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We Are All Part of Prince’s America

by Kristin Lin

In his dynamic six-part tribute to Prince, Anil Dash makes the case for how the High Priest of Pop encapsulates the beautiful and complicated story of the American project.

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We Are All Part of Prince’s America
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It’s Going to Be Okay, and It’s Not Going to Be Okay

by Elena Zhang

What does it mean to embrace grief when it feels boundless? Elena Zhang finds answers in her writing — and in watching HBO’s The Leftovers.

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It’s Going to Be Okay, and It’s Not Going to Be Okay

My Feelings Are Not My Enemies

by Miguel Clark Mallet

The power of honoring our emotions as truth is to allow them to complicate — and enhance — how we understand the world and each other.

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My Feelings Are Not My Enemies

Stop Asking And Answering Other People’s Questions

by Courtney E. Martin

Courtney Martin considers the ethical questions parents face when trying to decide where their kids should go to school — and calls us to ask ourselves if the questions we ask match our values.

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Stop Asking And Answering Other People’s Questions

Life Is a Found Poem

by Parker J. Palmer

Life is complexity and mystery; so is the poetry and beauty we find in it.

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Life Is a Found Poem

Words That Matter: A Poem

by Marilyn Nelson

A poet on the times when the act of communicating matters more than the words themselves.

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Words That Matter: A Poem

The Inner Conflict of Watching Black Panther as an African and African American

by Jeffrey Bissoy

In Black Panther, the struggle between hero and villain is not simply a fight between good and evil, but rather the difficult reconciliation between African and African American identity. Jeffrey Bissoy writes about the questions Marvel falls short of exploring.

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The Inner Conflict of Watching Black Panther as an African and African American

The Right to Be Forgotten

by Talha Jalal

Given that most information on the internet can remain there forever, to what extent should we be able to exercise the “right to be forgotten,” to disassociate ourselves with information about our past?

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The Right to Be Forgotten

Generous Listening: A Poem

by Marilyn Nelson

Who is this miracle speaking to me? And who is this miracle listening? What amazingness are we creating?

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Generous Listening: A Poem

What If We All Stopped for a Moment?

by Parker J. Palmer

The constant and unrelenting motion of life can make us forget to notice the richness of stillness, of pause. A poem from Pablo Neruda to help you remember.

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What If We All Stopped for a Moment?

The Art of Being Inefficient

by Ben Katt

Even the most soul-affirming work can leave us depleted and lost. Making a commitment to step away from the daily grind and listen to our “inefficiency experts” — can sustain us in the work we do and the lives we lead.

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The Art of Being Inefficient
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