Bring On the Yirah

Our world is in transition. Roseanne Barr does not get to fly off into a racist rant without facing the consequences. Harvey Weinstein does not get to abuse his power and privilege in hotel rooms. Bill Cosby is under house arrest and awaiting sentencing for three accounts of aggravated assault. Night is coming to Light. […]

Mental Illness and My Elephant of Shame

By Nichole Woo It’s risky, acknowledging an elephant in your psychiatrist’s office. So I looked the other way, pretending to ignore her toxic blend of humiliation and shame. I distracted myself with lies, instead: “I don’t belong here with THAT! This is for people who can’t do life, not me. The baby’s colicky. That’s why […]

For the Ones in Hiding

I remember how the fear would thicken at night. After “lights out” I would lie still, wondering if tonight was the night I wouldn’t be afraid. Seconds later I would be under my sheets, the heat of my breath warming my face. I longed for cool air on my cheeks. I longed to be free […]

Luddite for Lent: A Phone-Fasting Testimony

I did it. For Lent, I dumbed my Smartphone down to calls, texts, podcasts and maps, uninstalled all social media, and disabled my internet browser. Then I sank into the silence and waited. At first, it felt like a house when the power goes out—too quiet. Where is the buzzing refrigerator noise I never noticed […]

Look at the Cross Again

Let me be the first to admit today that I do not understand the cross. The simple explanations of my childhood—that the cross spans the chasm between me and God—no longer satisfy. There is so much mystery, so much that I cannot wrap my head around, that I am tempted to just quietly back away, […]