Military Monday LookBack: On the eve of the fall of Saigon, April 29, 1975

Monday, April 29, 2013 book christmas treeTomorrow, April 30, marks the 38th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, which was captured by the People's Army of Vietnam and the National Liberation Front on April 30, 1975. For many, the event marked the end of the Vietnam War. 

John Balaban, award-winning poet and author of Coming Down Again, noted this tumultuous turning point in world history with a poem. Dedicated to a young Vietnamese man who was recuperating at their home, an...

Kahlil Gibran: Celebrating The Poet

Friday, April 26, 2013 “All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.” —Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931) was an essayist, painter, and novelist, and is still the third-bestselling poet of all time, behind only Shakespeare and Lao-tzu. Born to a Maronite Catholic family in the north of what is now Lebanon, he and his family immigrated to Boston a decade later.

Love of nature, a tireless pursuit of truth, and explorations of the dual relationship between love and loneliness all