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Susie Cagle: ‘Fire is medicine’| The tribes burn California forests to save them

For millennia, native people have used flames to protect the land. The US government outlawed the process for a century before recognizing its value.

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Origin Of Disease And Medicine

A Cherokee Myth

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Christine Skarbek: A Personal Pantheon of Phenomenal Fellows

On this Thanksgiving, I survey all the deliciously delightful people who have touched my life and kudize them all. However, there are four in my personal pantheon that are absolute standouts. Oddly, they are all men.

November 28, 2019 · 2 Comments

Louie Skipper: Staying put, the contented man looks inward

A poem in my own hand
that goes on without my help or knowledge.

November 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lindsey Royce: Things I Didn’t Know I Loved

These actual things
allow me to relive the velocity
with which I’ve learned I love him…

November 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Iman Chahine Sharba: God of Dreams

God passed away empty handed
But with regret
And like a sly boy
Broke with his shoe
the last dry loaf of bread.

November 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: The Tables

A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gangbangers.

November 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

Karen J. Greenberg: Donald Trump Is Annihilating Truth Itself

The focus on Donald Trump’s blatant and persistent lying only serves to obfuscate other no less destructive methods of deceiving the public that preceded him into the White House and helped create the conditions that make the president’s lies so destabilizing.

November 26, 2019 · 3 Comments

Peter Makuck: Grackles

But after a few minutes
they become bold and
like dark thoughts
return

November 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Nathan Williams: Experiencing Firsthand Failures of UN Climate Politics, I Realized Civil Disobedience Only Route Left

We exist in the midst of planetary tragedy. A tragedy that demands we face the truth and ask the hardest questions about how we now must live.

November 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sally Bliumis-Dunn : Echolocation

I saw one once—heaved onto the sand with kelp
stuck to its blue-gray skin.
Heavy and immobile,
it lay like a great sadness.

November 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sarah Gordon: Acta Sanctorum

Aldhelm danced like a clown in the public square,
to win hearts, then souls, he said, and we love him
for that impish joy, that easy surrender

November 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Patti Smith sings “The Tyger” by William Blake

Through song and story, Patti Smith gives us new insight into the transcendent genius of William Blake.

November 24, 2019 · 2 Comments

Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad: The Muslim tradition of sci-fi and speculative fiction

The short story ‘Sultana’s Dream’ (1905) by Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain, a Bengali writer and activist, takes place in the mythical realm of Ladyland. Gender roles are reversed and the world is run by women, following a revolution in which women used their scientific prowess to overpower men.

November 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

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