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Erin Eberle, Anna Lappe: Eating in the Age of Climate Crisis

A recent analysis on land use estimated that livestock production uses 83 percent of the world’s farmland, yet provides only 18 percent of the world’s total calories.

October 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

Majid Naficy: The Cypress of Abarkuh

Once with my father
I sat in its shade.
We were coming from Isfahan
And wanted to go to Ferdows
From the desert.

October 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

Chuck Collins: Helping the Rich Let Go

A new generation of wealth advisers helps wealthy people give away their money instead of hoarding it.

October 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

Pauletta Hansel: The Road

There’s only past throwing
its shadow on the lane that sends you back
toward what is gone. Your eyes will soon adjust.

October 4, 2021 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: Messages from the Invisible

I am an outsider and always will be no matter how long I come and spend my summers here. I don’t mind; I like my existence framed this way, with enough sunlight to comfort my skin and aging body, and my ears thirsting to hear French laughter, and French whispers below my window.

October 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

Video: No Crying at the Dinner Table

Filmmaker Carol Nguyen interviews her own family to craft an emotionally complex and meticulously composed portrait of intergenerational trauma, grief, and secrets in this cathartic documentary about things left unsaid.

October 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Meconium

it is sacred, the way
soil clinging to the seed
of a new shoot
pushing out of the earth
is sacred

October 2, 2021 · 11 Comments

Video: In Dog Years

A celebration of old dogs, from the people who love them most.

October 2, 2021 · 5 Comments

Brett Wilkins: Wildlife Defenders Cheer Restoration of Migratory Bird Protections Gutted Under Trump

Over the last 50 years, the population of North American birds has declined by an estimated three billion birds.

October 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Nan Shepherd: Real Presence

We are love’s body, or we are undone.

October 1, 2021 · 1 Comment

Yifat Susskind: Three Lessons to Chart a Path Forward in Solidarity With Afghan Women

This time we can stand with Afghan women on their own terms, by asking them what they want and working hand-in-hand with them to support their leadership and meet their communities’ needs.

September 30, 2021 · 1 Comment

Robert Gibb: Frances Perkins at the Homestead Post Office

Minimum wage, overtime, social security . . .
A storm of progress to the angel of history,
The debris of paradise scattered about
The aggrieved, beseeching crowds.

September 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

Marco North: the falling boy (too bitter a fruit)

He was one of many trying to escape, grabbing onto the plane thinking they would let him in.

September 29, 2021 · 4 Comments

Barbara E. Young: Cousin Jill

I like a woman who can fall
Jack said to Jill.

September 29, 2021 · 2 Comments

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