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  1. How to Disappear

    For Alex DiFrancesco, coming out as transgender — even to themself — wasn’t possible without first disappearing.

    Identity
  2. Why Chefs Wear White (and Sometimes Color Too)

    How did modern chefs come to wear white jackets and 12-inch-tall “toques”? It all started with Marie-Antonin Carême and Auguste Escoffier.

    Cooking
  3. Margaret Atwood

    The official site of Margaret Atwood: poet, novelist, children’s author, and (surprise!) cartoonist. Browse Margaret’s cartoons, read interviews, and learn about her work supporting green interests.

    Authors
    Photo by Larry D. Moore (CC BY-SA 4.0)
  4. The Eudora Welty Foundation

    The Eudora Welty Foundation celebrates the life and work of American author Eudora Welty. Explore reading guides and learn about her life, work, beautiful garden, and the house she lived in in Jackson, Mississippi, for 80 years.

    Authors
    Photo by Natalie Maynor
  5. In defense of the ordinary

    Writer Andrea Badgley reflects on the value of her writing practice: “Details are meaning enough. Being present in a moment is meaning enough.”

    Personal Musings
  6. The beauty of small things: a voyage into a garden’s microcosm

    “The more we travel, the bigger the world gets.” Avid traveler Verne, using macrophotography in a Portuguese garden, discovers that you need not travel far to discover a whole new world.

    Photography
  7. Interactive Map: United Colors of Tourism

    Not sure where to travel? Let Justraveling’s interactive “United Colors of Tourism” map entice you. It displays the marketing slogans of national tourist boards from around the world.

    Jetpack
    Image by Justraveling
  8. Art
    Art by Anica Amphlett
  9. What we talk about when we talk about sexual harassment

    Michael Hobbes on the societal blindness that puts the blame for harassment on the victim: “If you have never been hurt by jokes about your gender or your race or your sexuality, those who complain about them seem oversensitive.”

    Abuse
  10. I Wished to be a Sparrow (Reflections on Depression)

    Alexis Kanda-Olmstead contemplates finding faith in the depths of her despair: “Depression is like being dead in a world that is cruelly alive.”

    Mental Health
  11. Moved by Kim

    “Through his tears, he asked if they’d let him use heroin there.” Seth Davis Branitz on his brother’s drug addiction and death, and burying his entire immediate family within two months.

    Death
  12. The tools of an artist

    For Pam Holland, the tools of her art include a camera and an eye for color in her travels, which include India, Costa Rica, Nepal, and Australia — just to name a few.

    Art
    Photo by Pam Holland
  13. All The Small Things

    At Busy Mockingbird, Mica talks about sparking creativity in kids: “So give them the good supplies! Let them try the real things! Show them how, and see where they take it. It only takes a little time and attention . . . “

    Art
  14. Freewheeling through Rural Andalusia: The Via Verde of Seville

    See who photographer Tim Ginty meets on his 20 km bike ride through the Sierra Morena mountains in the Andalusian region of southern Spain.

    Animals
    Photo by Tim Ginty
  15. “Is It Hard To Be A Mom?”

    In the surreal spin of a busy morning, Nicki reflects on motherhood: “Four brown lunch bags stand smartly on the counter in front of me, eagerly awaiting their contents. They remind me of Hanukkah candles just before they’re lit — neat and upright, promising magic and surprise.”

    Family