Finding Wings in the Darkness

By Marielena Zuniga | Blog I walk to the dunes by tall reeds, taking in the expanse of ocean before me. The beach is bereft in autumn except for a lone fisherman on one of the stone jetties. I inhale, the smell of salt air and fish stinging my lungs. I breathe again, realizing how […]

On Dahlias, Joni Mitchell, and Dad

When I was 15,  I found myself living in a temporary situation. I’d left home and my future looked scary. I had an apprenticeship at a hair salon, but at minimum wage, I could not afford to live on my own. I was too young, no one would let me rent a space, plus I was […]

The Beauty of Holy Wandering

I’m two weeks into life in our new neighbourhood, and slowly getting to know my way around. Each morning I strap the toddler into the pushchair and encourage my preschooler daughter onto the buggy board, and out we go to explore. We practice getting lost. It’s something I learnt sometime around two moves ago, when […]

A Car Crash, A New Road

It happened in the middle of winter during my senior year of high school. I offered to drive that evening, which was out of the ordinary. My friend usually took us everywhere, but my mom offered me the car and I wanted to be the chauffeur for once. She called out for me to be […]

With God We Can Rise From The Ashes

There is one family Christmas card photo that is forever etched in my memory because was so unusual. It was a photo of a family seated in front of a very large fireplace with a beautiful wreath hanging on it—but there was no house, just a family, a fireplace and a wreath. The message in […]