A Dirt Path and the Beginning of Hope

G_B

When people saw my mother in those years, they remarked how healthy she looked, how strong, how not-sick. “You would never know she has terminal cancer,” they said. Their astonishment rang like praise for the upbeat patient smiling through her pain. I understood their cognitive dissonance. Her tenacity felt larger than life to me, superhuman […]

The Gotcha Gospel

G_CLAIRE

There’s an advice column that has been going around the internet for years. Who knows if it was true at some point or not, but the story goes like this: There’s a sister who plans a shopping trip each year for several relatives who are married and have kids, just like herself. And every year […]

Transition and Desire

S_Fiona

So we are moving again. Boxes half filled stand across our bedroom floor waiting for contents. We’re filling up Facebook albums with photos of things to sell and give away. We’re packing these last few weeks with lunches and dinners and picnics in the park, trying to savour every last moment of goodness with these […]

Heavy Boy, Light Girl

S_Cindy

I overheard a girl, upper elementary, medium length jet black hair. In Chinese she asks her mother, “What does it mean to be ‘heavy-boy-light-girl?’” I winced and turned my head, unwilling to look into the eyes of an innocent child while her mother explained. “Heavy-boy-light-girl” is a Chinese proverb to encapsulate the worldview that men […]

Slowly, Then All At Once

S_Tanya

The Kingdom of God is slow. I tell this to myself whenever I’m feeling frustrated with my lack of progress in any particular area, or when I read the news and wish I could change the world. Whenever I’m starting anything new, my instinct is for quick results, something tangible. You can get an app […]