Long May They Wave
by cristy cardinal, November 23 2022

Long May They Wave

By cristy cardinal“An army of lovers cannot lose.” –from “Queers Read This!,” a 1990 manifesto by ACT UPThe picture of the flagpole, bent at a ninety-degree angle, and the small scrap of fabric, edges frayed where the flag ripped apart, snapped me back to reality–the reality where our state governm

Small Decisions
by JD Stillwater, November 16 2022

Small Decisions

By JD Stillwater“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane GoodallI remember the moment. I shuffled out of my Plant Biology class feeling adrift, feeli

Our Struggle and Our Power
by Erika A. Hewitt, November 9 2022

Our Struggle and Our Power

By Erika A. HewittContent warning: racism“So much has been destroyed I have to cast my lot with those who, age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.” —Adrienne Rich, “Natural Resources”“I don’t know who to vote for,” the woman said over the phone. “My daughter

Called to Heal
by Melissa Jeter, November 2 2022

Called to Heal

By Melissa Jeter“Healing doesn’t just occur in the present. When you heal a soul wound, you heal the people who came before you.” ―Resmaa Menakem, in My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and BodiesThe leaves are falling, but I live in what seed companies c

Unfinished Business
by Karen G. Johnston, October 26 2022

Unfinished Business

By Karen G. Johnston“Don't fear your mortality, because it is this very mortality that gives meaning and depth and poignancy to all the days that will be granted to you.” –Paul TsongasHow much notice would I want ahead of time before I die?Is it six minutes? Six days? Six months? There are wise one

Part of the Mystery
by Laura Shay, October 19 2022

Part of the Mystery

By Laura Shay“I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.” ―Wendell Berry, "The Peace of Wild Things"When my spouse decided to raise Monarch Butterflies, I thought she had gone a bit overboard in her search for meaningful retirement activities. Althoug

Letting Go in Love
by Ndidi Achebe, October 12 2022

Letting Go in Love

By Ndidi Achebe“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than they love themselves.” —Josh Billings (adapted)Frieda was my baby. I remember when, as a puppy, she looked into my eyes the first time I picked her up. She was an old soul who taught me many valuable life lessons from 2005 un

How We Die
by Meg Barnhouse, October 5 2022

How We Die

By Meg Barnhouse"Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it." —Haruki Murakami, in Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: 24 StoriesI was at the bedside of a man in my congregation. He was dying. “I don’t know how to do this,” he said. He had been a professor, a scientist. He’d been mean to his wif

Be-coming Out
by Heather McDuffee, September 28 2022

Be-coming Out

By Heather McDuffee"Don't come out unless you want to. Don’t come out for anyone else’s sake. Don’t come out because you think society expects you to. Come out for yourself. Come out to yourself. Shout, sing it. Softly stutter. Correct those who say they knew before you did. That’s not how sexualit

Some Kinds of Help
by Shaya French, September 21 2022

Some Kinds of Help

By Shaya FrenchAnd some kind of help / Is the kind of help / That helping's all about. And some kind of help / Is the kind of help / We all can do without. —from “Helping,” by Shel Silverstein, featured in Free to be You and Me (YouTube)It’s Day Twenty-three of summer and my friend still does not h