Summer 2020

A growing body of research shows that animals help us live richer, fuller lives.  Here’s how they liven up our homes, and why we’re depending on them more than ever for a daily dose of sanity and unconditional love.

Tilda Swinton’s dogs are a lesson in extraversion and exuberance. Henri, the Existential Cat parses being and nothingness. And Mozart’s operatic birds are unadulterated joy.  

Our editor confesses, “I married a man who co-opted my cat then stole my identity as a writer.” The mysterious feline was also the muse for Kerouac, Hemingway, and Joyce Carol Oates. 

Attorney Pauline Tesler explains why divorce rates are rising after sheltering in place, and how couples and families can benefit from a collaborative approach.

Selling a house is hard when you’re riding the roller coaster of divorce, but real estate expert Harold DeBlander has the tools to help you cope.

Mary Reynolds Thompson tells how to rewild your imagination and get in tune with your surroundings.

James Hillman, Russell Lockhart, D.H. Lawrence and Aesop on what we can learn from the wily fox. 

Ann Robinson shows us how to explore far-away lands through the imagination.

Adrie Kusserow adapts Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese to address our covid woes.

…if we want to save our home on earth.  Thomas Berry says our major institutions  must serve the community of life. 

A room can fulfill many practical functions while also serving as a soulful space, according to architect Anthony Lawlor.

Meredith Sabini contemplates a screaming beetle, an athletic mouse, a gorilla’s fingernails, and a proper burial for roadkill.  

Charles Darwin, Desmond Morris, C.G. Jung, Jane Goodall and Barbara Peterson discuss the spiritual value of animals.

Psychologist Andrea Wells started dialoguing with the endangered animals that appeared in her dreams.  This led to work as a wildlife volunteer in Africa.

We’re dreaming of  insect invasions, wild animals and collapsing houses yet we are also getting reassuring messages that tell us,  “All is well.”  

Rodin’s Thinker was originally poised at the Gates of Hell pondering death on a vast scale.  How can the coronavirus make  philosophers of us all?

The New Yorker’s Nathan Heller describes how San Francisco handles  homelessness —  centralized data banks and community outreach.  What really helps?

D.H. Lawrence and James Hollis urge us to confront those feelings that slither away from us and show us how to stand our ground with fear.

Sara Evans reviews two classics — by Judith Viorst and Maurice Sendak — that help children cope with change and loss. Useful primers for living with uncertainty.

Popular Articles

How did minimalism become a household obsession?  Here’s what modern art has to say about the messy art of living.

Physicist Brian Swimme explores the role of chaos, awe and wonder in our new  Creation Story.

Our belongings aren’t just passive objects here to do our bidding, says C. G. Jung.  They have personalities and adventures of their own.

The Slow Housekeeping movement is about making a nourishing home. Here are some tips on  how to create your own domestic rituals. 

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