1. Rebrand Cities

    Forty-six percent of small businesses do not have a website. Rebrand Cities is a civic design and brand project in the US that helps to close this digital divide and aims to get small and neighborhood businesses online. Learn how to participate — as a business owner, partner, or sponsor.

    Business
  2. A Historical Walk in the English Lake District

    “It’s been a poignant, thought-provoking journey, punctuated by two monuments: one to a way of life; one to life extinguished; and both inextricably bound to the mountain.” In this longread, George Kitching guides us over the Coniston mountains in the English Lake District, diving into the history and culture of the area.

    Exploration
    Photo by George Kitching
  3. “These snippets of a lifetime make me ponder on how vital stories are. How we keep people, traditions, habits, alive through words. I’ve heard you die twice. First your physical death. And then again, when there’s no one left to tell your story.”

    Family
  4. Teaching My Kids to Survive in ‘Merica

    A mom reflects on preparing her 12-year-old sons to fly alone, to grandma’s house in today’s America: “I thought we would at least get to girls before we got to guns. But this has been an extraordinary year, full of violence and bigotry.”

    Family
  5. What Do You Love More?

    Allison K. Williams ruminates on the fear of failing: “Publication or not getting hurt feelings. What do you love more?”

    Inspiration
    Photo by wackystuff
  6. I Need To Tell You

    Christine, who was diagnosed with a desmoid tumor in 2012, responds to unsolicited advice: “I’m telling you my hands hurt. I’m telling you I can’t perform a simple task, a task that a child does all day long. I’m telling you I can’t express myself. My creative outlet is gone. . . . Hear that.”

    Health
  7. Medievalists.net

    From recent archaeological discoveries to articles on pop-culture references to the so-called “Middle Ages,” the writers behind Medievalists.net aim to bring history alive.

    Architecture
  8. Eating in Vietnam. Also, a Travel Companion.

    “Vietnamese food must always have balance. There is bitterness, there is sourness, there is the pain from heat, but there is also sweet. This is the goal of Vietnamese food: to have all the emotions of life in one bite.” Antonio Perez describes his culinary adventures in Vietnam with vivid, sensory details.

    Cooking
  9. Undark

    Undark Magazine explores science at the point where it intersects — and sometimes collides — with politics, economics and culture.

    Business
  10. The Power of Poetry

    “Can anyone have this moment? Or is poetry only for some people — the smartest, the richest, the something-est?” At Nerdy Book Club, K-8 librarian Sarah FitzHenry recounts a school event with poet Kwame Alexander in which students discover the power of poetry.

    Education
    Photo via Nerdy Book Club