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Dawn Potter: Soul

Today, a bird invisible among the trees
cries Jericho Jericho Jericho O no O no
all the afternoon long.

October 4, 2020 · 3 Comments

Liz Theoharis: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in America

The gospel doesn’t talk about the inevitability of poverty or the need for charity, but the responsibilities of the ruling authorities to all people and the possibility of abundance for all.

October 1, 2020 · 6 Comments

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September 30, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jeffrey Harrison: Double Visitation

There I was with my father again alive
walking around the back yard together,
and I hardly noticed that it wasn’t our back yard
or that he looked like he was in his fifties.

September 29, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: The Lost Words Blessing

Enter the wild with care, my love
And speak the things you see

September 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Swear to God

I’ll strive to focus on what I want rather than what I don’t want by holding the vision of a kinder, gentler leader and nation in my heart.

September 27, 2020 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: Oh God She Says

Oh God she says
The dog has learned to spell

September 13, 2020 · 12 Comments

Henry Beston: A Year of life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. I have heard them all, and of the three elemental voices, that of ocean is the most awesome, beautiful and varied.

September 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: My Expanded View

A Yoga tutorial. A collapsed body. An expanded view. Peace of mind gone horribly wrong.

August 22, 2020 · 4 Comments

Charles Davidson: Hitler’s Visage in Trump’s Shadow

Trump is the sociopathic bully who having been bullied in childhood by a sociopathic father now bullies his way across America, taking his cues from “strongmen” like Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, and Hitler who bullied his way across the Rhineland and Europe.

August 2, 2020 · 4 Comments

Audio: Wendell Berry reads ‘The Peace of Wild Things’

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be…

August 2, 2020 · 1 Comment

Dawn Potter: Confused Prayer

Faith is a tattered blanket in this age
of fear: a drape of old skin, soul’s girth
swelling with sugar-song, a late-stage
hymn soldering heaven to earth

August 1, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Barack Obama’s Powerful Eulogy for John Lewis

Former President Barack Obama on Thursday in a fiery eulogy of Rep. John Lewis highlighted the existential threat to democracy represented by the Republican Party as he called for expansion of voting rights.

July 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Allen Ginsberg: Sunflower Sutra

Jack Kerouac sat beside me on a busted rusty iron pole, companion, we thought the same thoughts of the soul, bleak and blue and sad-eyed, surrounded by the gnarled steel roots of trees of machinery.

July 26, 2020 · 5 Comments

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