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Matthew Redmond: Emily Dickinson is the unlikely hero of our time

As the world continues to endure the ravages of COVID-19, another ghost of Dickinson steps into view.

August 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

Beth Peyton: Physically Distant and Socially Awkward

“You’re not wearing a mask,” you said to the salesclerk.

August 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

Lisa Arrastia: Teaching Under Covid

We need a radical plan for the public, even though care for all shouldn’t be such a radical notion.

July 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ari Honarvar: When Savoring a Pleasant Moment is a Radical Act

And then someone from another rooftop shouted a verse of Rumi’s poetry into the clear night air.

July 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Republican lawmakers’ familiar blame game hangs COVID’s spread on young people

Damn Kids!

July 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Looming Second Wave of Covid-19

The pressure to re-open America is being pressed by the extreme right. It represents an open declaration that the pursuit of white happiness is an unalienable, unalterable right.

June 15, 2020 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Push to Relax COVID-19 Protections Exposes Age-Old Racial Wounds

Jared Kushner called America’s response to COVID-19, “a great success story.” And some states are moving to aggressively reopen malls, retail stores, restaurants, gyms, bowling alleys, parks, and hair parlors and even ordering people to go back to work.

May 13, 2020 · 8 Comments

Belle Chesler: This Empire Has No Clothes | In the Classroom That Zoom Built

The gravest and most immediate threat to our most vulnerable students was, and continues to be, hunger. If schools are closed, so is the critical infrastructure that helps keep our nation’s children fed.

May 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Book of Eternity

The dark has stairs and doors that have never been opened. Who knows where they lead, or what impenetrable paradoxes await the person who turns a knob and presses against the infinite ignorance we cower from?

May 4, 2020 · 6 Comments

Jane Ganahl, et al: Elder Women Speak about the Virus

Women over 60 share their coronavirus stories—from becoming a grandmother to dancing in the street.

May 3, 2020 · 6 Comments

Michelle Tarbox, M.D: I do not want to be a hero

I have fought for my patients,
but my patience wears thin.

May 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: What would Jesus do? (Not this)

Leading as ever by invaluable example, Mike Pence declined to wear a mask Tuesday as he toured Minnesota’s renowned Mayo Clinic. He did this though the CDC’s guidelines urge Americans to wear a mask in public to minimize the spread of COVID-19…

April 30, 2020 · 3 Comments

F. Douglas Stephenson: Some Medieval Towns Handled Plagues Better Than Trump’s Unequal, Rundown America

Even by historical standards, the U.S. president is an abysmal failure.

April 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Praise Song for the Pandemic

Blessed are those in grief, especially who mourn alone, blessed are those who have passed into the Great Night

April 26, 2020 · 1 Comment

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