The Pedicure that Awoke My Heart to Justice


By Cynthia Cavanaugh | Twitter: @cavcynthia My heart awoke to the meaning of justice during a pedicure. The salon was located in an undisclosed home in Cambodia, a place of refuge for girls who had been rescued from the sex trade. The location was secret because of the risk of these young women being kidnapped […]

Through Our Eyes: Growing Past Abuse

Stop Silence

[TRIGGER WARNING: Descriptions of Verbal + Physical Abuse] By Kaley (18) & Amber (22) Kaley: It should have been a fun day. We were on our way to buy a dog. Dad had been in a good mood. My teenage brother Chase drove as my sister and I enjoyed the ride. Dad’s attitude changed suddenly […]

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, […]

This is a Mother’s Love


“…the Holy Ghost over the bent world broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.” – Gerard Manley Hopkins Silent and still, like a gray stone nestled inside the evergreen, she is almost but not quite hidden from the world. Tucked in and under, behind the bushy green branches, a Mourning Dove sits on a […]

All Together Lovely


Before I was pregnant with my first daughter, I was lithe and naturally lean, one of those who heard, “Oh, you’re so skinny!” often and more than enough. I “ate like a mouse,” and had “chicken arms,” and “weighed 90 pounds soaking wet.” It didn’t really bother me, although comments like that aren’t flattering. It […]