Tag Archives | Forgiveness

Rose Shrader | You reap what you sow

I imagine my mom as a slender German girl, long strawberry-blonde hair, standing still in her school uniform in front of a gray and cheerless building, with all she owned in a suitcase, wondering when her mom would be coming back to get her. She did not know initially it was a German Catholic schoolhouse for disobedient girls or why her mom arranged for her to go there. Later on […]

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Melanie Figg | What there is

I sloughed off the weight of him. The burden of shame rinsing off like water paint coloring the sink, fascinating & temporary. Ascending & delightful to ascend. This is what the prophets promise. This is what I have found at the end of struggle: a clear field, room to run. The pond is deep blue & chilling, jarring as any act of grace: an audible gasp, erotic & begging for […]

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Movies You Might’ve Missed | Forgiveness

Within the eye of the storm is a 2012 documentary by director Shelley Hermon that tells the true story of Bassam Aramin, a Muslim Palestinian, and Rami Elhanan, a Jewish Israeli, who were once sworn enemies engaged in armed struggle against each other. Today the men are friends and allies, working as members of Combatants for Peace to help Israelis and Palestinians understand each other’s narrative. Both are also members […]

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Rebekah L. Fraser | Stories we tell

My mother comes at me with the book spread open wide. She is pointing to a picture. She is yelling, face contorted by fear. Eyes wide. This is my introduction to the history of art, and it is my introduction to sex. I am six years old. For many years I will regard this moment as traumatizing. I will tell myself that the event shouldn’t have happened. The story I […]

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