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Carolyn Gregory: Listening

Compassion unfolds her bright blue
wings and shelters us.

May 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Pilar Lopez-Cantero: Your love story is a narrative that gets written in tandem

By coming to recognise the degree to which overlapping and different narratives shape our expectations in love, we can avoid some of the worst outcomes.

May 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: How it happens

God help me, I don’t know where I’m going.
We hold each other’s hand like children
finding our way home among the closing wolves.

May 19, 2020 · 4 Comments

Jacob Stegenga: Gentle medicine could radically transform medical practice

Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.

May 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Pam Uschuk: Like Obsidian’s Idea of Itself | Operation Uplift During the Pandemic

Each day my friend asks us to share
evidence of grace, photo trails of kids laughing,
prayer flags strung with petals

May 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

W.S. Merwin: Shore Birds

While I think of them they are growing rare
after the distances they have followed
all the way to the end for the first time

May 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: This bird-of-paradise in New Guinea sounds like something from another planet

This video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides a glimpse into the world of this idiosyncratic little bird, which has proven notoriously difficult to photograph in its rugged natural habitat.

May 17, 2020 · 4 Comments

Michelle D. Holmes, M.D: Re-opening America

As health professionals prepare for a second wave of the pandemic, a Harvard epidemiologist discusses the injustices arising from rationing medical equipment in America.

May 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Lynn Levin: Buying Produce from the Marked-Down Cart

More than anything I hate waste
and yet how much
of my own life have I let go unused.

May 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Emily Dickinson: Grief is a Mouse

Grief is a Thief—quick startled—
Pricks His Ear—report to hear
Of that Vast Dark—
That swept His Being—back—

May 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: Ahmaud Arbery and the Ghosts of Lynchings Past

As a black man living in Georgia, I am all too aware of the state’s history of lynching.

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jade Begay: What Indian Country Remembers About Survival

Community is central in the Indigenous response. Identify who in our community is most vulnerable and strategize the best ways to protect them.

May 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

David Huddle: Parable of My Family’s Artistic Impulses

My father, affectionately known
by his sons as Doodles, took up painting-by-the-numbers.
His vision of blue jays hung over the toilet to be
reckoned with by any urinating male.

May 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Push to Relax COVID-19 Protections Exposes Age-Old Racial Wounds

Jared Kushner called America’s response to COVID-19, “a great success story.” And some states are moving to aggressively reopen malls, retail stores, restaurants, gyms, bowling alleys, parks, and hair parlors and even ordering people to go back to work.

May 13, 2020 · 8 Comments

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