Liberate Me from Body Shame

The first time I felt body shame, I was ten years old. It felt white hot, like swallowing a burning coal and feeling it slowly sink and settle in my stomach. Someone told me it was time for me to start watching what I ate, because I was getting chubby. Embarrassment flamed my cheeks. Am […]

When Terrible Things Have Been Done in the Name of Jesus

[Trigger warning: Violence, trauma, loss, especially as related to indigenous communities.] “You represent the ones who died in violent encounters as settlers took your land.” “You represent the ones who starved after overhunting.” “You represent the thousands who died from diseases spread by the colonizers.” We started out as 15 people, standing on blankets spread […]

In My Grief, I Speak to the Silence

By Tabitha Terlunen | Instagram: @tabithaterlunen [Trigger warning. This post shares about a stillbirth.] There is no silence like the absence of a heartbeat. There is no quiet like an empty crib. She was, then was not. I felt her move and hiccup and kick, and then I felt her be still. I sat in […]