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Stroke

by Merrill Sunderland

I. HANDS

Few people are ever willing to barter with the boy: to trade a back rub for a neck rub, for instance, or a foot massage for a scalp massage. 1,385 more words

Fiction

Native, First Generation

We always had to talk in hushed whispers. Occasionally my grandmother would forget, her voice raising, her r’s rolling. We were strange, we were strangers. 297 more words

America

New Mexico: Revisiting the Land of Enchantment

I’m far from the first person to wax lyrical about New Mexico, and, so long as the chiles ripen and the highways go on endlessly, I’m sure I won’t be the last. 2,243 more words

Photo Essay

To All My Facebook Friends: A Poem

Aternatively,
We could unplug ourselves
Off Facebook
And start writing
In journals.
Alternatively,
We could write
Each other letters
And make frequent trips
To the post office. 312 more words

Poetry

Illustrated Maps of Antwerp

This is it! I want to become a cartographer. I SO enjoyed the assignment of this week in my MATS-e-course. I’ve been drawing for many hours on this one.   135 more words

Maps

To The PTA Moms at My Son’s School

Last week I published a blog post about things said during a PTA meeting I attended at my youngest son’s school. I wanted to shine a light on the homophobic, transphobic, insensitive, hateful and hurtful things that some moms said during the meeting and show that as far as we have come in LGBTQ acceptance and equality, there is still much work to be done. 1,602 more words

Bullying

Barbie, Remixed: I (Really!) Can Be a Computer Engineer

I am a PhD student in a computing department, so I guess it’s not surprising that my social media feeds have been full of outrage over Barbie’s “computer engineering” skills. 451 more words

Feminism

The Canadian Rockies

In the aftermath of a disappointing day at Lake O’Hara, I had hopes for better luck on Day 3.  My plan was to shoot sunrise at Moraine Lake, about a 20-25 minute drive from where I was staying at Lake Louise Village.  1,526 more words

Landscape Photography

What Happens When You Go Viral: On Wanting to Give Up

I recently found out that the hit count on my Relevant article back in June was over 1.6 million. The editor told me it was the second-biggest traffic day in the history of their website. 1,328 more words

Writing

Escape from Jonestown

Julia Scheeres | A Thousand Lives | 26 minutes (6,304 words)

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For our latest Longreads Exclusive, we’re proud to share Julia Scheeres’ adaptation of her book, 6,700 more words

Books

Words Not To Say In Front Of My Kids

I told my daughters this morning that they’d need to take a sack lunch to school tomorrow, and they laughed at me.  I wasn’t expecting them to laugh. 1,067 more words

Humor

Not Perfect, But All Right

2014 has not been kind.

On a cold, snowy day in January, when my husband was in Tokyo, my 10 year old son received a lifelong sentence. 689 more words

Illness

Drunk Canadians in London, November 1916

By Julia Laite

The world has just commemorated the 100th annivesary of the beginning of the First World War. While most historians have come to categorize the war as, in the words of… 1,256 more words

History

A Letter to Aaron Swartz

Dear Aaron Swartz:

Sorry. I’m two days late to the Day of Hacktivism in your honor. Except I’m not a hacker and I’ve only just learned about you. 1,053 more words

Activism

Irish Bakewell Buns

Growing up in Canada, I’d never really heard of bakewell tarts until a few years ago.

In fact, since I moved to Ireland almost exactly 1.5 years ago, I’ve been introduced to a whole slew of new things (I’m sure you’re shocked to hear that). 601 more words

Food

The What-If That Haunts "Ghostbuster" Ernie Hudson

Ghostbusters has been an undeniable highlight in Ernie Hudson’s long, varied, and still-rolling career. But the experience of playing Winston Zeddemore—the fourth Ghostbuster, for lack of a better title—is also riddled with complicated emotions. 1,131 more words

Movies

Colors of Afghanistan

  “A landscape might be denuded, a human settlement abandoned or lost,
but always, just beneath the ground lies history of preposterous grandeur. . .
They are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted humankind, 253 more words

Photography

A #Pointergate Response From the Mayor of Minneapolis

A few days before the November 4th election, I took a photo with an organizer while doorknocking to get the vote out. In that photo, the organizer and I pointed at one another (after, it has often been remarked, an awkward moment of set-up). 858 more words

Politics

Summer of '81: Two Coincidences

[This is the fourth post in a series. For a little background on the thinking behind this, please read this.]

In 1981, my family moved from the house where I grew up to another house about a mile away. 1,294 more words

Memoir

Sculpture By the Sea: Bondi 2014

“Not all those who wonder, wander”

Sydney October 2014 (7 photos) 357 more words

Photography

Breathing With Leaves (Memories From School Street)

Dear Welly,

Today we signed the papers to sell our beautiful old house; the one we bought with you in mind and the one we brought you home to. 824 more words

Motherhood

After the Ball

Listen: The city’s screams are starting to die down now. All those roaring engines have done what they needed to do: dropped the daughters at the houses of friends and the busloads of boys five minutes from the bar. 2,071 more words

Fiction

Books and Cigarettes by Andrea Davies

Roman gets my phone number off an application for employment at the West Portal Bookshop in San Francisco. I imagine him taking my application off the stack and going to stand outside in the grey with his ankle showing tight black pants, jacket and long black hair. 650 more words

Memoir

When Mitch McConnell Met Roger Ailes: An Early Lesson in Winning At All Costs

Alec MacGillis | The Cynic | September 2014 | 13 minutes (3,241 words)

Below is an excerpt from The Cynic, a new book by The New Republic writer… 3,397 more words

Politics

Net Neutrality? Competition? Free Enterprise?

UPDATES: There’s been good discussion on Twitter regarding this post. I have added updates at the end.

Introduction:

Net Neutrality is great, but there’s an achievable policy that’s even better. 2,396 more words

Net Neutrality

The Images That Moved Them Most: Photographers on America's Veterans

On Veterans Day, TIME explores the profound effects of war—both on those who serve, and the people who support them.

LightBox asked 26 documentary photographers who have covered conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to describe which of their own photographs of veterans had a deep impact on their lives or moved them in a significant way. 28 more words

Veterans Day

The Temple Totem and the Mythification of the Likud

The attempted assassination of Temple Mount activist Yehudah Glick, to whom I wish a speedy recovery, comes as a culmination of a growing trend in the Israeli public sphere. 1,168 more words

Israel