Krista Stevens
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  1. Who We Are: A Letter to The Shrine

    Battling her own cancer and in the throes of chemotherapy, Denise Archer used a late friend’s clothing to make quilts for the children she left behind. “Some of your mom’s hair is inside,” I told them.” “Also, if you breathe in deeply, you can smell her.”

    Death
  2. Can You Go On A Break From Your Own Sister?

    Rebecca Schuman uses the lens of her ’70s upbringing to offer sage (and hilarious!) advice to readers at “ask a gen-xer.” In this installment, Schuman tackles the thorny question of how to manage a toxic sibling relationship during a wedding.

    Humor
  3. Turkish Sunrise (Piano Composition)

    Check out Steven Zheng’s original piano composition, “Turkish Sunrise.”

    Art
    Photo by Stephan Seeber from Pexels
  4. Signs of the City

    There is so much character and life in Shari Blaukopf’s watercolor dépanneur, as captured on the streets of Montréal, Canada.

    Art
    By Shari Blaukopf
  5. Alabaster

    “Alabaster” appears in poet Stephanie L. Harper’s chapbook “This Being Done”: “I am a pink rose petal’s pale glow / black ash tamped in furrows / between the breaths of the living…”

    Poetry
  6. Throwback Thursday: Five Favorite Posts from 2018

    What moved you in 2018? Share your favorite posts in the comments.

    Inspiration
    Art by madebyfay
  7. OCEARCH

    Track whales, seals, alligators, turtles, and sharks at OCEARCH — an open source project to geared to helping scientists collect previously unattainable data on animal movements from deep in the world’s oceans.

    Animals
  8. Consequences of Not Having Your Shit Together

    Will Nicole get home in one piece after her study abroad trip? “What ensued was one of the worst character-building experiences of my life. It was over 100 degrees. The first stretch, and for all I knew, the whole stretch, was at an incline of at least 30 degrees.”

    Humor
  9. Photography
  10. Finger-Ring Lore

    Did you know that, ‘A dove, carrying an olive branch in its mouth, engraved in pyrites and mounted in a silver ring ensured the wearer the utmost hospitality wherever he went, as it conveyed the power of “fascination.”?’ Learn more about rings at the Maynooth University Library blog.

    History
    Maynooth University Library Archives
  11. Art
    By Suzy Walker-Toye
  12. Convivial Supper

    Erin O’Reilly is a lay antique cookbook hobbyist. At Convivial Supper, she shares fascinating and curious excerpts from cookbooks, cooking posters, and recipes in the public domain, printed prior to 1922.

    Cooking
  13. Dentalium and Dreams Beyond the University

    Indigenous grad school student Erica Violet Lee meditates on wealth and abundance: “I want wealth by our definitions, because their definitions will always label us needy, at-risk, poor. I want abundance, in all the ways we define it for ourselves.”

    Academia
  14. Ace of Spades

    “We were a board game family, not a card game family, but once I opened a drawer in the slender table behind the couch and found at least a dozen packs of playing cards. Some were still shrink-wrapped, others coffee-stained and smelling of the world after bedtime, the world inhabited only by adults.”

    Essay
    Photo by Jess Watters from Pexels
  15. Maurice Scully

    At the online home of Irish poet Maurice Scully, you’ll find links to published works in PDF format and recordings of his poetry readings.

    Art