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Lasse Söderberg: The dead children in the Tajo River

They have left the city
and their blind games
under the white bone of the sun

November 20, 2022 · 4 Comments

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: Embracing the Mess

I like it best when the memories are everywhere—
and I stumble over the ghosts of wooden train tracks,
trip on the spot where you used to do push-ups

October 19, 2022 · 12 Comments

Shannon K. Winston: Lilt

Lilt is the name of the woman you want to be—
someone who pumps her feet like a child on a swing set
and laughs and laughs and laughs into the sky.

May 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

Michelle D. Holmes, MD, DRPH: The Folly of School Openings as a Zero-Sum Game

We need to address the needs of students—and parents, and teachers. One size does not fit all, and race complicates the challenge.

January 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Terry Blackhawk: Cambridge, Massachusetts — 1951

the boy with curlier hair and light brown skin
over by the windows and Roland, who was darker,
with short cut hair, whose name I’ve carried all these years

January 16, 2022 · 7 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: Album

Here are my two sons in 1968
In their father’s arms.
He looks harmless.
They look doubtful and uneasy.

December 15, 2021 · 3 Comments

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: When Christina Called

And when he was little and screamed 
because the circus in town was rained out
she then told him to wait–to please wait–
that old issue of trust in the steady gods

October 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Nadine Burke Harris | How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.

August 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Kevin Shafer: Nurturing dads raise emotionally intelligent kids – helping make society more respectful and equitable

All men who support and care for children have a critical role to play in instilling positive social values in future generations.

June 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: No Ball Games

Immerse yourself in the games kids play when the streets are their playground.

May 22, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: The Box

You’ve heard the phrase “Think outside the box”?

May 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Buskers

Buskers is the story of Packo, a young Dubliner, and Milos, a Romanian immigrant, who battle to secure a space to beg at a Dublin train station. After a comical … Continue reading

December 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ed Bieber: Cleverness

Nature is the master here: boundless, unpredictable,
full of astonishments. The children come next. I follow.

October 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Molly Fisk: God Speaks to the Rope Swings of Summer

in his gentlest voice, reminding them
about change, about fallow fields and the quiet
everything needs to grow stronger

June 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

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