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Melanie M. Kirby: Nectar Nomad in the Land of Enchantment

What bees taught me about building community.

May 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: Zarlasht Halaimzai | What it’s like to be a war refugee

In this poignant, vital talk, Zarlasht Halaimzai articulates the lingering trauma of being expendable — and shares how belonging to a community can help bring back feelings of long-lost safety.

April 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Fauve

Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.

February 19, 2022 · 2 Comments

Christine Skarbek: Jocelyn

It soon became obvious she could not speak.  Finally, after many attempts, I got her name out of her, Jocelyn and finally, she looked at me straight on and said in a whisper, “You know, I used to be pretty.  I used to be smart.”

August 26, 2021 · 8 Comments

Video: Nadine Burke Harris | How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.

August 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Men need to talk about their sexual abuse

Pastor Seth Shelley takes us on an emotional and at times difficult journey about male sexual violence. He brings forward his own story of sexual assault to ask men to open up about their personal stories too.

March 12, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Nursery Rhymes

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

November 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Barrett Swanson: The Soldier and the Soil

Their prose often stood head and shoulders above the standard freshman drivel, exhibiting a certain rigor of thought and depth of feeling that perhaps comes from having witnessed whole anthologies of trauma—entire villages razed by fire, wide-eyed children draped in gore, wives screaming beside mutilated husbands.

May 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Alyssa Sineni: Sharp Edges

This was our childhood.
We were all left
to scavenge the woods

May 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: The Unlearning

Boarding school, a peculiarly British form of abuse, has devastating impacts not only on the boarders, but on those they grow up to dominate.

November 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

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