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On the Creative and Spiritual Rewards of Gardening

“Something happens when you are in a garden, when you garden something beyond the tactile reminder that, in the history of life on Earth, without flowers, there would be no us. Kneeling between the scale of seeds and the scale of stars, touching evolutionary...

Navigating the Mysteries

“The correct response to uncertainty is mythmaking. It always was. Not punditry, allegory, or mandate, but mythmaking. The creation of stories. We are tuned to do so, right down to our bones. The bewilderment, vivacity, and downright slog of life requires it....

The Age of Invisible Stones

“We were old. We were weathered. We lost our youthful looks. We dotted Japans coastline. We stood at human height, sometimes taller. They called us tsunami stones. Our faces were carved with messages: build on higher ground. remember the last calamity. A few of...

Resisting Revenge to Embrace Humanity

After a Palestinian sniper killed ten Israeli soldiers including her son, who was active in the peace movement, Robi Damelin’s first words were: “Do not take revenge in the name of my son.” Somewhere below the grief, she knew even in that moment that...