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This Mother’s Day, I am happy to support mothers like me, parents for whom mental illness can be an ever-present or overwhelming piece of the parenting experience. I wrote an essay about my own experience parenting through bouts of anxiety and PTSD episodes and held onto it for many months before reaching out to Stigma Fighters to see if they might want to publish it for Mother’s Day. I held onto it because stigma makes it difficult to speak up. Stigma Fighters knows this. They recognize the ways we are silenced and

by Jera Brown Long before I was sexually active, I was drawn to the Biblical stories of outcasted women—the woman at the well, the woman who anointed Jesus’s feet with perfume, the woman for whom Jesus drew a line in the sand. I think I’ve always felt isolated. I identified with those women because it took me a long time to accept myself as I am, and it took even longer to show others who I am so that they could accept me. A few weeks ago, I tattooed a

You aren’t quite done with your holiday shopping and you are out of ideas for what to buy. Here are some great options for last minute purchases. Most of these items are available with two-day Prime shipping on Amazon, which means your picks need not be rushed. Take some time with this list and see what feels just right. For the Host/ess A diffuser is a wonderful gift for anyone’s home. It is simple to use. Just add water and, if you like, some essential oils. I wish I had one

I cannot recall what prompted me to write this post originally. I am happy to say since its conception I have become better at trusting others. It isn’t easy to expose my vulnerabilities, but it has proven worth the effort more often than not and even when relationships go off-script into uncharted, painful territory. There is much we can learn about ourselves by considering our reactions. I am resharing this because it had a very positive reception–several thank you emails appeared in my inbox in response.  As we move deeper

I had to lift my roots to make it through the wounded passage cried warning for the heart far too late, I’d seen beyond veins humming electric into the ravine below where I swam as a minnow in the fluid of my own desire never told me this was possible this my truth non-option I thought to climb realized I’d always been climbing an endless mountain downward thinking I rose righteous churning butter from the cream of denial please touch my ear when you whisper with those painted lips  

Marriage is complicated. It’s an ongoing challenge that requires energy and commitment beyond vows. I believe it is a commitment to compromise. My marriage was an alliance forged for a couple of reasons. One was love. The other was obligation. It was frightening to write about where my husband and I have been and how we got where we are, but when Cheryl Oreglia prompted me as part of the Survive Your Story Guest Exchange, I couldn’t say no. I hope you’ll take a moment to read my work on

Hello, #LinkYourLifers! Welcome to this week’s rundown. There were so many links, you’ll have to excuse the brevity of many introductions. It was actually crazy enough I nearly resorted to pills. Shawna was in and out due to birthday celebrations (her own), so I got to be the boss hostess. Now that Shawna’s blown out her birthday candles, let’s dive into a puddle of link love. You May Say I’m A Dreamer  from @yadadarcyada is a great #1. I’m sure this was on  Shawna’s wishlist. Except Battling it out “Star

I learned this on the balcony in Kayfoun. My grandmother sat facing the sun. My aunt came to find me. “Tayta is coring the zucchini. You can learn from her,” she said. Heritage is as much nostalgia as tradition. I sat at one corner of Tayta’s small table and she pointed at the ingredients, naming them one at a time. “Riz, benadoura, cousa, wara’ ‘anab, milleh . . .” We never could communicate in sentences, but we both spoke food in any language. I used to regret that I was unable

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