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Video: Nursery Rhymes

Why is a metalhead singing Old MacDonald on the side of a rural highway?

November 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Ghazal

A night of ghazals comes to an end to fill with birds.
As the sky blues, their calls braid in New Jersey.

September 21, 2020 · 1 Comment

Bernd Brunner: Here’s to the lost art of lying down

The legendary Roman dining couch, known as the klinai, was made from wood or stone, covered with cloth, and designed for lying down. I sometimes wonder how comfortable it really was. Then again, since people 2,000 years ago weren’t acquainted with comfort in the modern, well-cushioned sense, they probably enjoyed it much more than we would today.

June 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Time to Breathe

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that life has been far more stressful over these last… oh… two years?  The continuous meltdown in DC sends shockwaves around … Continue reading

December 28, 2018 · 5 Comments

Michaela Haas: 7 Strategies to Turn Trauma Into Strength

Survivors discover surprising benefits in the process of healing from a traumatic event. When Army surgeon Rhonda Cornum regained consciousness after her helicopter crashed, she looked up to see five … Continue reading

September 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mike James: Travel Ghazal

for Larry   Give me a wash cloth and I will find a river to Dip it in.  I will bathe in memory and in loss.   Whenever the sky … Continue reading

August 30, 2018 · 2 Comments

Deborah Bogen: Post-Traumatic Stress Ghazal

Fear fades, but the stain is set, remembered in odd neuron groups, each vignette remembered.   The shadow of the bridge that floated on the water, the broken boy half-drowned, … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

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