Poetry

“Yes,” by Denise Duhamel

By Rebecca Foust
Reading “Yes,” we get a real sense of commitment to making a marriage work and, maybe more importantly, of the sense that this is not just a tedious chore. Real affection, and humor, lighten the touch here.
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Marriage & Life Partners

The Covid Marriage

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
The enforced togetherness required by social distancing has led couples to spend more time together than usual, a lot of it. And even for those that have strong, solid relationships, it’s been, well, a bit more than they’d like. 
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Poetry

Review: Ledger by Jane Hirshfield

By Rebecca Foust
Ledger’s poems take stock of the losses—both personal to this speaker and in the larger sense of our world’s ever-diminishing resources and species—and do so with a mounting sense of crisis.
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Books · Emotional Health

Man’s Search for Meaning

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
The most helpful insight of Viktor Frankl, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
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Health

The COVID Revolution

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
In spite of the horror of disease, death, and economic havoc that has come from the COVID-19 pandemic, I have hope that a COVID Revolution can produce lasting change that will benefit many.
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Poetry

Three poems from Indigo by Ellen Bass

By Amanda Moore
With a keen sense of humor that acknowledges how even our saddest moments can offer levity, Ellen Bass offers comfort and assurance in these poems, always leading us back from the brink of intense emotion with wisdom and care.
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Health

One World Together: At Home

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
The stay at home orders exist to allow the healthcare system to recover even while the economy suffers. Many people around the world understand that the sacrifices we make—economically, socially and emotionally—to stay home, is for the common good.
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Poetry

“Small Kindnesses,” by Danusha Laméris

By Rebecca Foust
Maybe the best way we can all help now is to stay calm and focused on the goal of emerging from seclusion into a healthier climate in a few weeks or months. And, when we do go out or otherwise interact with others, to be kind and to treat everyone with an extra level of compassion and respect. That’s why “Small Kindnesses” is an important poem to feature this week.
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Poetry

Rachel Hadas: “Love and Dread”

By Rebecca Foust
Today’s poem does not call for an eradication of dread, though it does lament its existence. Dread plays a necessary role in human life, and the poem seems to acknowledge it as the yin to love’s yang, the dark to the light side of the moon, despair’s counterpart to hope.
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