The Blessing of the In-Between Space

There’s a tree outside my parents’ house I affectionately named Delilah when I was younger. She’s a grand, magnificent beauty that flowers at the early signs of springs and dies as the autumn sun sets. Growing up, I watched the tree intently throughout the year and remembered the Aslan covenant—Winter will end. This too shall […]

A Collection of Simple Joys

By Anonymous [Trigger warning: Mention of abuse] My dad was put in boarding school when he was 10. His father was cold and demanding, because his grandpa was a very sad man who had fought in World War II and his trauma went uncared for. The legacy of violence, the pattern of conflict, the hand-me-down curse […]

Pssst … #MeToo

[TRIGGER WARNING: Mention of sexual abuse.] “Psssst … me too,” I whispered to myself as I witnessed all the bravery that flooded the nation with the Me Too Movement. “What?! Say it a little louder.” I felt as if they all beckoned with open arms. With a louder whisper I said, “Me toooo.” This time, […]

I Give You Your Faults

“Meg, I give you your faults.” “My faults!” Meg cried. “Your faults.” “But I’m always trying to get rid of my faults!” “Yes,” Mrs. Which said. “However, I think you’ll find that they’ll come in handy on Camazotz.” // I recently reread one of my favorite childhood novels, A Wrinkle in Time, in preparation for […]

I Can’t Rub My Brown Away

It’s hard to stay hidden when you’re the only brown girl in the room. I can’t slip into the background and hope no one notices me. I can’t rub my skin color away and blend into the sea of white. It’s hard to stay hidden when you have big, unruly hair that takes up space. […]