We Are a Beautiful Roar

What an incredible time to be alive as a woman on this earth. Twenty years ago, I became part of a movement of women who prayed that abuse against women would be revealed. We asked that human trafficking, slavery, violence against women, sexual abuse—everything that was so evil and still so hidden, diminishing women in the […]

TGIF: How I Made Peace with my Breasts in a Brothel

[TRIGGER WARNING] Sexual content. I. PREQUEL I’ve never understood the mass appeal of breasts. (Yes, mass appeal. I couldn’t resist.) My boobs first became problematic in 1992. They weren’t meaty enough to warrant a bra. And yet, there was enough there to make my chest look lumpy under a t-shirt. This is when my back permanently assumed […]

God Pours Greatness Into My Weakness

Recently I’ve been challenged by the word “acceptable.” It sounds gentle, but it has proven to be challenging. For many years, I’ve wanted to participate in justice work—righting wrongs right and raising-up valleys. But the people who make change happen are so strong and I don’t feel very strong these days. Somewhere along the way, […]

On the Shore of the Great River

Born into privilege, Pharaoh’s daughter was nursed on narratives of Egyptian greatness. She grew up among the elite, watching them parade through the palace with their curried favor and entourage of servants. She never lifted a finger and never knew any different. Life was good alongside the Great Nile River, which seemed to wind and […]

NO LIMITS: Cynthia’s Audacious 55th Birthday Dream

By Cynthia Cavanaugh | Twitter: @cavcynthia When I was a little girl, I used to dream about what my life would be like at 20, 30, 40, 50 and beyond. I later learned that my dreaming translated into being defined as a visionary person–someone who is “given to audacious, highly speculative, impractical ideas and schemes, […]