Rest as Transformation

By Rebecca Laramée | Twitter: @larameereb “Put down the gloves,” he told me, “and stop fighting.” Biting back the tears, a silent pause held in their place, my body slumped to my bedroom floor. That day in October, I reached the end of my rope. Exhausted. Depleted. Sucked dry of inspiration and overwhelmed. “Please, give […]

When Your Pants and Your Life Don’t Fit

I was asking God to help me lose weight. Instead He made me buy bigger pants. You see, I had been praying to God that my pants would fit. Not those words exactly, but for sure I had been praying all around that topic. God give me more discipline, more will power, help me to […]

My Secret Stash of Not-Okayness

I should have worn my blue jammies. The flannel ones with the dancing milk and cookies. I wanted to. I needed to. But I stuffed them back in the drawer and pulled on too-tight indigo jeans. I should have left my face bare. But I didn’t want you to see me, salty tears streaked down […]

Here Lies a Fallen Do-Gooder

By Anne Dahlhauser | Twitter: @AnneDahlhauser I suppose it was never supposed to be like this. I have smiley pictures to prove it. And brochures. And even videos of heart-moving scenes to depict laughing children hugging laughing volunteers. It was supposed to be awesome. Everyone believed it to be. And, somehow, in the midst of […]

Rebirth in the Psych Ward

Not many places on earth lend themselves to the acute aspiration and suffocating defeat of a psych ward. Especially when you’re an adolescent. My husband works in such a place. His name is Jason. He stands at a modest 5’9”, average build, but with eyes that could call the confession or compassion out of a […]