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Bittersweet: The Annunciation and Good Friday

March 25th. The day we always celebrate the Annunciation—that incredible day when Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her she’d be pregnant, 9 months before we celebrate Jesus’ birth. But this year, the day of Annunciation is also Good Friday for the Western church. While we celebrate the Annunciation, we mourn the Good Friday. Bittersweet. Earthly beginning, and then an…

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MOMMYGUILT vs. Trust

MOMMYGUILT Yes, I think it should be one word. And yes, I think it should be all CAPS. Because sometimes it feels monolithic and threatens to take over. Before I pushed a child into this world, I felt guilt every now and then, but NOW, NOW a slight action or inaction can bring about a physical pang of MOMMYGUILT. I…

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Raise Your Voice With Me

Being silenced is terrible. I know too many who have been silenced by experiences that have taken their voice; some were not allowed to tell their story of abuse, others’ stories were stifled or not believed, and still others were silenced in different ways. And that silencing affects all uses of their voice. In order to regain the use of…

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Reverse “The Curse”

On Learning to Celebrate My Period Thoughts of menstruation take me back to that fated day when I first bled. I can still feel my anger and confusion. It was not a long-awaited sign of adulthood for me; rather, it felt dirty, shameful, and unwelcome. I deeply disliked the bodily experience that I would share with women everywhere, that would…

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