The Little Rock Nine Still Call to Me

By Natalie Patton | Insta: @naticakes If you’re an Arkansan, chances are you recognize the picture. It’s one that makes most of us cringe and close our eyes in embarrassment. Not our finest moment in Arkansas history, and one we wish never happened. In 1954 the Supreme Court decided in Brown v. Board of Education of […]

When What Resonates With You Looks Ridiculous to Others

Have you ever felt a connection to a place without yet visiting it? A kinship with a people you’ve never met? That’s the way I felt when I first dreamed of going to South Asia. Tiny glimpses of a vibrant culture ignited a fire inside that didn’t make any sense, but wouldn’t let go of […]

I’ve Heard It Said (More Times than I Can Count)

I’ve Heard It Said (more times than I can count). In church, people told me women are more easily deceived than men because, Eve. They also said a woman shouldn’t be an elder in the church because we are too emotional. Also, the argument that a woman should not be the senior pastor of a […]

On Dahlias, Joni Mitchell, and Dad

When I was 15,  I found myself living in a temporary situation. I’d left home and my future looked scary. I had an apprenticeship at a hair salon, but at minimum wage, I could not afford to live on my own. I was too young, no one would let me rent a space, plus I was […]

Learning to Say Goodbye

I hate graduations. I hate long, boring speeches. I hate masses of loud and enthusiastic friends and family. I hate obligatory photos. I hate it all. I tried to weasel out of my graduation couple of years ago. However, my family objected. My friends who were first-generation graduates shared with me their stories, explained the […]