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Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Infinitives

To dust it — not often enough. To stare at it — too often.
To never open it anymore. Keep his ashes hidden.

September 19, 2022 · 12 Comments

Therigatha: Fall on your knees and weep

If you really want to cry for somebody,
why not cry for yourself?
Why not cry for all of us,
who are just passing through?

September 9, 2022 · 6 Comments

Doug Anderson: We Get Old, We Get Sick

How we stumble, are glib
in the face of our fear
when we might show
our own raw heart

August 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Clouds over Corippo

Watching Clouds Over Corippo (2019) feels something like seeing a series of Romantic landscape paintings brought to haunting life.

July 31, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Durango

Durango follows Aaron and TJ through aimless days spent diving from cliffs, lighting fireworks and chatting about girls, as the siblings’ uncertain future lingers in the background.

July 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Moudhy Al-Rashid: Ancient Akkadian poems and medical texts reveal grief’s universals

A long compilation of various therapies given to improve a patient’s happiness was unearthed in a house in Ashur, a city along the Tigris River.

June 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Maya Rossin-Slater, et al: The lasting consequences of school shootings on the students who survive them

Our research shows that despite often escaping without physical harm, the hundreds of thousands of children and educators who survive these tragedies carry scars that affect their lives for many years to come.

June 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

Edison Jennings: Homebound

it wasn’t death that did them part
(that came later), but the lifeguard 
at the public pool who parted them
quite easily

May 5, 2022 · 3 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Derek Sarno | Wicked Stroganoff and other great recipes

Vegan chef Derek Sarno is on a mission to unleash the mighty power of plants, creating nutritious food from mushrooms and vegetables that’s full of texture and flavor — and good for the planet. (recipes included in this post)

January 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Motherload (A Lynch Sisters Film)

Follow professional skiers and mothers Izzy Lynch and Tessa Treadway as they carry the load of loss, life changing events, and the love of their children into the mountains where they find the moments of peace, growth and healing that help them carry on.

December 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

Bhikshuni Ubbiri: A Voice Calling Back

84,000 daughters, all named Jiva, have died and been buried here in this boundless cemetery you call a world.

October 29, 2021 · 3 Comments

Christopher Bursk: The Necropolis of Tarquinius

We’d just discovered a new word—necropolis—
and now we wanted a city of the dead
of our own. But it was too hard digging life-size
trenches, so we settled for the flower garden
our mother wouldn’t need anymore.

October 28, 2021 · 2 Comments

Sharon Fagan McDermott: Three Ways of Looking at Beauty

When the hypnotherapist brought me out of my trance, I wondered about this deer, about my new vision of beauty—why had it changed? Something fundamental in me had shifted and reconstructed itself.

October 17, 2021 · 18 Comments

Kari Gunter-Seymour: Heartland Hospice

When I was a kid, sick, he’d sing Hank William’s
Hey Good Lookin,’ call me his best girl.

September 27, 2021 · 8 Comments

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