Virtual Concerts to Watch

The performing arts have endured a year like no other, but the decimation of touring and in-person shows has in no way squelched music fans’ love of a live performance. And in many ways, the pandemic has yielded creative new ways for artists to engage with their listeners. Since March 2020, for example, the wildly…

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Write a Golden Shovel Poem

Celebration and honor are two touchstones of the poetic tradition. With April’s National Poetry Month approaching, let’s write a poem in honor of another poem, and another poet. Say hello to the golden shovel. The golden shovel is a contemporary poetic form that follows a set of rules invented by the acclaimed poet Terrance Hayes…

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Return to the Dining Table

If you have found yourself over the past year increasingly eating dinner in front of the TV, or scrolling endlessly through your phone over breakfast, you certainly are not alone. “Quarantine permissiveness” is what Susan Albers, a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic and a best-selling author who focuses on mindful eating, calls the nearly universal…

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