The Companionship of Weeds

By Christiana Peterson | @ChristianaNPete In my garden, there is a soft-leaved weed called comfrey, an herb used in healing balms and salves. The weed stretches its yellowed turnip-like roots underneath the garden soil, trying to grab at every inch for purchase. It is the epitome of forwardness, both in its brazen disregard for my […]

Sacred Giving and the Panis Angelicus

By Angela Shupe | Twitter: @labellaverita Andrea Bocelli’s voice fills the room. Waves of notes swell and rescind like velvet billowing in the wind. I hold my phone closer to the wheelchair so my mother may hear the sacred aria she once sang. The orchestral strains of the Panis Angelicus waken her from the depths of […]

A Cathedral of Words

There is a pile of books next to my bed that bears a frightening resemblance to the leaning tower of Pisa. I have worried my way through more than one daydream that I will die one night under a pile of fabulous, and as-yet-unread, books. I read voraciously and quickly, and yet the pile just […]

The Peacemakers, The Poets + The Pretty Ones: Good News for Girls

26 Women To Watch In Tech in 2015.   The Peacemakers Women are a powerful force for peace. Here’s why. Syrian women know how to defeat ISIS. The power of Libya’s female arms dealers.   Artists Represent Andrea Mihalik of New Jersey met the craftswomen of Kiltamany, Kenya. None of them have been the same since. […]

The Art in Me: A Celebration of Mentoring

By Ruthie Johnson | Twitter: @aquietstrength Do you remember when you were little and you made a painting for someone you loved? No one could tell what it was. Really, it was just a big blob of brownish-black something because you had mixed all the colors together in the middle. Nonetheless, your loved one took […]