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Daily Meditation: I Hear America Singing

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion

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

From Dickens, To Whitman, To Trump: A Literary Perspective

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Stephen Kuusisto

If history is a guide Americans will not be electing Donald Trump, even as they may find many practical or potential faults with Hillary Clinton. The latter is merely imperfect; the former offers a detested and despised face. As a citizenry in a fulsome democracy we still understand the difference.

The Anthropology of Empowerment

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 06.10.2016 | Education
Diane Luby Lane

The Anthropology of Empowerment: How Blogging Led to a Book Deal with Simon & Schuster Diane Luby Lane "What they call you is one thing. What you ...

From Broken Brains to Frankenstein: A Walt Whitman Birthday Listicle

Kevin S. Weiner | Posted 05.31.2016 | Science
Kevin S. Weiner

Walt Whitman was born on this day in 1819. His lifespan overlapped with a period in neuroscience history that laid the foundation for today's exciting time of brain exploration. Though he would likely roll over in his grave at the word listicle, here are three ways Whitman is historically linked to the brain.

Did Walt Whitman Really Promote A 'Paleo' Diet? Not Quite.

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 04.30.2016 | Healthy Living

Numerous headlines this week proclaim that celebrated American poet Walt Whitman was also a 19th-century proponent of the presently popular Paleo diet...

The Wisdom of Knowing We Know Nothing at All

Siobhan Kukolic | Posted 04.27.2016 | Parents
Siobhan Kukolic

The other day my 10-year-old son said, "You know, my favorite people are babies and seniors." "Why is that," I asked? "Well, babies just joined the w...

Why Our Society Is So Terrified of Desire: Garth Greenwall in His Own Words

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 03.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Stefan Simanowitz

In cruising you carve out these intimacies from public spaces. All of Whitman's poems are about cruising. All of Whitman's poems are about walking through the crowded streets of Manhattan and finding that one person with whom he can have an intimate encounter which, even though it is fleeting, has an infinite significance.

How Much Enough Is Enough?

Jill L. Ferguson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Jill L. Ferguson

In a study conducted by the UK company Gocompare.com, researchers found that the average woman has more than 19 pairs of shoes and spends more than U.S. $25,000 during her lifetime on shoes.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Unconditional Loving -- I Exist As I Am

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 11.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

"I exist as I am, that is enough, If no other in the world be aware I sit content, And if each and all be aware I sit content. One world is aware, ...

On Poetry: The Cultural Revolution -- and the Necessity of Culture

Poetry Foundation | Posted 09.14.2015 | Books
Poetry Foundation

By Ai Weiwei My father, Ai Qing, was an early influence of mine. He was a true poet, viewing all subjects through an innocent and honest lens. For ...

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 05.28.2016 | 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.