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The Love Chronicles: On Being Wanted

I’m convinced my husband hates me. We talk about it late at night, me with my knees pulled into my chest, leaning against the pillows. He is there, sprawled across the foot of the bed on his stomach, his chin resting on his folded forearms. I use my hands when I talk, wide and sweeping, (Read More)

October 30, 2013 29

Why I’m Raising My Christian Boys To Be Feminists

Because ad campaigns such as this one from UN Women are necessary. Because tonight, right now, on my home computer in Virginia, Google’s auto-complete yielded these results: Because in 60% of the top Google search queries beginning with the statement “women should,” the very next word is not. Because another 60% of those Google searches (Read More)

October 19, 2013 17
On Happily Ever Afters - Ashleigh Baker

On Happily Ever Afters

I tend to be an all-or-nothing person. I’ve told you this before, haven’t I? I speak in shades of always and never, “here’s the thing” and “there’s nothing I hate more.” John sent a sigh-laugh from across the kitchen recently. “You know, there sure are a lot of individual issues you hate more than any (Read More)

October 16, 2013 31

life stories: white bloomers and mesquite

Springtime in the desert was hot. So very hot. A wave of warmth each February tricked us into pulling last year’s t-shirts from plastic bins and we all talked of swimming. There was always a snap, the last hurrah of the winter wind, the weeks we were most likely to see snow. But spring – (Read More)

May 15, 2013 8
On The Day After Mother's Day

on the day after mother’s day

We’ve always laughed, John and I, and said it’s a cruel joke, this thing of Mother’s Day being on Sunday. Mothers across the nation wake extra early, readying small ones for church, preparing for a long day of Sunday School and services, lunch with napless toddlers in packed-to-the-windows Italian restaurants, the typical Sunday evening preparations (Read More)

May 13, 2013 13