Ten Years and a T-Shirt

M_Sas

The other evening I pulled on an old T-shirt from a punk band I saw when I was a teenager. The sleeves are cut off and it is something I would never leave the house in now, but still, it’s a physical reminder of a time ten years ago, when I went to a concert, […]

Becoming the Woman in the Mirror

M_Leah

Every time I look in the mirror I receive a jolt. Who is this woman staring at me through eyes marked by a spray of smile lines, with hair the colour of antiqued pewter? It’s not the signs of age that shock me—it’s the overall effect. The woman in the mirror looks mature in all senses […]

I Shall Be A Champion of Freedom and Justice

M_Stephanie

By Stephanie Sauer | @stephaniesauer1 “I shall be a Champion of Freedom and Justice.” “I shall build a more peaceful world.” I’m a 39-year-old mother of three. Seven months ago, I started Taekwondo training with my seven-year-old son, Jacob. Talk about getting out of my comfort zone! Even after seven months of training, I still have […]

Reading the Bible with a Red Pen

M_Esther

The first time I read the Bible I read it with a red pen. I was a teenage atheist in search of ammunition. I marked out, word by word, the insanity and the violence, the patriarchy and the oppression. I highlighted the abandonment of the tortured concubine and the dashing of babies’ heads against the […]

I Chose the Shorts

M_Osheta

Pink Shorts and White Tank Tops Despite his gruff sensibilities and his sudden awkward pauses when we cried, my father was a good daddy for girls. He was careful to keep the romanticism of movies in check with reality. “You know, Osheta, you don’t have to get married someday,” he would remind me at the […]