Why We Gather

There were no ceramic pumpkins on the table this year to mark the occasion. We didn’t eat off Grandma’s white plates with the brown flower pattern around the edges that were just retro enough to be cool again. There was no playing in the yard after dinner, the crunching of autumn leaves under our feet. […]

When Bravery Looks Like Homemade Bread Cake

By: Kailey Veenstra In building relationships with people who are different from us, we must decide: are we willing to risk saying the wrong things, risk hearing how we are a part of the problem? Are we willing to love and push through hurts that may come? We must risk exploring the problems we don’t […]

She Rises: An Eighth Grade Gathering

By Carrie Kuba | Instagram: @carriekubawrites The bleachers were cold. As I sat in my green and white cheerleading uniform, constantly realigning the pleats of my skirt, I watched the boys’ 8th grade basketball team enter the gym in single file. They sat in front of me in metal chairs that clanked and scraped the […]

Angel Cake

By Cherity Cook Twelve freshly washed eggs sat on my counter. Pink. Brown. Green. White. Blue. More colors than most people know chicken eggs come in, cradled on my dish towel, each waiting to be cracked and separated yolk from white. I always separate the eggs first, cracking them above a small bowl and catching […]

Casserole Not Required

He showed up mere hours after finding out what happened. It was Easter Sunday. The sun had already set, sealing what had officially been the worst 24 hours of our lives. I saw his familiar truck pull into the drive, crackling slowly over the gravel. The headlights illuminated our ragged selves, huddled around a massive […]