The Gift of Gathering

We sat around the campfire laughing. We had camped together every year at a festival and this year we tried to be a little more organized. I was in charge of organizing, but organizing isn’t my strength. We talked about next year, and I let them know I was aware that I should maybe not […]

When Forces Collide

There are seasons when troubles seem to multiply like rabbits. I’ve lived through a few such seasons in my life and they are always tumultuous. It feels like all the gathering winds are blowing in opposite directions and the resulting chaos becomes the new normal. A decade ago, our family walked through the valley as […]

Letting Ourselves Be Loved

I nearly didn’t go to the women’s retreat. But when your husband urges you to leave behind the dishes, the looming deadlines, and the “to do” lists to escape to the mountains for the weekend, you listen. I signed up two days before the trip, wondering what I was getting myself into. Women’s retreats are […]

Hosting for the Anxious Introvert

As I walked to work today, I passed a store specializing in all things kitchen related. Through the giant picture window I saw a gorgeous table set for Thanksgiving dinner. A wooden table provided the rustic backdrop for individual stacks of matte charcoal dishes. Neutral-coloured pumpkins were scattered amidst candles and greenery. It was perfect. […]

Sisters in Mental Illness: Healing From Anorexia

“We’re all looking for something to make ourselves accomplished and capable in this often ridiculously scary world. Even though some people can’t relate to using food to make themselves feel better, I can tell you it’s the exact same thing as any other addiction you can find.” This month Shaley talks to Lalainia Lindbjerg Strelau, […]