Rebirth in the Psych Ward


Not many places on earth lend themselves to the acute aspiration and suffocating defeat of a psych ward. Especially when you’re an adolescent. My husband works in such a place. His name is Jason. He stands at a modest 5’9”, average build, but with eyes that could call the confession or compassion out of a […]

For Jess, For Fern, For Love


Jess gave birth to her second baby girl on February 10 and was instantly in love. She also realised that things would be different with this baby. She and her husband Jonny had learned that their little girl had Apert Syndrome: the combination of craniosynotosis, the premature fusing of skull plates during fetal development, and syndactyly, […]

When There’s a School Shooting in Your Backyard


Seattle Pacific University is where my parents met. It’s where my brother spent his academic career, and where I was poised to go until the moment I realized their music department wasn’t a good fit. My friend Christine is a week away from calling the school her alma mater. It’s a campus I’m well acquainted with, […]

Sacred Space and a Latte


I want to be a writer when I grow up. But that would mean really taking the time to write. Novel concept, eh? *pun intended* In the meantime, I work at a little café for just a wee bit more than minimum wage. Sometimes it’s exhausting. Sometimes it’s hard to juggle my day job as […]

ShePonders: Women’s Work


When I drop her off at school in the crisp morning, she turns to wave goodbye. She leaves me to my women’s work. I drive to the coffee shop. I pull out my journal and write, fountain pen on hyper-speed and still trailing my racing thoughts. I try to write my way to a better […]