“Phenomenal Woman” was written by Maya Angelou and originally published in an issue of Cosmopolitan magazine in 1978, and then in And Still I Rise, her third volume of collected poetry, later that same year. Dr. Mica Mitchell tells of how this poem helped shape her as a girl moving into womanhood and continues to inspire her today.
It seems we need reminders from time to time about what deserves our limited time and energy. Dr. Craig Bowrun reads “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front,” by Wendell Berry, to help remind us to whom or what we should devote ourselves.
Have you ever been un-dragoned? Jeremy Nilson reads an excerpt from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, in which the character of Eustace recounts how he was changed back from a dragon into a boy. Jeremy uses the tale as a parallel for his own experiences […]
The Year of Magical Thinking is a memoir from Joan Didion, describing the time after her husband passed away. She gives clear and direct words to the tangle of emotions we experience during a period of mourning. The last year or so certainly hasn’t been magical, and for far too many people, it has involved the loss […]
“One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.” Versions of this quote, sometimes attributed to Joseph Stalin in 1947 or a French diplomat or German satirist in 1925, depending on who you ask, succinctly explains the numbness that the world feels at the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic, which stands at […]
Words can take you down the same path multiple times to different destinations. Words are a time machine. In this episode, we hear from two wonderful people: Alex Oana and Chris Collin. Alex and Chris were college classmates, and he recorded her reading Margaret Atwood’s poem “Variation on the Word ‘Sleep’” as a part of his major. […]