Telling our Stories

Last night, I heard former child warrior, Ishmael Beah, tell his story about being conscripted into a rebel army as a 13-year-old during the civil wars in Sierra Leone in the early 90s. He was rescued, rehabilitated, and released to live a new life, eventually coming...
Radiating with a New Metaphor

Radiating with a New Metaphor

Recently, when someone asked about my radiation treatments, they jokingly suggested I might be glowing when I finished. I laughed, and kind of wondered the same thing. Another friend cautioned me that though radiation can be part of a cure for cancer, it’s also...
The Woman’s Burden

The Woman’s Burden

Several days ago, as I was arriving at work and just about to step into the elevator, a man who works in another office in my building arrived at the exact same moment. We each did a couple of fits and starts, trying to negotiate through body language who should go...

Branded

In The Contented Soul, Lisa Graham McMinn tells the story of entering graduate school as a mother of three young children and deciding to identify herself by buying a certain brand of shoes.”The prior decade I had been in maternity clothes or the casual clothes...