Notes

To Struggle, by Lee van Laer

To Struggle, by Lee van Laer

The word [struggle] is of unknown origin; and although it is presumed to have come from Scandinavian and Germanic roots (there are no clear parallels or roots in Latin) the connections are uncertain […]

The Wizard of Oz as a Parable, by Lillian Firestone

The Wizard of Oz as a Parable, by Lillian Firestone

What makes the Wizard of Oz an iconic American tale that has entered into the language? Some expressions are so well known they need no further explanation, as for example “You’re not in Kansas anymore”.

Soft, by Tracy Cochran

Soft, by Tracy Cochran

The root meaning of heal is whole. Illness and mishap and even great tragedy can lead us eventually from the pain of isolation to a greater wholeness. There is such a powerful tendency in our […]

Essays

Truth and Perception, by Mickey Lemle

Truth and Perception, by Mickey Lemle

All movies are an illusion. We think we are seeing motion but in fact we are seeing twenty-four still pictures every second. Half the time the screen is actually black. Yet movies seem so real, and some have the potential to reveal great truth. […]

Hearing the Cries of the World, by Mark Nepo

Hearing the Cries of the World, by Mark Nepo

This story is so old we don’t know who told it or who it’s about, except that it speaks to all of us. We no longer know if it was a “he” or “she” at the center of the story. […]

Conversations

The Yoga Master at Ninety, an Interview with B.K.S. Iyengar

The Yoga Master at Ninety, an Interview with B.K.S. Iyengar

Born in India in 1918, B.K.S. Iyengar has been teaching yoga since the age of seventeen. An innovative and exacting teacher for more than sixty years, he has guided the establishment of many centers of Iyengar Yoga worldwide. His message is “Yoga is for everyone.”

Web Exclusives

Already Broken, by Joyce Kornblatt

Already Broken, by Joyce Kornblatt

Although it felt like flight, I knew the fall was wrong: body upended, working to right itself even as it spiralled head-first, it seemed, down. I’d gone over the tiniest cliff, from darkened footpath to […]

Podcast

Parabola Podcast, Episode 4: "Innocence and Experience"

Parabola Podcast, Episode 4: “Innocence and Experience”

Story editor Betsy Cornwell looks at our current issue, Innocence and Experience, in PARABOLA Magazine’s monthly podcast. The episode features excerpts from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and Tracy Cochran’s essay “Lessons from Lucifer.” Learn more […]

Book Reviews

Film Reviews

Insight Out: A Review of Pixar’s "Inside Out"

Insight Out: A Review of Pixar’s “Inside Out”

J.M. Barrie once said, “Growing up is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience… and pimples.” In Pixar’s latest cinematic creation, Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) is a typical 10-year-old living in a small Midwestern town. She loves her family, friends, hockey and goofing around. …

Photography

Portfolio: Richard Whittaker

Portfolio: Richard Whittaker

One Autumn day in 1976 a question appeared: if I took a photo of something I’d seen that touched my feelings, would the feeling return later when I looked at the print?

David Ulrich

Portfolio: David Ulrich

Can my inner work towards stillness and consciousness be reflected in images? Perhaps the moments of presence I, at times, experience can be extended outward to you, the viewer.

Poetry

Three Poems by Stephanie Unger

Three Poems by Stephanie Unger

Stephanie Unger is a writer who lives in Buffalo, NY. She has studied poetry at workshops led by Martha Heyneman and others at the Rochester Folk Art Guild in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

Hands, by Robinson Jeffers

Hands, by Robinson Jeffers

Inside a cave in a narrow canyon near Tassajara
The vault of rock is painted with hands,
A multitude of hands in the twilight, a cloud of men’s
palms, no more,
No other picture. […]

Epicycles

Vincent Van Gogh, Pietà (after Eugène Delacroix). 1889. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Ave Maria, by Jenny Koralek

As the following passage begins, Jesus of Nazareth, here called Yeshua, is suffering on the cross, attended by several including his mother, Mary, here known as Maryam, and Elizabeth, cousin to Maryam and mother of John the Baptist. It is […]

Events

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