Krista Stevens
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  1. The Gospel According to Scruffy

    Jane Barter meditates on losing her pet dog: “I tried to sing his name again…but my voice sounded strange; I can no longer find the right note. I realize I will never say his name rightly again; that his proper name must now become silence…”

    Animals
  2. Getting ready…

    Maxine Dodd celebrates the return of the cycling season in the United Kingdom with her flowing watercolor paintings.

    Art
    By Maxine Dodd
  3. Looky There

    Sherry Meidel’s watercolor painting, “Looky There” was accepted into the National Watercolor Society’s Membership Show in San Pedro, California.

    Art
    By Sherry Meidel
  4. Between Worlds

    At Orion Magazine, Anya Groner reports on how “slow-moving disasters” brought about by climate change are affecting communities in Louisiana and Alaska.

    Environment
    Photo by Michel Varisco.
  5. Marginalia

    Read “Marginalia,” creative nonfiction by Naomi Washer in 76 small parts: “7. The stories we tell ourselves when we are very young cannot be undone.”

    Art
  6. Street Art in Silves

    Photographer Jo takes on us on a photowalk of Silves, Portugal, to see delightfully decorated electrical cable boxes.

    Art
    Photo by Jo
  7. Continuous Line and Wire Drawings

    Karl Jeffery’s beautiful drawing “Five Dancing Ladies” was created with a single, continuous line.

    Art
    By Karl Jeffery
  8. How to judge your work

    Danny Gregory reminds us that evaluating our creative efforts requires distance. “The time to judge your work is after the clang of battle has died down, the dust of hooves has settled. Only then can you see what you have done. And if it is good.”

    Art
  9. Possibilities

    Blogger Cate finds inspiration in Paul Kalanithi’s book, When Breath Becomes Air: “Kalanithi’s story had lifted me from my own, which has recently featured a kind of enervated fretfulness, circular and deadening, a not-quite-worry that breeds insomnia…I read this dead man’s book, and I slept.

    Personal Musings
  10. Photography
    Andrew Boyle
  11. Book sniffing note: Slanguage, by Bernard Share

    At Sesquiotica, James Harbeck revels in the memories of the scents of his books: “The way books smell matters.”

    Books
  12. As we grow old

    A beautiful poem on aging and and wisdom by Senator Murray Sinclair, former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: As we grow old / the ground we walk on / rises up / so that, / as each of those few moments / left to us / pass by…

    Poetry
  13. The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Pearls

    Born from irritation and intrusion, luminous and complex, surprisingly durable: pearls are rich with symbolism and saturated with pain.

    Essay
    Illustration by Jacob Stead
  14. The Screaming Hairy Armadillo of Yore

    TwilightBeasts digs into the evolution of armadillos, revealing the existence of the pink fairy armadillo, the screaming hairy armadillo, as well as a species so large it used huge claws to create burrows in rock. Yes, rock.

    Animals
  15. Acts of Faith

    If I am lost in the blowing grasses, / If I wander from the path, / I am in your hands, time. / And in them there is a stillness, / Where light become animate, / And tactile, / Like little lost pieces of a former self.

    Poetry