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Standing in the Shadow of Hope

Love requires a continued commitment to justice for all. Austin Channing Brown on the responsibility to carry our hope with a deep understanding of justice.

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Standing in the Shadow of Hope
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No Painless Way Through Life Exists

We may have no control over the wild, unpredictable world that we live in, but we do have control over how we choose to live our lives: to offer compassion, to pursue justice, to love and be loved.

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No Painless Way Through Life Exists

Goodbye, Breastfeeding

Courtney Martin reflects on the end of five years of breastfeeding her daughters, and the wisdom and the weirdness of the body.

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Goodbye, Breastfeeding

We Survive by Telling Stories

Generational storytelling is a history book. It’s a catalogue of all the places we have been. It is a book entrusted to its people to ensure they are not forgotten.

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We Survive by Telling Stories

Mothering Ghost Babies

Kao Kalia Yang on miscarriage and the fragility of motherhood and its tremendous strength, how it lives beyond life and death.

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Mothering Ghost Babies

My Mother Before I Knew Her

My mother was Moxie for only a decade, but I wish I had known her then. Her happiness and sense of possibility must have been magnetic. Despite the war and all the absences and hardships she endured, those were her golden years.

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My Mother Before I Knew Her

Remember This the Next Time You Are Rejected

Rejection is hard. When it happens, it’s important to not let it stifle your creativity, your work, your vision for what you want the world to be.

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Remember This the Next Time You Are Rejected

Twice Blessed: A Poem

David Whyte on how love is a blessing twice over: Once in the act of its giving, and again when it is reflected back upon you.

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Twice Blessed: A Poem

To Be at Peace with Our Essential Loneliness

The dread that comes with charting unknown territory is also an opportunity to embrace new forms of self knowledge — to experience what Wendell Berry calls “our essential loneliness.”

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To Be at Peace with Our Essential Loneliness

The Mundane Beauty of Home Far Away

To yearn for home is to wonder how its small, mundane moments can feel so unattainable — relics of another time. Takahata Isao’s work at Studio Ghibli and beyond both created this quiet beauty and provided comfort to those who long for it from afar.

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The Mundane Beauty of Home Far Away

Challenging the Myths We Believe About Our Children’s Education

As a parent of privilege, the decision to send your child to an underperforming school can be met with judgment and worries about safety and lack of resources. But what if these concerns aren’t as true as we believe them to be?

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Challenging the Myths We Believe About Our Children’s Education