Writer's Invitation

To sink like a snapping turtle into the bottom-mud of memory

to repair like the bear to a den of transformation

to huddle like the mallard with the myriad ducks you are

to tuck butter-bill to feather sealed tighter than a letter

to ice over like a pond shut fast against the weather

to spin as the snowflake your own essential crystal

to rest not upon your laurels, but on something elemental

to flock not southward, but to the heart's true north

to head not outward, but to your own magnetic core

to burst not as the blossom into a hemorrhage of petals

but like ice within some hairline crack or cranny

shattering from within the granite mask you're wearing

revealing the clear, the sheer, the unbirthed face

that summer's mazed exuberance swells to hide.

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.