Cooking with Words and Sitting at the table of community

On writing, solitude, community and how our freedom is tied up in each other Writing, for me—even when I worked as a reporter—has always been solitary. Bum on chair. Stories on paper. Words were written either into a private journal or into black ink that printed off on presses and got shipped into houses somewhere […]

My favorite from Oswald Chambers

It’s been so many years since I first read this sentence, but it still stands as my favorite moment with Oswald. “The author who benefits you most is not the one who tells you something you did not know before, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in […]

SheLoves Magazine

I’m a little excited. In May we pretty much accomplished a small miracle, launching the sheloves magazine site at LifeWomen conference. We had it up and running in a matter of two weeks, during which I also took a 10-day trip to Kenya. Soon after we launched, however, I realized we wouldn’t be able to […]

Thin Places by Mary E. DeMuth

Mary DeMuth already had me at her first two paragraphs of Thin Places: A Memoir: “Growing up, I find myself housed in a scrawny sort of body–legs thin as broomsticks, interrupted by knees so knobby they bang into each other when I walk. My doctor makes me drink whole milk so I’ll fatten up. Kids […]

Why I write.

This piece of writing by Terry Tempest Williams makes my heart gasp for air every time I read it. Here’s an excerpt from “Why I Write”: “I write because it is the way I take long walks … I write because I believe it can create a path in darkness. I write because as a child […]