In This Issue

  • Four Poems

    they never tried to keep each other, / never made a promise not to leave — / but if he had said wait, she would have / stood in one place until / the grass died beneath her. Poetry by Sara Tracey

  • Ten Minutes of Freedom

    The trouble with crazy ideas and dares is that one often brings on another. Somebody said that that run was too easy. What if we took off our pajamas and ran naked to the telephone pole on Dickens Street? We all got quiet for a while. That would be about half a mile — down the street. We all laughed, but no one would back down.
    By Graham Harry Smith

  • Nineteen Years of School Is Quite Enough, Thank You

    This graduation ceremony — unlike those following high school and college — had an element of the grand and tremendous. When the dean asked us to rise and then solemnly pronounced us graduated, my heart seemed to rise up out of my chest. For the first time, the full force of my accomplishment hit me. By Sarah Petersen

  • The Two Ericas

    When monkeys escape or your car breaks down, / When you need to get away from an angry clown, / It’s really great, it’s super fine / To have a friend whose name is the same as mine!
    by Steve Spaulding

  • Friends of Bill

    A collection of images from an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting room.
    Photography By Anonymous

  • Barack-y Mountain Higgggghhh.....

    As I watched Obama giving his "A More Perfect Union" speech, shaking my head and marveling that something this honest and powerful actually came from a man who may very well be our next president, I couldn’t help but laugh at the cartoonishly cheap and petty political antics that had pushed him to give that brilliant speech in the first place. I was truly surprised to realize that coarse Schadenfreude and fine admiration can actually coexist within me. By Patrick Russell

  • Random Moments of Visual Fascination

    A scary groundhog, a sexy blossom, and two camping cuties are among the images featured in this collection of captured moments. Photography by Elizabeth Cox

  • The Best Policy

    Today was different; she knew exactly what she wanted. An Easter egg with a scene inside. She’d wanted it the moment she saw it. It was exactly like the one Lynn Byrne had at school but wouldn’t let her touch, let alone look inside. She showed it to all the other girls, but when Marianne asked if she could see it, Lynn told her “No. You might break it.” Fiction by Janet Yung

  • Spring in the Garden

    Visual proof of one woman’s obsession with the tiny growing universe in her own backyard. (And the front yard too, actually.)
    by Blythe Hurley


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    Organic Farming: Year Two

    We do a lot of weeding, but not without some hand-wringing over it. The presence of most weeds indicates that something is wrong with the soil — it’s either missing something or its structure is degraded. Many weeds improve soil conditions to the point where they themselves can no longer compete. But be that as it may, we can’t have them shade out our plants.
    By Michael Birch

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