There’s Something About Small Yeses

The other day I got a text a little before 7am. I was still in bed, reading and trying to swim up to the surface of consciousness. My first response was to ignore it. Then I was curious and the adult part of my brain remembered that sometimes people text early in the morning because […]

Confessions of a Serial Planner

I am a planner. This includes any project I take on, but five-year plans are my favourite, giving me a sense of purpose, direction and control. I feel safe when my plans are detailed and well laid out. I like knowing where I am going and how I am going to get there. It should, […]

On Stolen Wallets and Church and the Beauty of Doubt

On Sunday I went to a church service for the first time in two years. My wallet was stolen the night before and in the morning I woke up to news of the mass shooting in Orlando. I was raw. I was broken. And I had my first Sunday off in months. So I walked […]

Forgiving Myself for Being Late to the Game

by Shae Jassmann Sisters, I have a confession: For much of my life, I have not been on our side. I am guilty of sexism against my own sex so much so that I have been heard saying things like, “I think some women are great in management but I would prefer a man as […]

When There’s No Hugging or Learning Moment

I went to the Festival of Faith and Writing in April with the goal of getting my memoir about my childhood published. Getting published is hard. Writing honestly about family is harder. But even more difficult were the conversations that happened before I wrote the book—questions uncovering old history, anger, questions, and pain. I spent […]