Essays

The Endless Vows, by Mark Nepo

The Endless Vows, by Mark Nepo

Mark NepoOct 27, 202313 min read

There are four vows we can practice in any given moment that will return us to what matters, that will return us to ourselves and each other. They are simple and always in reach, though they require everything from us.…

Passing Through the Storm, by Tracy Cochran

Passing Through the Storm, by Tracy Cochran

Tracy CochranOct 27, 202310 min read

As I write this, a major hurricane is heading towards the gulf coast of Florida. People are preparing as best they can, but damaging high winds and unprecedented flooding is predicted, and mandatory evacuations are ordered. And yet, in spite…

The Real Rasputin? by Richard Smoley

The Real Rasputin? by Richard Smoley

Richard SmoleyAug 1, 202312 min read

The story of Gregory Rasputin—the Siberian “mad monk,” healer, profligate, unwitting destroyer of the Romanov dynasty—is well known. He has been the subject of innumerable books and several films. Yet none of them seem to have fathomed him fully. His…

A Higher Power, by Dawn Eden Goldstein

A Higher Power, by Dawn Eden Goldstein

Dawn Eden GoldsteinAug 1, 202316 min read

In 1940, Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a man who knew sin and failure like he knew the back of his hand, was living with his wife, Lois, in a tiny room at the Alcoholics Anonymous “clubhouse” in downtown…

Rated “Condemned”, by Jean Iversen

Rated “Condemned”, by Jean Iversen

Jean IversenAug 1, 202312 min read

We sat, unmoving, in the darkness of the movie theater as the first notes of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s overture played—a foreboding orchestra followed by sinister electric guitar. It was the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, and we had been forbidden…

Gastronomy in Ancient China, by Donald Harper

Gastronomy in Ancient China, by Donald Harper

Donald HarperApr 21, 201815 min read

Photo by Tim Chow (@timchowdoingthings) Animals feed themselves; men eat; but only wise men know the art of eating. —Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste, M.F.K. Fisher…

Photograph: Girls exploring rock pools, Cameron Bay by State Library of Victoria Collections, 1909

Playing With God, by Tracy Cochran

Tracy CochranNov 15, 201511 min read

Photograph: Girls exploring rock pools, Cameron Bay by State Library of Victoria Collections, 1909 “Religion isn’t for me,” announced my eight-year-old daughter, Alexandra, as we ate…

The Night of the Hessian Soldier, by Tracy Cochran

The Night of the Hessian Soldier, by Tracy Cochran

Tracy CochranJul 28, 202216 min read

I stood on the street below my apartment on East 6th Street in Manhattan, waiting for an unmarked van to pick me up and drive me to an unknown location.…

Tenzin’s Escape

Tenzin’s Escape

Harvey Rice and Jackie ColeJan 31, 202413 min read

In 1960, a year after the Chinese invasion of Tibet, Tenzin Namdak, a Tibetan Bön monk, severely wounded by Chinese soldiers, was sent to a concentration camp in Tibet. This…