Archive | September, 2013

Ross Gay

Ross Gay | Some thoughts on mercy

I WAS IN my garden, walking aimlessly with sickle in hand, taking swipes at the plantain that had erupted into tiny flower heads or at the blowzy red clover growing in tall thickets and slurped at by bumblebees. I walked with absolute freedom, barefoot behind the house I own, in the garden I had built with a joyful toil unlike any other I’d experienced: nibbling the blueberries and what were […]

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Raul Ramos y Sanchez | A Return to Cuba Thaws Cold War Fears

AT THE HEART of almost every Cuban-American family is a tragedy. Most of us were torn apart from loved ones by the passions of ideology. In some cases, this included fear of reprisals and imprisonment. Many also lost personal property. Wounds like these do not heal easily. So my first visit to Cuba after 52 years in exile began with heavy apprehensions. From the airliner’s window, my first glimpse of […]

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Jacqui Meisel

Jacqui Meisel | Simple Pleasures

MY SON MATTHEW has Down syndrome and autism. Just so you know, he makes life in our house rich. Rich is code for “sometimes it sucks and we celebrate just getting through a tough day.” And rich is also code for, “He may be retarded, but he’s nobody’s fool,” as well as “Might as well set aside stress and move more slowly because that’s what is.” When we go out […]

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Steve Backshall

Steve Backshall | Tiger Wars

The Clan moved through the undergrowth in a silent wave, tuned so finely to each other’s movements that communication was barely necessary. They were clearly human but glided as effortlessly as a pack of hunting dogs, with a gait that was neither tiptoeing nor running. Not a single crunch of dry leaves or crackle of broken twigs marked the passing of their bare feet. Every minute or so, one of […]

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