Untangling My Twisted Theology of Creation

By Natalie Patton | Twitter: @naticakes1016  It was the time of day in Bangkok when dirt and dust from sidewalk chalk covered my kids. With darkened faces, glowing eyes, and wild hair, they looked like creatures from another planet, doing loops on bikes in the shade of our high-rise condo. My six year old loves riding […]

This is How My Body Speaks

I think of myself as a pretty laid-back kind of gal. Most days I’m able to let go of the minor frustrations of daily life. When more major problems appear, I can usually take a step back and acknowledge the pain, confusion or hurt without getting pulled under by them. Once a month this changes. […]

Our Nude Bodies: How Do I Protect My Daughter?

“If anyone ever touches your private parts, you hit them,” I told her. I’m sure she wondered why her mama was reversing the usual “do not hit” rule. My daughter’s cheeks are still soft with baby chub, though her body has lengthened. I stare at her four-year-old arms and legs sprawled out on the bottom […]

The Both/And

There are some weights I’ve carried silently across years, my skin and bone growing right around them tangled complicated. The heaviness buried. Still, I grew into my frame. I softened, curved found my way. I’ve made beautiful things. I can be both/and. But then, on a day still close, words spilled inky and echoed across […]

Rumors of a Shepherd in the Wild

By Corinne Shark  | Instagram: @thesaltyshark  Way out here in the wilderness, outside the old crumbling walls, out past everything I was always so sure I knew, out under neon cathedral skies, out beyond the margins of belonging, out along the frayed edges of my weary soul, there are rumors of a Shepherd. A Mender of […]