I Need a Mother God

Right now, I need a Mother God. I have three, four, maybe even five mothers. One birthed me, raised me and gave me a place of Love from which I could be released into the world. She has surrendered me to God and the work in the world I feel compelled to do. She has […]

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 […]

A Lesson in Language and Empathy

By Annie Rim | Twitter: @Annie_Rim “How long have you lived here? Why don’t you speak French yet?” Shame filled my chest and I quickly swallowed the cheap-but-smooth wine we relied on during those student days in Paris. When I decided to attend college in France as an art history major, I assumed I would […]

On Anne Shirley and Writing My Way into Healing

“Well, if you want my opinion, Miss Shirley, I’d write about places I knew something of and people that spoke everyday English. Instead of these silly schoolgirl romances.” –Gilbert Blythe, Anne of Green Gables. Ever since I first saw Anne of Green Gables when I was eight years old, I have wanted two things: to […]

Talking To My Inner Toddler

The day started off well enough. I woke before my 19-month-old son did, the one sleeping in the crook of my arm, and that miracle afforded me a minute to adjust my eyes to the morning light seeping through the curtains and for my groggy brain to conjure up one complete thought. I sighed, audibly. […]