repossessing virtue

repossessing virtue

September 03, 2010

stoop saleA stoop sale in Brooklyn. (photo: click wrrr/Flickr)

Earlier this summer, I spent more money than I wanted to on camping equipment — hiking poles and other gear I won’t likely use off the trail. Maybe I should have asked a neighbor to borrow or rent their stuff instead. Not only would I have saved some dollar bills, but my brain might have gotten a neurological boost as well.

June 02, 2009

A dance veteran and teacher shares her philosophy on improvisational dance as "unleashing creativity."

March 11, 2009

A poet reflects on the choices her family has made to live a simpler life in NYC.

March 08, 2009

The former first lady talks about the responsibility of being raised in a privileged society.

February 28, 2009

A provocative post about the nature of development.

February 25, 2009

We’ve been talking a lot more about poetry here lately, thanks to the recently increased involvement of Larissa, APM’s Poetry Producer. I have to say, I can’t complain about the fact that I now have poetry arriving in my inbox on a fairly regular basis.

Illustrated portrait of John KeatsThinking more about poetry has reminded me of a message we received from a listener when we rebroadcasted “A History of Doubt” in January. In the message she mentioned, “As a poet, I’ve long embraced doubt, which Keats conceptualized and praised as Negative Capability.”

February 25, 2009

An essay on frugality's new trendiness and old roots in Christian teaching.

February 24, 2009

James Wright's poem on the terror of hospital bills and refocusing on what we really value.

February 04, 2009

A Buddhist teacher provides methods for coping with uncertainty, and our senior editor finds community and respite in music.

January 16, 2009

Mishra continues his critique of the ideologies of progress and globalization, refreamed for the current global economic situation.

January 01, 2009

A search for stories about the relationship between children and grandparents revealed words of wisdom for current economic times.

December 23, 2008

Looking to a Jewish tradition found in Deuteronomy of absolving loans as a solution to current debts.

December 20, 2008

Claiborne looks to the words of Jesus as an opportunity to hear them anew.

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