Winter

This issue poses a crucial question: Who feels at home in America and  how many have been marginalized or left out?  Now that the election is over, it’s time to heal our divisions and bring this country back together.

Democracy Collaborative has a plan to jumpstart the economy, save the American dream, and reinvent the corporation—with people as the  bottom line.

Pulitzer prize-winning historian Joseph Ellis imagines a conversation about race with Thomas Jefferson,  Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. 

Jungian analyst James Hollis talks about the emotional challenges of living through a global pandemic and navigating a major turning point in history.

Thomas Singer explores a new  guiding myth—one that moves from dominion to reciprocity, and balances economics  and ecology.  

Mary-Frances Winters says Black people are tired of the bad news—from the shootings to the subtle racism.  Here’s what white people need to know.

Nina Simone sang about the sorrows of being Black while her friend James Baldwin proclaimed that “the American dream was built on the back of the Negro.”  

Sally Keil revisits William Cronon’s seminal work, noting how the European grid—and plain old-fashioned greed–forever altered our relation to the land.

Rockwell Stensrud revisits Rhode Island’s liberal experiment, and the Puritan ideals of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, to illuminate our clashing values now.

Jessica Wapner says living up against a border wall results in depression, suicide,  and lasting trauma.  Worse, the world is on a border craze. 

Oxford philosopher Roman Krznaric insists that we can leave a livable planet to our children.  But only if we to learn to how think “long” in a short-term world. 

Film critic Terry Ebinger looks at climate change, human resilience, and the rise of the feminine in Benh Zeitlin’s fable, Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Kim Fowler explores her family history, beginning with a plantation owner’s son and a grandmother born at the end of slavery, in this ode to Black identity.

WPA artists questioned the official narrative about slavery and our treatment of Native Americans. So why are their murals on the “cancel” list today? 

Sarah Vowell describes the politics behind the building of the Lincoln monument—considered un-American at the time—and shows why it captivates so many visitors.

Artist and writer J. Ruth Gendler introduces us to the inner lives of Courtesy, Curiosity, Resilience, Hope, Enthusiasm.

Sara Evans explores our notion of the end of times from medieval tapestries to Bergman’s Seventh Seal. 

Popular Articles

How does a cat’s purr stimulate creativity?  And why do so many artists and writers depend upon a feline muse?

 Insights from Seamus Heaney,  W.B. Yeats, Pablo Neruda, Dave Eggers, Paul Auster and Michael Chabon. 

Pythia Peay’s father, a World War II aviator, crashed when he came home to the family farm. Why do our heroes soar so high then face a terrible descent?

Warren Farrell shows why dad-deprived boys are at grater risk for suicide, depression and learning disabilities — and what they need at home.

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