My Life on Chronic Illness

By Suzanne Burden | Twitter: @suzanneburden There are days I feel completely irrelevant and invisible to the world. “You look good,” others often say, trying to be helpful. I am not good, a voice on the inside sometimes eeks. I am fighting the battle of my life to be able to do normal things. I […]

On the Other Side of this Dusty Wardrobe

My children blur fantasy and reality. Right now, they are yipping from the other room, pretending they’re puppies. Later, they’ll be ninjas, superheroes, or bunnies. They stack cardboard boxes on overturned chairs, drape them with blankets, prop pillows all around, and create cozy puppy rooms for one another. They scavenge for ordinary objects, using them […]

For the Daughters of Mothers

By Lisa Southard My mom was not perfect by any means. In fact, many times she drove me crazy, but today, I would give anything for her to be dancing on my last damn nerve just one more time. My mom was my best friend, and she died. I fully realize not everyone considers their […]

Grief is a Language Shared by All

By Bethany Everson Na | Twitter: @BethanyNa007 My shoes were still caked in mud from the cemetery as I walked to meet my best friend. Shards of blue sky were attempting to pierce the heavy drapery of clouds, and a few raindrops fell on my eyelashes. Or were they tears? It was hard to tell. Then, […]

Liberated from Those Negative Anthems

​​​​​ Liberation is such a juicy, meaty word. Lots to let slide around your tongue as your brain synapses fire rapidly trying to understand the fullness of the word. What is liberation? Can you see it? Feel it? Taste it? Breathe it in? YES! I think you can. I think you can also feel weights […]