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Paul Christensen: The Snow It Snoweth Every Day

I’m not complaining too loudly. The Ukrainians are out there on the hills waiting to get into Poland, and the snow is pelting their thin coats and caps and making the kids squirm up against their moms.

March 14, 2022 · 4 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Rhymes of Nature

Old snow. It’s like the linens piled up in a corner of a thrift shop, the kind passed down from grandmother to mother and then to a daughter who regarded … Continue reading

February 13, 2022 · 3 Comments

Paul Christensen: While Boston Sleeps

The day proceeded to turn over heavily, with the sun appearing to be bolted to a chink of sky between morose gray clouds. Poor Boston, poor humble Providence, all those rivets of history to our genesis as a nation graying in the ancient countryside.

February 6, 2022 · 3 Comments

Fred Everett Maus: White Light 2020

I throw some seeds onto the snow and the dark-eyed juncos are here, very busy.

January 22, 2022 · 17 Comments

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

Peter Blair: Hibernation

Morning breaks
blue in the open spaces
through limbs

December 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Satan and the Snowman

I don’t have relationships,
the old drunk explained
with surprising wisdom,
I take hostages.

December 18, 2021 · 13 Comments

Michael Simms: The Courage of Teachers

In 1987, students gathered in front of the admin building angry over the corruption of the university’s board. The crowd was getting ugly. I was a young teacher standing to the side, listening to the speeches, watching warily as the crowd grew. Someone shouted Take Over the Administration! and the crowd chanted Take Over! Take over! Take Over! The crowd, now a mob…

February 27, 2021 · 8 Comments

Paul Christensen: Snow

Ghosts wear snow in the early morning hours and walk around like debutants at a ball. The wind lifts the hems of their long dresses and there is nothing beneath but a few dog tracks. How lonely it must be to be dead.

February 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Sandy Solomon: In Deepest February

The heavy snow has split the oak out front,
its right branch lodges in a parked car’s roof
and splays across the windshield and the hood.

February 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

Joy Gaines-Friedler: Winter, Go Ahead

see the moon lay its Templar light
over everything
even the swing-set in its cold metal

December 23, 2020 · 11 Comments

Paul Christensen: Snow Bound

The snow and the dark wind, the impassable wastes of one’s backyard, the icy draft that leaks in under the front door tell you you have no place to go. You must sit down and allow the slightly old-fashioned language of self to drift in.

January 19, 2020 · 3 Comments

Baruch November: Beard 18

The Zohar tells us a beard embodies the 13  attributes of mercy and compassion, yet sometimes I care  only about myself.  I love the snow in its falling, though, I … Continue reading

October 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Adrie Kusserow: A Brief Respite after Chemo

A BRIEF RESPITE FROM THE USUAL PERCEPTUAL DIVIDES: AFTER CHEMO I SKI THROUGH THE VERMONT WOODS IN ANOTHER CLIMATE CHANGE STORM

April 14, 2019 · 17 Comments

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