Self-Care for Warriors 101

For me, warriors are people who challenge the systems that create the conditions we live under. “Challenging” can mean storming Ottawa or Washington, DC to change laws or it can be sitting in the waiting room of a psychiatrist’s office at a place of total honesty about how our very minds are betraying us. Warriors see […]

This is How My Body Speaks

I think of myself as a pretty laid-back kind of gal. Most days I’m able to let go of the minor frustrations of daily life. When more major problems appear, I can usually take a step back and acknowledge the pain, confusion or hurt without getting pulled under by them. Once a month this changes. […]

Our Nude Bodies: How Do I Protect My Daughter?

“If anyone ever touches your private parts, you hit them,” I told her. I’m sure she wondered why her mama was reversing the usual “do not hit” rule. My daughter’s cheeks are still soft with baby chub, though her body has lengthened. I stare at her four-year-old arms and legs sprawled out on the bottom […]

Giving Up is Not An Option: What Five Days in the Wilderness Taught Me

Humility, Tenacity and a Huge Roll of Duct Tape This summer my husband, some friends and I went on a five-day backpacking trip Up North. The landscape there is so dramatic and wild, I always feel it necessitates a lot of proper nouns. So when we go north, we go Up North. The hiking route […]

When I’m a Terrible Human

I was such a jerk. I was a jerk to a kind, unsuspecting person who didn’t deserve it in the least. My stomach churned with a particularly shameful cocktail of guilt and regret. It had been a day. Well, I suppose it had been a month. The kids were back in school, with complicated schedules […]