Shaking My Shadow

By Nichole Woo It was a fun game, for about thirty seconds. Darting, ducking and dodging over playground pavement to lose it. Loose the dark, distorted image spilling out from your toes. Shake your shadow, and win. Then reality reeled us back in. It diverted us to more realistic pursuits, like digging holes to Australia […]

Losing My Religion and Gaining a Granddaughter

By Rachelle Fehr A year ago today, I became a grandmother.   I had the privilege of being present for the birth and attending to my daughter through four days of labour followed by a difficult birth. I was the person who cut the cord and the first person to lay eyes on my sweet […]

Barrenness in the Midst of Creation

By Anne Moman Brock | Instagram: anne_brock_  A birth announcement on Facebook. Weekly baby bump updates on Instagram. An email from a co-worker sharing the news that his wife is pregnant. “I’m pregnant.” “Do you have children?” “Did you hear that so-and-so had a baby?” I’m surrounded by new life but can’t create it myself. There’s […]

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 honestly, I still sometimes think about hurting myself. It is simply a part […]

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 now for hours, and each glance, each repeated visualization, feels […]