As One Holds the World

You are all eagerness and joy when you grab me by the hand and pull me onto the front porch The sun has just passed the barn and now spills around its edges, gilding the tips of the mimosa and bathing us in buttery light Our shadows are long Our faces alive We sit side […]

Sisters in Mental Illness: Shaley Hoogendoorn Talks to Jessica Birak of Mint & Birch

[ Trigger Warning: Mention of abuse, as well as an eating disorder.] This month, Shaley Hoogendoorn talks to Jessica Birak, founder of the jewelry company Mint & Birch, who is also a vulnerable and honest advocate for mental health. They talk about topics related to anxiety, depression, postpartum, hypochondria, eating disorders and healing from childhood […]

The Places I Saw the Face of God

I grew up in a family where we were measured by performance. In elementary school, we were given quarters for our A’s. We were given dessert if we finished all of our food on our plate. We were given shelves for all our trophies. I did not have a shelf. Sports was something I did not […]

Raising Good Guys and Bad Guys

By Shannon Williams | Instagram: shannon_scribbles The three people in my house under the age of five have been obsessed with the idea of good guys and bad guys lately. “I’m Batman!” Caden, my four-year-old son, proclaims as he runs around in his blanket cape. “And Robin!” the two-year-old replies, right behind him. “Let’s get […]

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 […]