When Stories Are Food for the Soul

By Tasha Burgoyne | Twitter: @tashajunb They say children become readers on the laps of reading parents. Storytellers, however, are made by much more. The daughter of a Korean immigrant mother and a white American father, my early childhood was caught between the duality of assimilation and the weight of cultures colliding. My dad read […]

Imperfection is a Gift

By: Jody Fernando | Twitter: @jodylouise How do you leave a place, limping, feeling as though you made every effort to live but aren’t sure if you ever really got there? Except for the time you gasped at the magnificent tree in the fog in the field or hiked with your daughter through the woods […]

For the Love of Big Sisters

I didn’t really grow up with my three sisters. The age gap between us meant they grew up with each other and I grew up with my brothers. In my memories, my sisters have always been adults. Even when they weren’t quite old enough to drive, they were old enough to care for me and […]

Being Human Is Hard Work

Back in the 1980’s, I was raised in the shadow and under the laugh track of the American family sitcom. What I learned from this brand of storytelling were two things: First, we were in desperate need of a laugh track in our home so that all of our real life, tense-filled interactions could be […]

Rewriting a Love Story: On Becoming Real

“The opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty.” —Anne Lamott “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” —John 12:24 (ESV) We pulled into the driveway at my brother’s home after an hour-and-a-half-long ride […]