How Far Can You Run from a Label?

His drawing of a strawberry was lopsided, the printing was primitive, but the proud smile on my little guy’s face was as genuine as the ring of strawberry jam that circled his mouth. He’d made the jam and then had labored over the personalized labels that made each jar an announcement of his creative mastery. […]

Are You My Mother? (No, I’m Not)

There’s a story about Ernest Hemingway that goes like this: A local paper was running a competition for the saddest short story. Hemingway is said to have won with just six words: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Can’t you just feel the ache of that? You can almost hear dreams shattering like glass. The […]

Dear White Sister

Dear White Sister, It is time we have a heart to heart. We need to talk about race. I know. You may not want to talk about it, especially with a black woman, but we need this to happen if we are going to move forward. I need you to really listen. Your fear of […]

Our Land vs Barbarian Land

This past Saturday night, I sat at our kitchen table with Robert* and Ahroi* and drew circles on a piece of paper. Ahroi had cooked big pans of Burmese food, which she always does when we have dinner together, because she knows I love what she cooks. My husband served up plates for the kids […]

“Just Have Faith” Didn’t Work For Me

By Gina Butz | @gina_butz In the winter of 2011, I was spiritually and emotionally stuck. I wasn’t sure how I got there. All I knew was that I could not move back to something resembling normal, no matter how much I poured out my heart to my counselor, my friends, and mostly importantly to God. […]