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Tayve Neese: He says, it’s so shallow

murex shells teaching
wisdom of spirals

September 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Terry Blackhawk: At the Moscow Circus

The illusion comes and goes and I don’t deny
I almost see them as ‘real’—all of them, the bear
inside the man inside the bear.

September 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mandy Smithberger: The Pentagon Budget

A Post-Coronavirus Economy Can No Longer Afford to Put the Pentagon First.

September 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Fatherly Advice

Live every moment of your life
As if you are just born

September 15, 2020 · 3 Comments

John Feffer: How Trump will try to win — or steal — the election

Trump does not like to lose. He will try these various strategies to overcome his profound unpopularity to win re-election.

September 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Bertha Rogers: What Want Brings

Gray rain seeps through the fall
of played-out clouds, loops among hills,
ragged mountains; flexes and thins cut, contoured fields.

September 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Oh God She Says

Oh God she says
The dog has learned to spell

September 13, 2020 · 12 Comments

Cristina Robinson, et al: Complex birdsongs help biologists piece together the evolution of lifelong learning

Our human ability to learn language slows down as we get older, but scientists are not sure how or why this happens. An unexpected way to understand this learning process might come from listening to birds sing.

September 13, 2020 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Boy Scouts can do better than teaming up with Trump’s EPA

In more sane times, it would be natural for the Boy Scouts of America to share its do-gooder image with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

September 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Alexis Rhone Fancher: Listening to Bill Evans Play Stella By Starlight

. “I listen to Stella by Starlight and shiver deep in a nameless place.” – Gary Lemons     Side tracked, hijacked, The words unnecessary, but Each syncopated  Lyric, each … Continue reading

September 12, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: That’s my jazz

Milt Abel II, a world renowned pastry chef, reflects on his relationship with his late father Milton Abel Sr., a legendary Kansas City jazz musician.

September 12, 2020 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Weil: The Climate Crisis Is Happening Right Now

Record high temperatures. Record fires. Record smoke. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown has a few things to say about the state’s converging apocalypses.

September 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Robert Frost: The Need of Being Versed in Country Things

Now the chimney was all of the house that stood,
Like a pistil after the petals go.

September 11, 2020 · 4 Comments

Lisa Mullenneaux: The Raft of the Medusa

Today when newspapers carry daily reports of migrants drowning in capsized vessels, Géricault’s achievement, The Raft of the Medusa (1819), is the perfect metaphor for human refuse pushed aside and ignored by the state.

September 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

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