Fighting Fire With Love

Each week during the winter months of the year just past, our Confirmation students would arrive, shivering in the central California coolness, for our very early 8:45 a.m. Sunday classes. My husband would gather wood from a nearby pile and light a fire in the lovely fireplace in our gathering space. One by one, the girls […]

Remembering I Can Overcome

In the middle of that moment with the cold seeping into joint and marrow, in what felt like an endless night, we couldn’t imagine being warm ever again. We had been hiking down the mountainside all day. The expansive view of the Ozarks still fresh in our memories, we descended into the absolute opposite landscape. […]

Casserole Not Required

He showed up mere hours after finding out what happened. It was Easter Sunday. The sun had already set, sealing what had officially been the worst 24 hours of our lives. I saw his familiar truck pull into the drive, crackling slowly over the gravel. The headlights illuminated our ragged selves, huddled around a massive […]

Learning to Be a Desert

Growing up, I felt most at home in the desert. In our neighborhood in the foothills of Tucson, there were undeveloped tracts of Sonoran Desert around each house. I viewed all that land as my backyard and became as familiar with its thorny inhabitants as I was familiar with my bookshelves. There was the hook-headed […]

A Great Variety of Black Hair Journeys

By Patrice Gopo | Instagram : @patricegopo | Twitter: @patricegopo The process takes hours, but in the beginning my daughter sits in the office chair, and I stand behind her. Next to us is a wooden tray table with a towel spread over top. We populate the tray table with the implements and tools we need. A […]