Choose To Rise


By Jillian Stacia

I shouldn’t be writing this.

One of my favorite writers, Nadia Bolz-Weber, says that we write from our battle scars, not our open gaping wounds. When you write from that place of pain and vulnerability, your writing is seen as weak and fragile and needy. Things need to be sorted, processed and analyzed before we share them. Share when you have a lesson, when you run your experience through a sieve and find the nugget of gold. Share when your pain has a clear purpose.

But today, I am writing from my open gaping wound. Because there is no time to process. There is no time to analyze and dig for gold. There is only this feeling of heartbreak and utter despair and the simple and impossible question of what to do next. Continue reading

Dear Hillary Clinton: You Deserved Better Than This


By De Elizabeth

Dear Hillary Clinton,

I’ve been trying to put together words for the past 7 hours, as I’m sure you have as well. What words do we use in such a time like this? Do we try to analyze the when and the why and the how? Do we wonder what we could have done differently? Do we chastise ourselves for not donating enough, not campaigning enough, not trying enough? Is it our fault?

I’ve thought about the words I plan to use. I went to bed searching for phrases; I woke up looking for sentences. I thought about nothing else on my drive to work, my walk from the parking lot to my building. I’ve been consumed by language, racking my brain for the proper way to string together letters and words and punctuation. I am a writer, this is what I’m supposed to do. But I am at a loss. Continue reading

My One And Only Black Friday Experience


By Kenon Lamont Thompson

November is upon us and we all know what that means. Kids will soon be on their Thanksgiving break and college students will be traveling back home to visit their families. Even those who don’t celebrate the holiday still have something to look forward to: Searching for deals on items that they have eyed for quite a while in hopes of saving a bit of money. The special occasion we know as Black Friday! Continue reading