The Tenderness of Pain

I was surprised and not surprised when my thumb started hurting. After all, arthritis, not the Force, runs strong in my family. As they aged, both my grandmother and my mother, once avid seamstresses, watched their joints gnarl like old tree roots; the pain put a stop to cutting, pinning, and basting. At first my […]

I Am Black and Beautiful {Repost}

By Micky ScottBey Jones | Twitter: @iammickyjones Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2016. ______________________________ I am black and beautiful, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon. (Song of Solomon 1:5) There is a word in that verse more important than the rest. It is nestled in […]

A Poem for Little Black Girls

By Rachel Meier  A note from Rachel’s mother: My daughter is Congolese-Canadian. She is 12 1/2 years old and has been deeply affected by recent events in the United States. She was frustrated that we couldn’t attend the protest in Vancouver last night, but we watched the news footage of it and other protests around […]

A Letter to My Daughter—A Class of 2020 Graduate

To my high school graduate, Here we are, nearing the end of your senior year.  This is not how I imagined this year for you. It’s not even close to what I’d hoped it would be. I know you have watched class after class of seniors celebrate, make memories and launch into adulthood together. You […]

Sisters in Mental Illness: Self Compassion in the Time of Covid-19

“Self-care naturally comes when we have a good relationship with ourselves and we have self-compassion.” Covid-19 is shifting our worlds, and for many of us, it’s also affecting our mental health. How can we care for our bodies and our minds? Are we being kind to ourselves? How do we process what’s happening around us? […]