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Eva-Maria Simms, Michael Simms: Translating Rilke

Every thing is protected
by a grace ready for flight,
every stone and flower
every child at night.

December 6, 2019 · 2 Comments

Rainer Maria Rilke: Archaic Torso of Apollo

there is no place
that does not see you. You must change your life.

October 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Eva-Maria Simms: Letter from my 60th Birthday

I broke into tears before the great abbey door because the lament of the elements had overwhelmed my heart.

August 18, 2019 · 8 Comments

Steven Rosenfeld: Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

We’re used to thinking of Hitler’s Third Reich as the incomparably evil tyranny that it undoubtedly was. But Hitler didn’t take power by force. He used a set of rhetorical tropes codified in Trump’s bedside reading that persuaded enough Germans to welcome Hitler as a populist leader.

August 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Leah Penniman: By Reconnecting With Soil, We Heal the Planet and Ourselves

Enslavement and sharecropping cannot erase thousands of years of Black people’s sacred relationship with the land.

February 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Eva-Maria Simms: What can we learn from the government shutdown?

The Trump government shut-down, when seen in light of the Republican agenda, seemed like a good idea: government is superfluous, so why not shut it down?

January 29, 2019 · 1 Comment

Dr. Eva-Maria Simms: Under International Law, Children Have The Right To Be With Their Families

Over the past weeks, we have seen horrific pictures of children separated from their parents and detained in tents and holding pens. Politicians justify this by claiming that they are enforcing … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · 4 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

These fat-free, gluten-free macaroons are pure magic and delicious.  Try out the aquafaba – you won’t miss the egg whites at all.   Ingredients Aquafaba* from 1 can of organic … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Marriage-Bed

For Eva   The marriage-bed is the center of happiness a point from which all things ripple outward, a nest from which all things learn to fly. It is the … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Parsnip and Apple Soup

This lovely, creamy soup is very soothing and has a great delicate flavor. It’s texture is enhanced by a sprinkling of deep fried parsnip shreds. YIELD:  Makes about 6 cups … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · 8 Comments

Eva-Maria Simms: Fascism is never democratic

It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2016, and I was out in my garden digging the ground in preparation for the spring planting season.  The day was warm, and … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 8 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Eva’s Garden Angel Scones

I never liked the fuss of making biscuits – all the little bits and pieces that were leftover when cutting out the biscuits seemed such a waste, and the miser … Continue reading

April 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

Eva-Maria Simms: To be lovestruck, not colorblind

In his Foreword to Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Cornel West challenges the idea of colorblindness as the driving force for … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · 5 Comments

Eva-Maria Simms: The Playbook of Dictatorship

What Americans have to be Vigilant About My family endured the Nazi years in Germany. My grandfather was an entrepreneur in the publishing business, and he was very aware of … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 7 Comments

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