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. […]

At the Warrior Table

By Aj Smit When I first saw Wonder Woman last year, I thought, all I wanted to be was an Amazonian Warrior. I wanted to be a woman who can stand her ground, do cartwheels while shooting a bow and arrow off a horse, all the while looking fabulous in her braids and boots. It […]

How Many Times Can a Woman Split Open?

Did she catch a glimpse of what was coming as she split open and pushed him with the strength of horses into this world? In that moment, when life and death and blood and air weave themselves together so inextricably, did she have any sense, then, that he was being pulled into the dark? Or […]

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 […]

Giving Up is Not An Option: What Five Days in the Wilderness Taught Me

Humility, Tenacity and a Huge Roll of Duct Tape This summer my husband, some friends and I went on a five-day backpacking trip Up North. The landscape there is so dramatic and wild, I always feel it necessitates a lot of proper nouns. So when we go north, we go Up North. The hiking route […]