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Summer Reading: Meet Harper, Meet Theodor, Meet Walt, Meet America

Frank Islam | Posted 08.17.2015 | Books
Frank Islam

As the time remaining for summer reading slips away, we'd like to turn our attention to and concentrate on three books -- two of which have just been discovered and one of which has been rediscovered -- that also say something about who we are as Americans

Robert Putnam's 'Our Kids' and the Story of Us

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
Harry Boyte

Putnam calls for citizens to lobby for federal policies such as expanded tax credits for the poor, more day care and growth in community colleges -- much the legislative agenda of President Obama, who was denounced for "class warfare" when he proposed it.

US Poetry Readership in Tens of Millions?

Robert Peake | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Robert Peake

Looking to settle the debate about poetry's slow decline into death, The Washington Post cites the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts to show a ten-year steady downtrend in public participation with poetry. The graph slides like a ramp down to just 6.7% in 2012.

Poetry Coast to Coast: American Poets Paul Fericano and George Wallace

Robert Peake | Posted 05.31.2015 | Books
Robert Peake

You could drive Route 66 from coast to coast to get a feel for the poetry of America. Or you could pick up copies of Fericano and Wallace, and read these poems out loud.

Daily Meditation: Cosmos

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.28.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

House-Breaking Your Phone -- and Lowering Your Blood Pressure

Kevin Walsh | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Kevin Walsh

I went for a three-mile walk during lunch yesterday and found myself checking my phone every twenty yards -- not for any reason, just in case. And in case of what I have no idea. I realized I'd become like Smudge barking at the Maytag

A Safe Haven for Growth After Loss

Dave Roberts | Posted 12.23.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Dave Roberts

Recently, I decided to take advantage of one of the few remaining nice weather days in our area and went for a 20-minute walk around my neighborhood...

The Good News of Poetry That Can Win the Day

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 12.06.2014 | Arts
Barbara Mossberg

Poetry can keep our spirits resilient and able to sustain us -- literally, for a happy life -- even to live at all.

I Contain Multitudes: Maia Mayor

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 11.22.2014 | Arts
Diane Luby Lane

I remember the day she brought it into the room. We were sitting in a circle, and Maia was seated to my right. We started at my left, which means she went last.

Fellow Law Students, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Resist the tide. Leave law school not as an attorney, but rather as a human being who happens to be an attorney.

I Contain Multitudes: Jessica Romoff

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 11.12.2014 | Arts
Diane Luby Lane

I haven't really been thinking about it much, but I have changed DRAMATICALLY in the past three years of my life. I was talking to my 7th grade English teacher, Mr. Trivas, asking how in the entire universe was I going to even attempt to write "my story." Do I even have a story? What the hell is my story?

America's First Bohemians (NEW BOOK)

Justin Martin | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books
Justin Martin

Walt Whitman is the lone representative who remains well known to this day.

I Contain Multitudes: Brian Martinez

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 10.27.2014 | Arts
Diane Luby Lane

Their team didn't make the finals, or even the semifinals, but there was something about his performance, his intenseness, his citing Emily Dickinson with grit. The clip was so short, just a few words; no one would even know that he was performing Emily Dickinson...but I would know.

Daily Meditation: Life's Miracles

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Robin Williams as Comedian, Teacher and Inspiration

Gil Troy | Posted 10.14.2014 | Arts
Gil Troy

Robin Williams's suicide has touched the national soul, a tribute to how intense and intimate each performance of his was, how broad his reach was, and how long his career was. Williams' manic energy and verbal fluency made him a star who shined brilliantly on television, in the movies, and on stage.

O Captain My Captain

Zachary Dominitz | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
Zachary Dominitz

I don't know what age we are when we truly understand that we die. We learn it early enough as fact, sure, as part of what happens on this human journey. And we go on to lose friends, relatives, teachers, icons. And still, it remains 'out there', removed, happening to other people, because we're still here.

Daily Meditation: The World Before You

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

How to Get Successfully Published TODAY: Big 5, Indy, or Self-Publish?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.02.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's the greatest time in history to be a writer. There are more ways to get published than ever before. While it's great to have so many options, it's also confusing. But when you break these many different ways down, they sort themselves out into just three primary paths.

Neymar's Quest, Müller's Blunderbuss, Oranje Power, Mercurial Messi, Yankee Doodle Dempsey... and, 'The Powerful Play Goes On'

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 08.16.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

The soccer gods must be smiling down on World Cup 2014, with bright, sparkling contests, a cascade of wicked goals, and a dash of controversy.

What's Your Story?

Mark Matousek | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

We're determined in the time we have left to edit out the dishonest plots, tired characters, obsolete themes, and destructive story lines, the creaky set pieces that block us from feeling real. We want to know ourselves in the end and not be deceived by bad fiction.

Walt Whitman and Pennsylvania's Ascent Into the Impossible

Thom Nickels | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Thom Nickels

The impossible happened a couple weeks ago when marriage for same sex couples became legal in the state of Pennsylvania.

Daily Meditation: Gliding

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.02.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Finding Wisdom in a Fractured World

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Harold Lloyd

The wise person understands why we run from questions that we might not be able to answer, and why we wrongly avoid other obstacles or risks that we should face. Our default emotions have evolved to lament loss more than to celebrate gain.

Interview and Review: Son Keeps His Father's Legacy in Motion, While "Others" Try to Stop the Train

Isa Freeling | Posted 05.18.2014 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Traditional African patterns ornament the ovalescent center while the figure is surrounded at top and bottom with the inherited African motifs of the nation he was born to -- but what is inside Mr. Mitchell is boundless without physical context to distinguish him from any other.

By George!

Carl Fillichio | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

When I asked Secretary Shultz what books he thought shaped work in America, I didn't know what to expect for an answer. I assumed he'd suggest academic tomes; books I never heard of -- important books, yes ... but ones that are not particularly accessible. I was wrong.