I’ll Be Okay

A girl likes a boy, and sometimes loves him. She gets on fine without him for many years. They keep in contact and make each other laugh. She misses him often but it gets better with time. She grows up and learns about herself and the world. She feels her heart expanding past the boy … Continue reading I’ll Be Okay

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Poetry Friday: A Favor

A Favor Rainbows in my eyelashes listening while you talk letters when your days are blue lips that close and lock hands that paint the world in light thoughts that touch your heart words that lift the aching soul making song and art finding time to hold you close love that knows no end-- keep … Continue reading Poetry Friday: A Favor

Random Plug for Studio C

Life is going well, things are good. Depression and anxiety levels are low. Friends are finally coming home for the summer. I started at a new job. Been feeling the urge to write, though I'm without story right now. Not much to say, though I feel bad for not checking in as much as I used … Continue reading Random Plug for Studio C

Poetry Friday: Sunshine Girl

Sunshine Girl The sunshine girl pulls tight around her shoulders the blackest cloak, a shroud of darkness, her body curled in the night. Eyes open in the dark, memories rush before her. Days flash by like shadows of a train, black slides carving time into a series of moments. Images flicker on a land of … Continue reading Poetry Friday: Sunshine Girl

the young women’s theme gets a makeover

This piece discusses how Mormons should reform what we focus on for the spiritual education of our 12-18-yr-old young women. “We should teach them to rely on God and to emulate the life of their Savior, Jesus Christ. By doing this, we can raise a new generation in the Church… of powerhouse women who will one day be our strong leaders in a push for equality and greater change.”

Young Mormon Feminists

guest post by Shakira Johnson

[reposted with permission from Shakira’s blog, Channeling the Feminine Divine – A Woman’s Search for Her Inherent Nature. Original link can be found here.]

I remember reciting the Young Women’s theme every single Sunday of my teenage years. I remember jumping up at the prompt “please stand as daughters of God.” I was thrilled to recite the values by which I lived my life each and every day, delighted to rattle off the lifestyles that set me apart from my peers.

But now, I am an adult. My years of Young Womanhood are long gone (well, I mean, I’m still pretty young, but that is beside the point), and since my “graduation” from the program, I have come to understand that the Young Women values are incredibly skewed. The whole Young Women organization as a concept, along with its theme, values, and Personal Progress…

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Poetry Friday: Debt

Debt You and I, we keep moving through space and time, arms and legs swooshing in the fourth dimension, eyes blinking and lips stretching and pursing. Lights flash in our heads and stars scatter thoughts to our nerves, our hands, our bones, our blood. Someday our eyes will see each other's eyes, and all this … Continue reading Poetry Friday: Debt