Krista Stevens
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  1. Writing “From the Center of a Trauma” — An Interview With Dani Shapiro

    At Musing, adoptee Betsy Coughlin recounts discovering her own true ancestry as part of her interview with Dani Shapiro, author of the new memoir, Inheritance.

    Authors
    Dani Shapiro -- Photo by Michael Maren
  2. Art
    By Craig Ford
  3. Orion Magazine

    Through writing and art that explore the connection between nature and culture, Orion magazine inspires new thinking about how humanity might live on Earth justly, sustainably, and joyously.

    Animals
  4. The Redemption of MS-13

    Journalist Danny Gold investigates the movement converting El Salvador’s gang members into born-again Christians. For those in the gangs, the only way out is through the door of the church.

    Journalism
    Illustration by Matt Chinworth
  5. The World of Nora Ephron: A Reading List

    From our sister site Longeads, Sarah Edwards brings us seven stories about the journalist and director Nora Ephron on the 20th anniversary of the release of the film, “You’ve Got Mail.”

    Film
    (Photo by Munawar Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images)
  6. Homemade Vanilla Extract: A DIY Gift Idea

    Homemade vanilla extract is a snap to make and a great DIY gift for the baker in your life. Quelcy shows you how at With The Grains.

    Cooking
  7. Build Your Brand and Grow Your Audience: Our Best Advice

    Six ideas to help your build your site and your customer base.

    Inspiration
    Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels
  8. The Grey Fox: Legendary Train Robber Billy Miner

    The Library and Archives Canada blog shares their collection on Billy Miner, a notorious train robber and serial prison escape artist. “The Gentleman Bandit,” as he was known on both sides of the Canada–U.S. border, was seen as generous folk hero to many.

    Education
  9. Dealing with Darkness

    Making images helps Eduardo Mendoza to cope with mental illness: “Photography was and has been in the past weeks and months a way to cope with the extreme despair and desolation I was going through and my journey since then.

    Art
    Image by Eduardo Mendoza
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Turkish Sunrise (Piano Composition)

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

    Art
    Photo by Stephan Seeber from Pexels
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Throwback Thursday: Five Favorite Posts from 2018

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

    Inspiration
    Art by madebyfay