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Video: Dan Harris | The Benefits Of Not Being A Jerk To Yourself

After more than two decades as an anchor for ABC News, an on-air panic attack sent Dan Harris’s life in a new direction: he became a dedicated meditator and, to some, even a guru. But then an anonymous survey of his family, friends and colleagues turned up some brutal feedback — he was still kind of a jerk.

December 28, 2022 · 2 Comments

David Kirby: The Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart

I’m wondering if, as I walk by later when the shadows are long,
will their white faces be like stars against their black habits

December 27, 2022 · 4 Comments

Vox Populi: The 15 most popular posts of 2022

During 2022, Vox Populi published 737 posts including poetry, essays and short films. Here are the fifteen most visited.

December 27, 2022 · 2 Comments

Maura Ives: How an American magazine helped launch one of Britain’s favorite Christmas carols

Christina Rossetti’s ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ didn’t begin life as a song, but being set to music helped it find fame.

December 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

David Baker: Holiday Wish

a little peace, a touch of ease, another day
come round with steady light

December 24, 2022 · 8 Comments

Barbara Crooker: Star of Wonder, Star of Light

It’s Christmas, the year before the accident, when the earth
still seemed fixed.  My husband and children are hanging
lights on the big pine tree

December 21, 2022 · 7 Comments

Dennis Patrick Slattery: Aging in Body, Eldering in Spirit

Our culture is hungry for voices of elders to share their wisdom with us, to counter the fierce energy of adolescent flames that insists on “my” and “me” to the exclusion of “us” and “we.”

December 18, 2022 · 7 Comments

Arlene Weiner: While I live

While I live, let me pour as through a sieve
the mixed and muddied waters of my loves,
hold the gold and let the silt go.

December 18, 2022 · 6 Comments

D.H. Lawrence: Terra Incognita

and grapes, and ghouls, and ghosts and green moonlight
and ruddy-orange limbs stirring the limbo
of the unknown air

December 16, 2022 · 11 Comments

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum: Heaven-Fire

The boy is not my blood
Though “Son” is the only name I have for “He-

December 15, 2022 · 7 Comments

Nicole Froio: Transforming Ourselves to Transform the World

The concept of cuerpo-territorio (“body-territory”) around which the Xinka women in Guatemala organize themselves recognizes the interconnectedness between human bodies and all other living beings. 

December 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Long Line of Ladies

This film intimately observes the months-long process of one girl, her family, and their tight-knit Karuk community as they come together to prepare for her Ihuk, the coming-of-age ceremony for girls.

December 11, 2022 · 4 Comments

Michael Simms: My Recent and Forthcoming Books

Vox Populi doesn’t usually include advertisements, but I hope you will indulge me when I let you know that my recently published books are available.

December 7, 2022 · 14 Comments

Wayne Karlin: Butch in Autumn

Run ahead again,
old friend,
I’ll catch up with you later.

December 6, 2022 · 13 Comments

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