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This Business of Aging

At every age and stage of my life, there have been specific words that triggered something in me—sometimes that something looked like resentment or strong disagreement, even a visible feistiness. More often, however, the clearest emotion rising from specific words or phrases has been . . . shame. During my growing up years, any reference to what a ‘nice, big girl’ I was made … [Read More]

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When Those People Become My People

A quick Google search defines the word they as a pronoun “referring to two more people previously mentioned or easily defined.” It’s my experience that no one group … [Read More]

The Power of Our Words

“I don’t believe you'll find that book at all interesting, since you're not a mother yourself.” I remember it so clearly. I was speechless. We sat, side by side, … [Read More]

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Barrenness in the Midst of Creation

By Anne Moman Brock | Instagram: quiltingmoonbeams A birth announcement on Facebook. Weekly baby bump updates on Instagram. An email from a co-worker sharing the … [Read More]

Too Many Triggers

In 2012 I lived in Uganda. First in Entebbe, then Kampala, with a few visits to Luero and Jinja. It was never my intention to live in Uganda. I had planned on … [Read More]

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The Color of Life: An Interview with Cara Meredith

I knew I would want to read Cara Meredith's book long before she wrote it. One of the first "real" bloggers on the internet to engage and welcome me into her space, Cara's generosity and posture of learning have been the traits I first associate with her. … [Read More]

Learning to Speak Again

“I heard you’re back at work. How’s that going for you?” “It’s been really great. But it’s just part-time.” *** “Goodness, your boys are busy. Do you have any other kids?” “Nope, just the two.” *** “I really loved the last essay you wrote. How often do … [Read More]

I Am Not A Godly Woman

I am not a godly woman. I wanted to be one for a long time. I was told for most of my life I should aspire to be one. Men apparently looked for them to date and marry. Preachers spoke longingly of them as the idealized, female archetype. In fact, the only … [Read More]

Willful Ignorance

For a long time, I have suffered from willful ignorance. When the film Straight Outta Compton was released a few years ago, I rolled my eyes. With my whole body. I was positive the last thing the world needed was the glorification of thug cop killers. I … [Read More]

Self-Harm Is Not A Joke

By Mallory Ellington | Twitter: @malloryruth39 TRIGGER WARNING: Self-harm and suicide Sometimes I forget that I used to hurt myself. I forget about the deep internal pain that led me to inflict pain on my own flesh. But I did hurt myself, and … [Read More]

What Does the Word “Racism” Trigger in You?

By Michelle Reyes | Twitter: @dr_reyes2 My eyes twinge and a sharp pain reverberates across the back of my head as the artificial light of my computer screen glazes over me. Tiny, black words hang large within its interface, words that I’ve been staring at … [Read More]

Kneading Enough, A Picture of Empowerment

Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” Again he asked, “What shall I compare … [Read More]

The Gift of Intensity

My first steps into the world of social justice and activism happened in second grade, when I really began noticing and paying attention to things like environmental impact of goods and capitalist economies, thanks to Scholastic News articles about the safety … [Read More]

The Red Couch: The Very Good Gospel Introduction

Most of us reconstruct our beliefs or our language about God and faith over the years. I’m with Sarah Bessey who says, “if our theology doesn’t shift and change over our lifetimes, then I have to wonder if we’re paying attention.” One slow, aching change has … [Read More]

“Bleh!” on “Blessed”

"Oh my goodness, we were so blessed to avoid that car accident.” “God blessed us with a new baby!” “We are so thankful to God for blessing us with a better job.” “May God continue to bless America!” “Your family is incredibly blessed.” Years ago, the … [Read More]