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.”
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.
Turkish Sunrise (Piano Composition)
Check out Steven Zheng’s original piano composition, “Turkish Sunrise.”
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.
“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…”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
Check out Adam Scovell’s short film “Weather Words” — a collaboration with composer Colin Riley, Robert Macfarlane, and Rosalind Jana.
Artist Jess Miller believes that we express our unique, personal narratives through body language. We loved the detail in this bronze cast of Richard with his head resting on his knees.
Phyllo Pie With Fennel, Mushroom, Rice, and Leeks
With Asli’s detailed photo instructions, you too can make a lovely phyllo pie with fennel, mushrooms, rice and leeks.
The Ghost of Mayfield House
In which IneseMj visits the Mayfield House, in Portlaw Ireland, and returns with a spooky photo essay and a scary Halloween tale to tell.
When they Misgendered You at Your Memorial
Sam Dylan Finch writes a beautiful and loving tribute to a transgender friend he lost to suicide. ‘“I blew glitter over their body just before they were cremated,” your mother tells me. And this is how you left us, anointed by the shimmering breath of your mother.’
Early Bird Special
unlike the midnight special / there are no songs / to celebrate the early bird special / no IHOPian bard, / no poet laureate of the blue plate / no bargain basement Dylan / no cut price Cohen / to extol the digestive / and economic benefits / of getting an early start.
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