The Hard Work of Hope

For several years now I’ve skipped, or seriously toned down, my activities on December 31st and have gone out to greet the new year in the morning instead. I like to drive out to the ocean and stand in the cold wet air and breathe in all that a new year has to offer. I like […]

Letting Go of the Life We Had Planned

By Marlys Johnson | Twitter: @iMarlysJohnson They left a card on our oak dining table wearing an E.M. Forster quote: “We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” While I spent my first holiday as a widow with family on […]

In My Grief, I Speak to the Silence

By Tabitha Terlunen | Instagram: @tabithaterlunen [Trigger warning. This post shares about a stillbirth.] There is no silence like the absence of a heartbeat. There is no quiet like an empty crib. She was, then was not. I felt her move and hiccup and kick, and then I felt her be still. I sat in […]

Moving the Mountains of Mental Health

By Sarah Jeanne Browne | Twitter: @sarahjbrowne I have moved mountains in mental health, overcoming the worst of bipolar disorder 1 with psychotic features, most of which peaked within the last two years of my late twenties. I was alone and afraid during those times, yet not alone and not afraid at the same time. […]

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 […]