Krista Stevens
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  1. Castoffs

    It’s the well-wrought characters in Cynthia Guenther Richardson’s short fictional piece, “Castoffs” that will grab you and keep you reading.

    Fiction
  2. How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

    Nguyen is a medical professional who is struggling to process her time in Puerto Rico: “There will also be stories about patients that will make you rethink what you know about love and devotion. It was my privilege to witness all of it.”

    Commentary
  3. Art
    Photo by Lignum Draco.
  4. The Problem of Pain

    As Leslie Kendall Dye suggests, pain is indeed inherited, but treating it as an affliction need not be handed down from generation to generation.

    Family
    Illustration by Kjell Reigstad.
  5. Hunger

    A beautiful poem about longing, by M.J. Arlett: “My hunger, an unanswerable question / as big as the sky.”

    Poetry
  6. Shackleton’s Voyage, Illustrated

    Artist Alice recreates Ernest Shackleton’s voyage with surreal and foreboding illustrations.

    Art
    Illustration by Alice.
  7. “My mom wasn’t someone who lived for 60 years with cystic fibrosis. She was just someone who lived.”

    Motherhood
  8. How Do You Say “I Love You”?

    How do you show your love for family, friends, and community?

    Inspiration
    The Bell Tower in Winnipeg's North End neighborhood. Photo by Greg Littlejohn.
  9. beginnings ~

    We loved the simplicity and depth of tornadoday’s poem, “beginnings”: “it hardly seems / a moment passed / before the coming home / to understand / beginnings / have no end”

    Poetry
  10. Roasted Autumn Vegetable Pot Pies

    We could not agree more: “there’s something about taking pastry dough and wrapping it around, partially or completely, some kind of filling that makes it simply irresistible.”

    Cooking
  11. Sgt. Thomas Holmes, Canada’s Youngest Victoria Cross Recipient

    In honor of Remembrance Day (Veterans Day in the US), meet Sgt. Thomas Holmes, Canada’s youngest recipient of the Victoria Cross — the highest award of the United Kingdom honors system — presented for gallantry “in the face of the enemy.”

    History
  12. Tracks

    In which Dan and his poodle mix, Aki, discover pre-winter beauty in Juneau, Alaska: “Yesterday…a deer crossed over the sandy beach. Frost has filled in one of the cloven tracks, now preserved in frozen sand until the next thaw.”

    Animals
  13. The Shape of Goodness

    Blogger Cate remembers her friend: “Something larger and finer than a single human departs when such a person dies:  a grace, a hope, a loveliness. An encouragement in a world that desperately needs encouragement.”

    Death
  14. Nest

    We loved how Marianne Boruch’s poem inspired Jean Mackay’s beautifully detailed drawing of a bird’s nest: “Woven basket of a saint sent back to life as a bird…”

    Art
  15. 27 – summergo

    Blogger David recounts a fly-fishing trip gone horribly wrong: “I had broken my own knee with my hands to free myself from certain death by drowning.”

    Personal Musings