Sweaty, Exhausting Peace

I stare at the black metal bar above me. It looks a mile away. I need to jump to reach it. Just the thought of stretching my arms above my head makes my shoulders ache. They’re still sore from two days ago. I steal a glance at the clock, and watch the seconds tick methodically […]

Arts and Craft Can Save the World

This may sound strange, but it’s true: a Harry Potter quilt is saving my life right now. I came across a line in an article recently that said, “Art can save us. Craft can keep us sane.” I read that line, and it resonated deeply for me. The world feels very dark these days. As […]

Solidarity like the Redwoods

I was born in California and I remember family road trips through the redwoods and their majestic beauty, running through the forest and hugging their huge trunks. Redwoods are tall, strong, resilient, and live for thousands of years. But what we might not know is that their roots are relatively shallow, which doesn’t quite make […]

Black is the Colour of Us

Black are King Solomon’s beautiful curtains Where the riches of wisdom are veiled and unveiled Black is the colour of me Black is the colour of fertile soil Where seeds bring about a hundred fold Black is the colour of me Black is the night sky The only colour that causes stars to dance Black […]

I Was in Hiding

By Amy Chumbley I was in hiding. My friends had begun to wonder if I was a vampire. I was only going out at night with the dogs. No more morning walks, visiting with my neighbors in the yard, grocery shopping, or eating out. My doctor had recommended that I apply Fluorouracil, a topical chemotherapy […]