1. Five Poems by Liza Flum

    “One girl on Lexington
    squints down the block, wearing
    red lipstick and a WAR IS OVER
    T-shirt, OVER tucked under her belt.”
     
    Read a set of five poems by Liza Flum at Heavy Feather Review.

    Poetry
  2. Dear Adoption, I Just Want to be Heard

    “I can be happy with the life I’ve been given and mourn the life that was taken away.” At Dear Adoption, a South Korean adoptee blogs anonymously about the need to explore their heritage.

    Family
  3. 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
  4. After The Fall

    “We’re lucky. Those who face outwards have a permanent reminder of the desolation beyond the city and get regular jumpers past their balconies. People don’t jump on our side.” Dive into dystopian flash fiction from Ben at Just Punch the Clock.

    Fiction
  5. 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
  6. All Rise

    Greenpeace Board of Directors chair Karen Topakian, one of the activists arrested for hanging a “RESIST” banner on a crane over the White House, recounts her sentencing day.

    Current Events
    Photo by Joe Flood via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)
  7. “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
  8. Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer

    In the first chapter of her new book, Merriam-Webster lexicographer and Harmless Drudgery blogger Kory Stamper describes how she fell in love with words and offers a peek into the world of writing dictionaries.

    Authors
  9. When life gives you hospital beds, find your inner balconies

    “When life gives you / hospital beds, / turn those / sunlit windows / into your / inner balconies / instead.”
     
    Christy Bharath meditates on life in India, post-surgery.

    Animals
  10. Each Breeze Began Life Somewhere As a Little Cough

    Poet Christoper Citro meditates on the omens — good and bad — that arrive on air: “I pierced the clear membrane and the coils expanded and the guest bed took its first deep breath. Each time a visiting friend or family member sleeps on it, it will take another.”

    Essay
  11. What is Happiness?

    From a poem by Samuel Sadler at The Violet City:
     
    “What is happiness?
    My happiness comes in little poems,
    Like the eye of the hurricane:
    The moment of rest after one chaotic lifetime
    And the next.”

    Poetry
  12. How Much Poison Is Acceptable in Our Technology?

    Designer Ash Huang questions whether tech designs for the majority, or for the majority of white males. “For an industry that complains about the inconvenience of waiting for a cab, doing laundry, or picking up takeout, we sure build a lot of suffering into our apps.”

    Design
  13. Durrow shawl

    Learn about how Lucy Hague made her intricately beautiful durrow shawl — a hand-knitted, Celt-inspired piece she designed herself — from sketch to fruition.

    Art
  14. When All Else Fails

    “The needle slides through easily and quickly and the magic happens.” Happy National Quilting Day! To celebrate, here’s avid crafter Kerry, reflecting on her love of all things stitch-related.

    Crafts
  15. “Jumble City”

    You could spend hours poring over Chris Fraser’s intricate Jumble City and still not absorb all of its fine details. But don’t let that stop you from trying!

    Art
    By Chris Fraser
  16. Taking a Trip Through Love Canal: The Residuum

    “That’s where we are at. As a society, our bodies and minds are in such a poor condition that we cannot touch our proverbial toes—we cannot control ourselves, yet we want to control something outside of ourselves.” Jack Caseros on environmental contamination, not climate change, as our most pressing environmental issue.

    Commentary
  17. What is America Anyway? An Interview with Eula Biss

    “We have a president who was elected not by popular vote, but by electoral college. And, the history of the electoral college is intimately tied to slavery and slave-owning states and is there in part to give more sway to states that had large populations of slaves who couldn’t vote.”

    Authors
  18. A Mushy Love Letter About Blogging

    “I don’t work with brands, I don’t have things to sell, I just like writing things down. So, whilst I’m not going to pretend that I don’t care about numbers and followers, I’ve learnt that, for me, blogging has somewhat transcended all of that.”

    Jetpack
  19. What I Discovered After My Year In Space

    Astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days circling Earth. Read an excerpt from his upcoming memoir, Endurance: A Year In Space, A Lifetime of Discovery.

    Authors
    Photo by Scott Kelly
  20. If the Loneliness Comes, Beep Me

    Brian Burns on identity, queerness, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy didn’t necessarily make me into who I am but it did allow me to be who I was.”

    Identity
  21. Another Poem About Survival

    From Kelly Hayes at Transformative Spaces, a poem about resilience and the promise of better, yet-unimagined futures: “remember: / Joy and pain, grief and pleasure, / will turn like wheels.”

    Poetry
  22. Above the Clouds

    A stroll up a Scottish mountainside rewarded Ewan Mearns with a calming, majestic view across the clouds, captured in this beautiful photo essay.

    Landscape
  23. The Complicated Past and Present of a California Utopia

    “And yet, like all utopian experiments, Esalen’s cracks widened as it grew in popularity and began to attract this wealthier set. Today’s guests hardly care about any sort of counterculture; they care, as Wolfe pointed out, about self-improvement.” Cody Delistraty spends a weekend at Big Sur’s Esalen Institute, once a bastion of hippie counterculture.

    Culture
  24. Pork Chops and Apple Sauce: Appraising the Brady Bunch’s Art Collection

    Kirk Demarais on everything you wanted to know about The Brady Bunch’s art collection, and a little more. “My work is sure to be a treat for anyone who loves art, or The Brady Bunch, or tedious overanalysis.”

    Art
  25. When Do Politics Decide Friendship?

    “The quicker we leave, the less chance we have for weaving something better than all that politics has failed to deliver.” When it comes to friendship and politics, pastor J.S. Park encourages us to build — not burn — bridges.

    Commentary