RED COUCH: Welcoming the Stranger Introduction

My family history is one of skirting modern-day immigration regulations. On one branch, my ancestors arrived soon after the passengers on the Mayflower, helping to build the new Massachusetts Bay Colony. Others arrived pre-World War 1 and worked their way to the Midwest. Regardless of route, my family arrived in an era when a boat […]

The Red Couch: Blood Brothers Discussion

Naïvely, I have always viewed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in terms of Jews and Muslims. The descendants of Isaac and the descendants of Ishmael. Of course, nothing is as black and white and the conflict over Israel and Palestine impacts many more people than those two particular groups. Elias Chacour’s memoir, Blood Brothers reminds me again […]

Making Space for Loss

During this season of Advent and anticipation, I always pause to remember our miscarriage. How our plans suddenly weren’t perfect. How I learned to grieve something defined as “normal” and that happens to more than half of all pregnancies. I learned to grieve a loss that hadn’t even been joyously announced yet. When we decided […]

The Red Couch: Life Path Discussion

To learn more about Life Path, please read the introductory post. Be sure to peruse The Nightstand in that post, which has resources for those wanting to learn more about the topic and themes of this month’s selection. After I got married, my parents drove up to our house with a trunk full of childhood memorabilia. […]