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Kiss the Ground: The Soil Story
"Science meets inspiration in this tale of nature's best hidden innovation: soil. 'The Soil Story,'made by Kiss the Ground, is a five-minute film that shares the importance of healthy soil for a healthy planet. Learn how we can "sequester" (store) carbon from our atmosphere, where it is harmful, and pull it back into the earth, where it belongs, through regenerative agriculture, composting, and ot... posted on Jan 22 2021, 102 reads


Amanda Gorman: The Miracle of Morning
Amanda Gorman has achieved many firsts, including being the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate in the United States at age 19. On January 20, 2021, the 22-year-old Gorman read at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. What follows here is a video of her reciting "The Miracle of Morning," a poem written several years ago "when hurricanes, hate crimes, and deportations were some of the many ... posted on Jan 21 2021, 4,188 reads


A Reset for Unprecedented Times
"We are currently living amid a planetary climate emergency, a global pandemic, uprisings against state violence upon Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples, and a failing economic system the world over. Pandemic lockdowns have forced major lifestyle changes: shifting consumption habits, realizing how deeply connected we are to each other and the environment, and focusing more on the non-material as... posted on Jan 20 2021, 2,105 reads


The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance
"As Robin Wall Kimmerer harvests serviceberries alongside the birds, she considers the ethic of reciprocity that lies at the heart of the gift economy. How, she asks, can we learn from Indigenous wisdom and ecological systems to reimagine currencies of exchange?"... posted on Jan 19 2021, 2,898 reads


Creativity & COVID-19
"In some recent discussions with friends who are also creatives, I have heard a variety of responses to the question, 'How has Covid-19 affected your creativity?'Some have been inspired to create new work. Others have spoken about a year of fallowness. It's a term we rarely if ever hear in a culture devoted to--or better put, obsessed with--constant productivity. Take agribusiness: every acre and ... posted on Jan 18 2021, 2,805 reads


To Walk in Beauty Once Again
"Fragility sticks to everything alive like the quiet wetness of morning dew
in this global pandemic
as a doctor
I see this fragility
Threatening to swallow so much of what we love
like a large red blanket covering a small bed
and I can't unsee it."
So begins this powerful poem by Sriram Shamasunder, a physician whose work takes him to the front lin... posted on Jan 17 2021, 4,601 reads


Writers & Artists on the Influence of Barry Lopez
"In 2015 Barry and I were invited to do an onstage conversation at the Key West Literary Seminars. We loved the idea of it but hated the given title, and ended up talking on the phone for most of an hour, trying to arrive at a word that felt home-language to us each. The suggested word, spiritual, we felt utterly threadbare. Barry's preference was reverence, a quality that ran deep in his life and... posted on Jan 16 2021, 2,577 reads


Musicians on Kindness
What if kindness was a form of music, with its own rhythm, its own flow, its own song?" This engaging video points out the give and take of the whole human experience through highlighting music, with its reciprocal energy which inspires both the musicians and their audiences. The featured street musicians reflect on the power of music to make kindness contagious.... posted on Jan 15 2021, 2,146 reads


what is unveiled? the founding wound (poem/directive)
"a body is always a body
individual or collective
(whole or in many pieces)
alive or, later, dead
a body is aways vulnerable"
So begins this electric poem/directive by writer adrienne maree brown, that brings an unflinching gaze, open heart and clear voice to the realities of our times, and to the possibilities of healing.... posted on Jan 14 2021, 4,323 reads


5 Tips for Teaching in Times of Civil Unrest
Over the past week educators across the United States have found themselves encountering difficult conversations in the classroom. From the Ida B. Wells Education Project come these helpful tips for teaching effectively in the midst of periods of tremendous social change.... posted on Jan 13 2021, 3,746 reads


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