Poetry

Poetry Sunday: “The Path,” by Anna Yin

By Rebecca Foust
A poem can be powerful and remain elusive and mysterious at the same time. In fact, many would argue that less accessible poems are more powerful than transparent ones. In this case, “The Path” is a mysterious poem, but one that also tells a clear story.
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Poetry

Poetry Sunday: “The Role of Elegy,” by Mary Jo Bang

By Rebecca Foust
As with most successful poems about personal grief, this one dwells less on the particulars of this speaker’s loss than on something more universal: the nature of suffering and the utter inability of our carefully compiled rituals to dispel it. And also of the inevitable human impulse still to try.
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Lifestyle

Molly Fisk: Because August

By Molly Fisk
There's a joke that says in August people all over the midwest lock their car doors, while the rest of the time they don't bother. . . It's not about theft, it's about generosity. The doors are locked so your neighbors don't sneak in and leave you bags of enormous unsightly zucchini.
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Emotional Health

How to Understand Hate

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
The origins of hatred and its ability to spread as if the Devil had tossed a cigarette into dried underbrush is a subject that has preoccupied psychologists, sociologists, and historians for much of the last 70 years.
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Film & Television

Vintage TV Review: Small Screens, Glass Ceilings

By Alexandra MacAaron
Fifty years ago, television viewers were getting glimpses into the lives of a strange new breed: career girls. Often played for laughs, but also presented with compassion and sympathy, these determined characters broke through the small screen — if not the glass ceiling — on a weekly basis.
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Health

Opioids and the Slippery Slope of Addiction

By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Megan Riddle, Ph.D., M.S
Opioids—like Percocet, Oxycontin, Dilaudid, Vicodin, and morphine—are powerful pain relievers. When the patient is suffering acute pain, opioids can offer much-needed relief. However, in cases of chronic pain, using these medications for an extended period of time can lead to problems.
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Marriage & Life Partners · Relationships & Dating

Is This Love?

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
The science of romance isn’t “romantic,” but focuses instead on practical issues. Research confirms that believing in soul mates—or destiny, “the idea that there is exactly one person you were absolutely put on this earth to find—can and probably will backfire.”
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