Monthly Conversation Experiment

I support this candidate

As the November 3 elections loom large, we ask readers to send us one sentence about why they are supporting a particular candidate. Here’s the prompt: I support [my candidate] because …
‘We do not have to feel alone’

This much I know: God created the world and He created us to know Him, love Him and obey Him. In this pandemic, when so much feels out of our control, we can end up feeling alone, powerless and …

‘The blind belief in individualism’

Why has wearing a mask which can save countless lives, including our own, become such an issue? I believe it has everything to do with America’s obsessive cult of individualist supremacy. …

To use listening as a tool

How we listen matters. What sounds do we hear from the natural beauty and tranquility of the Upper Delaware valley? Or as inhabitants of greater metropolitan areas and inner cities? The former …

'This I Know'

Please join in the monthly conversation experiment. This month, we are looking beneath our opinions to find and articulate how our values influence our point of view. Here’s this …

River

She sits on the bankwhere small stones punctuatethe surface in front of her,and the river ripples gently at her feet.Here the forest waitswhile the river crosses,tall trunks reflectedin its flow. …

The River

The river said  I’m glad you’ve come What took so long You’re busy? Indeed I said You just don’t know It’s life these days Not easy Now let …

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'Feeling a connection'

The beauty of the natural world of the Upper Delaware River region always restores my spirit, especially in these turbulent times. Seeing an eagle, observing nature at different times of the day, and …

What does it mean to be an American?

Our country is torn apart by ideology, and this question lies at the heart of the division. We ask you to consider this question through the lens of a people living through a pandemic, looking for …

Wet

Humming wet rises swiftly over broad boulders,explores storm-stacked debris with cautious foaming fingers,stops to ripple ‘round fat jumping fish.“Call me River!” it shouts,shooting …

Tendrils

The smallest tendrilhas me in its gripin the gardenpart of a newbornbutternut squash plantI watch itreaching across the groundthough I can’t actually see when it makes a break for itbutday …