When Little Lies Backfire

White Lies by Caro Spark (CC BY-NC-ND)

A timely reminder that even little lies can backfire—especially when what you’re really trying to avoid is confrontation.

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Subversive Stories Are Good for You

From "Books Challenged and/or Banned 2012-2013". Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

It’s Banned Books Week! I’ve enjoyed or learned from a lot of subversive gems. How many of these have you read?

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A Poem for Subversive Explorers

Floating Down by Oblivious Dude (CC BY-NC-ND)

For National Poetry Month, a poem on plumbing history, culture, and reality’s depths to emerge with greater insight and power.

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What’s In a Name? Rethinking “Islamic State”

Islam Means Peace Rally by B.C. Lorio (CC BY-NC-ND)

Words have power. They both reflect and influence our worldview, and we take them for granted at our own expense.

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Defying Expectations

Untitled by Jojo Korsh (CC BY-NC-SA)

Defying expectations—especially your own—can bring delightful surprises.

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Take Your Poetic License Out For a Spin

Poetry by César Viteri Ramirez (CC BY-NC-SA)

This National Poetry Month, let’s dispel the rumors that poetry has to rhyme. It’s just stimulating conversation―with or without words.

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Puppy Lessons

Elphaba Sky. All rights reserved.

Elphaba teaches me healthy animal behavior I unlearned early. Lesson #1: It’s okay to make a mistake—that’s how you learn a boundary.

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