Monthly Archives: May 2010

Dreaming of Freedom and Horse Thieves

Guest post by Scott Nadelson My ancestors emigrated from Sweden to Minsk sometime in the eighteenth century, most likely to escape restrictive anti-Jewish property laws. But there’s a legend in my family that accounts for the move differently. According to … Continue reading

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They Used to Burn Us

Guest post by Carol Keeley When Lisa told me, joyfully, that they’d decided to have the baby at home with a midwife, I took a breath before chorusing support. Because I love her, I resisted blurting my worries. “But you’re … Continue reading

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Lisa Cupolo on Her Year in Kenya

Lisa Cupolo’s story “Long Division” appears in our Spring 2010 issue, and is currently available to read on our site. The journey begins with a father who leaves Portland for an African village nine-thousand miles away, only to remember the … Continue reading

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Like Fire on My Skin

Guest post by Scott Nadelson The first time I saw Be Here to Love Me, the documentary about songwriter Townes Van Zandt, I was in rough shape. This was in 2005. I’d recently gone through a devastating break-up, which left … Continue reading

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The Voice Inside the Book

Guest post by Carol Keeley My friend Pip sent an intriguing note recently. He’d just finished reading A Short History of Nearly Everything and had a taste for something classic, so pulled Homer from his shelves. The book was part … Continue reading

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Silverstein, Shel, Surprising Encounters With

Guest post by Bridget Lowe A favorite story of mine that my boyfriend, Cree, tells is how, at age ten, he and some friends found an abandoned stash of Playboy magazines. While marveling at the nude women in that ’70s … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Envy, Part VI: Coda–Orpheus on TV

Guest post by Scott Nadelson By now it’s probably obvious that when I’m talking about envy, I’m really talking about influence. I want to learn from the visual artists I admire so much. I want to seek our common ground, … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Envy, Part VI: Coda–Orpheus on TV

Guest post by Scott Nadelson By now it’s probably obvious that when I’m talking about envy, I’m really talking about influence. I want to learn from the visual artists I admire so much. I want to seek our common ground, … Continue reading

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Eddie Johnson’s Indian Summer

Guest post by Carol Keeley Chicago has lost another tenor sax great. Eddie Johnson was eighty-nine. He played up until 2004, when his sweet swinging horn gave way to emphysema. Like many Chicago jazzicians, Eddie chose family over the perils of … Continue reading

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Follow Pshares on Twitter – Win Swag

Just when you thought no good could possibly come from your compulsive social networking tendency, Ploughshares is encouraging you to tweet away in exchange for free stuff. It’s true – if you follow Pshares between now and our 1000th follower, … Continue reading

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