Recently, I came across Henry David Thoreau’s well-known quote, “The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” His sentiment inspired a Google search where I found Just Enough is Plenty by Samuel Alexander, a book […]
There’s a settling that happens this time of year. The moon hangs low. Trees reach deep in preparation for winter. I’m doing what I can to listen. To pause. Fall does this to me every year, but 2020 is different. I may not always know what day it is, but the season knows.
Issue #2 is live!
From Suzanne Farrell Smith in the Editor's Note: "Our authors this month write of torrents and wild flora, fire and a hungry sea. Makers of our companion pieces show storms and middle-of-the-night fear, a flight along cello strings and a flower as seen by my six-year-old son.
Let’s continue to document. When our places are burning and flooding, let’s take the side streets if we have to, and make the art we need."
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A recent Washington Post headline, “Time to ditch ‘toxic positivity,’ experts say: ‘It’s okay not to be okay,’” made me question whether I have answered too many pandemic texts with an “always look on the bright side of life” attitude. The answer: probably. I have a history of optimism. For example, when I was twenty, […]
As the days of 2020 melt into one another, Erykah Badu’s song “On & On” replays in my head. The song was released in 1997, the year my eldest son was born, and I hadn’t listened to it (or the album Baduizm) in a long time. Listening now, in what seems like a warped version […]