Growing up in the Dialysis Room

By: Katrina Hansen | Twitter: @_katrinahansen The dialysis unit of the children’s hospital is in the basement. A dark, quiet room with ground floor windows. Old plastic recliners face each other, separated by thin sheets, with accompanying TVs and wiped down antiseptic remote controllers. Guest folding chairs sit beside each recliner, or rather “parent” chairs. No […]

It’s the Detours that Tell the Story

My entire adult life consists of a series of detours. Following my mother’s careful instructions, both verbal and non-verbal, I headed into adulthood with two primary goals: graduate from college and find a husband. I think my mother imagined a life for me that looked a lot like hers: early marriage, children, caring for a […]

You Can’t Go With All the Flows

I was with a friend a few months ago, and he was sharing with me how many good causes there were to join in on and how distracting it can be. When we are passionate about justice and change, it is so easy to want to be part of so many movements, offer our time […]

Why I’m Framing my Ph.D. above the Changing Table

By Ashley Hales | Twitter: @aahales I didn’t want to be a mother. Not in my bones, anyway. The cultural narrative I grew up with was a be-anything, do-anything mantra that could or could not include children. I had grand plans of Ivy League schools, perhaps missions trips overseas, and a world of ideas I wanted […]