Archive | February, 2018

Laura Grace Weldon | Poets and sages behind closed doors

Sunlight flashes across the nursing home lobby when I enter. By degrees the brightness dims as the door swings shut. My eyes adjust to a line of wheelchairs, their occupants so still they might be in deep meditation. One woman rouses, her brown eyes searching me out. “Feet don’t work a’tall,” she says politely. “Not a lick of good.” I walk down the hall past living koans. A man is held in a […]

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Florentina Ramirez Staigers | Changing the script on injustice

The nature of the bombs, the nature of injustice, the nature of the weapons, and the nature of our own being are the same. – Thich Nhat Hanh My friend Jennifer and I had an interesting tug-of-war with words after I commented on the term “illegal alien.” I was sitting on a bright red rug in her home, while she sat in a nearby chair, bending her head over a […]

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Beth D. Clary | A visit with a bear

There is a place where the loons glide smoothly across the lake, diving and surfacing with barely a ripple. Here my mind slows to the gentle lapping of lake water against a canoe. The wind sighing as it passes through pine needles soothes my soul. There is no schedule here. Sometimes, we awake in darkness to the cackle of the loons or the eerie hoot of the great horned owl. […]

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Mike Wilson | Kisses

Dejuan waved the red rubber ball back and forth and Kisses’ head turned left and right, like her beagle nose was attached to the ball with a string, her brown eyes bright and shiny. He was excited, too. They both were holding their breath. He pulled his arm behind his head and leaned back. “Get it, Kisses!” Then he threw the ball and Kisses took off, ripping chunks of grass […]

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