Showing Up When It Hurts

By Sarah Quezada | Twitter: @SarahQuezada When you’re three years old and King of the Tree House, there’s nothing better than slamming the trap door shut to keep out your big sister. I’m pretty sure that’s what my son Isaac was doing when his finger got in the way and he nearly took the tip clean […]

The Rose and The Thorn

By Jenny Rose Foster “The rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorns” – Rumi I remember studying as an herbalist apprentice last summer. We were on a trail, four women, hiking through a high mountain forest in Oregon. The terrain was thick with depth and diversity and then it would unfold into holy sanctuaries of […]

Am I My Sister’s Keeper?

This is a confession. A few months ago, I ended a friendship. I did it badly. This isn’t really about whether or not the friendship should have ended. It needed to, for a lot of messy and tangled reasons. Maybe this is taboo, but I’ve learned the hard way that some friendships are meant to […]

Love in Translation

By Joanna Saul Carns | Twitter: @ModernRuthPrjct “A friend is the one that lends a hand during the time of need.”  —Arabic proverb One. واحد I stood inside my local food pantry, looking at the family before me. The man was dressed in a gray sweat suit and white tennis shoes. His black hair and […]

Finding Capacity in the Wilderness

By Devi Duerrmeier | Twitter: @deviduerrmeier A year after we had our second son, my life started to come apart. I could look at the years before and see the signs: two international moves, a still-new marriage, family deaths, two children. And those were the obvious stressors. My German mother-in-law came to visit us, and […]