My mother died shortly before her 85th birthday, in a quiet hospital room in Connecticut. One of my brothers was down the hall, calling me in California to say, too late, that it was time to jump on a plane. We were not a perfect family. She did not die a perfect death. But she died a “good-enough” death, thanks to choices she made earlier that seemed brutal at the time.
By Mae Boeve
I’m going to get one thing out of the way right away, which is to say what this 350 number is all about. It stands for the safe level of carbon in the atmosphere. It’s fun to say parts per million in church.
By Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Earlier this year I decided to read Joe Brainard’s cult classic, I Remember. The book had long intrigued me for I had heard that it was widely taught in creative writing courses and was a favorite of many authors, including several well-known authors whose work I admire. I was immediately drawn to Brainard’s style, each line starting with the words “I remember.” As I read it, I found myself jotting down remembrances of my own, complementing Brainard’s memories of America with my memories of Nigeria.
By Peter Linebaugh
We’re losing the ground of our subsistence to the privileged and the mighty. With the theft of our pensions, houses, universities, and land, people all over the world cry, Stop Thief! and start to think about the commons and act in its name.
But what is the commons? Its 21st century meaning is emerging from the darkness of centuries past.
About Joe Uehlein
Joe Uehlein, a former AFL-CIO official who now is President of the Labor Network for Sustainability, kicked off the final session of this year’s Just Giving conference—a summit of sorts bringing forward-looking foundations and activists under one roof to explore winning strategies for a green, equitable economy.
By David Morris
The catalyst for a recent column by David Brooks was a speech delivered by his New York Times colleague Anand Giridharadas at the Aspen Action Forum. Giridharadas (who writes the Letter From America column for the Times’ global edition) questioned the “Aspen Consensus” that the wealthy and powerful, the benefactors of the Aspen Institute, could …