The Gold Standard of Friendship

By Carrie Kuba | Twitter: @bellinka09 I wasn’t living up to the expectation. I did not realize for many, many years the expectation was unattainable. I am not sure when exactly it started—college maybe? We were an admirable triad. Everyone thought so. We joked about how we were preparing for our future husbands in the […]

I Thought My Marriage Was a Huge Mistake (It Wasn’t)

Our shame is the enemy of someone else’s success. I scribbled this sentence on the back of an old Taco Bell receipt and stuck it on our fridge the night of our first counseling session. We had been married less than six months and I felt like I had ruined both our lives when I […]

The Sacred Invitation of Impairment

By Kelley J. Leigh | Twitter: @KelleyJLeigh I. Barriers I am hearing impaired. Much as I’d like to pretend otherwise, I can’t hear without the assistance of hearing aids and lip reading. I need to sit close to faces to see words as they form on lips and teeth. I rely on external amplification to […]

Sometimes We’re a Little Too Willing to Sacrifice

There’s a story going around Facebook this week about a woman who was asked to take notes in a work meeting. One of her male colleagues started his presentation and out of nowhere said, “Martha, you take notes.” He kept going without even waiting for a response. At the end of his presentation he asked […]

Ruins to Redemption

By: Elena Delhagen | Twitter: @ell_del I was rummaging through a drawer of discarded, mismatched socks when I saw it–my old passport, the one that expired just over a year ago. The one that gained me access to countries in North America and Europe and Africa, the one with colored stamps and indecipherable scribbles. As […]