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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

Karen Friedland: Tattered Curtains

they’re taking down
all the big trees in his back yard,
and next the shrubs, and now the small house itself

September 7, 2020 · 7 Comments

Ira Sadoff: Emendation

I don’t have to go back
To my childhood, there’s nothing there
I still want…

August 15, 2020 · 3 Comments

Old Story: Auditing Grandpa

The IRS decided to audit Grandpa, and summoned him to the IRS office. The IRS auditor was not surprised when Grandpa showed up with his attorney.

August 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ira Sadoff: Old Selves (read by James Anderson)

Ok, I no longer want them,
the many selves I had to manage
that exhausted everyone.

August 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Philip Levine: Red Dust

I do not believe in sorrow;
it is not American.

August 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: The Fool

At seventy-five I find myself in love.
Not the serene love of an old man
steeped in the wine and wisdom of years,
but one who would kill a dragon for her.

March 5, 2020 · 4 Comments

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: On My Walk to the Hospital, Death

Death in the fog, all silver
& grisaille as it wreathes
& muffles children in the park.

March 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

David Huddle: Parable of the 4 a.m. Demons

My mind yearns for sleep so innocently it refuses
the perverse truth…

February 25, 2020 · 6 Comments

Peter Makuck: Seniors

mocking with an ache
that comes with leafdrop, woodsmoke,
and those shots of bourbon that ease
not a thing

February 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: One More Morning

Let me say that love will not
let me alone. If it has let you alone, go back
and find it where you hid it under a scrim
of scar-tissue.

January 25, 2020 · 3 Comments

Dr. Michael Greger: Dialing Down the Grim Reaper Gene

Only about 1 in 10,000 people live to be a 100 years old. What’s their secret?

December 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Karen Friedland: Gone

Gone is the old grove of green trees

Gone is the once-young, dancing body I had

October 22, 2019 · 1 Comment

Dr. Michael Greger: How do we slow aging?

Basically, the theory goes, we’re rusting.

October 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

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