Timeless

St. Valentine’s Fallen Face

By David Metcalfe   An urban youth lends no pastoral allure to chalky candy charms and flimsy cardboard tokens. Until, within a sepulchral view of a rose adorned skull, faint echoes of divinatory lots and sympathetic magic are discerned beyond St. Valentine’s fallen face. Wandering beyond mercantile districts, into a dispersed and disputed hagiography, we find him moving...

A Simple Dinner

By Anthea Butler   I used to hate Valentines day, until a dinner changed my mind. After a particularly ugly split from another fool right before Valentines Day, a friend in grad school saw my distress, and invited me over for dinner. Our friendship was complicated. He made us a spectacularly simple dinner. I can still remember the tastes on...

My Wish This Valentine’s Day

By George González   No doubt, much of our contemporary consumer society is magical and ecstatic. This extends to our niche and lucrative markets in love and romance. Hallmark and Hollywood movies send the message that the truest expressions of romantic love are ones that sweep up two individuals---preferably heterosexual, white, English speaking, lovely and bourgeois---into a world...

A Valentine Offering

By Genevieve Yue   A Valentine offering, lifted from the words of the late Edward Rondthaler, pioneer of the Rutherford photo-lettering machine and champion of phonetic spelling: "The bluebirds are flying from my heart to you."  

My Friend

By Jacob Glatstein Translated from the Yiddish by Peter Manseau My friend lives a satisfied life. He has a wife who loves him, three blond children, a winter house, a summer home, money tucked away for times of need, and ready aphorisms about the certainty of easy living for decades to come. And I am devoured by jealousy day in, day out. My only certainty...

Month of Valentines

By Stacy Doris Click here to listen to a recording of "Month of Valentines," (audio file) from Paramour.   Stacy Doris, poet (1962-2012). February 18 Memorial details.     (thank you Julie Regan)

#MyGrownUpValentine

By Ashley Baxstrom [caption id="attachment_10496" align="aligncenter" width="614" caption=""Heart to Heart 2" by Angela Zito"][/caption]   #Valentine'sDay was cocoa in a red mug, powdered sugar & strawberries on my pancakes, a note in my lunchbox from mom. Now it's all #DIY.

A Buddhist Valentine

By S. Brent Plate   Love is not a shepherd's crook. I am not the great shepherd Reaching out to pull you in.   You cannot be my valentine. I cannot possess love We can only be possessed by it.   ** Valentine's Day approaches and I am sitting in a room in a Buddhist monastery in the Hudson River Valley of New York. I've come to jump...

The Conscience Clause:
It’s Not Just About 750,000 Hospital Employees

There's much more at stake in the discussion about conscience clauses than who gets the bill for the pill. By Ann Neumann On January 20th Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that contraception would be covered free-of-charge in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Obama administration's stifled, delayed-release attempt at reforming health...

The Russian Orthodox Church:
Public Protest and Elite Politics

By Irina Papkova The Russian Duma elections of December, 2011 contained many surprises, starting of course with the nature of the public reaction. On the eve of the election, almost no one anticipated that blatant falsification of electoral results would spark not just widespread indignation but also the largest mass protests the Russian Federation...

Explaining US Foreign Policy

From an October 2011 article at Human Life International World Watch, a "pro-life and pro-family" organization dedicated to monitoring "anti-life forces operat[ing] under the radar implementing their destructive agenda":
...You would think, in an empty nation like Kazakhstan, there would be groups encouraging peo­ple to have more children, but ex­actly the opposite is the case....

RAW Believer

Peter Bebergal on Robert Anton Wilson, from a post at BoingBoing:
So it is with great respect and admiration that I celebrate the life of Robert Anton Wilson during this memorial week by remembering that he was the great believing skeptic, someone for whom the collection and curating of all that is weird was his...