My Current Shape Is Worthy

[Trigger warning: Mention of disordered eating and controlling behavior.] By Fritha Washington I’ve always had a fractured, troublesome relationship with food. My mum was anorexic and my dad loves to eat–I grew up in a home where food was simultaneously worshiped and reviled. My slimmer sister stopped having periods and this was viewed as an […]

When Breathing is Listening

A few years ago, I participated in a workshop about active listening. I assumed I was a good listener—I’m attentive, I look people in the eye, I nod along, acknowledging our shared experience. What I did not realize is that this is not, in fact, active listening. Our guide paired us off and we sat […]

Be Sure to Notice the Collateral Beauty

By Adrienne Gross |Twitter: @adrienne_gross “So, what are you doing this weekend?”  The Trader Joe’s cashier asked, smiling, as she scanned my groceries right before closing. A holiday weekend was approaching, and most people were making plans for how to spend their extra free day from work. “Well, I’ll probably go to the pool tomorrow […]

Learning to Fight Like Grown-Ups

Recently an interview with Eugene Peterson made waves when it appeared that he had changed his views on same sex marriage. Even as I read the words in the interview I knew what was coming next: the yelling and the fights, the crowds ready to throw out the man’s entire life work because they were […]

The Courage of the Young Women of Mahima

By Stephen Philps | Twitter: @stephenphilps & @partnerscanada The SUV rumbled up the dirt road to the walled compound. I saw ten-foot concrete walls adorned with sharp razor wire. Then a metal gate squeaked open, we parked and shuffled out of the vehicles. My palms were sweaty, and I had the distinct nervousness that comes when […]