazzling radiance. I would often look up from my reading to behold a waterfall of fiery light, as if the Golden Fleece were hanging in a waterfall shedding all its precious minerals into the valley below.

November 28, 2021 · 9 Comments

Video: “Hope” by Emily Dickinson | A Film by Robert Isenberg

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

November 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Michael Gregory: On Second Mesa

Wherever one steps is sacred

November 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: America’s Native Prisoners of War

Aaron Huey’s effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people — appalling, and largely ignored — compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson.

November 25, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Miracle Jones | The Radical, Revolutionary Resilience of Black Joy

In the face of trauma, happiness is resilience: a revolutionary act of thriving despite all odds, rather than wilting or surrendering. Community organizer and activist Miracle Jones offers a heart-to-heart … Continue reading

November 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: Apocalypse Soon

We are outnumbered by countless other creatures, dwarfed by the complex imperial government of birds, by the subterranean empires of worms and grubs albino larva, moles, gophers, beetles with vast pincer jaws, by nomadic tribes of aphids and cutworms, by thread-like parasites that feast on my annabels in mid-summer, and of course, by the king of blood bandits, the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spawns in our lowland catchments and marshland.

November 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: One Nation, Under Rage, Divisible

Anger can cause us to neglect gratitude, kindness, and integrity. As we mature as individuals and a nation, it’s our responsibility to redirect anger in ways that lift us and others up, to channel the energy into a higher vibration. To channel the passion of rage into love.

November 20, 2021 · 3 Comments

Video: Nat’s Story | Their Love

Nat experiences oppression, xenophobia and misgendering from their own family. Their mother has a spiritual experience that reveals the importance of honoring their child’s nonbinary identity. The film parallels crossing the US-Mexico border and traversing the gender binary.

November 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

Chard deNiord: I Was Swimming

I was swimming with you in a river
that was both rushing and still.
Remember?

November 16, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: Grace & Dignity

This video is about faces and bodies and how we move them, which is far, far more important than we realize. This crazy journey begins with Audrey Hepburn, runs through German and Chinese philosophy, and, by various and sundry routes, arrives back at each and every one of us.

November 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Kari Gunter-Seymour: Conflagration

I hoped returning
would spark memories, fill her with light,
the way the heat of day warms the bones.

November 12, 2021 · 4 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: The People of the People’s Trail

I am the very accidental Black nature lover.

November 7, 2021 · 13 Comments

Michael Simms: Compost

fine white strands
of mycelium reach
into the cells of the woody stalk
and hard husk of sunflower

November 6, 2021 · 6 Comments

Video: Martha Redbone sings ‘Sleep Sleep Beauty Bright’ by William Blake

In an enchanting lyrical rendition of William Blake’s poem “Sleep Sleep Beauty Bright,” singer Martha Redbone blends rhythm, blues and soul with traditional Native American music.

October 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

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