By Ryan M. Moser — FROM THE INSIDE

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Thirty inches long. Twenty-two inches wide. Eighteen inches high. Stainless steel with two hinges and seven cubic feet of storage space. Rusted. My prison footlocker holds every possession I now own, but nothing from my past. When it dawns on me that I can fit my entire life into this metal box, I get depressed. I open the lid to see my dull reality many times a day: Ramen noodles, the Tao-te Ching, a picture of Jennifer Lawrence, books of stamps, my tablet and headphones, state-issued t-shirts, Playboys, packages of refried beans…

By Annie Mark-Westfall — LETTERS FROM BERLIN

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It is a new year, and my American optimism has me programmed to have high hopes for the next 365 days. That sentence reads easier after Joe Biden’s inauguration. We have finally emerged from the darkness of the Trump administration, stepping gloriously into the light that Amanda Gorman so eloquently reminded us how to see, and to be. Biden’s first act of his presidency-both inherently through his vice president and Cabinet picks, and explicitly, in words — was to denounce white supremacy; something Donald Trump so disturbingly refused to do.

I first drafted…

By Caroline Donahue — THE BOOK DOCTOR

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Ah, the start of a new year. I don’t know about you, but I spend the second half of December every year dying to tear open my brand new planner and other stationery that’s been sitting in my cupboard ready for the new year to begin.

Along with this process comes an elaborate ritual of dreaming up new goals and ideas for the coming year. This has involved giant post-its stuck to the wall and bright colored pens, but this year… I just couldn’t.

Many of the plans I’ve gotten excited about in…

By Irena Ioannou — GAZE

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Recently, a Greek sailing champion, Sofia Bekatorou, aged 43, went public and in a heart-breaking account revealed that at the age of 22 a powerful man in her field raped her. A lump settled in every woman’s throat in the country. They could easily empathize. The accused, the press found out, was a prominent member of the governing party, still in office after all those years and only gaining power within both the Hellenic Sailing Federation and the Olympic Committee.

An all-too-familiar concern took hold that after the dust settled, the Olympic gold medalist’s name…

By Mike Hembury — SOAPBOX

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Ok, I admit it. I’m a sucker for optimism.

There’s only so much bad news a person can take, so these days, if there’s even the slimmest ray of hope, I’m like — hell yeah, party time people!

And of course it’s no exaggeration to say that the events of the past few weeks in the USA have kept progressives the world over glued to their screens and holding their breath.

So we scraped through. Avoided a coup. Averted the kidnapping and killing of members of Congress. Actually managed to evict Trump from the presidency…

By Maria Behan — SPOTLIGHT

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In my first column for the inaugural edition of The Wild Word, I opined that Donald Trump’s bid to win the upcoming 2016 election was so unlikely, it was almost laughable. Almost.

Skeptical as I was, I raised a chilling specter in that column: the prospect of Trump’s hand shooting up from the grave of his shambolic presidential campaign, a stubby-fingered version of the one that pops out at the end of the movie Carrie. …

By CL Bledsoe — NOT ANOTHER TV DAD

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I’ve always loved Christmas. Winter is my favorite season, and spending time with family and friends during the holidays always fills me with hope and inspiration. Of course, this is a different year.

A lot of us — if we’re lucky enough to have family, can’t really be with them this year for fear of infection. Before the quarantine hit, I had a big trip planned to visit my childhood friends and family, whom I hadn’t seen in years. I planned to make a big event of it back home. Once a…

By Tim Clark — HEAD ABOVE WATER

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“Awful momentum makes carrying through easier than calling off folly.” [1]

I love the winter solstice, and the summer solstice, and the festival of Samhain, and the Lunar New Year, the cycles of the moon, these things really connect me to my roots. And I mean ancient roots. Twisted, twined, wrapped tight around all of history. The raising of Stonehenge is lodged somewhere deep in my past. I was there when the moai were carved out of boulders and carted all over Easter Island.

We hunted and gathered together and watched in absolute…

By Ryan M. Moser — FROM THE INSIDE

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“This is the way the world ends;
not with a bang, but a whimper.”

–T.S. Eliot

Countdown: 26 years: 3 months: 16 days till Doomsday

Life is pleasant in suburbia; you’re eleven and go to Disneyland with your family and visit Epcot Center. You’re enrolled in the gifted program, but something feels wrong deep inside — a nihilist attitude begins its embryonic stage. Instead of studying flying buttresses and Matisse, you start fights at school and act morose.

24 years: 8 months: 7 days

You’re a pariah, smoking Marlboros and getting detention…

By Irena Ioannou — GAZE

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2020 was not only the year of COVID-19 and depressive news. Though it is difficult to think of anything outside the all-pervading virus, scientific research continued to proliferate in the background. Hard work has been rewarded, and discoveries changed the way with which we can view our future. Here are some breakthroughs that can potentially change the life of millions of people.

Human livers can be preserved for a week

A breath-taking discovery for organ donation was the creation of a new machine developed by researchers at the University Hospital of Zurich. The old organ-preserving…

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