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  • Empty pods and pleasant graveyards

    In today’s surrealistic world, where language exists only to sell things, barren desert suburbs have names like "Lake Forest" and "WillowDale," while a graveyard is called "Pleasant Valley Cemetery."

  • Imagine

    A teacher asks his students and the rest of us to imagine: What would the world be like if we had the courage to use our imaginations?

  • Northward

    Northward

    The unexpected loveliness of the song of the varied thrush reminds the author that the birds are on the move, driven by climate change.

  • See you in 2010

    Skipped issue; HCN interns and friends find jobs, get creative; Thomas J. Graff dies; corrections.

  • What we love will save us

    We are all, too much of the time, captives of the wreck and the mistake. Can’t take our eyes off it, can’t stop thinking about it, can’t stop picking that scab. We slide into our merely negative identity — defined by what we refuse...

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