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Between Science and Magic: How Hummingbirds Hover at the Edge of the Possible

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How a tiny creature faster than the Space Shuttle balances the impossible...

Keith Haring on Art and Our Humanity

7 days ago

“The need to separate ourselves and connect ourselves to our environment (world)...

Tracing the Roots of the Big Apple: The Mysterious Origins of the World’s Most Famous City Moniker

8 days ago

A working theory of grafting Eden On May 3, 1921, John J....

Waking Up: David Whyte on the Power of Poetry and Silence as Portal to Presence

11 days ago

“The object in meditation and all of our contemplative disciplines is silence…...

The Woman Who Saved the Hawks: Redeeming an Overlooked Pioneer of Conservation

12 days ago

The story of the countercultural courage and persistence that shaped the modern...

Gardening as Resistance: Notes on Building Paradise

17 days ago

“Can you plant a garden to stop a war? It depends how...

Our Cosmic Humanity: Astronomer Jill Tarter Reads Nobel-Winning Polish Poet Wisława Szymborska

20 days ago

“…as long as our kindness is still incomparable, peerless even in its...

The Tree in Me: A Lyrical Illustrated Meditation on the Root of Our Strength, Creativity, and Connection

24 days ago

A tender invitation to look more closely and love ourselves, each other...

Kiss of the Sun: Poetry, Love, and Our Search for Meaning at the End of Time

25 days ago

A spare guide to making joyous peace with “the end of time...