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Aleppo Is Us

With the recent “What is Aleppo?” gaffe by Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, the news cycle has long moved on from the child whose image quickly became an icon of that city’s daily disaster. I first saw Omran Daqneesh on the front page of the New York Times, sitting bolt upright in an ambulance. I…

Drawn by a sixth-grader at South Windsor Elementary School

Holding Light

Waging peace on terror, with refugees.

Photograph by the author.

Silver Bells

Reading The Polar Express in the wake of mass shootings.

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Sadness Is My Favorite

“Sadness touch my memories, Mama.” My two-year-old repeats this sentence like it’s his mantra. We’ve been watching Inside Out on heavy rotation at our house. He and his seven-year-old sister find the film about feelings enchanting. They quote lines. They pick favorite characters. They beg to watch it one more time. I tend to let…

Kids in front of gas flare in Niger Delta, 2007 (© Elaine Gilligan)

A Series of Small Leaps

Writing about witchcraft, children, and desperation in the Niger Delta.

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Gym Class Zen

An ode to pain.