This Journal sets out to provide a voice for the good that ordinary people can do every day, and to witness the small ways in which life is surprising, ironic, uplifting, uproarious, amusing, sad, and joyous. It is named the Salt Water Journal because I have spent the majority o…
Edit: I was prompted to write this essay by a family conversation, and the focus of it reflects that discussion. However there are many, many problems …
Christopher Leslie Stevens
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, laid the foundation for 20th century American optimism with his statement that “the…
Christopher Leslie Stevens
In the first half-revolution of the pedals, that scant fraction of a second before the rotation of the wheels creates its own stability, the bicycle ri…
Christopher Leslie Stevens
We find ourselves, anchored to the fulcrum of Archimedes, our vessel poised in stillness upon the point of equilibrium. While about our axis planetary …
Christopher Leslie Stevens
When I was six, I walked through the towering doors of what was then the Yesler branch of the Seattle Public Library (it has since been renamed the Dou…
Christopher Leslie Stevens
Today the CDC confirms that loss of smell is an early sign of infection by the novel coronavirus. A European study reports that “anosmia was found in b…
Christopher Leslie Stevens
Rising early, I read CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, scanning for meaningless statistics encapsulated in ever-widening circles on maps. T…
Christopher Leslie Stevens
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