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Bruce E. Johansen | Forgotten Founders

The following is excerpted from a free online book, The Forgotten Founders, written by Bruce E. Johansen and made available to the public to help correct the insult to Native Americans–and the disservice done to the rest of us–by ignoring their contributions to the government established by the United States’ founding fathers. WHEN THE IROQUOIS CONFEDERACY was formed, no Europeans were present with clocks and a system for telling time before […]

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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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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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