The Sacrament of Childbirth

I was shocked by how similar childbirth was to watching my father-in-law die. There is the pacing, the patience, the impatience, the watching for signs of death—or life. The living room transforms into a tunnel where the outside world is fuzzy and out of focus and inside, all senses are heightened. As the time for […]

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, […]

The Light Behind My Eyes

It is dark. An inky, cavernous dark. I squeeze my eyes shut tighter an attempt to escape, perhaps. To hedge my bets against the ravenous night. Surely it can’t touch me here behind my eyes. But then my head, it runs jagged. Thought to thought, fear to fear. A power that lives outside of me […]

This is a Love Story

This is a love story. But it starts with a heartbreak. A few weeks ago, my friend Emily found out that she wasn’t in the marriage she thought she had for the past three years. It turns out, her husband had been choosing someone else for the better part of two years, and that someone […]

Lighter Laughter

By Erin Thomas | Twitter: @erinthomas_123 I was supposed to pick up some appetizer foods for our belated Christmas family dinner. Even in a small Alberta town, people had turned into crazed Boxing Day-SLASH-New Years’ shopping zombies, checking, returning, lining up, complaining, and lining up some more. I looped around the block to find a parking spot […]