I Remember Her as a Young Miriam

This past weekend, we lost a sister. Rachel Held Evans was a woman of valor. My thoughts went to Exodus—as they often do these days. // A woman stands near the reeds, holding a baby boy. She lives on the right side of the Nile, under Pharaoh’s roof and patriarchal purview. The boy cries out. […]

Dear Rachel, You Named Us Women of Valor

Rachel Held Evans named us.  In 2012, when The Year Of Biblical Womanhood was published, there was one particular gift in there that still echoes in my heart. Rachel Held Evans had found a blessing—not just for Jewish women on a Friday night, but for all women. She found an olam—an ancient way—built into Hebrew […]

When I Get to Have the Good Thing

We moved last month. I’ve spent the past few weeks sorting through things, packing some and donating or dumping others. I tried to stay focused and not get pulled into the little whirlpools of nostalgia lurking at the backs of drawers and cupboards. Of all the things I sorted, the one that turned out to […]

Dear Sweet Girl, For You, Justice Looks Like Healing

Dear Sweet Girl, Hear me. As I hold your freckled face between the palms of my hands, I believe you. You are wearing the navy blue shoes your dad bought for you last year. Before. Before everything changed. Before your wrists were pressed into the cold white sheets that December afternoon. Before you looked outside […]

Liberated from Those Negative Anthems

​​​​​ Liberation is such a juicy, meaty word. Lots to let slide around your tongue as your brain synapses fire rapidly trying to understand the fullness of the word. What is liberation? Can you see it? Feel it? Taste it? Breathe it in? YES! I think you can. I think you can also feel weights […]