When I Was A Child

By Amy Curran When I was a child, I thought like a child, I spoke like a child, I acted like a child. Now that I am grown, I have put my childish ways behind me. I have forgotten how to lie in the tall grass and watch it whisper above my head, telling stories […]

Was it the V-Neck?

At the tender age of six, I was involved in a tense confrontation. My family and I were leaving the sanctuary of our small, Mennonite Brethren church, when an older gentleman remarked on what beautiful hair I had. He used the German phrase—schönes Haar—and stretched out his hand to touch my thick, dark hair. As […]

Love & War & Facebook

By Beth Watkins | Twitter: @iambethwatkins If you told me the first time I would hear the word “love” from a boy would be over Facebook, and it would actually be kind of perfect, I would have told you to get out. I’d been single all of my 27 years, was fiercely independent, a little […]

When Your Husband is Unfaithful

By A Daughter of Hope Trigger Warning: Description of Infidelity and Reference to Pornography Hard things are too hard. I’m sitting here, staring at the ceiling in the counseling room of the church. A room I’d dreamed I’d be doing the counseling in, not being counseled. The ceiling is ugly, mottled and full of cracks and […]

The Gate

“I had no idea, that the gate I would go through to finally enter this world would be the space my brother’s body made…” // For days now, that first line of Marie Howe’s poem “The Gate” has been echoing in my mind. Sometimes, my subconscious swaps out the word “brother” for “mother,” and I […]