Learning to Be a Desert

Growing up, I felt most at home in the desert. In our neighborhood in the foothills of Tucson, there were undeveloped tracts of Sonoran Desert around each house. I viewed all that land as my backyard and became as familiar with its thorny inhabitants as I was familiar with my bookshelves. There was the hook-headed […]

Change Over Time

By Jody Lee Collins | Twitter: @jodyo70 When I was 36 years old, one of my daughter’s childhood friends asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. True story. The two of them were casually seated in the back of our covered cab pickup truck (there were no seat belt requirements back in […]

Nothing Worse than Being Ordinary?

By Shelbi Anderson Gesch Do you think I’m ordinary?   When she asks this question, Angela, the superficial, too-beautiful-to-be-real girl in the movie American Beauty embodies the darkest, deepest pain inside me. I hated her—until that scene at the end of the movie, where she nearly gets what she wants, and then comes to the […]

Because We Belong Together

By Naomi Pattison-Williams | Twitter: @NaomiWilliams87 I started learning the story of Canada’s indigenous peoples quite slowly. After marrying a Canadian three years ago, I picked up information in bits and pieces but, as we were living in England, it remained in my peripheral vision. We moved to Vancouver nine months ago and from the […]

Motherhood Un-Wisdom

My stomach precedes me as I navigate between cramped tables and chairs. I wave to aunts I haven’t seen since the last family wedding and cousins who look impossibly grown up. It couldn’t have been that long ago we were skating in woolen slippers around Oma’s kitchen floor, devouring pans of her impossibly good Rice […]