Chronic Illness, Mental Health, and America’s Obsession with Self-Sufficiency

By Hailey Joy Scandrette The last time I wrote about my mental health journey, specifically my experience of depression, I felt that I had finally found some stability from which I could reflect, learn, and grow. It felt freeing, like a breath of fresh air, and it didn’t last. Less than a month after completing and publishing that reflection I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue … Continue reading Chronic Illness, Mental Health, and America’s Obsession with Self-Sufficiency

What I Learned in the Psych Ward

By Amber Cullen On March 19th, 2012, it was highly recommended that I go to the psychiatric hospital. Later that day, I was self-admitted (meaning I chose to go in…I wasn’t forcefully admitted) into the psychiatric hospital in Sylvania, Ohio. I desperately needed help, and I didn’t trust myself to be alone (as I had seriously contemplated suicide the previous day). *  *  *  My … Continue reading What I Learned in the Psych Ward

Sitting in the Smallness

By Georgia Lee Darkness is a slinky shadow, a foggy mist that creeps and permeates… warping truth and smothering hope… hacking apart communities and imposing barriers… and all of a sudden – we notice it. And feel very much alone and cold and soaked. For many in our nation today – friends on the “margins” or advocates and allies – it’s easy to feel this way. To be hurting and not … Continue reading Sitting in the Smallness

Jesus in the Midst

By Georgia Lee Proposition V: Tax on Distributing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages. Proposition Q : Prohibiting tents on sidewalks. Proposition W: Real Estate Transfer Tax on Properties Over $5 Million. Proposition 67: Ban on Single-use Plastic Bags. Proposition 62: Repeal of the Death Penalty. Presidents, Senators, Representatives, Judges, School Board Members, City Supervisors… This election I have decisions to make about 51 positions and propositions. Voting : … Continue reading Jesus in the Midst

Where Love Resides

By Brent Andrews Generally speaking, I do not consider myself a particularly political person. I like to think that I am civically engaged and conscious; however, I have never wanted to hold a position in any office or run for county mayor. I try not to avoid political discourse all of the time because I think it has the power to bring up interesting conversation, … Continue reading Where Love Resides

Radical Love in Daily Politics

By Hailey Joy Scandrette I first remember really becoming aware of politics as a concept when I was 10. It was 2004, and there was an election going on. I had a couple friends whose parents talked about politics a lot at home, and who had learned to mimic conversations about politics pretty well. It all seemed very cynical and intimidating to me. The wild … Continue reading Radical Love in Daily Politics