The Privilege and Pain of This White Female Body

By Shelbi Gesch As a girl who grew up evangelical, I learned to function in the world in my white, female body. I was taught that the soul was eternal and the body was just temporary, like a candy bar wrapper, something to be eventually discarded. It was the inside that counted; the flaws and […]

My Mom’s Love Letter: Ojinguh over Fire

When I was a teenager living in the Midwest, I ate dried squid in the winter.  My mom would roast the ojinguh in our fireplace while cups of Swiss Miss hot cocoa grew cold waiting on a coffee table close by. Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus sat on our mantel above the fireplace where she […]

We Don’t Need Fires Lit Beneath Us

The sirens sounded behind me as I rounded the corner in my beat-up Camry. It was late 1999; I was 21. It never feels good to get pulled over by the police, but when the cop told me I had an expired registration, I wanted to sink into the floor. The notice to renew was […]

All The Colors We Will See: An Interview with Patrice Gopo

Even though I didn’t attend the Festival of Faith and Writing last April, the book I kept hearing about from friends who had gone was Patrice Gopo’s debut collection of essays, All the Colors We Will See. Within the week, I emailed her for a copy and found that the buzz was certainly earned. Focusing mainly […]

What I Learned from a Small Plant with a Big Personality

I am not a plant person. At least, that is what I thought. I have always wanted to be a plant person. I like the idea of gardens and have more than once ripped out the weeds in front of my house and sprinkled wildflower seed packets or sunflower seeds with visions of a beautiful […]